- Located in Western Africa bordering North Atlantic Ocean and Senegal
- The weather in Gambia is tropical, hot, and the rainy season starts from June to November. From November to May the weather is cooler and dry.
- Drought is the main hazard in the country with rainfall levels having dropped considerably in the last 30 years
Marriage to a Gambian Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Gambian citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. The Gambian government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Gambians as an indirect way of discouraging Gambian citizens from moving to other countries.
You must demonstrate to Gambian officials that they are not currently married to anyone else - either you have never been married or all divorces are finalized - that your identity is proven, and that you have never committed any crimes in Gambia. This is done by providing various documents including an Affidavit of Single Status to the Gambian government either in Gambian or via a Gambian embassy.
If you want to bring your Gambian 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.
Gambian Marriage Basic Requirements
In order to marry a citizen of Gambia, you must demonstrate to the Gambian government that you are eligible to do so. This includes:
- Proof of country of birth
- Proof of single status
- Proof of age requirement
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If your Gambian spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Gambian Marriage document application.
If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Gambian citizen.
List of Gambian Consulates in Canada
Embassy of Gambia in Washington DC
Calling the Gambia from Canada
- The country code is 220 to call you would dial 011 – 220 – area code – local numbers
The Gambia does not use area codes. Cell numbers begin with a 7 or a 9.
Calling Canada from the Gambia
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|
The Gambia uses Greenwich Mean Time, or UK time. The Gambia does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
|Canadian Time Zone||
# of Hours The Gambia is Ahead
# of Hours during DST
|Pacific (BC, Yukon)||8 hours||7 hours|
|Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan)||7 hours||6 hours|
|Saskatchewan||6 hours||6 hours|
|Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario)||6 hours||5 hours|
|Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec)||5 hours||4 hours|
|Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec)||4 hours||3 hours|
|Newfoundland||3.5 hours||2.5 hours|
Emergency Information for Canadians in the Gambia
There is no Canadian mission in the Gambia but Canadians can contact the British High Commission if they need assistance.
British High Commission in Banjul
48 Atlantic Road
Embassy of Canada in Dakar
corner of Galliéni and Amadou Cissé Dia Streets
Telephone: 221 33 889 4700
Canadian Government's Travel Alerts for the Gambia
Sponsoring a Gambian
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