• The country is located in Southern Africa
  • The weather is semi-arid warm winters and hot summers. The land is generally flatland and desert weather due to proximity to Kalahari Desert.
  • There are periodic drought spells, winds blow sand and dust from the west around August, this phenomenon can cause impaired visibility.

Marriage to a Motswana Citizen

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

To learn more contact the Motswana Embassy.

If you want to bring your Motswana 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


Processing Time

Once the necessary documents are gathered, it usually takes the Batswana government up to 3 weeks to authenticate the documents.

If you then file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Motswana spouse or partner, this application takes an average of 10-12 months.

A visitor visa application for your spouse or partner to visit you in Canada while the sponsorship applications are processing takes an average of 3 –14 days.

Please see our pages on family sponsorship and Canadian visitor visa for more information on the processing times of these applications.



Batswana Marriage Basic Requirements

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

  • Proof of country of birth
  • Proof of single status
  • Proof of age requirement
  • Confirmation of residence in Canada
  • Copy of itinerary
  • Copy of hotel booking
  • Bank statement copy


Batswana Marriage Ceremony

The marriage ceremony to a Motswana citizen can legally take place in Botswana, 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 Motswana spouse. To learn more about cereomny customs, see below.

Family Members

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

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

How long is the Motswana Marriage document valid?

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

Batswana Embassy in Canada

Embassy of Botswana in Canada

Calling Botswana

The country code is 267 so to call Botswana, call 011 – 267 – area code – local number.

Some major city area codes are<

CITY                       CODE     CITY                       CODE     CITY                       CODE

Francistown            24           Mahalapye            47           Palapye                  49

Gaborone              3             Maun                   68           Ramotswa               53

Kanye                    54           Mochudi              57            Selebi-Phikwe          26

Letlhakane             29           Mogoditshane      3              Serowe                  46

Lobatse                 53           Molepolole          59           Tlokweng                 3

Canadian Consulate in Botswana

Mokolwane House, Fairgrounds,

Postal Address
P.O. Box 2111 , Gaborone, Botswana

(267) 3904411
(267) 3904411

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