According to Turkish Marriage Legislation and regulations, a Turkish national
and a foreigner or two foreigners with different nationalities can get married
in Turkey, only before competent Turkish Authorities.
Two foreigners from the same nationality can marry either in the offices of their own Country's Embassy or Consulate or before the Turkish authorities.
All the marriages that are conducted by the Turkish authorities are regulated according to the merits and procedural provisions of the Turkish Civil Code and its related regulations.
Whether they are Turkish citizens or foreigners, the relevant Turkish authorities will conduct their marriage only if the petitioners can provide a marriage license which has been issued by the proper Civil Status Register in his or her own Country.
In light of this information it is obvious that married couples cannot again be married in Turkey under the Turkish law.
Conditions for a Valid Marriage
Capacity to marry: Only those persons who have sufficient mental capacity to make fair judgments are allowed to marry. Mental illness is, therefore, a bar to marriage. In addition, a person must have reached the minimum age of 18 to marry.
Absence of consanguinity: Marriage between close relatives is prohibited
Already existing marriage: Monogamy is one of the essential principles of Turkish family law. A second marriage cannot be entered into unless the first is terminated. A divorcee should produce legal documents (i.e.: A Court Sentence about the termination of her/his previous marriage) in order to marry again.
Waiting period: Married women whose marriage has been dissolved cannot marry before the expiration of three hundred (300) days from the date of dissolution. The divorce decree may also state a waiting period within which the guilty spouse may not remarry.
Sickness: Certain sicknesses, such as epilepsy, hysteria, venereal and contagious diseases, constitute a bar to marriage in Turkey.
Only civil marriages performed by authorized marriage officers are allowed
Necessary Documents for Marriage
1. Four (4) copies of the petition of the marriage. To start an action, the groom and the bride must submit a petition of the marriage. This is called Evlenmme Beyannamesi
2. Identification such as: Passport, Identification card or Birth Certificate
3. Health certificate (If demanded by one of the parties)
4. 6 passport size photos of the bride and the groom.
5. Certificate of capacity to Marry. (Single, divorced, widow or widowed) (For foreigners the certificate of no impediment can be obtained from the relevant Embassy or Consulate which then needs to be authenticated by the local Governor office in Turkey.)
The foreigners who reside in Turkey as provided in
the Turkish Civil Law
According to Turkish Citizenship Law, marrying a foreigner does not influence the citizenship of the husband. A foreign wife marrying a Turkish husband has the right to choose her own citizenship. But in some exceptions, such as "having no citizenship", the foreigner automatically shall gain Turkish citizenship due to the principle of "having at least one citizenship". Foreign women married to Turkish men are not required to give up their other citizenship.Turkish Laws allow the wife to hold both citizenships implicitly.