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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 is based on Law No.200/AN/81 of October 24, 1981. Those who were citizens before June 27, 1977, retain their citizenship.

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

BY DESCENT: Child whose father is a citizen of Djibouti, regardless of the child's country of birth. Child born in Djibouti, of a Djibouti mother and an unknown father.

REGISTRATION: Foreign national, who marries a citizen of Djibouti, may apply for citizenship after two years of marriage.

BY NATURALIZATION: Djibouti citizenship may be acquired upon the fulfillment of the following condition: Person must have resided in the country for at least 10 years.



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

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Djibouti citizenship: Person voluntarily acquires a foreign citizenship. Person is condemned for an act against the national security of the country. Person is a member of a foreign army or international organization and refuses to terminate employment or cease participation on orders from the government of Djibouti.

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

Embassy of the Republic of Djibouti Consular Section 1156 15th St., NW STE 515 Washington, DC 20005

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-331-0270 Fax: 202-331-0302


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