Marrying and Sponsoring an Eritrean Citizen

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  • Located in Eastern Africa bordering the Red Sea
  • The weather is hot, dry desert weather along the Red Sea coast, but cooler and wetter in the central highlands. Rains occur from June to September but its semi-arid in the western hills and lowlands of the country
  • Droughts are common as well as earthquakes and volcanoes although very rarely. Swarms of locusts is another hazard


Marriage to an Eritrean Citizen

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

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

If you want to bring your Eritrean 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.


Eritrean Marriage Basic Requirements

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

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

Eritrean Marriage Ceremony

The marriage ceremony to a Eritrean citizen can legally take place in Eritrea, 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 Eritrean spouse. To learn more about ceremony customs, see below.

Family Members

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

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

How long is the Eritrean Marriage document valid?

The document is valid for 6 months from the date of issue. If you do not marry your Eritrean fiancé within 6 months of the issuance of the Eritrean Marriage document, you must apply again with new supporting documents.

List of Eritrean Consulates in Canada

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Calling Eritrea from Canada

  • The country code is 291 to call you dial 011 – 291 –  local numbers

Eritrea does not use area codes.

  • Landlines: 011 – 291 – 1 – xxx xxx
  • Cells: 011 – 291 – 1/7/8 – xxx xxx


Calling Canada from Eritrea

To call Canada from Eritrea, dial 00 – 1 – 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

Eritrea follows East Africa Time (GMT+3) and does not practice Daylight Saving Time

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Eritrea 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 Eritrea

Consulate of Canada in Asmara

Abeneh Street 745
House No. 152/154

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 3962, Asmara, Eritrea

Telephone: 291 (1) 18 18 55 or 291 (1) 18 64 90
Fax: 291 (1) 18 64 88
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]
Website: No Website

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Embassy of Canada in Khartoum

29 Africa Road
Block 56
Khartoum 1

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 10503, Khartoum, 1, Sudan

Telephone: 249 156 550 500
Fax: 249 156 550 501
E-mail: [email protected]

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The Government of Canada’s Travel Alerts for Eritrea

For travel alerts, click here

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