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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


  • 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


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


  • 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)


  • 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


South Africa

Cape Town

Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708 +27 (0) 21 657 2120


201 The Annex
Ridgeside Office Park
Umhlanga +27 (0) 31 536 8843

United Kingdom


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


5-7 Selsdon Road
South Croydon
CR2 6PU +44 (0) 20 7759 7581



9 Yarra Street
South Yarra
VIC 3141 +613 (0) 8651 4500

Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 07070528), registered in England and Wales. We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Conduct Authority in South Africa (1st Contact Money [PTY] Ltd - FSP no. 41900) and hold an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (1st Contact Group - AFS License number 335 126).

Please note: Sable International is a trading name of Philip Gamble and Co. Ltd. Philip Gamble and Co. Ltd is registered in the UK with the Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner (OISC) under no. F2001-00004. Our staff based outside of the UK are not regulated by the OISC and may be involved in some client casework. However, they work to the same high standards as our UK staff and clients receive the same service regardless of which office they engage with.

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