Namibia Citizenship

Namibia Citizenship

NAMIBIA CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship laws are based upon the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia, dated March 21, 1990, the date of independence.  (UKC-Commonwealth Nation)

  • BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Namibia does not automatically confer citizenship. The exception is a child of unknown parents.
  • BY DESCENT:
  • Persons born before March 21, 1990, born in Namibia, of parents who were legal residents in Namibia.
  • Persons born after March 21, 1990, born in wedlock, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Namibia, regardless of the child’s country of birth.
  • Child born out of wedlock to a Namibian mother and an unknown or stateless father.
  • MARRIAGE: Foreigner who marries a citizen of Namibia may apply for citizenship two years after marriage.
  • REGISTRATION: Persons were eligible to register for citizenship up to one year after independence if they were ordinarily resident in Namibia at the time of independence, had lived in the country for at least five years, and had renounced their previous citizenship.
  • BY NATURALIZATION: Namibian citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person has resided continually in the country for at least five years, and has renounced previous citizenship.

NAMIBIA DUAL CITIZENSHIP:  NOT RECOGNIZED.

Exception: Namibian child born abroad who gains citizenship of the country of birth may retaindual citizenship until age 18.

NAMIBIA LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP:

  • VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Namibian citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork.
  • INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Namibian citizenship:
  • Person has voluntarily acquired foreign citizenship
  • Person has volunteered to serve in the armed forces of another country withoutgovernment permission.
  • Person has lived abroad more than two years without written permission of the Namibian government.

For more detailed information and advice on citizenship, please Contact EFSAG.