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Dual Citizenship

Before and after September 2015

Dual Nationality

The Dual Citizen Act

1st September, 2015, the bill amending the Danish Nationality Act came into force. The bill allows for full access to dual and multiple nationalities. Information about the new Act is available in > here (in Danish).

With the new rules, Danish citizens living in abroad can acquire a foreign citizenship without losing their Danish citizenship. According to the Danish Ministry of Justice, you no longer need to notify the Danish authorities if you acquire a foreign citizenship.

However, this also means that Danish citizens who acquired an additional citizenship, e.g. South Africa, prior to 1st September 2015, have lost their Danish citizenship.

Former Danish national wishing to reacquire Danish nationality
Danish citizens who lost their Danish nationality by acquiring a foreign citizenship can reacquire their Danish nationality, provided they fulfil certain requirements.

It is generally a requirement that your other country allows for full access to dual and multiple nationalities, in order for you not lose your other foreign citizenship by reacquiring your Danish nationality.

Former Danish nationals can apply for reacquisition of Danish nationality by sending a declaration and relevant documentation to the Danish State Administration (Statsforvaltningen). 


NOTE!
This procedure is only available for a five-year period between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2020.


Requirements
According to the State Administration two basic conditions must be fulfilled to reacquire your Danish citizenship under the new rules:

  1. You lost your Danish citizenship because you, or your parents, while you were a minor, applied for and acquired the citizenship of another country, for example South Africa, Zimbabwe etc. 
  2. You have not been sentenced to imprisonment during the period from when you lost your Danish citizenship until you send the declaration to the State Administration.

Please note: If you were born outside of Denmark you lose your Danish citizenship at the age of 22 unless you apply to retain it. If you lost your Danish nationality due to this rule, you cannot reacquire Danish citizenship by declaration. Instead, you need to apply for proof of nationality.

Children
Your child(ren) can acquire Danish nationality as part of your declaration while they are under 18 and remain unmarried. In order to use this opportunity, you must have legal custody over your child(ren) and the other parent must give his/her consent if he/she also has custody. For adopted children it is an additional requirement that the adoption is legal under Danish law.

For more information about children, please consult page 2 of the link to the website of the State Administration here (in Danish only).

Step by Step - How to Apply for Dual Citizenship - Reacquisition of Danish Nationality by Declaration

Step 1: Complete Application Form and Payment of Processing Fee

A completed application form and payment of the non-refundable processing fee is a requirement for an admissible application. The payment must be made directly to the State Administration by using the online payment portal (in Danish only). You can pay by using your Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card.

Step 2: Collect Documents
Please see page 8 in the application form for the necessary documentation.

The State Administration’s standard processing time upon receipt of your declaration at the State Administration is approximately 18 weeks, provided no additional documentation is needed.

For a quick and efficient processing, you must collect all the required documents in the checklist, before you submit your application. Failure to submit all the required documents may result in delays or rejection of your declaration.

Please note that it is your responsibility to consult the checklist in the declaration form, before submitting your application. Neither the Embassy of Denmark in South Africa nor the Danish consulates can be held responsible for any problems you may incur as a result of missing documents.

Step 3: Submit the Application

You must send the declaration directly to the State Administration in Denmark at the following address:

Statsforvaltningen
Storetorv 10
DK-6200 Aabenraa
Denmark

Alternatively, you can submit your declaration through the Danish Embassy or one of our consulates in South Africa. Please note that if you choose to submit your declaration this way, there is an additional handling fee payable to the Danish Embassy or the consulate. The fee schedule can be found > here.

The handling fee covers the Embassy or Consulate’s involvement in the following steps:

  • Reception of application form and possible supporting documents. Embassy or consulate signature and date of reception on the application form. The Embassy and consulates are not responsible for checking documents.
  • Hand out of receipt.
  • Shipment to the State Administration.
  • Reception of the decision from the State Administration.
  • Hand out to client or shipment to client by courier/registered mail according to agreement and paid for by client.

If case processing is required, e.g. if documents are missing or the State Administration has additional questions to the client, an additional hourly fee shall be charged as stated in the fee schedule mentioned above.

If you have any questions
Please contact the State Administration directly.

Tel.: +45 72 56 70 00. The phone hours and email contact can be found here (local time). 

Embassy of Denmark

iParioli Office Park, Block B2
1166 Park Street
Hatfield 0083
Pretoria 

Phone +27 (0) 12 430 9340

pryamb@um.dk