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Information for Non British Citizens

 

European Citizens

Citizens of European Member States are eligible to register to vote in the UK. They can vote in European Elections and Local Elections. They are not eligible to vote in UK Parliamentary (General) Elections.

Citizens of the following Member States will be eligible to register and vote: 

European Union Countries:
Austria Finland Latvia Romania
Belgium France Lithuania Slovakia
Bulgaria Germany Luxembourg Slovenia
Czech Republic Greece The Netherlands Spain
Denmark Hungary Poland Sweden
Estonia Italy Portugal


Citizens from the following European countries are classed as British citizens and are eligible to vote at all UK elections.

  • Cyprus
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Malta

Commonwealth Citizens and Citizens of British Overseas Territories

Citizens of Commonwealth countries and British Overseas Territories have the same voting rights as British citizens. This means they can register and vote in all UK elections.

People from the following countries will be able to vote in both the forthcoming Local and General Elections:

Antigua and Barbuda

Kiribati

South Africa

Australia

Lesotho

Sr Lanka (Ceylon)

Bangladesh

Malawi

St Christopher and Nevis

Barbados

Malaysia

St Lucia

Belize

Malta

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Botswana

Mauritius

Swaziland

Brunei

Mozambique

Tanzania

Cameroon

Namibia

The Bahamas

Canada

Nauru

The Gambia

Cyprus

New Zealand

The Maldives

Dominica

Nigeria

Tonga

Fiji

Pakistan

Trinidad and Tobago

Ghana

Papua New Guinea

Tuvalu

Grenada

Rwanda

Uganda

Guyana

Seychelles

Vanuatu

India

Sierra Leone

Western Samoa

Jamaica

Singapore 

Zambia

Kenya

Solomon Islands

Zimbabwe  



In the event that a Combined Election is held people from Commonwealth countries and British Overseas territories will be issued with two ballot papers: one for the Local Elections and one for the General Election.

Hong Kong

Following its transfer to Chinese sovereignty on 1 July 1997, Hong Kong was deleted from the list of British Overseas Territories.

Any previous resident of Hong Kong who holds a British Dependent Territories, British Nationals (Overseas) or British Overseas passport meets the nationality criteria for all elections in the UK.

Any previous resident of Hong Kong who only has a Chinese Special Administrative Region passport is Chinese and may not register.

 

UK Parliamentary
(General) Election
Local Elections European Elections

British Citizens

Yes

Yes

Yes

Commonwealth Citizens

Yes

Yes

Yes

British Overseas Territories

Yes

Yes

Yes

European Member State

Citizens

No

Yes

Yes

Contact Us

Electoral Services
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HH

0191 433 2166
electoralregistration@gateshead.gov.uk