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Comparison of Dominica and St Lucia passports: opportunities and investment conditions

You will be able to visit over 140 countries visa-free if you get a Dominica or St Lucia passport by investing. Popular free destinations, excluding China, are the same for citizens of both states. This rare opportunity is available to Dominica passport holders but not to St Lucia’s.

Explore how investors compare and choose the program between Dominica and St Lucia and what opportunities they get.

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

What Dominica and St Lucia passports give to investors

The foremost opportunity for wealthy people is to get travel freedom by investing in the countries’ economies.

To obtain passports of St Lucia or Dominica in 3 to 6 months, investors participate in state citizenship programs with a minimum investment of $100,000.

Investors can obtain second citizenship with their families, relocate to the country at any moment and stay there indefinitely. They may live, study, and get treatment like other St Lucia and Dominica citizens.

Investment comparison of Caribbean citizenship

The Dominica and St Lucia programs have similar conditions; for example, an investor contributes to a state fund over $100,000 or buys real estate for $200,000.

The St Lucia program has two additional options:

  • buying government bonds for at least $300,000;
  • business investment of over $1,000,000. 

Contributions to government funds of Dominica and St Lucia are non-refundable, but investments in properties or state bonds can be returned after 5 years of ownership.

Investors who want to return their money often choose the St Lucia program and option with bond purchase.

St Lucia citizenship by investment in government bonds

The brothers Kiran and Dasya obtained second citizenship for visa-free travelling. They chose St Lucia’s program because they wanted to return on investment and avoid buying real estate. So, they purchased state bonds of St Lucia.

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Also, when investors select a program, they will calculate extra investments and fees for their relatives who will get Caribbean citizenship with the principal applicant.

If the investor adds to the application their big family, extra charges may increase to 1.5 times. For example, extra investment for spouses under contributions in government funds is the following:

  • +$50,000 under the Dominica program;
  • +$40,000 under the St Lucia program.

Passport validity for Dominica and St Lucia citizens 

Comparing passports shows that Dominica citizens renew their documents less often than St Lucia’s.

Passport expiration dates are the following:

To renew the document, investors apply at the nearest country's consulate. We recommend contacting the consulate two months before the passport expiration.

If investors get passports with government licensed agent Immigrant Invest, our lawyers will obligatorily remind them about the passport renewal. Lawyers help to obtain a new passport quickly, and investors don’t contact the consulate personally.

Rights of Dominica and St Lucia citizens

Visa-free travelling is the most important benefit for investors with second passports of Dominica and St Lucia. Visa-free countries for citizens of both states are nearly the same, excluding two popular destinations, China and Taiwan.

From 2022, Dominica passport holders can stay in China for up to 30 days, and investors with St Lucia passports can't. And inversely, St Lucia citizens enter Taiwan visa-free for up to 30 days, but Dominica’s have to get visas.

We recapitulate visa-free countries for both passports in the tables and highlighted different destinations with icons:

  • ❌ means visa-free countries for the Dominica passport with restricted entry for St Lucia citizens or the other way round;
  • ⚠️ means that the entry conditions are a little bit different. For example, visa-free countries for citizens of the first state require visas on arrival from holders of another state's passports.

If an arrival country doesn’t list, St Lucia and Dominica citizens will have to get visas for entry.


No.CountryEntry conditions for Dominica citizensEntry conditions for St Lucia citizens
3❌ BelarusVisa-freeVisa required
5Bosnia and HerzegovinaVisa-freeVisa-free
9Czech RepublicVisa-freeVisa-free
12Faroe IslandsVisa-freeVisa-free
37❌ RussiaVisa-freeVisa required
38San MarinoVisa-freeVisa-free
39❌ SerbiaVisa-freeVisa required
41Slovenia Visa-freeVisa-free
45❌ UkraineVisa-freeVisa required
46⚠️ United KingdomVisa-freeVisa-free
47Vatican CityVisa-freeVisa-free


No.CountryEntry conditions for Dominica citizensEntry conditions for St Lucia citizens
1ArmeniaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
2⚠BangladeshVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
3CambodiaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
4❌ ChinaVisa-freeVisa required
5Hong KongVisa-freeVisa-free
7IranVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
9JordanVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
10LaosVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
11⚠️ MacaoVisa-freeVisa on arrival
13MaldivesVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
14NepalVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
15❌ PakistanVisa requiredElectronic entry permit
16Palestinian TerritoryVisa-freeVisa-free
19South KoreaVisa-freeVisa-free
20Sri LankaElectronic entry permitElectronic entry permit
21❌ TaiwanVisa requiredVisa-free
22Timor-LesteVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival


