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Acquiring, Losing and Resuming Citizenship


South African citizens have certain rights that people who are not citizens do not have. For example, the right to:

  • vote
  • be given a South African passport
  • come into South Africa after living somewhere else.


People who are not citizens must get permission to enter South Africa. If they want to stay, they must also get a permit to live here.

Citizenship can be acquired or lost. And people who used to be citizens can resume their citizenship.


The Department of Home Affairs can assist you with:

  • finding out your citizenship status
  • becoming a citizen (naturalisation)
  • resuming citizenship
  • renouncing citizenship
  • dual citizenship.


For detailed information on these services, visit the Department of Home Affairs website .

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The content on this page was last updated on 12 March 2019