- Located in Eastern Africa west of Somalia
- The weather in Ethiopia is tropical monsoon
- The fact that the Great Rift Valley passes through Ethiopia makes it vulnerable to volcanic activity, there are frequent droughts as well.
Marriage to an Ethiopian Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to an Ethiopian citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. The Ethiopian government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Ethiopians as an indirect way of discouraging Ethiopian citizens from moving to other countries.
To learn more about marrying in Ethiopia, contact the Ethiopian Embassy.
If you want to bring your Ethiopian 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.
Once the necessary documents are gathered, it usually takes the Ethiopian government up to 3 weeks to authenticate the documents.
If you then file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Ethiopian 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.
Ethiopian Marriage Basic Requirements
In order to marry a citizen of Ethiopia, you must demonstrate to the Ethiopian government that you are eligible to do so. This includes:
- Proof of country of birth
- Proof of single status
- Proof of age requirement
Calling Ethiopia from Canada
- The country code is 251 to call you would dial 011 – 251 – area code – local numbers
List of Area Codes for Major Centres in Ethiopia
|Arba Minch||46||Dire Dawa||25||Mekele||34|
|Debre Zeyit||11||Hosaina||46||Sodo (Wolaita)||46|
The above chart applies to landlines only.
The prefix fo cells is 9 and for satellite phones is 98.
Calling Canada from Ethiopia
Dial 00 - 1 - area code -local number
List of Canadian Area Codes
403 / 587 (southern Alberta)
587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)
236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)
236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)
226 / 519 (southwestern Ontario)
249 / 705 (northeastern Ontario)
289 / 365 / 905 (Greater Toronto Area)
343 / 613 (eastern Ontario)
416 / 647 (Toronto)
807 (northwestern Ontario)
|Manitoba||204 / 431||PEI||782 / 902|
418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)
438 / 514 (Montreal)
450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)
819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)
|Newfoundland and Labrador||709||Saskatchewan||306 / 639|
|Nova Scotia||782 / 902|
Ethiopia is in East Africa Time (GMT+3). Ethiopia does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
|Canadian Time Zone||
# of Hours Ethiopia is Ahead
# of Hours during DST
|Pacific (BC, Yukon)||11 hours||10 hours|
|Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan)||10 hours||9 hours|
|Saskatchewan||9 hours||9 hours|
|Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario)||9 hours||8 hours|
|Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec)||8 hours||7 hours|
|Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec)||7 hours||6 hours|
|Newfoundland||6.5 hours||5.5 hours|
Emergency Information for Canadians in Ethiopia
Embassy of Canada in Addis Ababa
Old Airport Area, Nefas Silk Lafto Sub City
Telephone: 251 (0) 11 371 0000
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