• Western African country bordering Ghana, Nigeria and Togo
  • The weather is tropical, hot and humid in the South, and semi-arid in the North. The hot, dry and dusty Harmattan winds occur from December to March.


Marriage to a Beninese Citizen

Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Beninese citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. 

To learn more, contact the Beninese Embassy.

If you want to bring your Beninese spouse or partner to live in Canada, you must then file a sponsorship application for them to become a permanent resident. If they would like to visit you in Canada while their application is in process, they must also apply for a visitor visa. For more information, please see our family sponsorship page and our visitor visa page.

See a sample Sponsorship Application


Beninese Marriage Basic Requirements

In order to marry a citizen of Benin, you must demonstrate to the Beninese government that you are eligible to do so. This includes:

  • Proof of country of birth
  • Proof of single status
  • Proof of age requirement

Additional requirements (for a visa, if applicable) include:

  • Passport valid for 6 months
  • 2 passport photos
  • Proof of status like permanent resident card or work permit
  • Itinerary
  • Copy of international certificate of yellow fever and cholera vaccination
  • Single entry visa tax of $175
  • Multiple entry visa tax of $195


Beninese Marriage Ceremony

The marriage ceremony to a Beninese citizen can legally take place in Benin, Canada, or any other country as long as both parties have the necessary visas to enter this country legally. This marriage can then be recognized when applying for a permanent residence or a visitor visa for your Beninese spouse. To learn more about cereomny customs, see below.

Family Members

If your Beninese spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Beninese Marriage document application.

If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Beninese citizen.

How long is the Beninese Marriage document valid?

The document is valid for 6 months from the date of issue. If you do not marry your Beninese fiancé within 6 months of the issuance of the Beninese Marriage document, you must apply again with new supporting documents.

List of Beninese Consulates in Canada

Embassy of Benin in Ottawa, Canada

Calling Benin

The country code is 229 so dial 011 – 229 – area code – local number


CITY                       CODE     CITY                       CODE     CITY                       CODE

Abomey                  22         Djougou                  23         Ouidah                   21

Bohicon                  22         Kandi                      23          Parakou                 23

Cotonou                 21         Natitingou               23          Porto Novo            21


Honorary Consulate of Canada in Benin

Haie Vive, behind Tri-postal and Cotonou airport
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1124, Tri-postal 04, (Cadjehoun), Cotonou, Benin
Tel: (229) 21 30 50 79
Fax: (229) 21 30 05 32 E-mail: jhounton@yahoo.fr

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