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Comparison of Antigua and Barbuda & St Kitts and Nevis passports

Wealthy people often get second passports for visa-free travelling. Caribbean citizenship is famous for its wide range of visa-free destinations, and Caribbean CBI programs for investors — for their low cost and fast-track procedures.

Two of the five Caribbean investment programs operate in St Kitts and Nevis and in Antigua and Barbuda.

Learn about conditions for obtaining citizenship by investment, how to compare passports of Antigua and Barbuda with St Kitts and Nevis’s, and choose the most convenient citizenship by investment program.

Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts passports allow visa-free access to at least 150 states

Antigua and Barbuda or St Kitts and Nevis: which citizenship is better considering visa-free destinations

Antigua and Barbuda passport holders travel to 150 countries visa-free, and citizens of St Kitts and Nevis 一 to 156 states. 

Although the number of visa-free countries is different, popular destinations are equally available to citizens of both states: the Schengen Area, the UK, Singapore, and Hong Kong. For a visit to the US, Caribbean citizens get 10-year B-1/B-2 visitor visas.

To quickly compare visa-free countries for the passport holders of St Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda, we check the differences with icons ❌ and ⚠️:

  • ❌ means that citizens of Antigua and Barbuda need a visa, and St Kitts and Nevis’s don't, or the other way round;
  • ⚠️ means that the entry conditions are slightly different. For example, Antigua and Barbuda citizens have visa-free entry, while St Kitts and Nevis’s get visas on arrival.
No. Country For Antigua and Barbuda citizens For St Kitts and Nevis citizens
1 Albania Visa-free Visa-free
2 Andorra Visa-free Visa-free
3 Austria Visa-free Visa-free
4 Belarus Visa-free Visa-free
5 Belgium Visa-free Visa-free
6 Bosnia and Herzegovina Visa-free Visa-free
7 Bulgaria Visa-free Visa-free
8 Croatia Visa-free Visa-free
9 Cyprus Visa-free Visa-free
10 Czech Republic Visa-free Visa-free
11 Denmark Visa-free Visa-free
12 Estonia Visa-free Visa-free
13 Faroe Islands Visa-free Visa-free
14 Finland Visa-free Visa-free
15 France Visa-free Visa-free
16 Georgia Visa-free Visa-free
17 Germany Visa-free Visa-free
18 Gibraltar Visa-free Visa-free
19 Greece Visa-free Visa-free
20 Hungary Visa-free Visa-free
21 Iceland Visa-free Visa-free
22 Ireland Visa-free Visa-free
23 Italy Visa-free Visa-free
24 Kosovo Visa-free Visa-free
25 Latvia Visa-free Visa-free
26 Liechtenstein Visa-free Visa-free
27 Lithuania Visa-free Visa-free
28 Luxembourg Visa-free Visa-free
29 Malta Visa-free Visa-free
30 Moldova Visa-free Visa-free
31 Monaco Visa-free Visa-free
32 Montenegro Visa-free Visa-free
33 Netherlands Visa-free Visa-free
34 North Macedonia Visa-free Visa-free
35 Norway Visa-free Visa-free
36 Poland Visa-free Visa-free
37 Portugal Visa-free Visa-free
38 Romania Visa-free Visa-free
39 Russia Visa-free Visa-free
40 San Marino Visa-free Visa-free
41 Serbia Visa-free Visa-free
42 Slovakia Visa-free Visa-free
43 Slovenia  Visa-free Visa-free
44 Spain Visa-free Visa-free
45 Sweden Visa-free Visa-free
46 Switzerland Visa-free Visa-free
47 Ukraine Visa-free Visa-free
48 United Kingdom Visa-free Visa-free
49 Vatican City Visa-free Visa-free
No. Country For Antigua and Barbuda citizens For St Kitts and Nevis citizens
1 Armenia Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
2 ⚠️ Bangladesh Visa on arrival Visa-free
3 Cambodia Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
4 Georgia Visa-free Visa-free
5 Hong Kong Visa-free Visa-free
6 ❌Indonesia Visa required Visa required
7 ❌ Israel Visa required Visa-free
8 Iran Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
9 Jordan Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
10 Laos Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
11 Lebanon Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
12 Macao Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
13 Malaysia Visa-free Visa-free
14 Maldives Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
15 Nepal Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
16 Pakistan Electronic entry permit Electronic entry permit
17 Palestinian Territory Visa-free Visa-free
18 Philippines Visa-free Visa-free
19 ❌ Qatar Visa-free Visa required
20 Singapore Visa-free Visa-free
