Zanzibar (now part of Tanzania)
Can you claim British Nationality?
Getting a British passport might be easier than you think. Thanks to the UK's historical laws and agreements with former territories, you may qualify for British nationality depending on where you, your parents and grandparents were born.
You could be eligible for British citizenship if you were:
- Born to a parent (a father or mother) who was born in the UK before 1983.
- Born before 1983 to a parent who was born after 1949 – as long as that parent a) was a British Citizen, or b) had a parent born in the UK.
- Born after 1948, and your parents were married before 1949 and your paternal grandfather (your dad’s dad) was born in the UK.
There are hundreds of other ways to qualify. As a general rule, if you were born in a country that is different to either parent or any of your grandparents, or you have a connection back to the UK, Ireland or a former British Territory, then you might have a claim.
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Some claims to British nationality are relatively straightforward and can be completed quickly if you meet the above requirements. Other claims can be extremely complex and can only be determined by researching old nationality laws.
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British Nationality could be obtained through your birth, or through the birth of any one of your parents or grandparents, in Zanzibar. This arises because of Britain's relationship with Tanganyika and Britain's Colonial history.
To determine what form of British Nationality you might have, an analysis of your family's history must be done, and then applying it to the Nationality laws governing Tanzania that have been passed over the years.
STATUS OF TANZANIA (formerly Tanganyika and including Zanzibar)
From 20.07.1922 until 12.12.1946, Tanganyika was a British Mandated Territory in which the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction.
Between 13.12.1946 and 08.12.1961, it was a British Trust Territory.
From 09.12.1961, it was an independent Commonwealth country (known as Tanganyika, then Tanganyika & Zanzibar and finally Tanzania).
Zanzibar was a British Protectorate between 1890 and 09.12.1963. From 10.12.1963, it joined with Tanganyika (see above).
NOTE 1: Tanzanians with an Indian parent or grandparent have a real possibility of being granted one of the five forms of British Nationality.
NOTE 2: Tanzanians with a parent born OUTSIDE of Tanzania have a real possibility of being granted one of the five forms of British Nationality.