The Nationality Law of Bhutan, 1958
Having found it necessary to amend this law relating to the acquisition
and deprivation of citizenship which has been in force till date, His
Majesty the Druk Gyalpo, in accordance with the suggestions put up by
the Royal Advisors, People and the Monastic Body, is pleased to incorporate
the following changes:
This law may be called the Nationality Law of Bhutan, 1958 and
shall be effective throughout the Kingdom of Bhutan.
This law shall be in force throughout the Kingdom of Bhutan from
the day of its enactment.
Any person can become a Bhutanese National
If his/her father is a Bhutanese National and is a resident
of the Kingdom of Bhutan; or
If any person s born within or outside Bhutan after the commencement
of this law provided the previous father is a Bhutanese National
at the time of his/her birth.
(1) If any foreigner who has reached the age of majority and
is otherwise eligible, presents a petition to an official appointed
by His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo and takes an oath of loyalty according
to the rules laid down by the official, he any be enrolled as
a Bhutanese National, provided that:
The person is a resident of the Kingdom of Bhutan for more
than ten years; and
Owns agricultural land within the Kingdom of Bhutan.
(2) If a woman, married to a Bhutanese National, submits a petition
and takes the oath of loyalty as stated above to the satisfaction
of the official, and provided that she has reached the age of majority
and is otherwise eligible, her name may be enrolled as a Bhutanese
(3) If any person has been deprived o his Bhutanese Nationality
or has renounced his Bhutanese Nationality or forfeited his Bhutanese
Nationality, the person cannot become a Bhutanese National again
unless His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo grants approval to do so.
(1) If any foreigner submits a petition to His Majesty the Druk
Gayalpo according to the rules described in the above sections,
and provided the person ahs reached the age of majority and is
otherwise eligible, and has served satisfactorily in government
service for at least five years ad has been residing in the Kingdom
of Bhutan for at least 10 years, he mat receive a Bhutanese Nationality
Certificate. Once the Certificate is received, such a person has
to take the oath of loyalty according to rules laid down by the
Government and from that day onwards, his name will be enrolled
as a Bhutanese National
(2) Any foreigner who has reached the age of majority and is otherwise
eligible, can receive a Nationality Certificate provided that in
the opinion of His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo his conduct and his service
as a Government servant is satisfactory.
Any person who:
becomes a national of a foreign country and resides in the
has renounced Bhutanese Nationality and settled in a foreign
claims to be a citizen of a foreign country or pledges an oath
of loyalty to that country; or
is registered as a Bhutanese National but has left his agricultural
land or has stopped residing in the Kingdom; or
being a bonafide national has stopped residing in the country
or fails to observe the laws of the Kingdom:
Shall forfeit his Bhutanese Nationality.
(1) If a Nationality Certificate has been obtained on presentation
of false information or wrong facts or omission of facts, the
Government may order the Certificate to be cancelled.
(2) (a) If any citizen or national, engages in activities against
His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo or speaks against His Majesty, or
the people of Bhutan; or
(b)When Bhutan and India is engaged in a war with some other country
if any citizen or national of Bhutan is found indulging in business,
correspondence or helping the enemies; or
(c) If any person within a period of five years from the day when
he was enlisted as a Bhutanese National, if imprisoned in any country
for more than one year, the person is liable to be deprived of his
Bhutanese Nationality without prior notice.
To implement this law, His majesty the Druk Gyalpo may incorporate
additional rules if necessary.