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]


CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship is based upon Section 10 of the Constitution, dated July 30, 1983. (UKC-Commonwealth Nation)

BY BIRTH: Child born in Vanuatu, of two foreign nationals living in Vanuatu, may apply for Vanuatuan citizenship upon reaching the age of 18.

BY DESCENT: Child, both of whose parents are citizens of Vanuatu, regardless of the child's country of birth. Child of a Vanuatuan father and a foreign mother, regardless of the child's country of birth. Child of a Vanuatuan mother and a foreign father obtains the citizenship of the father.

However, the child can apply for Vanuatuan citizenship upon reaching age 18.

MARRIAGE: A foreign woman who marries a citizen of Vanuatu may automatically apply for citizenship. A foreign man who marries a citizen of Vanuatu may apply for citizenship after 10 years residency.

BY NATURALIZATION: Vanuatuan citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following condition: Person has legally resided in the country for at least 10 years.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exception: Vanuatuan child born abroad, who obtains the citizenship of the country of birth, is allowed to retain dual citizenship until the age of 18. Then the person must renounce the foreign citizenship or Vanuatuan citizenship will be revoked.


VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Vanuatuan citizenship is permitted by law. The renunciation must be done in Vanuatu. Contact the Mission for details and required paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following is grounds for involuntary loss of Vanuatuan citizenship: Person voluntarily acquires a foreign citizenship.

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

Permanent Mission to the UN -Vanuatu 416 Convent Ave. New York, NY 10031

Mission Telephone: 212-926-3311 Fax: 212-926-4131


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