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2022-06-13 21:28:06

Countries that prohibit dual citizenship

Countries that prohibit dual citizenship

Being a citizen of several countries is a convenient and practical thing. It will be easier for a person who has more than one passport to travel, move around the world for work purposes and, if necessary, change the boring situation.

Many States did not deprive their citizens of the right to self-determination and allowed them to acquire a new nationality without renouncing what they had acquired by birth. 

However, there are countries that either do not allow their residents to have another citizenship at all, or allow only if a huge list of conditions is met.

Japan

According to Japanese law, a citizen of the country has the right to be a citizen of several states, but only up to the age of 22. The document states that the opportunity to choose citizenship is given to the Japanese only up to 22 years old: during this time he must decide and choose only one passport. If a person does not comply with the requirement, he will cease to be considered a Japanese citizen within 30 days.

Despite the current law, some Japanese still have dual citizenship after the age of 22, and they manage to hide this fact from the state, which allows them to live in the country without restrictions.

Netherlands

You can get a Dutch passport in the same ways as in other countries of the European Union. Citizenship is granted at the time of birth, adoption, naturalization or marriage to a Dutch citizen. If a person has obtained a Dutch passport, he automatically becomes a citizen of the European Union and it is possible to move and stay in any country that is part of the organization without restrictions.

The state of the country has the right to deprive residents of the Dutch passport if they have dual citizenship and live outside the Netherlands and the European Union for more than 10 years. If a Dutchman over the age of 18 wants to obtain a passport of another country in addition to the Dutch one, he will lose his first document and cease to be a Dutch citizen.

The only way to have dual citizenship without restrictions is to marry a citizen of the Netherlands, being a resident of another country. Also, dual citizenship can be obtained by a refugee.

Laos

In Laos, it is not possible to have dual citizenship – without exception. To become a citizen of this country, the applicant must live in Laos for more than 10 years, and then apply for a passport. If a candidate for citizenship has a high labor qualification and value for the state, there is an accelerated procedure for obtaining a document for him, and he will have to wait only 5 years.

People's Republic of China

The Chinese government does not recognize the right of its residents to a second citizenship and puts them in front of a choice. If a resident of China receives citizenship of any other country, the authorities of the Celestial Empire immediately deprive him of Chinese citizenship. Moreover, from now on, a former citizen will not be able to obtain a visa to the country and will lose any legal opportunity to get to his homeland. Violators of the rules and hiding the presence of a passport of another country will face severe punishment, since the Chinese government will not tolerate violation of the law.

Singapore

To get a Singapore passport, you can be born in the country, marry a local or undergo the naturalization procedure. In the third case, the candidate for citizenship must have a good command of the local language, have a good reputation, be over 21 years old and reside in Singapore for more than 10 years. Citizenship will not be issued if the applicant does not plan to stay permanently in the country.

Dual citizenship is not permitted by the Government except in one case. According to the Constitution of Singapore, a child born to Singaporean parents abroad and who has acquired citizenship there has the right to be determined until the age of 21. Up to this age, a citizen has the opportunity to have 2 passports. Once a young man or girl turns 21, they have 12 months to renounce another citizenship and take the Oath of Loyalty and Allegiance to Singapore. If the requirements are not met, the Singapore passport is cancelled.

Nepal

There are three ways to obtain Nepalese citizenship: by birth, by marriage to a Nepalese citizen and by naturalization. The third option is both the easiest and quite difficult: for naturalization, you must have a good command of the national language, have an official job in the country and live here for at least 15 years.

Dual citizenship in Nepal is unacceptable, so a candidate must renounce their first citizenship in order to obtain a Nepalese passport.

Kuwait

As in Nepal, Kuwait has a complex and rigorous naturalization process. Even if a candidate for citizenship has lived in the country for more than a dozen years, he will receive only a "special" citizenship, and not an ordinary passport. If a woman marries a Kuwaiti citizen after 15 years of residence in the country, she will receive full citizenship. This does not work with men, after marrying a Kuwaiti woman, citizenship will not be obtained.

Indonesia

Indonesians, like The Japanese and Singaporeans, have the right to choose citizenship until they reach the age of majority. In Indonesia, this age is 18 years, and during this period the citizen must choose which of the two passports he needs to refuse. If an adult is unable to decide on his own, the State of Indonesia automatically revokes his citizenship.

Myanmar

It is impossible to have several citizenships in Myanmar, and it is also quite difficult to get their passport as the only one. If the child was born in the country, this does not guarantee him the acquisition of Myanmar citizenship. In order for the document to be received accurately, the child's mother must be a citizen of the country.

Malawi

Malawians can have dual citizenship only until the age of 21, after which they must decide and choose the only one. A movement is gaining momentum in the country, whose participants are in favor of repealing this law, but so far the bill has not yet been submitted for official discussion.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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