- Located in Eastern Asia bordering the Korean Bay and Sea of Japan
- Towards the end of Spring, there is severe drought which is then followed by flooding and occasional typhoons as fall approaches
Marriage to a North Korean Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a North Korean citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. The North Korean government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry North Koreans as an indirect way of discouraging North Korean citizens from moving to other countries.
Foreigners must apply for official permission from the North Korean government to marry a citizen of North Korea. You must demonstrate to North Korean 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 North Korea. This is done by providing various documents including an Affidavit of Single Status to the North Korean government either in North Korean or via a North Korean embassy.
If you want to bring your North Korean 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.
North Korean Marriage Basic Requirements
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is special case in the world as it is one of the most diplomatically isolated countries. Please contact us if you are trying to marry in North Korea and want to sponsor your spouse to Canada.
- Passport size photo
- Valid passport
- Photocopy of the first page of the passport
- Visa application form
If your North Korean spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the sponsorship process.
If you have dependent children, they have no effect on sponsoring of a North Korean citizen.
Calling North Korea from Canada
Calling the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is difficult as most international calls must go through an operator:
Dial 001 – 850 – 2 – 18111, where
- 001 is the exit code from Canada
- 850 is the country code for North Korea
- 2 is the area code for Pyongyang
- 18111 is the international operator number
This procedure is followed because the North Korean telephone directory is considered top secret government information.
There are a few phone numbers that can be dialled directly – mostly fax numbers – and these numbers begin with 381. For example, to dial one of these numbers in Pyongyang, you would dial:
001 – 850 – 2 – 381xxxx
These international numbers cannot call domestically unless they are calling another 381 number.
Official North Korean Area Codes as of 2011
Calling Canada from North Korea
Calling Canada is virtually impossible unless you have access a special phone line allowed to make international calls. If you have one of these numbers, dial
Dial 00 / 99 – 1 – area code – local number, where 00 or 99 is the exit code from North Korea.
You may be prevented from making this call.
Area Codes of Canada
|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|
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is on Korean Standard Time (GMT+9), just like the Republic of Korea. North Korea does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
|Canadian Time Zone||# of Hours North Korea is Ahead||# of Hours during DST|
|Pacific (BC, Yukon)||17 hours||16 hours|
|Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan)||16 hours||15 hours|
|Saskatchewan||15 hours||15 hours|
|Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario)||15 hours||14 hours|
|Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec)||14 hours||13 hours|
|Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec)||13 hours||12 hours|
|Newfoundland||12.5 hours||11.5 hours|
Emergency Information for Canadians in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
There is no Canadian diplomatic mission in North Korea. For assistance contact the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang or the Canadian Embassy in Seoul.
Please note that the numbers listed below for the Swedish Embassy can only be called internationally or form other 381 numbers.
Embassy of Sweden in Pyongyang
Munsudong, Daehak Street
Telephone: 850 (2) 381-7908, 381-7904, or 381-7485*
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Embassy of Canada in Seoul
21 Jeongdong-gil (Jeong-dong)
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Canadian Government’s Travel Alerts for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Sponsoring Your Korean Spouse to Canada
Sponsoring a Korean from the Democratic People’s Republic is more difficult than the average sponsorship application. To learn about average sponsorship applications, click the button below.