Why Are Marriages Restricted During the Pandemic?
The pandemic is a serious issue. Covid-19 is a highly contagious infectious disease which can result in death in some cases, the pandemic restrictions are in place to protect the public from the threat of this serious disease.
Legal marriages are not permitted during the pandemic restriction period, unless the marriage is considered urgent and has already been notified to the HSE (Notification of Intention to Marry). A marriage will only be considered urgent if it can’t be postponed to a later date, for example terminal illness of the bride or groom.. Special approval is required for an urgent marriage, and written evidence must be provided to show the reason why the marriage can’t be postponed.
Visa expiry is not a valid reason for an urgent marriage during pandemic lockdown restrictions. If your visa is/was due to expire from March 20th to May 20th inclusive, you have been given an automatic 2 month extension of your visa. This will allow you to postpone your marriage to a later date where you can celebrate your marriage safely with your family and friends. For latest details of this automatic visa extension due to pandemic, please refer to “Notice 5” of the Immigration Department press release which can be found on their website here: www.inis.gov.ie
If you believe you have an urgent reason for marriage during pandemic restricted period, please contact me for more information.