- Located in northern Africa bordering the Mediterranean Sea between Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria
- The extreme interior of the country is dry and hot and along the coastline its Mediterranean weather
- Natural hazards are hot, dry and dusty laden Ghibili winds during spring time, there are also dusty sandstorms.
Marriage to a Libyan Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Libyan citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. The Libyan government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Libyans as an indirect way of discouraging Libyan citizens from moving to other countries.
If you want to bring your Libyan 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.
Libyan Marriage Basic Requirements
In order to marry a citizen of Libya, you must demonstrate to the Libyan 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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Libyan Marriage Ceremony
The marriage ceremony to a Libyan citizen can legally take place in Libya, 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 Libyan spouse. To learn more about ceremony customs, see below.
If your Libya spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Libya Marriage document application.
If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Libyan citizen.
List of Libya Consulates in Canada
Calling Libya from Canada
The country code is 218, so to call dial 011 – 218 – area code – local number
|Benghazi||61||Gubba||821||Noflia||555||Tripoli International Airport||22|
|Deriana||625||Jerdina||627||Sidi Sultan Sultan||654||Zahra||252|
|El Beida||84||Kabaw||481||Slenta||854||Zawyat Elmahjub||526|
Calling Canada from Libya
Dial 00 - 1 - area code - local number
List of Area Codes of Canada
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|
Libya is on Central European Time or West Africa Time (GMT+1). Libya observed Daylight Saving Time in 2013 but had not previously observed it since 1997. Due to the unstable political situation, it is unknown whether or not Libya will continue to observe DST. The chart below assumes that Libya will not observe DST in the future.
|Canadian Time Zone||
# of Hours Libya is Ahead
# of Hours during DST*
|Pacific (BC, Yukon)||9 hours||8 hours|
|Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan)||8 hours||7 hours|
|Saskatchewan||7 hours||7 hours|
|Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario)||7 hours||6 hours|
|Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec)||6 hours||5 hours|
|Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec)||5 hours||4 hours|
|Newfoundland||4.5 hours||3.5 hours|
Emergency Contact Information for Canadians in Lybia
Embassy of Canada in Tripoli
Tripoli Tower, Tower 1, 7th Floor
Telephone: 218 (21) 335-1633
The Government of Canada's Travel Alerts for Libya
Sponsoring a Libyan to Come To Canada
The sponsorship process can be long and frustrating. To learn more about filing an application, click the button above.
Want to know more about marrying in Libya? Let us know!