Updated: June 28, 2022 | 31 minute read

    What is Dual Citizenship?

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    Simply put, dual citizenship means being a citizen of two countries simultaneously. A person is a dual citizen when he lives in one country but is also a citizen of another.   

    Before making such a decision, you need to know all about the countries that allow dual citizenship and those that do not. Relinquishing your original passport is not ideal. However, trading one passport for a more powerful one is not necessarily bad.   

    Some countries still strictly forbid acquiring a second passport. However, in recent years several countries have fostered a more favourable attitude towards allowing their citizens to hold Dual Citizenship, either through recognising Dual/Multiple Citizenship or amending their requirements for naturalisation.  

     

    List of countries that do not allow dual citizenship

    The Benefits of Dual Citizenship

    1. Global Mobility - Some passports do not allow you the luxury of travelling to any destination and can be pretty restrictive. Restrictive passports make travelling a complex matter as travel visas must be obtained. A second passport can solve that problem by increasing one’s mobility and removing the bureaucracy from the equation. 
    2. Residence - One of the benefits of dual citizenship is guaranteed residence in multiple countries. Residence can be a significant advantage for individuals who wish to live and work in more than one country. 
    3. Property Ownership - Following local laws and regulations, dual citizenship makes property ownership possible. 
    4. Business - Acquiring second citizenship opens the doors to many business opportunities and concludes business deals that were otherwise unavailable or hard to come by based on the original passport. 
    5. Security - Obtaining a second passport from a stable country puts your mind at rest. In the event of any social, political or economic instability in one’s own country, you maintain a plan B.
    6. Cultural Immersion - Being a citizen of another country is an opportunity to learn about another culture, tradition, and way of life.
    7. Quality of Life -By obtaining dual citizenship, you can access world-class education and health care and an overall enhanced lifestyle.

    High net worth families, in particular, gain several benefits through dual citizenship. By obtaining Dual Citizenship status, these families have the means to unlock their full potential by accessing better opportunities in another country. These opportunities include securing the family’s future through education, health care or simply a better lifestyle.  

    The Benefits of Dual Citizenship

    The Processes of Obtaining Dual Citizenship

    The process of obtaining dual citizenship varies from one country to the other. It is essential to look into the laws and regulations of the countries where you want to obtain dual citizenship. The following are just some of the processes:  

    Birth    

    An individual can be a non-resident but still gain citizenship if their parents were born in that country. You might claim dual citizenship if you were born in certain countries. For instance, if you were born in the United States to parents from another country, you may be eligible for dual citizenship. 

    Naturalisation    

    An individual can acquire citizenship for a certain number of years as a permanent resident. For example, permanent residents of Canada must reside in Canada for four out of six years to be eligible to apply for citizenship. However, individuals with temporary status must gain permanent residency to start counting their years as residents toward the citizenship requirement.    

    Marriage    

    Some countries grant permanent resident status upon marriage with a citizen, which speeds up the time needed to become an official citizen. 

    Investment    

    Many countries now offer citizenship or residency by investment programmes to high-net-worth individuals. Citizenship by investment is acquiring second citizenship by investing in the host country’s economy. Residency by investment programmes offers permanent residency after the investment, which again speeds up the time to citizenship.   

     

    Countries that Allow Dual Citizenship 

    Many countries allow dual citizenship outright, while others allow it only in particular circumstances. Here is a comprehensive list of countries that allow dual citizenship. 

    Albania Central African Republic  The Gambia  Latvia Peru Switzerland 
    Algeria Chile Germany* Lebanon Philippines Syria
    American Samoa  Colombia Ghana Lithuania Poland Taiwan
    Angola Comoros  Greece Luxembourg Portugal Tajikistan
    Antigua & Barbuda  Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)  Grenada Macau Romania Thailand
    Argentina Costa Rica  Guatemala Macedonia  Russian Federation Tibet
    Australia Ivory Coast  Guinea-Bissau  Mali Saint Kitts & Nevis Tonga
    Armenia  Croatia  Haiti Malta Saint Lucia Trinidad & Tobago
    Australia  Cyprus  Honduras Mauritius Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Tunisia
    Barbados  Czech Republic  Hong Kong  Mexico Samoa Turkey
    Belgium  Denmark Hungary Moldova* Scotland Uganda
    Belize Djibouti Iceland Morocco Serbia United Kingdom
    Benin Dominica  Iraq Namibia Seychelles United States 
    Bolivia Dominican Republic  Ireland Nauru Sierra Leone  Uruguay
    Bosnia & Herzegovina  East Timor  Israel New Zealand  Slovenia Vatican City 
    Brazil Ecuador  Italy Nicaragua Somalia Venezuela
    Bulgaria  Egypt Jamaica Niger South Africa  Vietnam 
    Burkina Faso  El Salvador  Jordan Nigeria  South Sudan British Virgin Islands
    Burundi Equatorial Guinea  Kenya Pakistan Spain Yemen
    Cambodia Fiji South Korea  Panama Sri Lanka Zambia
    Canada Finland  Kosovo Papua New Guinea  Sudan Zimbabwe
    Cape Verde  France  Kyrgyzstan Paraguay  Sweden  

    Countries that Don't Allow Dual Citizenship

    Afghanistan Iran Maldives  San Marino
    Andorra Japan Marshall Islands  Sao Tome and Principe
    Austria Kazakhstan Mauritania Saudi Arabia
    Azerbaijan Kiribati Micronesia Singapore 
    Bahrain North Korea Monaco Slovakia 
    China Kuwait Mongolia Suriname
    Djibouti Laos Mozambique Swaziland 
    Eritrea Lesotho Myanmar, Burma  Tanzania 
    Estonia Liberia Nepal Togo
    Ethiopia  Lybia Netherlands Ukraine
    Georgia Liechtenstein Norway United Arab Emirates
    Guinea  Malaysia Oman Uzbekistan
    Guyana  Montenegro Palau Vanuatu
    India Madagascar Qatar  
    Indonesia Malawi Rwanda  

     

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    Countries that allow Dual Citizenship