A noncommercial collection of information about citizenship, dual citizenship and multiple citizenship

[Please refer to How to Read a Country Entry for help interpreting this material. It was produced prior to March 2001 as part of a US government report entitled Citizenship Laws of the World. The accuracy and depth of these country listings varies significantly, and some information may be incorrect. At best, this page presents only part of the story for a particular country. Additional information for this country may be available in Country Information]

BURKINA FASO (Upper Volta)

CITIZENSHIP: Information on the basis for Burkinabe citizenship law was not provided.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Burkina Faso does not automatically confer citizenship; the exception is a child born to unknown parents.

BY DESCENT: Child, at least one of whose parents is a citizen, is granted citizenship regardless of the child's country of birth.

BY NATURALIZATION: Burkinabe citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person has resided in Burkina Faso for at least 10 years and is 18 years or older. There are some exceptions for the residency and age requirements. Foreigners born in Burkina Faso and those who can be of service to the state need to fulfill a residency requirement of two years.

MARRIAGE: Person who marries a citizen of Burkina Faso may register for citizenship six months after the marriage.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: Dual Citizenship is not prohibited by law; therefore, it is accepted.


VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of citizenship is permitted by law. Contact Burkinabe Embassy for details and required paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following is grounds for involuntary loss of Burkinabe citizenship: Person has committed a crime against the institutions or the government of Burkina Faso.

ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship, or requests for renunciation of citizenship, should be directed to the address below:

Embassy of Burkina Faso Consular Section 2340 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-332-5577/6895 Fax: 202-667-1882


Help us improve this site!
Important information and Disclaimer

Copyright (C) 2002-2007 All rights reserved.