21 South Korea Visa-free Visa-free
22 Sri Lanka Electronic entry permit Electronic entry permit
23 ❌ Taiwan Visa required Visa-free
24 Timor-Leste Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
25 ❌ Turkey Visa required Visa-free
26 Uzbekistan Visa-free Visa-free
No. Country For Antigua and Barbuda citizens For St Kitts and Nevis citizens
1 Botswana Visa-free Visa-free
2 Burundi Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
3 Cape Verde Islands Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
4 Comoro Islands Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
5 Egypt Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
6 Eswatini Visa-free Visa-free
7 Gambia Visa-free Visa-free
8 Guinea-Bissau Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
9 ❌ Kenya Visa required Visa-free
10 Lesotho Visa-free Visa-free
11 Madagascar Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
12 Malawi Visa-free Visa-free
13 Mauritania Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
14 Mauritius Visa-free Visa-free
15 Mayotte Visa-free Visa-free
16 Mozambique Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
17 Reunion Visa-free Visa-free
18 ⚠️ Rwanda Visa on arrival Visa-free
19 Saint Helena Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
20 ⚠️ Senegal Visa on arrival Visa-free
21 Seychelles Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
22 Sierra Leone Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
23 Somalia Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
24 ❌ South Africa Visa-free Visa required
25 Tanzania Visa-free Visa-free
26 Togo Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
27 Tunisia Visa-free Visa-free
28 Uganda Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
29 Zambia Visa-free Visa-free
30 Zimbabwe Visa-free Visa-free
No. Country For Antigua and Barbuda citizens For St Kitts and Nevis citizens
1 Cook Islands Visa-free Visa-free
2 Fiji Visa-free Visa-free
3 French Polynesia Visa-free Visa-free
4 Kiribati Visa-free Visa-free
5 Micronesia Visa-free Visa-free
6 New Caledonia Visa-free Visa-free
7 Niue Visa-free Visa-free
8 Palau Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
9 Samoa Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
10 Solomon Islands Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
11 ❌ Tonga Visa required Visa on arrival
12 Tuvalu Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
13 Vanuatu Visa-free Visa-free
North America
No. Country For Antigua and Barbuda citizens For St Kitts and Nevis citizens
1 Anguilla Visa-free Visa-free
2 Antigua and Barbuda Visa-free Visa-free
3 Bahamas Visa-free Visa-free
4 Barbados Visa-free Visa-free
5 Belize Visa-free Visa-free
6 Bermuda Visa-free Visa-free
7 British Virgin Islands Visa-free Visa-free
8 Cayman Islands Visa-free Visa-free
9 Costa Rica Visa-free Visa-free
10 Cuba Visa-free Visa-free
11 Dominica Visa-free Visa-free
12 Dominican Republic  Visa-free Visa-free
13 El Salvador Visa-free Visa-free
14 French West Indies Visa-free Visa-free
15 Greenland Visa-free Visa-free
16 Grenada Visa-free Visa-free
17 Guatemala Visa-free Visa-free
18 Haiti Visa-free Visa-free
19 Honduras Visa-free Visa-free
20 Jamaica Visa-free Visa-free
21 Montserrat Visa-free Visa-free
22 Nicaragua Visa-free Visa-free
23 Panama Visa-free Visa-free
24 Sint Maarten Visa-free Visa-free
25 St Kitts and Nevis Visa-free Visa-free
26 St Lucia Visa-free Visa-free
27 St Vincent and the Grenadines Visa-free Visa-free
28 Trinidad and Tobago Visa-free Visa-free
29 Turks and Caicos Islands Visa-free Visa-free
South America
No. Country For Antigua and Barbuda citizens For St Kitts and Nevis citizens
1 ❌ Argentina Visa required Visa-free
2 Aruba Visa-free Visa-free
3 Bolivia Visa on arrival Visa on arrival
4 Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba Visa-free Visa-free
5 Brazil Visa-free Visa-free
6 Chile Visa-free Visa-free
7 Colombia Visa-free Visa-free
8 Curacao Visa-free Visa-free
9 Ecuador Visa-free Visa-free
10 French Guiana Visa-free Visa-free
11 Guyana Visa-free Visa-free
12 Peru Visa-free Visa-free
13 Suriname Visa-free Visa-free
14 ❌ Uruguay Visa required Visa-free
15 Venezuela Visa-free Visa-free

Comparison of conditions for investors and their families

Antigua and Barbuda or St Kitts citizenship benefits are pretty much the same. But the conditions of getting their passports by investment are very different, and investors compare citizenship programs by costs and time frames. 

