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Vital Records

 

Vital Records

Vital Records

In compliance with Italian law 396/2000, all vital records certificates (birth, marriage, divorce and death)of Italian citizens issued outside of Italy must be registered in the competent Italian Municipality.

The original documents must be first legalised with “Apostille” by the local competent Authorities (the High Court in Hong Kong and the Conservatoria do Registro Civil in Macao), then presented to the Consulate which will send them to Italy for registration. Translation into Italian is provided by the Consulate free of charge.

 

Birth certificates - Children of Italian parents

Children of Italian citizens or couples with at least one Italian parent are Italian by birth, even if born abroad and possibly in possession of another citizenship, and their birth must be registered in Italy by law.

Birth registration must be requested by one or both Italian parents through the Consulate General.

The parent or parents must present the birth certificate (or duplicate) issued by the Government of Hong Kong or, if the birth took place in Macao, by the Civil Registry Conservatory, legalized with Apostille. The Consulate General will translate the documents and forward them to the competent Italian Municipality.

N.B.: Should the first name or surname in the certificate include Chinese ideograms, the translation of the certificate must be done by one of the translators in the this list of translators.

IMPORTANT!

Please be reminded that Italian law provides for the maximum number of three first names, and the surname of one of the parents cannot be used as part of the first name.

Parents wishing to give their children Chinese names also are advised to contact the Consulate General in advance for advice.

 

Getting Married in Italy

If you are an Italian registered in AIRE who intends to contract marriage in Italy, please contact the Consulate General for information on the correct procedure.

Marriage banns must be arranged by appointment and published in time. We recommend contacting the Consulate General at least one month before the marriage date.

 

Getting Married in Hong Kong or Macao

Italian citizens wishing to marry in Hong Kong do not need the marriage banns at the Consulate and can apply directly to the Hong
Kong Marriage Registry.

It is a legal requirement to register the marriage in Italy.

To do so, please present the following documents to our office during the opening hours to the public:

  • Original marriage certificate or a duplicate issued by the Hong Kong Marriage Registry or, if the marriage was celebrated in Macao, by the Civil Registry, duly apostilled;
  • A photocopy of the spouses' passports;
  • The marriage registration request form Application form to register a marriage

Failing to update one’s marital status will result in complications and delays of consular services.

Please note that the original marriage certificate or its duplicate must be kept in the consular archives and cannot be returned. We
advise Italian nationals to request more than one copy of their marriage certificate for future use.

The Consulate General will translate the certificate and forward it to the competent Italian Municipality.

 

Same Sex Marriages (“Unioni Civili”)

In compliance with Law no. 76 of 20 May 2016, civil unions with persons of the same sex can be celebrated at consular offices.

In Hong Kong, the Consulate General can celebrate same sex marriages only if one of the two parties is an Italian citizen residing in Hong Kong or Macao.

For more information, please contact the Consulate General by email: consolare.hongkong@esteri.it

If the same sex marriage is celebrated in a foreign country in a local Marriage Registry, as for opposite sex marriages, it is mandatory
for Italian citizens to request its registration in Italy through the consular office.


Divorce

To obtain the registration in Italy of a foreign divorce sentence, the following documentation is required:

1) Marriage certificate, if the marriage is not already registered in Italy;

2) A certified true copy of the "Decree Nisi", signed by a judge confirming its authenticity by writing: "I certify that this is a true copy
of the original Decree Nisi";

3) A certified true copy of the "Decree Absolute", signed by a judge confirming its authenticity by writing: "I certify that this is a true copy of the original Decree Absolute";

4) In the case of children under the age of 18, a certified true copy signed by a judge of the "Agreement for Children";

5) If the registration is requested by the "petitioner", the "Acknowledgement of Service" must also be provided.

The interested party needs to present the apostilled divorce papers in person during opening hours to the public without appointment.

The Consulate General will provide the translation into Italian and will forward the documentation to the competent Italian Municipality.

Please note that the update of all vital records is required by law and a divorce issued outside Italy must be registered before contracting a new marriage.

Failing to do so will result in complications and delays of consular services as the crime of bigamy is punishable by law.

 

Death Certificate

The death of an Italian citizen abroad must be recorded in Italy.

For the Consulate General of Italy to be able to forward the certificate to the competent Municipality, a relative or acquaintance of the deceased must present the death certificate issued in Hong Kong or Macao legalized with Apostille together with the written request form Application form to register a death  and a photocopy of the applicant's passport.

The Consulate General will translate the certificate into Italian and forward it to the competent Italian Municipality.


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