Marrying and Sponsoring a Malagasy Citizen

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Marriage to a Malagasy Citizen

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

If you want to bring your Malagasy 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.


Malagasy Marriage Basic Requirements

Officially, marriage is only possible in accordance with the Malagasy State Department laws pertaining to the status of foreigners on Madagascar, assuming they have a permanent place of residence there. In practice this isn’t strictly enforced however; foreigners who don’t live in Madagascar also get married on the island.

You need the following documents:

  • An international birth certificate (registry office)
  • Passport or identity card
  • Reporting certificate (municipality)
  • The proof that there aren’t marriage obstacles
  • The divorce document  if necessary
  • Parental consent is required where a minor is involved in a marriage contact (below 18 years)
  • At least two witnesses must be present

All documents must be translated into French as certified copies. If you haven’t mastered the French language, you should seek an interpreter also to be present at the wedding.


Family Members

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

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


List of Malagasy Consulates in Canada

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Calling Madagascar from Canada

011 – 261- Operator Code – Area Code – local number, where

  • 011 is the exit code for Canada
  • 261 is the country code for Madagascar
  • the Operator Code is a two-digit number assigned to each provider (see below)
  • the area code is a 1 digit number (by “zone”) and two digit number (by province) for landlines only; the municipal number includes the first digit of the telephone number


Operator Codes by Provider

Codes beginning with 2 are landlines or sat phones, codes beginning with 3 are cellular phones.

Airtel Madagascar 33
Blueline MVNO 39
Gulfsat Madagascar 22
Orange Madagascar 32
Telecom Malagasy 20
Telma mobile 34


Area Codes of Madagascar (landlines only)

By Zone (old provinces):

Antananarivo (city) 2 Mahajanga 6
Antananarivo (old province) 4 Toamasina 5
Antsiranana 8 Toliara 9
Fianarantsoa 7


By Area

Please note that these area codes contain the first digit(s) of the local number you are calling. You must dial the 20 operator prefix before dialling the area code.

Area Area Code Dial Area Area Code Dial Area Area Code Dial
Ambatolampy 42 20 42 Fianarantsoa 75 20 75 Moramanga 56 20 56
Ambatondrazaka 54 20 54 Mahajanga 62 20 62 Morondava 95 20 95
Ambositra 47 20 47 Maintirano 69 20 69 Nosy Be 86 20 86
Antananarivo 22 20 22 Manakara 722 20 722 Sainte Marie 57 20 57
Antsirabe 44 20 44 Manakara — Mananjary 72 20 72 Sambava 88 20 88
Antsiranana 82 20 82 Mananjary 729 20 729 Taolañaro 92 20 92
Antsohihy 67 20 67 Maroantsetra 57 20 57 Toamasina 53 20 53
Farafangana 73 20 73 Mid-West Madagascar 48 20 48 Toliary 94 20 94


Calling Canada from Madagascar

00- 1 – Area Code – local number

  • 00- Exit code for Madagascar, and is needed for making any international call from Madagascar
  • 1 – ISD Code or Country Code of Canada


Area codes of Canada

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

Madagascar is on East Africa Time (GMT+3). Madagascar does not participate in Daylight Saving Time due to its proximity to the equator.

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Madagascar 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 Madagascar

Consulate of Canada in Antananarivo

Immeuble Fitaratra
Antananarivo 101

Telephone: (261) 20 22 397 37
Fax: No Fax
Email: [email protected]
Website: No Website

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Embassy of Canada in Pretoria

1103 Arcadia Street
Pretoria, 0083
South Africa

Postal Address:
P.O. Box Private Bag X13, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0028, South Africa

>Telephone: 27 (12) 422-3000
Fax: 27 (12) 422-3052
E-mail: [email protected]

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The Canadian Government’s Travel Alerts for Madagascar

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Sponsoring Your Malagasy Spouse to Canada

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