Marrying and Sponsoring an Equatoguinean

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  • Located in middle Africa in the gulf of Guinea
  • The weather is hot, humid and tropical. The mainland of the country experiences a dry season from May to September, while the area known as Bioko is dry from December to February
  • The country suffers from violent windstorms and flooding


Marriage to an Equatoguinean Citizen

Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to an Equatoguinean citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. The Equatoguinean government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Equatoguinean as an indirect way of discouraging Equatoguinean citizens from moving to other countries.

You must demonstrate to Equatoguinean 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 Equatorial Guinea. This is done by providing various documents including an Affidavit of Single Status to the Equatoguinean government either in Equatorial Guinea or via an Equatoguinean embassy.

If you want to bring your Equatoguinean 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.


Equatoguinean Marriage Basic Requirements

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

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

Equatoguinean Marriage Ceremony

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

Family Members

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

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


Calling Equatorial Guinea from Canada

  • The country code is 240 to call you dial 011 – 240 – (area code, if applicable) – local number

Equatorial Guinea only uses area codes for cell phones.

  • To call a landline, dial 011 – 240 – 3xx -xxx
  • To call a cell, add the cell prefix – either 22 or 551: 011 – 240 – 222 / 551 – xxx xxx


Calling Canada from Equatorial Guinea

Dial 00 – 1 – Canadian area code – local number

List of Canadian Area Codes

Province Code Province  Code
Alberta 403 / 587 (southern Alberta)

587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)

Nunavut 867
BC 236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)

236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)

Ontario 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
New  Brunswick 506 Quebec 418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)

438 / 514 (Montreal)

450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)

819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)

Newfoundland and Labrador 709 Saskatchewan 306 / 639
Northwest Territories 867 Yukon 867
Nova Scotia 782 / 902


Time Difference

Equatorial Guinea uses West Africa Time (GMT+1) and they do not observe Daylight Savings Time

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Equatorial Guinea 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 Equatorial Guinea

Canadian Diplomatic Missions in and around Equatorial Guinea

Consulate of Canada in Bata

Carretera del Seminario Mayor
Bata, Litoral
Apt. 598
Equatorial Guinea

Telephone: 240 222 56 26 55 or 240 222 62 11 06
Fax: No Fax
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: No Website

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Embassy of Canada in Abuja

15 Bobo Street
(off Gana Street)
Maitama, Abuja

Telephone: 234 (09) 461-2900
Fax: 234 (09) 461-2902
E-mail: [email protected]

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The Government of Canada’s Travel Alerts for Equatorial Guinea

For travel alerts, click here

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