Considering dual citizenship? Here are the countries ok with it

Aren’t there places in the world, during your travelling when you wished you could stay there permanently? Better living conditions, topography and other feasible laws are what prompts people to take permanent citizenship abroad. But it requires double citizenship for this purpose. And some countries allow that.

One of the main clauses to get this citizenship is to stay in these countries for 5 to 8 years. Obtaining second citizenship is an important step in internationalizing your life so that no one country can control your freedom or your wealth. Let’s see what the other requirements are to get double citizenship.


Argentina is one of the most beautiful countries in Latin America. This land of football is also famous for its beaches, lakes, mountains, and forests. If you want citizenship here, you only need to stay here for two years. Argentina is also one country ideal for a budget traveller. In the world’s important passports Argentina’s passport falls on the 19th spot. Another attraction in having a passport from this country is that you can visit 170 countries without a Visa. Apart from the 2-year stay, the holder should be over 18 years of age, should produce a job and salary certificate, the country’s first permit, passport, criminal-free record certificate are the other requirements to get a passport in Argentina. American citizens will readily get a twin passport in Argentina.


Peru which is one of the most beautiful countries in South America, has a lot of historical significance. Tourists keep flocking here to see Machu Pichu’s Citadel and Nasca Lens. It’s also home to Amazon forests, expansive deserts, and snow-capped Andes mountains. If you want citizenship here, you only need to stay here for two years. Other requirements to attain a dual passport are the following -One should send an application for permanent residence to the President, produce a health certificate and should be able to converse in Spanish. Should pass a written examination that showcases Peru’s geography, culture, and History. The holder should be over 18 years of age should produce a job and salary certificate, the country’s first permit, passport, criminal-free record certificate are the other requirements to get a passport in Peru. 

Ecuador, Honduras, Poland, and Paraguay 

Ecuador requires at least 3 years of continuous stay in the country to get a passport. It’s the same situation in Honduras. Poland is a country that is a member of the European Union. If you have a European Union passport, Poland citizenship is easy to get. One also needs to produce the salary certificate. As for Paraguay, you will get citizenship if you stay continuously for 3 years as well as submit the necessary documents. 


Egyptian citizens may obtain multiple nationalities. However, they must notify the “proper” Egyptian authorities first. There is no such thing as private second citizenship without jeopardizing Egyptian citizenship. Citizens must also inform the government of their intent to keep Egyptian citizenship within one year of obtaining foreign citizenship. Egyptian dual nationals are exempt from military service and prohibited from enrolling in military and police academies, or from being elected to Egyptian Parliament. 


Canada is one of the more interesting case studies regarding dual citizenship. Due to its proximity to the US, some Canadians were actually born in the United States and don’t know they hold a second nationality (in this case, the United States). Canada seems to encourage its citizens to utilize their status of dual nationality and certainly allows it. They do suggest you enter the country of your second citizenship using your Canadian passport, though, which may not be allowed under the second country’s rules.


Iceland overturned its ban on holding more than one citizenship in 2003 and offered those who lost Icelandic status under the old system four years to apply for reinstatement.


 A Mexican at birth may acquire other nationalities but will always be considered Mexican by the Mexican government. Furthermore, all Mexican citizens must enter and leave the country on his or her Mexican passport. They may also be prohibited from partaking in certain investments within the country.


Brazilians prefer to call themselves as the inhabitants of a continent than a country. This country which is larger than the US has no mountain ranges. Having said that the Brazilian landscape is a thing of beauty with its splendid wildlife and grasslands. If you submit the required documents, Brazilian citizenship will be given away without much fuss. One of the main requirements to get citizenship is that you need to stay in this country for four consecutive years. You also need to submit documents that prove that you have no criminal records in your name. 

One of the main requirements to get citizenship in countries like Australia, Barbados, Chile, Columbia, Belize, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland, Jamaica, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, England, Uruguay is to stay there for 5 consecutive years. 

In some countries, learning their language is also a prerequisite to get citizenship. For instance, you need to learn the Finnish or Swedish language to acquire citizenship in Finland. To be a citizen of The Netherlands, you must learn Dutch. Along with learning Spanish, you need to be knowledgeable about Panama’s history, geography and Politics to get Panama citizenship. Technically, Panama forbids dual citizenship. 

In practice, however, things are a bit different. During the naturalization process, the Panamanian government will require you to take an oath that includes the renunciation of your previous citizenship. Nevertheless, many countries (including the United States) don’t recognize this oath as part of relinquishing your existing citizenship. That being said, second residence (and an eventual second passport) in Panama can be obtained rather easily by citizens of any of 50 “friendly nations” — namely most Western countries — making dual citizenship an important part of the country.

Countries that don’t allow dual citizenship

China: China technically forbids dual nationality, but many Chinese claims that enforcement of this is weak. They also mention that China considers Chinese citizens to be only Chinese but does not actually restrict them from holding other passports.

Japan: Japan is one of the strictest immigration countries on earth. It does not allow citizens to maintain other allegiances and forces children who hold more than one passport to choose which one they wish to retain once they become adults.

Austria, Bahrain, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates are the other countries that don’t allow this citizenship. 

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