Crossing borders with a Caribbean passport
Passports of Caribbean states are strong and allow holders to cross borders of more than 140 countries.
Second citizenship is available in the following Caribbean countries: St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia, Dominica, and Grenada. Investors can use a passport from one of those countries to cross certain borders, even if their first passport is weaker and has travel restrictions.
For example, let's take an investor with two passports: Egypt and Grenada. Below are the steps dual nationals can take while travelling from Egypt to the Schengen Area, namely, to Germany.
Which passport to use for buying plane tickets? To enter Germany, Egyptian citizens must first obtain a Schengen visa and show proof of a booked plane flight while applying for this visa. If the investor applies for a Schengen visa as an Egyptian citizen, they may be denied it, losing time and money.
Grenada citizens can enter the Schengen Area, including Germany, visa-free. If the investor buys plane tickets using their Caribbean passport of Grenada, they will get to Germany swiftly without spending time applying for a Schengen visa.
Which passport to travel with? It is better to have all passports on one's person. Therefore the investor should travel with both Egyptian and Grenadian passports.
Which passport to present at the control while leaving Egypt? The investor exits Egypt with their Egyptian passport.
Which passport to present while entering Germany? The investor should present their Caribbean passport of Grenada, as it equals a Schengen visa and allows them to enter Germany.
They also need to present the Grenada passport at the border of every other Schengen country, should they travel within the Schengen Area.
Border authorities may ask how the investors obtained a Caribbean passport. It's better to be truthful and say they participated in the citizenship by investment program.
Which passport to present while returning to Egypt? The investor should enter Egypt with their Egyptian passport.
Requirements for investors to obtain Caribbean citizenship
An investor is a primary applicant. Investors who apply for citizenship in any Caribbean country must be:
- over 18;
- with enough funds to fulfil the investment pledge and cover the associated fees;
- with no criminal record;
- with legal income;
- in good health.
Family members can be added to the Caribbean citizenship program by the investor. Different Caribbean programs have different requirements for the family members, but all five countries permit adding:
- a spouse;
- children under 18;
- disabled children of any age.
Learn about detailed requirements for family members, including parents, grandparents, and siblings.
Family members added to a Caribbean program are referred to as dependents. As the name suggests, they must be financially dependent on the investor, and the investor covers their fees in the citizenship program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Five Caribbean countries allow getting a passport in 2—4 months if you participate in their citizenship by investment programs. Grenada, St Lucia, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and St Kitts and Nevis are these countries.
To become a citizen of one of these Caribbean countries, investors don’t have to permanently reside there, take language proficiency and history tests, or prove their integration into local cultures. The minimum investment requirements start at $100,000.
While citizenship can not be 100% guaranteed by any Caribbean government, Caribbean citizenship by investment programs is one of the easiest ways to obtain a second passport.
It depends on what you expect from your second passport.
For more travel mobility — consider Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, or Grenada.
However, all Caribbean programs are good for cosmopolitans. The number of visa-free countries for Caribbean passports exceeds 140.
For a fast obtainment process — consider St Kitts and Nevis, where you can obtain a Caribbean passport in just 2 months.
St Kitts and Nevis citizenship program also has a limited-time offer that allows obtaining citizenship in 60 days. The offer is part of the non-refundable state fund investment option.
For a big family — look into Antigua and Barbuda or Dominica citizenship by investment programs. There you can add your spouse and children, parents, grandparents, and siblings to the citizenship application.
At least 145 countries. The total number depends on the country:
- Dominica — 145 visa-free countries;
- Grenada — 146 countries;
- St Lucia — 147 countries;
- Antigua and Barbuda — 151 countries;
- St Kitts and Nevis — 157 countries.
Citizens can enter the Schengen Area, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea visa-free in all five countries. Dominica’s passport grants visa-free entry to China. So does the Grenada passport.
If you choose to get a Caribbean passport via the citizenship by investment program, the minimum investment amount will be $100,000. Total spendings depend on the investment option you pick and the number of family members in your application. You can also get an individual cost calculation.
After six months of living in the Caribbean country of citizenship, you can become a tax resident. Caribbean citizens don’t pay taxes on global income, wealth, inheritance, gifts, or capital gains. Interest and royalties are taxed at a 10% rate. Corporate tax is 25—33%.