Marrying and Sponsoring an Ivorian

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  • 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

Family Members

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

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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

Abengourou 35 Daloa 32 Korhogo 36
Abidjan area 2X Divo 32 Man 33
Anyama 2X Ferkessedougou 36 San Pedro 34
Bouake 31 Gagnoa 32 Yamoussoukro 30


Calling Canada from Ivory Coast

Dial 00 – 1 – area code – local number

Here is a list of Canada’s 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

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
Le Plateau, Abidjan
Côte d’Ivoire

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 4104, Abidjan, 01, Côte d’Ivoire

Telephone: 225 20 30 07 00
Fax: 225 20 30 07 20
E-mail: [email protected]

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Canadian Government’s Travel Alerts for Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

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