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Citizenship is the legal and political link that joins an individual with the population that makes up a country. In Burundi, citizenship may be acquired either by:-

i. By birth: This is being born in Burundi;

ii. By descent: A child born out of Burundi but to father entitled to Burundian citizenship.

iii. By marriage: A wife of a Burundian citizen automatically acquires Burundian citizenship.

iv. By naturalization: in this case a foreigner applies for citizenship.


Twenty one (21) years and above and meet all other requirements.

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1. Foreigners must have stayed in Burundi for not less than ten (10) years;

2. Foreigner must have become part of the Burundian society;

3. At the time of submitting application, a foreigner must be able to read, speak and understand at least one local language;

4. Applicant must be of good character

5. A foreigner must have a valid Burundi residency permit.

6. Citizenship can voluntary renounced;

7. Citizenship involuntary removed by high court upon application by the Attorney general;

8. Application may be accepted or rejected;

9. Ensure that you are aware of all the country’s laws, rules and regulations and be ready to comply with them;

10. Always ensure that the right application forms are filled and signed;

11. A citizen by naturalization can only participate in election after ten (10) years from the date of publication of citizenship in an official gazette.

Required Information

1. Details of applicant (Name and address)

2. Nationality / original citizenship of applicant

3. Age sex and marital sex of applicant

4. Occupation of applicant

5. Residential address

6. Details of Parents (name, address, occupation, nationality, age and country of residence)

7. Details of dependants / children included on application


Burundi citizenship can be acquired in the following ways:- 1.To apply for citizenship by marriage

  • In this case, a woman is only required to make a declaration;
  • The declaration is done at anytime during or after the marriage ceremony;
  • After declaration, she applies for citizenship at the office of civil registration;
  • When application is submitted, it is assessed to determine eligibility, after assessing application may either be approved or rejected;
  • If accepted it is received / registered by an officer of civil status in the registrar’s office.
  • From the time of registration, the applicant becomes a Burundian.

2.Citizenship by the Declaration of Option

  • The applicant submits application to the make declaration;
  • After looking through the application, the applicant is called upon to declare citizenship;
  • Declaration is made before the Public Prosecutor.
  • If an applicant is a minor declaration is made by parents or any authorized person; and
  • If the person is of full age, he / she makes the declaration.
  • After making the declaration, the public prosecutor informs the Municipal Administrator where the applicant stays for purposes of the for investigation;
  • The Public Prosecutor goes ahead to put notice of declaration. (The declaration is posted a notice board and on the doors of his or her office).
  • The purpose of notification is call upon public to deliver any objections to acquisition of citizenship;
  • Upon completion of investigation, the Municipal Administrator must prepare report and submit it to the Public Prosecutor.
  • The application and report are then forwarded to the minister of justice for approval. In this case it is upon the minister’s order that approval is pronounced and notified to the applicant, the Municipal Administrator and Public Prosecutor;
  • Then applicant must make payment
  • The minister’s order is then recorded in register of instruments declaring nationality and is published in an official gazette in Burundi;
  • After publication, the order can then take effect.

3.The Application for Naturalization

  • The applicant prepares an application for naturalization to the Minister of Justice;
  • Make sure the application is signed and delivered to any public prosecutor who acts on behalf of the minister of justice;
  • The public prosecutor informs the Municipal Administrator where the applicant stays about application for purposes of the for investigation;
  • After the investigation the municipal administrator prepares a report that he / she submits to the public prosecutor who compiles a file for an applicant;
  • The Public Prosecutor then forwards the file to the Minister of Justice.
  • When the minister receives the file, where it is examined to assess eligibility and in this case the naturalization advisory board must give the minister an opinion,
  • if proved appropriate, the minister then recommends naturalization to the president;
  • The applicant must make all necessary payments; and
  • Then a notice of naturalization is recorded in the register of instruments nationality and also published in an official bulletin.
  • It is important to note that naturalization only takes effect after this publication.

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Required Documents

1. Identification documents (Birth certificate, passport or driving permit);

2. Proof of nationality documents (Birth certificate or passport);

3. Proof of age;

4. Recent passport photographs for the applicant and any children included in your application;

5. Police clearance certificate;

6. Proof of residential address;


The fees vary basing on a particular activity:-

  • Investigation fees: These vary basing on where investigation is to be carried out;
  • Publication fees: Different bulletins / gazettes have different charges
  • Registration fees: These are determined by joint order of the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Finance.


1. Burundi citizenship by birth cannot be lost involuntarily; it can only be lost voluntarily when someone decided to renounce it.

2.Citizenship acquired may be lost voluntarily or involuntarily for instance

  • Voluntarily a person may decide to renounce citizenship; and
  • Involuntary citizenship may be removed if:-
  • It is proven that citizenship was given false;
  • It is proven that an applicant submitted wrong documents;
  • A person gets involved in activities that are a scare to public interest or to the security of the country;

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Processing Time

Ten (10) months and above

Office Locations & Contacts

1.Minister of Justice office:

Avenue de justie 21, Bujumbura, Burundi. BP 06

Tel: +257 7899 8888

Fax: +257 78 99 7777


2.Burundi diplomatic offices in other countries (embassies, consulate offices or high commissions). These can be viewed at,,

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Information which might help

  • If citizenship is revoked, a person has the appeal against the revocation in court.
  • Children born to Burundian citizen father out of wedlock without considering place can claim citizenship through an administrative process of birth.
  • A child whose mother is a Burundian and father is not a Burundian can only claim Burundi citizenship through an administrative process if the father’s nationality is unknown or if he does not claim the child.
  • If citizenship by attribution of nationality is automatically acquired if the person is:-
  • A legitimate child of whose father is holds Burundian on the day of the birth, or who died a citizen of Burundi;
  • An illegitimate child of a mother of who voluntarily decides to recognize or legitimize a family with a Burundian father;
  • An illegitimate child whose family is un known;
  • A child rejected by father whose mother is a Burundian national on the date of the rejection.
  • Citizenship by acquisition of nationality can be through either by legal presumption, by declaration, decision, or decision of public authority / naturalization.
  • By Legal Presumption: This is if
  • a child born in Burundi whose parent’s legal identity is not known;
  • a child found in Burundi with no proof that he was not born in the country; and
  • a minor child to a father with no established family where the mother acquires or recovers Burundian nationality.
  • By Declaration: This is when a woman marries a Burundi citizen and a celebration of valid marriage is performed;
  • By Decision of Public Authority: In this case citizenship is acquired by naturalization, and this is granted by the President of the Republic by decree.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

1. A person is free to stay in the country as long as he / she wants;

2. A person can obtain a Burundian national Identification Card and Passport;

3. If you are a citizen, there is freedom of movement and expression

4. Can free use public utilities;

5. Can participate in any social, economic and political activities in the country;

6. A Ghana citizen is free to remain in Ghana without limitation;

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