Marrying and Sponsoring a Guinea Bissauan Citizen

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  • Western African country bordering North Atlantic Ocean between Senegal and Guinea
  • Hazards in Guinea Bissau are hot, dry and dusty Harmattan winds that reduce visibility and bush fires.
  • The weather is tropical, hot and humid, with a monsoon-type rainy season that starts from June to November and is accompanied by Southwesterly winds. The dry season is from December to May with Northerly Harmattan winds.


Marriage to a Guinea Bissauan Citizen

Every country has laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Guinea-Bissauan citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps.

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

If you want to bring your Guinea Bissau 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.


Guinea Bissauan Marriage Basic Requirements

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

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

Family Members

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

If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Guinea Bissauan citizen.


List of Guinea Bissauan Consulates in Canada

Permanent Mission of Guinea Bissau to the United Nations


Calling Guinea Bissau from Canada

The country code is 245 so to call you dial 011 – 245 – prefix – local number. There are no area codes in Guinea Bissau.

Landlines and Cells have different prefixes:

  • Landlines: 3
  • Cells: 5 / 6 / 7


Calling Canada from Guinea Bissau

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

Guinea Bissau uses GMT. The country does not participate in Daylight Saving Time.

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Guinea Bissau 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 Contact Information for Canadians in Guinea Bissau

There is no Canadian Diplomatic Mission in Guinea Bissau. In emergencies, contact the Canadian Embassy in Senegal, about a 13 hour drive away, weather permitting.

Embassy of Canada in Dakar

Corner of Galliéni and Amadou Cissé Dia Streets

Telephone: 221 33 889 4700
Fax: 221 33 889 4720
E-mail: [email protected]

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