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Foreign countries with ETJ

These countries and territories were where the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction.

Birth (or descent from a parent born) in these countries or territories did not normally result in a British colonial status. However, if there was a family link (a parent or grandparent) to another former British territory or the UK, claims to British nationality can (in some circumstances) be made in the modern day.

You could qualify for a British Passport if:

  • You were born between 1 January 1949 and 31 December 1982 in a foreign country with extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ), if you had a UK-born grandparent
  • You were born between 1 January 1949 and 31 December 1982, a parent was born in a foreign country with ETJ, and that parent had a parent born in the UK

List of countries with ETJ

Africa

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Morocco French Zone
  • Morocco Spanish Zone
  • Morocco Tangier Zone
  • Namibia
  • Rhodesia
  • South Africa
  • South West Africa (now Namibia)
  • Tunisia

Arabian Peninsula

  • Kamaran (now part of Yemen)
  • Muscat and Oman (now Oman)
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia

Asia

  • Japan
  • North Korea
  • China
  • Thailand
  • South Korea

Australasia

  • Bougainville (part of Papua New Guinea)
  • Buka (part of Papua New Guinea)
  • Nauru
  • New Guinea (now part of Papua New Guinea)
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
  • Vanuatu
  • WeiHaiWei (now part of China)

Europe

  • Aegean Islands (now part of Greece)
  • Albania
  • Bulgaria
  • Crete (now part of Greece)
  • Dodecanese Islands (now part of Greece)
  • Epirus (now part of Greece)
  • Macedonia (now part of Greece)
  • Thessaly (now part of Greece)
  • Western Thrace (now part of Greece)
  • Romania
  • Turkey

Middle East

  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Palestine
  • Syria

 

Contact our citizenship team

Phone us (SA): +27 (0) 21 657 2139

Phone us (UK): +44 (0) 20 7759 7581

South Africa

Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708
Cape Town
t: +27 (0) 21 657 2120

United Kingdom

Castlewood House
77/91 New Oxford Street
London
WC1A 1DG
t: +44 (0) 20 7759 7514

Australia

Suite 8.06
9 Yarra Street
South Yarra
Melbourne VIC 3141
t: +613 (0) 86 514 500

Hong Kong

Level 1102
The Lee Gardens
33 Hysan Avenue
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
t: +852 3959 8681

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