- 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.
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
|Alberta||403 / 587 (southern Alberta)
587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)
|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|
|Nova Scotia||782 / 902|
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
Telephone: 240 222 56 26 55 or 240 222 62 11 06
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Embassy of Canada in Abuja
15 Bobo Street
Telephone: 234 (09) 461-2900
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The Government of Canada’s Travel Alerts for Equatorial Guinea
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Learn more about sponsoring your Equatoguinean spouse: