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Which Countries Don’t Allow Dual Citizenship?

Which Countries Don’t Allow Dual Citizenship?


In 2015, 20% more Americans renounced their
citizenship than had done the year before. More than 4,200 individuals have thrown out
their US Passport, and while many did so in order to avoid paying taxes in the US, others
who hoped to gain nationality elsewhere may have been forced to dump their American citizenship.
That’s because a large number of countries actually don’t allow their citizens to hold
dual citizenship, so what are some of those countries? Well, to clarify, a country cannot actually
prevent you from holding citizenship elsewhere. Citizenship is basically a contract between
you and a country’s government that allocates specific rights, duties and benefits on both
sides. Another government can’t just cancel that contract. But what they can do is keep
you from gaining citizenship within their own country, or strip you of it if you try
to gain citizenship elsewhere. Technically, a person can have as many citizenships
as they can legally maneuver: someone can be born in one country, to parents from another
country, marry someone from a third country, establish residency in a fourth country, while
buying citizenship in a fifth, thereby potentially holding five citizenships at once. But some countries are not comfortable with
their citizens pledging allegiance to a foreign government. Among advanced economies, the
most notable states which significantly limit dual citizenship for foreign nationals are
Austria, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, and Spain. Note, however,
that this list is incomplete and countries regularly change their nationality policies.
Currently, In Japan, a person can technically hold dual citizenship until the age of 22,
after which point they must choose to drop their other nationality, or they are automatically
disqualified from holding Japanese citizenship. Norway, on the other hand, allows more leeway,
and if you’re born to Norwegian parents but in a different country that guarantees
citizenship by birth, you don’t actually have to abandon it. You’re also allowed
dual citizenship if releasing from your other nationality is “unreasonably burdensome”.
But in general, they don’t allow it. Other countries only prohibit dual citizenship
to certain other countries. Pakistan, for example, only allows dual citizenship with
18 countries. Additionally, more than a dozen, mostly Middle Eastern countries refuse admission
at all to those holding Israeli passports, making dual citizenship nearly impossible
for Israelis. Some countries will refuse entry if you’ve even visited Israel once. But while some of these countries will strip
you of your citizenship, and others won’t even allow you into the country, most nations
banning dual citizenship are more apt to turn a blind eye to your second nationality. For
example, Russia doesn’t actually prohibit dual citizenships, but it also does not recognize
them. If you have a Russian passport, you are solely a Russian citizen, and you cannot
legally use your other country’s passport within Russian borders. Moreover, if you do
have dual citizenship, you are not legally allowed to conceal the fact. Dual citizenship is a complicated topic, and
isn’t as simple as just allowing it or not. Some sources list the total number of countries
that don’t allow dual citizenship at more than sixty, which would comprise roughly one
in three countries. But for the most part, having multiple citizenships usually means
that those countries can collect taxes from you, and for Americans that includes foreign
income as well. So without any particular political, religious, or ideological reasons
for denying dual citizenship, it’s usually in both parties best interests to allow it. One way you can lose your citizenship in some
countries is by trying to gain dual citizenship. But what are some other ways you can be stripped
of your nationality? Find out by watching this video.

100 comments on “Which Countries Don’t Allow Dual Citizenship?

  1. I have triple nationality i was born in Argentina, but grandparents from Spain and Italy gave the nationality to my father and he gave them to me. When I moved to Spain I "stopped" the argentinian citizenship and "started" the spanish one. There is no point in having dual citizenship if you are going to live in 1 place, and you don't lose your nationality. Unless I'm wrong and don't understand how anything works.

  2. Just to note. The U.S. only has authority to tax abroad if you gain citizenship elsewhere. If you come in to the U.S. say as an adopted child or family related move, the rules states that the U.S. can not tax your “home/birth” country income. At least that’s what I have been told.

  3. In the graphics over countries that don't allow dual citizenship, Sweden was marked. This is faulty, Sweden has no restrictions on dual citizenship what so ever…

  4. Finland has general conscription for all male citizens (compulsory 165 to 347 days of military or civil service), which has to be done by the age of 29. A male dual citizen who lives permanently in another country and has no personal ties to Finland, can choose not to perform the service, and lose the Finnish citizenship at the age of 30.

    So, one could say this is also a kind of restriction of dual citizenship.

  5. Correct me if I'm wrong . Doesn't citizenship imply allegiance to the particular country ? How does one swear allegience to two or three different countries ? As an instructor I once had , would say , " you cannot worship two gods " .

  6. The netherlands don't restrict dual citizenship, that is how loads of mugrants come here and benefit from a lot social welfare being "foreign" with their own nationality and gaining other benefits with their dutch citizenship whilst not pleading allegiance to the Netherlands.

  7. My son have 3 citizenships GB , Swiss , and Spanish . You mentionend spain as one of the countrys being restrictive regarding dual citizenship . No idea about the USA , but in europe you pay taxes to the country you live and work in . If you live in one country and work in another , then that could mean that you pay taxes in both .

  8. Born somali immigrants Canada now I have Canadian citizenship somali allow one lol country and Canada one so I will be stuck lol

  9. Born in America. Both of my parents were born in Mexico. We all have dual citizenship. USA and Mexico.

  10. People CONFUSE NOT !allowing" with NOT RECOGNISING. How on earth the Spanish goverment would know I have another nationality IF I WON'T TELL? I would use the Spanish passport and DNI in Spain and WHICHEVER I WANT EVERYWHERE ELSE!!

  11. И тут ты начинаешь думать, это фотошоп или Пётр действительно предпринимает попытки стать Петром І

  12. Well, I'm a citizen of three countries. My grandparents migrated from Poland to Israel. My grandad migrated to the U.S where he met my grandmother who gave birth to my mother.

  13. My dad is Italian, my mom is Slovak and I am married to a Japanese. Currently living in the UK.
    🇮🇹 🇸🇰 🇯🇵 🇬🇧

  14. The map at the end of this video is incorrect. It shows Sweden as one of the countries that doesn't allow for dual citizenship, which it does. Sweden doesn't restrict your nationalities in any way, shape or form.

  15. I don't blame some Americans from relinguishing their Negrified and Hispanized citizenship. One gets tired of their pandering and sucking up government after a while…

  16. The UK and Ireland allowed dual citizenship. Has proved useful for all those from Irish parents trying to escape Brexit 🙂

  17. A big plus to remain part of the EU for The UK. As one of the 28 member states you're effectively a citizen of all of them, except you can't vote. That's the only restriction of any weight.

  18. I wonder if I could still get a Spanish passport from my cousin, paternal 8th cousin King Felipe? Including United Kingdom, since I am related to the Queen also as paternal 8th cousins? I'm automatically barred for running for any American political office because of my Royal family ties.

  19. My mother was an Afghan citizen when I was born. I was born in America. Dual citizenship! Now I can go to China for $110 cheaper.

  20. Such things as dual citizenships very bad for national standards…… that is why our country does not allow it…… especially everyone want to go live in USA they cannot betray our country

  21. My great grandfather from my mother is Indian, my mother is Indonesian, my father is Belgian and I was born in The U.S. But I decided to throw other citizenships and become Indonesian. Love my country Indoneeia :))))

  22. Every Jew is automatically Israeli citizen regardless where they were born. That means every Jewish lawmaker in Congress or the Senate has dual citizenship. This will be interesting should Bernie Sanders be elected president.

  23. I am from Australia, he said Austria.

    My heart sank to the Mariana Trench and rose in a fraction of a second it wasn’t even funny.

  24. Here is the list of the countries I'd like to be a citizen of (just let me dream)
    Saudi Arabia
    Kuwait
    UAE
    Oman
    Bahrain
    Canada
    Australia
    France
    Belgium
    Germany
    Luxembourg

  25. I have Portuguese citizenship my whole life since i was born in Macau when it was Portuguese. I never been to Portugal nor speak the language though. I automatically obtain Chinese citizenship upon Macau's transfer of sovereignty from Portugal to China, because I am a Macau resident of Chinese descent. China technically does not allow dual citizenship, in fact, it does not recognize my Portuguese citizenship while I'm residing in Macau, now one of China's territory. When I travel abroad, I use my Portuguese passport only.

  26. Here in Aotearoa/New Zealand multiple citizenships are pretty common. I remember last year being at a BBQ when the subject came up…out of around 30 guys at the BBQ, only about 4 had single citizenship, most had dual ( NZ/UK is a pretty common combination). There were few triple citizens as well, and one quad ( US/ Canada/ Ireland / New Zealand)

  27. So like I m a European and let's suppose like if I leave my European nationality to gain us citizenship is that work?

  28. Mina ( TWICE ) has both American and Japanese passports and she has to drop one of them when she turns 22 what do you think she will drop?

  29. You say that in Russia, even if you have dual citizenship, they only recognize your Russian citizenship and will treat you as Russian Citizen. This is not specific to Russia, since it holds universally. You may (optionally or not) register your additional Citizenship(s) in the other countries you're a Citizen of, but those countries will still treat you as 100% one of their own, without privileges associated with your other Citizenship(s).
    This makes things complicated w.r.t. consular support, and especially if you have children. Many MFA websites warn dual citizens that when they are visiting the countries of their other Citizenships, they will be treated as a citizen of those other countries, and that the embassies and consulates won't be able to help them in case problems arise.

  30. You can have seven Citizenships easily: 1/ the one of your place of birth if that country applies ius soli, 2/ the one of your dad, 3/ the one of your mom if their countries apply ius sangini, 4/ the one of the place of long-time residence by naturalization, 5/ the one of your place of work by special waiver if that work is reserved to citizens, 6/ the one of a country that sells citizenship by investing money in there, 7/ and finally a honorary citizenship e.g. by being an important player in a national sports team or having done something exceptionally important and valuable for that country. Of course, you can try to acquire even more, but frankly, collecting citizenships can can quite pricey. Just imagine the hassle and fees required to renew all those passports, papers and so on.

  31. I have two citizenships, German and United States, I was born in the U.S so I got American citizenship, and because my mom is a german citizen, I was able to get both at birth.

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  33. well. so many rich people dump
    there citizen ship. It's up to the people to decide where they want to go or they just move to other countries.

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