Find out if you qualify for dual citizenship
If a South African citizen does not obtain this prior permission, they will automatically lose their South African nationality on voluntary acquisition of a foreign nationality.
Entering and exiting the country
It is an offence for a South African citizen with dual nationality to enter or depart the Republic of South Africa making use of the passport of another country. Once a person has been granted dual nationality, the holder must always enter and depart South Africa on their valid South African passport.
South African by birth
South African citizens by birth who automatically lost their South African nationality, never lose their right to permanent residence in South Africa. Should they permanently return to South Africa, they will be able to apply for the resumption of their South African nationality from within South Africa.
Automatic dual citizenship (by operation of law)
Under the nationality laws of some countries, a married person automatically takes on their partner's nationality. Children may also have a parent's nationality even if they were born abroad. There may be other circumstances where a foreign nationality can be acquired by law, without a formal and voluntary application.
The law makes clear that because such nationality was not gained by application, dual nationality and the retention of their South African nationality would remain.
Contact us to discuss your options with regards to South African dual nationality.