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[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]


CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship laws are based on the Burundian Nationality Code of August 10, 1971.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Burundi does not automatically confer citizenship. The only exception is a person born in Burundi who is not a citizen of any state and who has resided there for 15 years.

BY DESCENT: Child born of a Burundian father, regardless of the country of birth. Child born of a Burundian mother and an unknown or stateless father, regardless of the country of birth.

MARRIAGE: A foreign woman who marries a Burundian citizen may acquire Burundi nationality two years after the marriage, provided she has renounced her previous citizenship.

OTHER: A child, adopted before their twelfth birthday by a Burundian citizen.

BY NATURALIZATION: Laws concerning the acquisition of Burundian citizenship are interpreted through the legislature.


LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP: All renunciations, whether voluntary or involuntary, must be approved by a court finding.

VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of citizenship is permitted by law, provided a court decree is granted. Contact Embassy for details and required paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following is grounds for involuntary loss of Burundian citizenship, provided a court decree is approved: Person voluntarily acquires a foreign citizenship.

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

Embassy of the Republic of Burundi Consular Section 2233 Wisconsin Ave., NW STE 212 Washington, DC 20007

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-342-2574 Fax: 202-342-2578


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