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My daughter is getting married in Cuba on April 8th 2008.Does anyone know how many hours you have to be in Cuba before you can get married? I have read 48 hours and 72 hours. I really need to know which it is so we can book our trip.
Hi, Sorry I won’t be able to give you a straight answer either. In my experience of planning my wedding in Cuba, there doesn’t seem to be any rules of being "in country." We are arriving on Sunday (late at night), the wedding co-ordinator at the hotel offered us the Tuesday afternoon as our date (we want a specific time). We chose a date later in the week. If you’re looking for an official answer, I would try the embassy. Here is some info including the embassy phone numbers. From Getting married: Nothing is more romantic than a wedding on a tropical island. And Cuba has it all – theme weddings; splashy weddings; exotic weddings; quiet weddings; combined weddings and honeymoons.Your travel agent and Cuban wedding planners can help you design a perfect day. Here are a few pointers to help you get started.1- If you have never been married before, all you need is a passport that is valid throughout your stay in Cuba, and a tourist card (available from a travel agent, airline or the Cuban consulate).2- If either the bride or groom has been married before, the previously married person must, in addition to the valid passport and tourist card, also produce the following documents: if divorced: his/her birth certificate and Certificate of Divorce; if widowed: his/her birth certificate, Certificate of Marriage and Certificate of Spouse’s Death. Have your birth certificate and any divorce/marriage/death documents translated into Spanish and certified by a notary public and legalized by the Cuban consul in Canada (service fee applies). 3- In addition, you must: Create a sheet that lists your names, home address, occupations, level of education, nationality and the full names of your parents, living or deceased. Attach the photo page of your passport to this sheet. Fax copies of all documentation (including the extras described above if you have been married before) in both English and Spanish to your hotel in Cuba at least three weeks before your arrival there. Bring all your original documents with you.Your marriage will be formalized in the name stated on your passport. Your passport must therefore be correct, and the name on your passport must match that on all your other documents.After your wedding, your Marriage Certificate will be prepared as quickly as possible and either given to you before you leave (time permitting) or couriered at the hotel’s expense to the home address on your documents. Your marriage is legalized by the Canadian Embassy in Havana and the Cuban Foreign Affairs department.For more information, contact the Cuban Consulate in Toronto or Montreal.Toronto:5353 Dundas St. West, Suite 401 Etobicoke, ON M9B 6H8Tel: (416) 234 8181Fax: (416) 234 2754

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as librajaco said………..i think its more dependent on the resort and possibly dependent on the availability of the person performing the ceremony?
Mine said the same to me as well, we were arriving on Sunday and they would have allowed me to get married on the Tuesday if my Wednesday slot was not available. So personally I’d say you were safe leaving on the Sat and her getting married on the Tues the 8th, but if you are overly concerned about it then I’d see if maybe she could push it back a day to the 9th??

We were told it was diff 72 hours so I would book for the third day just to be safe.

We too had to wait approx. 72 hours – arrived on a Sunday and married on a Wednesday…that was at Playa Pesquero

It looks like the easiest thing would be to email the wedding co-ordinator. As I recall, we were in touch with her before we put down all our deposits, just so we knew the week wasn’t already all booked. Cheers,


My daughter is getting married in Cuba on April 8th 2008.
Does anyone know how many hours you have to be in Cuba before you can get married? I have read 48 hours and 72 hours. I really need to know which it is so we can book our trip. 72 hrs.

I’ve heard it can vary from province to province, but to be safe, 72hrs is ‘legally’ what is required.

Thanks all…I did get an email from….and she said 72 hours. So looks like we are going April 3rd.

Hi magncasey,
I’m also getting married April 8th, 2008 in Cuba. We are going to Iberostar varadero. Where are you going??

We are going to the Grand Playa Turquesa in Holquin Cuba.

You need to be in Cuba at least 3 days before your wedding. Just found out as my son is getting married in Feb.

Your wedding coordinator at the resort will make sure everything is set. No worries.

You need to be on the island 72 hrs prior to the wedding. We arrived on the 16th Dec 2005 and marrie on the 20th.

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