- Located in Western Africa bordering North Atlantic Ocean between Ghana and Liberia
- The weather on Ivory Coast is tropical along the coast and semi-arid in the far North. There are officially 3 seasons, namely warm and dry from November to March, hot and dry from March to May, and hot & wet from June to October.
- There are no natural harbours on Ivory Coast. Therefore flooding is an ever-present hazard during the rainy season
Marriage to an Ivorian Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to an Ivorian citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. The Ivorian government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Ivorians as an indirect way of discouraging Ivorian citizens from moving to other countries.
You must demonstrate to Ivorian 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 Ivory Coast. This is done by providing various documents including an Affidavit of Single Status to the Ivorian government either in Ivory Coast or via an Ivorian embassy.
If you want to bring your Ivorian 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.
Ivorian Marriage Basic Requirements
In order to marry a citizen of Ivory Coast, you must demonstrate to the Ivorian government that you are eligible to do so. This includes:
- Proof of country of birth
- Proof of single status
- Proof of age requirement
If your Ivorian spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Ivorian Marriage document application.
If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry an Ivorian citizen.
List of Ivorian Consulates in Canada
Calling the Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire) from Canada
- The country code is 225 to call you dial 011 – 225 – area code – local number
Area codes in some cities are
Calling Canada from Ivory Coast
Dial 00 – 1 – area code – local number
Here is a list of Canada’s 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|
Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire) is on the same time as the United Kingdom, GMT 0. They do not participate in daylight saving time.
|Canadian Time Zone||# of Hours Ivory Coast 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 Information for Canadians in Ivory Coast
Canadian Diplomatic Mission
Embassy of Canada in Abidjan
Immeuble Trade Centre
Telephone: 225 20 30 07 00
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Canadian Government’s Travel Alerts for Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
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