Kamaran (now part of Yemen)

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As a general rule, those born in Kamaran before 1967 were British Protected Persons (BPPs). Residents and those born in Kamaran had several ways in which to claim British Nationality. These are:

  • A British or UK-born mother or father
  • Not having gained nationality of Yemen on Independence Day
  • A grandparent born in the UK
  • A parent or grandparent born outside of Yemen
  • A parent or grandparent holding a nationality other than Yemeni

The Independence Day arrangements on 30.11.1967 also give rise to many Aden residents gaining one of the various forms of British Nationality. As a general rule, those born in the Aden Protectorates (Eastern or Western) would have held British Protected Person (BPP) status. This status would have been lost if the new Yemen constitution granted nationality. If not, then this BPP status would have been maintained and, in some cases, this can be upgraded to full British Nationality.

Those born in the Aden Colony would have held Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (CUKC) status. This status would have been lost if the new Yemen constitution granted nationality. If not, then British Overseas Citizen (BOC) status would have been achieved and, in some cases, this can be upgraded to full British Nationality.

For these and other forms of British Nationality available to Aden residents, those born in Aden or Yemeni nationals, click on British Citizenship.


From 1871 until 31.12.1953, the British crown exercised Extra Territorial Jurisdiction. Between 01.01.1954 and 29.11.1967, Kamaran was a British Protectorate.

Click here for more information on the status of a British Protected Person (based on birth in a British Protectorate).


Yemen as created by merge of the Aden Colony, the Aden Protectorates and Kamaran on 30.11.1967.

It remained a foreign country since that date. It excludes the Kuria Muria Islands.



Ask Philip Gamble whether you (or your children) have a claim to British nationality.

Learn more about these routes to British Nationality:

WhatPassport.com is a specialist UK Nationality and British Citizenship site offering an online search and assessment. Claims to hold a British Passport can be complex and the site offers a quick, simple search to give you the answers. While many people qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa based on holding a Commonwealth passport with a UK born grandmother or grandfather, we have found that if you have a grandparent born in the UK, or if your mother is British or your father is British, then there are several scenarios where you can claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. This stems from Britain’s collection of British Colonies, British Protectorates and British Protected States in the middle of last century and the Nationality rules concerning what are now the countries of the Commonwealth.

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