Caribbean citizenship by investment for travel: visa-free countries and entry requirements
As of March 2024, the Caribbean passport gives visa-free access to more than 145 countries and is considered one of the best for freedom of movement.
Sometimes, the Caribbean passport makes getting a visa or entering a country easier if its borders are closed. It might be necessary for an emergency: a pandemic, political crisis or a threat to a family’s safety.
See how the Caribbean passport helps travel freely and other benefits for investors.
Visa-free countries with a Caribbean passport
Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St Lucia, Dominica, and St Kitts and Nevis travel freely to more than 145 countries.
The list of visa-free destinations includes the EU states, the UK, and Singapore. Grenada and Dominica passports provide visa-free entry to China.
Citizens of four Caribbean countries — Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia, Grenada, and St Kitts and Nevis — enter the UK without visas and stay in the country for 180 days a year. It’s possible because all of them are members of the Commonwealth of Nations. The passport must be valid during the whole stay in the UK.
A US tourist visa is available under a simplified procedure to Caribbean passport holders. US consulates issue visas in 2—3 weeks, and the visa will be valid for 10 years. Other countries’ citizens, e.g. from Azerbaijan, have to wait for a US tourist visa for 3—4 months or longer.
Visa-free countries with a Caribbean passport
Investors with Grenada citizenship qualify for the E‑2 business visa to the USA. The visa allows its holder to enter the country an unlimited number of times, live and work in the USA, and educate children in local schools and universities.
The E‑2 visa is valid for 5 years. However, it can be extended an unlimited number of times.
Reasons to enter a closed country with a Caribbean passport
There are situations when states close their borders. For example, most countries closed their borders to foreigners due to the pandemic in 2020. But there are categories of foreigners and circumstances that are usually not subject to restrictions, wholly or partially.
Business trips are allowed to resolve urgent issues that require personal presence at negotiations or production. Visiting consulates and government agencies is also an important reason for foreign trips.
You need to present one of the documents at the border: an invitation from a business partner or government agency, contracts, and confirmation of the appointed meeting date.
Family reunification is possible if a relative is a foreign country’s citizen or resident. Entry is allowed in case of important events or emergencies. These include the birth of children or grandchildren, weddings, funerals, and caring for sick relatives.
At the border, you need to present one of the documents: an invitation from a relative, a marriage certificate, children’s birth certificates, confirmation of the urgency, and the conclusion of the relative’s attending physician.
Studying at universities and schools abroad. International students have the right to return to their country of study if the university requires a personal presence in the classroom. The rule applies to boarding schools, language schools, and colleges.
You need to present one of the documents at the border: a student residence permit, an agreement with a university or school, and confirmation of full-time education.
Scheduled or emergency medical treatment is generally permitted in case of severe illness, elective surgery, or accidents. A guardian, caregiver or child may travel with the patient to the country of treatment.
You need to present one of the documents at the border: an agreement with a medical institution, a confirmation of the need for planned or urgent treatment, and an employment contract for a nurse.
Representatives of certain professions. Entry restrictions do not apply to:
medical professionals and researchers in the field of medicine;
caregivers for children, the disabled, and the elderly;
suppliers of medicines, medical equipment, and food;
diplomats and employees of humanitarian missions;
employees of international organisations, such as UN agencies;
border area workers and seasonal workers;
You need to present one of the documents at the border: an employment contract, a confirmation from the employer, a work permit, a diplomatic passport, a military ID, a driver’s licence, or a pilot’s licence.
The Caribbean passport is ideal for travelling for different purposes. It helps investors solve problems even with closed borders. But countries regularly review entry conditions, so exceptional circumstances can also be added or excluded.
Immigrant Invest lawyers recommend checking on the consulate websites what rules are in force in the destination country before the trip.
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How to cross borders with the Caribbean passport
Investors face practical issues after obtaining citizenship. For example, whether a Caribbean passport is suitable for travelling, how to use the new passport, to whom and what document should be presented when crossing the border.
Let’s simulate the situation: an Azerbaijani citizen got Grenada citizenship. They are planning a trip to Germany. There can be any other passport instead of the Azerbaijani one, e.g., a Turkish, Egyptian, or Chinese passport.
Which passport to present at the airline counter? A passenger usually presents a ticket and a visa that gives the right to enter Germany. Caribbean citizens have the right to visit Germany without a visa, so they present a Grenada passport at the airline counter.
Which passport to present at the passport control when leaving Azerbaijan? A citizen of Azerbaijan must leave the country with their Azerbaijani passport. They also present the boarding pass.
Which passport to present at the passport control in Germany or any other EU country? When entering Germany, you need to present a Grenada passport, as it replaces a visa when visiting the EU countries.
Which passport to present when returning to Azerbaijan? The investor needs to show their Azerbaijani passport to the border guards. The second Caribbean passport is not used until a new trip.
How to get Caribbean citizenship by investment
Five Caribbean countries offer to obtain second citizenship by investing in the country’s economy:
Antigua and Barbuda — $100,000+;
Dominica — $100,000+;
St Lucia — $100,000+;
Grenada — $150,000+;
St Kitts and Nevis — $250,000+.
Different investment options include a non-refundable contribution, purchase of real estate or bonds, or financing local businesses.
Obtaining a Caribbean passport takes three to six months. The requirements for applicants are similar under all Caribbean citizenship by investment programs. Learn how to choose a country and get its citizenship from an interview with an Immigrant Invest CBI program expert.
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Which Caribbean passports are visa-free to the USA?
A Caribbean passport will not give you visa-free access to the USA. However, as a Caribbean citizen, you will be able to obtain a US B‑1/B‑2 tourist visa under a simplified procedure. The process takes 2—3 weeks; the visa is valid for 10 years.
What countries in the Caribbean require visas?
Visa requirements for Caribbean countries depend on the country of your citizenship. For example, if you hold a Pakistan passport, you will need a visa to enter St Lucia.
To eliminate all restrictions and get visa-free access to all Caribbean countries, you can obtain Caribbean citizenship by investment.
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