In general, applying for and obtaining a foreign citizenship results in the loss of German citizenship. In order to avoid this, you can apply for a letter of retention before becoming naturalised abroad.
If you are planning on obtaining a foreign citizenship, you should first apply for a German letter of retention in order to not lose German citizenship. Read the information on our German language website
Read here about the different ways of becoming a German citizen automatically.
You wish to establish the fact that you are German? Or do you wish to apply for a certificate confirming and proving that you are a German citizen? Read here about what this is and how to apply.
One may lose German citizenship.Read about the reasons for loss of citizenship and how you can avoid it.
You are not a German citizen automatically but wish to become German?Almost always, naturalisation requires the candidate to be residing in Germany. Naturalisation from abroad is possible in only a very few exceptional cases, about which you can read here.
We offer consular services at 5 locations in South Africa and Mauritius. Please contact the German Mission nearest to your holiday destination or nearest to your place of residence.
You have more questions? The answers might be found here.