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 the Constitution of Uganda. Every person who was a citizen of Uganda on or before October 9, 1962, the date of independence, is considered a citizen of Uganda. (UKC-Commonwealth Nation)

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Uganda does not automatically confer citizenship. Questions concerning those born before October 9, 1962, should be directed to the Embassy.

BY DESCENT: Person born in Uganda after October 9, 1962, at least one of whose parents or grandparents is a citizen of Uganda. Person born abroad after October 9, 1962, whose father was a citizen of Uganda.

REGISTRATION: A foreign woman who marries a citizen of Uganda is eligible to register for Ugandan citizenship. This includes women who were married to Ugandans before the date of independence, even if their husband died before that date.

BY NATURALIZATION: No information was provided.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exception: Child born abroad of Ugandan parents, who obtains the citizenship of the country of birth, is allowed to maintain dual citizenship until age 18.

Ugandan law maintains that one citizenship should be chosen at age 18, but this is a rarely enforced law. Unless an individual brings their dual citizenship to the attention of the government, both nationalities may be maintained by default.


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

INVOLUNTARY: The following is grounds for involuntary loss of Ugandan citizenship: Person voluntarily acquires foreign citizenship. Unless the government is informed, the citizenship will not be revoked.

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

Embassy of the Republic of Uganda Consular Department 5909 16th St., NW Washington, DC 20011

Embassy Telephone: 202-726-7100/02 Consular Telephone: 202-726-0416 Fax: 202-726-1727



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