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Comparison of St Kitts and Nevis & Dominica passports

Investors with St Kitts and Nevis or Dominica citizenship visit at least 140 countries freely. The first passport has more visa-free destinations than the second one. But Dominica citizens can enter China for up to 30 days without visas, and it's a rare opportunity.

Discover the CBI programs of St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica and compare their conditions.

Dominica and St. Kitts passports allow visa-free access to at least 140 states

Opportunities for St Kitts and Nevis or Dominica citizenship holders

Wealthy people get second passports by investing to have vacations abroad and make business visits visa-free. To achieve these goals, they participate in St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica state citizenship programs.

The St Kitts and Nevis passport by investment was the most in demand only a year ago. But Dominica signed a visa waiver agreement with China, and its CBI program became popular, too. 

To date, St Kitts and Nevis citizens freely travel to 156 states, and there are 144 destinations for Dominica.

We list visa-free countries for the Caribbean passports in the tables below and highlighted different destinations with icons:

  • ❌ means visa-free countries for the Dominica passport with restricted entry for St Kitts and Nevis citizens or the other way round;
  • ⚠️ means that the entry conditions are slightly different. For example, visa‑free countries for Dominica citizens require visas on arrival from holders of St Kitts and Nevis passports. 


No.CountryEntry conditions for Dominica citizensEntry conditions for St Kitts and Nevis citizens
1❌ AlbaniaVisa requiredVisa-free
6Bosnia and HerzegovinaVisa-freeVisa-free
10Czech RepublicVisa-freeVisa-free
13Faroe IslandsVisa-freeVisa-free
16❌ GeorgiaVisa requiredVisa-free
34❌ North MacedoniaVisa requiredVisa-free
40San MarinoVisa-freeVisa-free
43Slovenia Visa-freeVisa-free
48⚠️ United KingdomVisa-freeVisa-free
49Vatican CityVisa-freeVisa-free


No.CountryEntry conditions for Dominica citizensEntry conditions for St Kitts and Nevis citizens
1ArmeniaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
2⚠️ BangladeshVisa on arrivalVisa-free
3CambodiaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
4❌ ChinaVisa-freeVisa required
5Hong KongVisa-freeVisa-free
6❌ IndonesiaVisa requiredVisa required
7IranVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
9JordanVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
10LaosVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
11❌ LebanonVisa requiredVisa on arrival
12⚠️ MacaoVisa-freeVisa on arrival
14MaldivesVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
15NepalVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
16❌ PakistanVisa requiredElectronic entry permit
17Palestinian TerritoryVisa-freeVisa-free
20South KoreaVisa-freeVisa-free
21Sri LankaElectronic entry permitElectronic entry permit
22❌ TaiwanVisa requiredVisa-free
23Timor-LesteVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
24❌ TurkeyVisa requiredVisa-free


No.CountryEntry conditions for Dominica citizensEntry conditions for St Kitts and Nevis citizens
2BurundiVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
3Cape Verde IslandsVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
4Comoro IslandsVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
5EgyptVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
8Guinea-BissauVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
11MadagascarVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
13MauritaniaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
16MozambiqueVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
18⚠️ RwandaVisa on arrivalVisa-free
19Saint HelenaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
20⚠️ SenegalVisa on arrivalVisa-free
21SeychellesVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
22Sierra LeoneVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
23SomaliaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
25TogoVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
26❌ TunisiaVisa requiredVisa-free
27UgandaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
29⚠️ ZimbabweElectronic entry permitVisa-free


No.CountryEntry conditions for Dominica citizensEntry conditions for St Kitts and Nevis citizens
1Cook IslandsVisa-freeVisa-free
3French PolynesiaVisa-freeVisa-free
4❌ KiribatiVisa requiredVisa-free
6New CaledoniaVisa-freeVisa-free
8PalauVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
9SamoaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
10Solomon IslandsVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
11TongaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
12TuvaluVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival

North America

No.CountryEntry conditions for Dominica citizensEntry conditions for St Kitts and Nevis citizens
2Antigua and BarbudaVisa-freeVisa-free
7British Virgin IslandsVisa-freeVisa-free
8Cayman IslandsVisa-freeVisa-free
9Costa RicaVisa-freeVisa-free
12Dominican Republic Visa-freeVisa-free
13❌ El SalvadorVisa requiredVisa-free
14French West IndiesVisa-freeVisa-free
16❌ GuatemalaVisa requiredVisa-free
18❌ HondurasVisa requiredVisa-free
21⚠️ NicaraguaVisa-freeVisa-free
23Sint MaartenVisa-freeVisa-free
24St Kitts and NevisVisa-freeVisa-free
25St LuciaVisa-freeVisa-free
26St Vincent and the GrenadinesVisa-freeVisa-free
27Trinidad and TobagoVisa-freeVisa-free
28Turks and Caicos IslandsVisa-freeVisa-free

South America

No.CountryEntry conditions for Dominica citizensEntry conditions for St Kitts and Nevis citizens
3BoliviaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
4Bonaire, St Eustatius and SabaVisa-freeVisa-free
6❌ ChileVisa requiredVisa-free
10French GuianaVisa-freeVisa-free

Entry to the US. The popular destination for travelling and business contacts is the United States, but the country isn’t listed as visa-free for citizens of St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica. 

