What is a baby’s citizenship status if it was born on a plane?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 12, 2020 04:09 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 12, 2020 04:09 PM

Originally Answered: What is the citizenship of a baby born on an airplane?
It would have the citizenship of its parents, as in most normal cases.

In the UK and Australia for example, if a Child is born either in the country itself, or in airspace above, the child will only have the citizenship of its parents. It will not be British or Australian.

Some countries, such as the US, give citizenship to those born on US soil. The term is: birthright citizenship conferred by jus soli (Latin: right of the soil).

Technically, using the word ‘soil’, that could exclude being born in the air..

However, it seems they don’t apply the soil test…

Q: What is the citizenship of a baby born on an airplane?

Interesting reading at: What nationality are babies born mid flight?

“Firstly, if the flight is from a country signed to the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness agreement, then the child will be a national of where the airplane is registered.
“If the country is not part of the agreement, then the location of the airplane within international airspace will be the child’s nationality. For example, if a child is born with USA airspace they would become an American national. However, if that country doesn’t allow the child born in the country to become a citizen, it will then adopt the nationality of either the mother or father.”
“The same rules apply to babies born on cruise ships. Births tend to be more common at sea, due to the duration of journey.”

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