Each country has its own citizenship laws and there are many ways to apply for citizenship in a country, either by birth, marriage, descent, naturalisation or marriage. Some countries like Austria, Cyprus, St.Kitts even grant citizenship by monetary investment in their country.
Double/Dual citizenships has been in much of the debate over the years. Much of the developed countries such as US, UK, Australia, Switzerland have no restrictions on holding dual nationality, whereas countries such as Singapore, Austria, India, Saudi Arabia do not “recognize” or “restrict” dual citizenships, leading to automatic loss of citizenship upon acquiring other. Some countries such as Austria, Spain may still grant dual citizenships upon certain special conditions under exceptional cases like celebrities..
The following are list of countries which allow and do not allow dual citizenships. We have compiled the list through our extensive research of dual citizenship information in various countries. Please keep in mind that countries amend nationality laws from time to time and is subjected to change:
Dual Citizenships Allowed:
Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Bangladesh, Canada, Cyprus, United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, South Korea, South Africa (requires permission) , Egypt(requires prior permission), Greece, France, Finland, Germany (requires prior permission), Iraq, Italy, Israel, Ireland, Hungary, Iceland, Sweden, Slovenia, Syria, Serbia, Armenia, Lebanon, Malta, Spain ( allows only with certain Latin american countries), Tonga, Philippines, Romania, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka (by retention), Pakistan (accepts only with 16 countries), Portugal, Turkey (requires permission)
Dual Citizenships Not Allowed
Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan ,Burma, Bahrain, Botswana, Japan, China ,Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji,India,Indonesia, Ecuador, Estonia, Iran, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, Japan, Peru, Kuwait , Kenya, Kazakhstan, Chile, Kiribati, Poland, Korea, Kuwait, Denmark, Latvia, Singapore, Slovakia, Ecuador, Lithuania, Solomon Islands ,Fiji ,Malaysia, Mauritius, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Thailand, Mexico, Nepal, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal
Pakistan allows dual citizenship only with the below countries
- United Kingdom
- New Zealand
- United States
Allows dual citizenship with some Latin-American countries Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, Andorra, Portugal, the Philippines and Equatorial Guinea.
Disclaimer: The above information may change from time to time. Please check with concerned embassy with issue of dual citizenship
Useful Links to Official Govt Websites
The following are some of the useful links to Govt websites of various countries, to know about the dual citizenship:
United States: http://www.travel.state.gov
United Kingdom: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/
Sri Lanka: http://www.immigration.gov.lk
Trinidad Tobago: http://ttcgtoronto.gov.tt
Sierra Leone: http://www.diasporaaffairs.gov.sl
Hong Kong: http://www.immd.gov.hk