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.
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
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.
Area Codes of Madagascar (landlines only)
By Zone (old provinces):
|Antananarivo (old province)||4||Toamasina||5|
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
403 / 587 (southern Alberta)
587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)
236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)
236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)
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|
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|
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
Telephone: (261) 20 22 397 37
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Embassy of Canada in Pretoria
1103 Arcadia Street
>Telephone: 27 (12) 422-3000
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The Canadian Government's Travel Alerts for Madagascar
Sponsoring Your Malagasy Spouse to Canada
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