The Caribbean passport holders can get 10-year B-1/B-2 visitor visas to the US within 2一3 weeks. For comparison, citizens of countries with complicated geopolitical situations wait for US visitor visas for over half a year or can't get them at all.

Relocation. Holders of St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica second passports can relocate to their citizenship countries anytime. They are eligible to live, study, work, and run a countrywide business.

Comparison of CBI programs

To choose a second passport between St Kitts and Nevis’s and Dominica’s, investors compare the conditions of the CBI programs: time frames and costs that include investment and fees. 

If an investor decides to get citizenship with their families, they will check the age limits for relatives.

Comparison of Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis passports

The time frame for a passport obtaining depends on a continuance of Due Diligence; it's the main step of each citizenship program. 

The Dominica government check lasts at least 3 months; the longest is up to 6 months. 

St Kitts and Nevis Due Diligence takes up to 6 months too, but the program has a fast‑track procedure that lasts 2 months.

St Kitts and Nevis citizenship with an accelerated application processing

Samvel’s family got Saint Kitts and Nevis passports in about three months: to have the life-long right to enter the Schengen countries visa-free, they benefited from the Accelerated Application Process.

Now the family no longer have to extend European residence permits every year. Samvel can freely visit his children who study in Europe.

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Program costs include investments and fees determined by choosing an investment option.

The Dominica program has two following options:

  1. A non-refundable contribution to a state fund is at least $100,000. Investors who participate in the program with their spouses will pay $150,000. For a family of 4, the investment is $175,000.
  2. A refundable investment in real estate is $200,000. Investors buy shares in government-approved projects, for example, five-star hotels, and return money 5 years later.

The principal applicant is eligible to sell the real estate after 3 years of ownership. But a buyer can also participate in the CBI program if the share is sold 5 years after the purchase. Thus, investors keep real estate ownership for 5 years.

The Due Diligence fee for the investor is $7,500 and $4,000 per family member over 16. In addition to this charge, the main applicant pays other insignificant fees, for example, per issued passport. If the investor chooses the real estate option, they will defray a special state fee of at least $25,000.

The St Kitts and Nevis program has three following options:

  1. Until June 30th, 2023, a non-refundable contribution to a state fund is at least $125,000. It is planned that from July 1st, 2023, the minimum contribution will grow to $150,000.
    Extra contribution for an investor's spouse is $25,000, $10,000 for children and parents, and $20,000 for siblings.
  2. A refundable investment in real estate is at least $200,000. Unlike the Dominica CBI program, the St Kitts and Nevis program allows investors to buy not just shares in government-approved projects but also villas. The villa value must be at least $400,000. Investors return their money after 7 years of ownership, but a villa can be sold in 5 years.
  3. Investment in socially significant facilities is $175,000 and is the least popular option.

Fees under the St Kitts and Nevis program, including a special state fee per property, are almost the same as under Dominica's. The fast-track procedure fee is $25,000 for the investor and $20,000 per family member over 16.

Age limits. Also, investors’ relatives can participate in programs with the principal applicant: a spouse without age limit, children under 30, parents over 55 under the conditions of the St Kitts and Nevis program and over 65 under Diminica’s.

Siblings can only get second passports with the principal applicant under the St Kitts and Nevis program. They have to be under 30, unmarried, and without children.

Validity of Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis passports

Requirements for Dominica passports are the following:

  • to renew the document every 10 years for holders over 16;
  • to renew the document every 5 years for holders under 16;

Requirements for St Kitts and Nevis passports are the same as Dominica’s.

St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica taxes

If the investor with a second passport decides to relocate to St Kitts and Nevis or Dominica for over 183 days a year, they will become tax residents and have to obtain a tax ID. 

Sometimes wealthy people get tax residency in Caribbean countries to reduce their tax costs.

Comparison of taxes in Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis

TaxesDominicaSt Kitts and Nevis
Income tax15 to 25%
Including global income
Not applicable
Social contributions6%5%
Real estate purchase tax10.5%, including fees0%
Tax for property owners0一1.25%0.4一0.96%
Real estate sale tax2.5%6一10%

How to become a citizen of Dominica or St Kitts and Nevis

If an investor decides to obtain a second passport, they contact a licensed program agent, for example, Immigrant Invest. Our lawyers assist the investor in comparing the Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis programs and choosing the best one for the investor’s goals.

Before selecting, we always tell investors how to get Dominica citizenship or St Kitts and Nevis passports. The main stage of any citizenship program is Due Diligence which the CBI unit, the program department of the country’s government, conducts. Immigrant Invest has to perform preliminary Due Diligence to prepare for the check qualitatively.

