Marrying and Sponsoring a Macanese

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Marriage to a Chinese Citizen of the Macao Special Administrative Region

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

Foreigners must apply for official permission from the Chinese government to marry a citizen of China. You must demonstrate to Chinese 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 China. This is done by providing various documents, including an Affidavit of Single Status to the Chinese government in Macao.

If you want to bring your Hongkonger 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.


Macao Marriage Basic Requirements

In Macao the minimum age for getting married is 16 years of age (by the western calendar). There is no residency requirement so you can arrive any time before your marriage.


Family Members

If your Chinese spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the application.

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


List of Chinese Consulates in Canada

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Calling Macao from Canada

Dial 011 – 853 – local number

  • 011 is the North American exit number
  • 853 is Macao’s country code

There are no area codes in Macao. Landlines begin with 28, cellular phones begin with 6.


Calling Canada from Macao

Dial 00 – 1 – area code – local number

Canada has lots of 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

Macao Time is the same as Chinese Standard Time (GMT+8), despite the huge differences in location between Macao and much of China – unlike much of China, Macao really should be on GMT +8. Macao does not observe Daylight Saving Time due to its proximity to the equator.

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Macao is Ahead # of Hours during DST
Pacific (BC, Yukon) 16 hours 15 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 15 hours 14 hours
Saskatchewan 14 hours 14 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario) 14 hours 13 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 13 hours 12 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec) 12 hours 11 hours
Newfoundland 11.5 hours 10.5 hours


Emergency Contact Information for Canadians in Macao

There is no Canadian diplomatic mission in Macao, but there is a consulate located across the bay in Hong Kong. This mission has jurisdiction over Macao and Hong Kong.

Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong

13th Floor, One Exchange Square
8 Connaught Place
Central, Hong Kong SAR

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 11142, Hong Kong SAR, China

Telephone: 85 (2) 3719 4700
Fax: 85 (2) 2847 7561
E-mail: [email protected]

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Emergency Numbers in Macao

999 is the general emergency number. You can also dial 318.

110 is the tourist help line in China.


The Government of Canada’s Travel Alerts for Hong Kong

For travel alerts, click here

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