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Paperwork Requirements for New Zealand Citizens

Applying for a Nulla Osta

To marry in Italy, Italian authorities require a document called a Nulla Osta issued by the New Zealand Embassy. This document is similar to a New Zealand Certificate of No Impediment to marriage.

Send the following (by courier, post or deliver in person, faxed copies are not acceptable) to the New Zealand Embassy in Rome:

  • An original Certificate of No Impediment issued by the Department of Internal Affairs.
  • Certified copies of the biodata pages of the passports of the bride and groom
  • A completed and signed form “Particulars for inclusion in a Nulla Osta" (contact our staff for a copy of this document)
  • The fee for processing the Nulla Osta is Euro 40; payable to 'New Zealand Embassy' by bank draft (assegno circolare).
  • Fee for your documents to be returned by courier is Euro 30. A single bank draft of Euro 70 is acceptable. If you lodge your application in person we can accept the cash equivalent.
  • The original copy of the decree nisi or order of dissolution if either the bride or the groom is divorced. (Note If the bride is divorced, 300 days must have passed since the dissolution/decree nisi was registered).
  • It usually takes a week for the Embassy to prepare a Nulla Osta once all the required correct and complete documentation and fees have been received.
  • The documents can then be collected in person or couriered to you or your agent, not to the offices of the Italian authorities.
  • A covering letter with your contact details, the date you intend to get married and any other information you consider useful.

Documents expire after 3 months so please do not obtain them too far in advance.


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