1 day
Preliminary Due Diligence
Preliminary Due Diligence

An Anti-Money Laundering Officer of the Immigrant Invest law company conducts the check. Preliminary Due Diligence allows our lawyers to find “red flags” in the investor’s biography. We need only an investor’s passport at that point.

2 to 4 weeks
Preparation of documents
Preparation of documents

The lawyers recommend the best programs for the investor’s goals with consideration of the results of preliminary Due Diligence. When a program is chosen, the lawyers will begin to prepare the investor’s documents.

They collect, translate and notarise them and file affidavits. The affidavit helps get through the Due Diligence of the CBI unit faster. Lawyers will apply to the CBI unit when the document set is ready.

2 to 6 months
Due Diligence
Due Diligence

The CBI unit conducts Due Diligence of investors and their family members over 16. If information about the investor and the relatives is furnished incompletely, Due Diligence time frames may be extended.

Up to 30 days
Investment terms fulfilment
Investment terms fulfilment

The CBI unit approves the investor’s application and notifies the licensed agent. Upon notification, the principal applicant invests within 30 days under the Dominica program conditions and 90 days under St Kitts and Nevis’s.

Up to 4 weeks
Getting passport
Getting passport

After the financial conditions are confirmed, the CBI unit instructs to issue the naturalisation certificates and passports to the investor’s family. Investors get the documents at the licensed agent’s office or by delivery service.

St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica: country profiles

The Caribbean countries have warm climates all year round. Winter is the best season for vacation in St Kitts, Nevis and Dominica. At this time, air and water temperature fluctuates between +25℃ and +30℃, and booking prices for apartments and villas increases by 2一3 times compared to August, for example.

St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica are members of CARICOM, the Caribbean commonwealth. It is a political and economic community of 15 countries with a common currency called the Eastern Caribbean dollar. 1 Eastern Caribbean dollar always costs 37 US cents.

There is no St Kitts and Nevis or Dominica nationality. For the most part, the population of these countries is of African descent. Approximately 10% of the population is Caribbean Indians and Europeans. Christianity is the main religion in St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica. The official language is English.

Antigua and Barbuda, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, and Martinique are countries near St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica. Their residents can get to neighbouring states by plane or ferry in 2 to 5 hours.

What country is Dominica

The country of Dominica is officially called the Commonwealth of Dominica. The state capital Roseau with a population of about 15,000, is located on the west seashore of the island

What country is St Kitts and Nevis

St Kitts and Nevis has two legal names: the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis and the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis. The state capital Basseterre with a population of about 11,000, is located on the island of St Kitts

Checklist for investors who choose the CBI program of Dominica or St Kitts and Nevis

Reduce costs. If you decide to reduce the costs of getting a second passport, we recommend the Dominica CBI program. Investments under the program conditions are less than under St Kitts and Nevis’s. Fees under both programs are the same.

Fast-track procedure. If you want to obtain a second passport as soon as possible, we recommend the St Kitts and Nevis CBI program. It has a fast-track procedure that lasts 2 months. An applicant who makes an opening to accelerate a program procedure pays an additional fee.

Second passports for siblings. If you decide to participate in a CBI program with your siblings, we recommend the St Kitts and Nevis CBI program. The Dominica citizenship program doesn’t allow adding sisters and brothers to the investor’s application.

Return investment. If you prefer to spend more but return your money, choose a real estate option. You can sell a property after 7 years of ownership under the St Kitts and Nevis program and 5 years later under Dominica’s.

Frequently asked questions

Is Dominica's passport strong?

Yes, it is. The passport allows holders to visit 144 countries visa-free, including the Schengen states, and China. Dominica citizens can get 10-year B-1/B-2 visitor visas to the US.

Is St Kitts and Nevis passport powerful?

Yes, it is. St Kitts and Nevis citizens may travel freely to 156 states, including the Schengen Area and the UK. Also, they can obtain 10-year B-1/B-2 visitor visas to the US.

Entrepreneurs often get St Kitts and Nevis passports to develop their international businesses and have vacations visa-free.

Which Caribbean passport is the best?

There isn’t the best Caribbean passport, but we can highlight countries that signed the maximum number of visa waiver agreements. For example, St Kitts and Nevis is one of these states whose citizens visit 156 countries visa-free.

At the same time, Dominica citizens freely travel to 144 states only, but China is among these countries. Visa-free entry to China is a rare opportunity.

How to get a Dominica passport?

To obtain a Dominica passport, wealthy people participate in the CBI program. They invest at least $100,000 in the country’s economy and get Dominica passports within six months. There are five steps in the program.

How many countries can a Dominica passport holder enter without a visa?

Dominica citizens visit 144 states freely, including the Schengen Area, and China. They obtain 10-year B-1/B-2 visitor visas to the US.

What is the St Kitts golden visa?

St Kitts and Nevis passport is called St Kitts golden visa if the document is obtained by investing in the country’s economy. Investors get passports if participate in the St Kitts and Nevis CBI program.

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Comparison of St Kitts and Nevis & Dominica passports