Serbian Nationality Law
The Serbian nationality law is built mainly on the concept of Jus sanguinis.
Article 23 of the 2004 revised citizenship law says that any foreign national with Serbian descent has the right to Serbian citizenship — just file a written request.
The law also permits dual citizenship.
Currently, there are three ways an individual can obtain Serbian nationality:
- Citizenship by descent (Jus sanguinis),
- Citizenship by childbirth within the boundaries of Serbia,
- Citizenship by admission (also called naturalization), and
- Citizenship by investment
Citizenship by Descent or Jus sanguinis
Jus sanguinis — Latin for “right of blood — is the principle in nationality law which states that citizenship is not determined by where a person was born but rather the status of their parents’ citizenship. If a child’s parents, when the child is born, have state citizenship, citizenship will also apply to the child.
The history of Jus sanguinis is long and complicated. Because of “anchor baby” issues, many nations are no longer automatically conferring national citizenship on a child because of the parents’ status.
In Serbia though, Jus Sanguinis is still the law of the land.
Now you understand why the answer is yes, no & maybe.
As far as Serbia is concerned, a person can typically hold two citizenships. The complication comes when considering the country of original citizenship.
We’re back to where we started. Can a Serbian citizen hold dual citizenships?
Yes. No. Well maybe. Sometimes.
More information can be obtained from the original country’s embassy and consulates.