Caribbean passport comparison: visa-free destinations, minimum investments, and time frames
The St Kitts CBI unit, a citizenship program department, introduced a special offer for investors valid until June 30th, 2023: the minimal investment is $125,000 instead $150,000

Investment options The Antigua and Barbuda program offers four investment options, and St Kitts and Nevis’s 一 three. 

Fund contributions are non-refundable, and investment in real estate can be returned in 5 or 7 years. The government approves real estate projects: five-star hotels, resort complexes, and infrastructure such as marinas.

Antigua and Barbuda also offers large families of six or more to contribute to the University of the West Indies Fund and get a year of studying at the university for free. Besides, there is an option to invest in local businesses.

Comparison of investment options 

OptionsAntigua and BarbudaSt Kitts and Nevis
Contributing to a government fund$100,000+$125,000+ 
Until June 30th, 2023

From July 1st, 2023
Purchasing a property$200,000+
Return in 5 years
Return in 7 years

Return in 7 years

Investing in the construction of social facilities or private enterprises
Contributing to the University of the West Indies Fund, for families of 6 or more$150,000+
Investing in a business$400,000+

Conditions for the investor’s family. Investor’s relatives can participate in a citizenship program with the main applicant. Each CBI unit sets unique age limits and conditions for family members. 

The program terms of Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis are very similar. There is a distinction only for siblings. All adult family members, except the spouse, must be financially dependent on the investor or the spouse.

Age limits for family members

Family memberAntigua and BarbudaSt Kitts and Nevis
ChildrenUnder 30Under 25
Parents and grandparentsOver 55Over 55
SiblingsUnmarriedUnder 25 and unmarried

The more investor’s relatives participate in the program, the higher the costs. For example, for spouses and two minor children, participation in the program will cost about $147,000, including fees if the investor contributes to the Antigua and Barbuda government fund.

Validity of Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis passports

Program participants get naturalisation certificates and passports of Antigua and Barbuda or St Kitts and Nevis. The passports have to be renewed every 10 years, and there is no need to renew the certificates.

To renew a passport, the investor submits documents 2 months before the expiration:

  • an expiring passport;
  • a naturalisation certificate;
  • a birth certificate;
  • a certificate of no criminal record;
  • photos for a new passport.

Adult holders of Antigua and Barbuda passports must prove that they took the oath and spent at least 5 days within the first 5 years in Antigua. They can’t renew the passport for the first time without proof of visit to the country.

Also, the holder pays a renewal fee of approximately $370 for a document in St Kitts and Nevis and $1,000 in Antigua and Barbuda. A new passport is issued within 4 weeks.

Obligations and rights of the passport holders

The duties of Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis citizens are similar. They must provide truthful information, including investors. Providing false information can be deprived of citizenship.

Investors who chose the real estate option keep property investment for 5 or 7 years subject to the terms of the programs.

Participants of the Antigua and Barbuda program must visit the country at least 5 days within the first 5 years after getting citizenship. Also, they take the oath.

Right 一 visa-free travelling. All passport holders can freely travel to the countries which signed visa waiver agreements with their citizenship state.

Right 一 adding relatives to the citizenship program. An investor with a passport of Antigua and Barbuda or St Kitts and Nevis have the right to add the relatives to the citizenship program after getting their passport. The list of qualifying family members is the following:

  • a spouse;
  • children;
  • grandchildren;
  • parents;
  • siblings.

Their age must meet the limits of the program. Relatives can be of the investor's spouse.

Right 一 relocation. They can move to the country of second citizenship anytime and live, do business, work, or study without a residence permit or special permission. If the investor lives in the state for 183 days or more, they must get a tax ID and pay taxes.

Tax systems of the two countries: St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda

Both Antiguan and St Kitts tax systems can be convenient for investors. Sometimes, wealthy people from developed countries move to the islands to cut their tax payments. 

For example, there are no income taxes and taxes on dividends, interest, royalties in the countries.

Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis taxes for individual residents

Taxes and feesAntigua and BarbudaSt Kitts and Nevis
Social fees5.5%5%
Real estate purchase tax2.5%Not applicable
Tax for property owners0.1一0.5%0.4一0.96%
The real estate tax for the sale7.5%6一10%

How to get citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis or Antigua and Barbuda

Stages and timing of the CBI programs are similar. Differences appear only at the steps of taking the oath and visiting the country for investors in Antigua and Barbuda. The St Kitts CBI unit doesn’t require it.

1 day
Preliminary Due Diligence
Preliminary Due Diligence

The investor contacts the licensed agent of the program, Immigrant Invest. An Anti-Money Laundering Officer of the company conducts a preliminary Due Diligence. The stage allows to identify the rejection risks.

2 to 4 weeks
Preparation of documents
Preparation of documents

The lawyers prepare investor’s documents: collect, translate and notarise them. Also, lawyers fill out government forms and file affidavits. The application and documents are submitted to the CBI unit.

2 to 6 months
Due Diligence
Due Diligence

The CBI unit checks investors and their family members aged over 12 years in Antigua and Barbuda and over 16 years in St Kitts and Nevis. 

If the CBI unit has any questions about the investor or the family members, it requests additional documents and explanations. A detailed affidavit helps avoid additional questions.

Up to 30 days
Investment terms fulfilment
Investment terms fulfilment

After the agent gets approval of the investor’s application from the CBI unit, the applicant has 30 days to fulfil investment conditions of the Antigua and Barbuda program and 90 days to fulfil conditions of the St Kitts and Nevis program.

Up to 4 weeks
Getting passport
Getting passport

The naturalisation certificates and passports are issued within 4 weeks after fulfilling financial conditions. The investor obtains documents at the agent’s office or by delivery service.

1 day
Oath of allegiance
Oath of allegiance

The investor and all the adult family members must take the oath of allegiance. The procedure can take place by videoconference, at the nearest national consulate or in Antigua and Barbuda.

Moving to Antigua and Barbuda or St Kitts and Nevis

One must get a temporary or permanent residence permit for moving to St Kitts and Nevis or Antigua and Barbuda. Wealthy people with second citizenship by investment can relocate to the country and become their tax residents anytime they want.

Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis’ living conditions are similar. The countries are on islands with a tropical climate, warm sea all year round, good medicine, schools and universities. 

There are countries near St Kitts and Nevis. There is an hour from St Kitts to Antigua and Barbuda by flight

Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis passports offer matching opportunities. Therefore, we recommend calculating the costs for both programs for your family composition. If there is no possibility or desire to come to Antigua and Barbuda to fulfil all program conditions, we advise choosing the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship program.

Frequently asked questions

What do I need to do to get a passport by investment?

To obtain citizenship by investment, you must participate in a government program for investors. Five Caribbean citizenship programs are famous for their low cost, fast-track procedures, and wide range of visa-free destinations. Here is the comparison of St Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda programs.

Which Caribbean passport is the best?

The best passport gives the most opportunities for visa-free travelling. Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda or St Kitts and Nevis travel to 150+ countries visa-free, including the Schengen Area, the UK, Singapore, and Hong Kong. For a visit to the US, they get 10-year B-1/B-2 visitor visas.

Which investment program is better 一 of Antigua and Barbuda or St Kitts and Nevis?

Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis passports offer similar opportunities, so the investor has to choose the terms of the citizenship program. The Antigua and Barbuda program is faster. Costs depend on the composition and age of the investor’s family who plan to participate in the program with the main applicant. We recommend calculating the costs for both programs.

Is St Kitts and Nevis passport powerful?

St Kitts and Nevis passport holders can travel to 156 countries visa-free, including the Schengen Area, the UK, Singapore, and Hong Kong. They can also get 10-year B-1/B-2 visitor visas to the US.

You must participate in the government citizenship program to get a passport by investment.

Is the Antigua and Barbuda passport strong?

Investors with an Antigua and Barbuda passport can enter 150 countries visa-free, including the Schengen states, the UK, Hong Kong, and Singapore. They can obtain 10-year B-1/B-2 visitor visas to the US. The Antigua and Barbuda passport may be obtained by investment if you participate in the government citizenship program.

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Comparison of Antigua and Barbuda & St Kitts and Nevis passports