Eswatini citizenship. Who can get it and what is required for this

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Eswatini citizenship. Who can get it and what is required for this

Eswatini is the smallest landlocked country in the Southern Hemisphere and the second largest country in continental Africa. Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland makes up for what it lacks in size with a huge variety of attractions and activities.

Besides the rich culture, the overwhelming friendliness of the people makes all guests feel welcome. The stunning scenery of mountains and valleys, forests and plains, exciting traditional festivals, celebrations, and events. This is the best hospitality place in Africa. For those who want to obtain Eswatini citizenship, there are requirements and conditions.

Citizenship by birth can be obtained:

Children born in the territory of Eswatini or on board an aircraft or ship registered in Eswatini whose father is a citizen of this state;

Illegitimate children whose mother is an Eswatini citizen.

Children who were born abroad to a father who is a native Eswatini citizen.

Abandoned children or orphans found in the country whose parents are unknown.

Citizenship by naturalization can be obtained by:

Persons who have lived in the country for a long time and have sufficient knowledge of the English language can obtain citizenship by naturalization and these people must also be of good character and be economically independent. Persons who have acquired citizenship by naturalization take an oath of allegiance. A minor child thus cannot acquire citizenship. Usually, it takes 5 years to obtain citizenship by naturalization.

Other persons who can acquire citizenship:

Children born abroad to an emaswati father who was also born abroad;

Adopted children whose parents are citizens of Eswatini;

Wife of an Eswatini citizen.

Eswatini tourist visa

A passport valid for at least three months is required to enter Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). For tourist visits visas are not required for citizens of most Commonwealth countries:, the United States, Japan, most European Union countries and some other countries. Tourists and business travelers are allowed to visit Eswatini for up to 30 days. After that you can apply for a further 30-day extension at the Ministry of the Interior. If you are staying for more than 60 days, you must apply for a temporary residence permit.

Temporary residence permit

Even if your country is exempt from visa requirements for a short period and you intend to stay in Eswatini (Swaziland) for more than 60 days you will need to apply for a temporary residence permit in your country before arriving in Eswatini (Swaziland).

Necessary documents for obtaining a temporary residence permit in Eswatini

Two application forms;

Fully completed in English, signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in the case of minors under 18)

The passport:

  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after entering the country;
  • Signed by the bearer;
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years);
  • At least one or two free "visa pages";

Two photos:

  • Photos must be new, not older than 6 months;
  • Uniform and white background;
  • Clear facial features and eyes - not covered by hair or spectacle frames;
  • Size 2x2.
  • Copy of ID card;
  • Copy of residence permit/visa (if you have a different country of residence and citizenship);


  • Copy of the main page of your passport;
  • Copies of previous visas.
  • Travel itinerary;
  • Copy of yellow fever vaccination certificate;
  • Confirmation of financial resources.

Boasting wildlife, dramatic scenery and a unique culture Eswatini has long been both an exotic and desirable destination for visitors to South Africa. Tourism is the only industry that makes the maximum contribution to the development of the country's economy. And especially for tourists who want to get permanent residence in Eswatini we have developed a checklist which details the mistakes and tips for obtaining citizenship of the country. It can be downloaded from the link.

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