Loi No. 1961-212 du 20 avril 1961 portant Code de la nationalite centrafricaine, modifié 1966

Published: 30/Aug/1966

The text includes amendments made by Loi n° 1964/54 du 2 December 1964 and Ordonnance n° 1966/64 du 30 août 1966.

The law holds that any individual born in the Central African Republic (CAR) is a Central African national, unless both of his or her parents are foreigners. In the latter case, Central African nationality can still be acquired by declaration under certain conditions (set out in Articles 18 through 24). An individual born outside the territory of the CAR to a Central African parent is Central African.

The law stipulates the conditions under which a woman who marries a Central African acquires Central African nationality. However, it does not allow Central African women to pass their citizenship to their foreign spouses. In addition, the law governs naturalisation processes, reinstatement of Central African nationality, its forfeiture and its loss. The 1966 amendment extended the period for acquisition of nationality by naturalisation to 35 years of “usual residence” in the CAR (repealed in 1984).

The law holds that a Central African adult who voluntarily acquires a foreign nationality loses his or her Central African nationality. Dual citizenship is permitted if acquired by marriage of a Central African woman to a foreigner (Article 49). However, a foreign woman, in a case where her national law allows her to retain her nationality can also acquire Central African nationality when marrying a Central African (Articles 13-14).

Download unofficial English translation: here.

In French on UNHCR website: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6b55d4.html

Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Loss and Deprivation of Nationality
Regions: Central African Republic
Year: 1966