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UK mandated and trust territories

These countries were former UK mandated and UK trust territories.

Birth (or descent from a father born) in a former mandated or trust territory granted British protected person (BPP) status.

Depending on the independence day arrangements and how nationality of the newly independent country was granted, this status could be retained in some cases.

If this status was retained, it was (and is) also possible in some circumstances to upgrade this status to full British nationality in the modern day, or to pass down this status one generation from father to child.

You could qualify for a British passport if:

  • You were born between 1 January 1949 and 31 December 1982 in a British trust territory, if you had a UK-born grandparent
  • You were born between 1 January 1949 and 31 December 1982, a parent was born in a British trust territory and that parent had a parent born in the UK

UK mandated territories

Africa

  • Cameroon
  • Northern Cameroon (now part of Nigeria)
  • Southern Cameroon (now Cameroon)
  • Tanganyika (now Tanzania)
  • Togoland (now part of Ghana)

The Middle East

  • Palestine
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan

UK trust territories

Africa

  • Northern Cameroon (now part of Nigeria)
  • Southern Cameroon (now Cameroon)
  • Tanganyika (now Tanzania)
  • Togoland (now part of Ghana)

 

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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