No.CountryEntry conditions for Dominica citizensEntry conditions for St Lucia 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
18RwandaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
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 Lucia 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 Lucia 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
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 Lucia citizens
3BoliviaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
4Bonaire, St Eustatius and SabaVisa-freeVisa-free
5❌ BrazilVisa-freeVisa required
6❌ ChileVisa requiredVisa-free
10French GuianaVisa-freeVisa-free
14❌ UruguayVisa-freeVisa required

Visa to the US. It is not a visa-free destination for St Lucia and Dominica citizens, but a 10-year B-1/B-2 visitor visa is available. Investors apply to the nearest consulate of the US, for example, in the Bahamas, and get visas in 2一3 weeks.

Under visa conditions, Dominica and St Lucia citizens stay in the US for up to 180 days a year and travel and attend business meetings, conferences, and events. Also, they get medical treatment in the country.

Benefits in the UK. After St Lucia and Dominica had gained independence from the UK in the 1980s, they became members of the Commonwealth of Nations. Today countries’ citizens study at some British universities on scholarships and get benefits for their businesses in Great Britain.

Right to retain first citizenship. Wealthy people who get Dominica or St Lucia passports by investing can retain their other citizenships, including the first one.

Relocation to the Caribbean. Investors with St Lucia and Dominica passports can move to these states or any country of CARICOM, the Caribbean commonwealth. They are eligible to live, work, do business, study, and get treatment there.

15 Caribbean countries of CARICOM are the following:

  1. Antigua and Barbuda.
  2. The Bahamas.
  3. Barbados.
  4. Belize.
  5. Dominica.
  6. Grenada.
  7. Guyana.
  8. Haiti.
  9. Jamaica.
  10. Montserrat.
  11. St Kitts and Nevis.
  12. St Lucia.
  13. St Vincent and the Grenadines.
  14. Suriname.
  15. Trinidad and Tobago.

St Lucia and Dominica taxes

Investors who stay in Dominica or St Lucia 183 days a year or more become tax residents of the countries and must get tax IDs. They apply online on the Inland Revenue Department website and obtain the tax ID after 10一14 days.

We compare Dominica and St Lucia tax rates in the table below for your convenience.

Taxes in St Lucia and Dominica

TaxesSt LuciaDominica
Income tax0 to 30%
Excluding global income
15 to 25%
Including global income
Social contributions5%6%
Taxes on dividends, interest, royalties0% on dividends
10% on interest, royalties
Property tax and fees2% for a buyer
2.5 to 5% for a seller
10.5%, including fees, for a buyer
2.5% for a seller

Systems of taxes in Dominica and St Lucia are comfortable for wealthy people. Thus, they often relocate to the Caribbean states to reduce their tax costs.

Mainly, St Lucia’s taxes are less than Dominica’s.

St Lucia citizenship to reduce taxes

Bill has a network of intimate apparel online stores in the UK, France, Italy and Portugal. When his expenses doubled in 2021, Bill considered reducing the tax burden. So, he decided to relocate to St Lucia.

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Basic facts about Dominica and St Lucia

Before deciding to move to the Caribbean, knowing about some moments is essential. 

The national currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, costing 37 US cents. Interestingly enough, different state money transactions may be done in different currencies. For example, taxes are paid in Eastern Caribbean dollars, but participation in citizenship programs is paid in US dollars.

There is a middle-life level in St Lucia and Dominica, but investors’ children can study at the best schools, colleges, and universities. For example, alumni of the St George's University and the University of the West Indies, where all CARICOM citizens can study, get international diplomas. They can work in the US, UK, and EU. Also, high-quality treatment is available for wealthy people.

St Lucia and Dominica are tropical countries; thus, the air and water are warm or hot there all year round. Wealthy people prefer to vacation in Dominica or St Lucia during winter, the best Caribbean season, including the New Year holidays. Air and water temperature at this time fluctuates from +25℃ to +30℃.

There is no Caribbean nationality. 90% of the population is of African descent, and only 10% are Caribbean Indians and Europeans. The main religion in the Caribbean is Christianity.

Caribbean citizenship by investment: St Lucia program

Castries is the capital of St Lucia, 60 000 people live there. One of the University of the West Indies campus is in Castries

Caribbean citizenship by investment: St Lucia program

Saint Lucia’s main natural attraction are two volcanic hills: Gros Piton, with a height of 798 m, and Petit Piton, with a height of  734 m

Caribbean citizenship by investment: Dominica program

Roseau is the capital of Dominica; 17 000 people live there. The famous Mourne‑Trois‑Python National Park is 8 km east of Roseau

Caribbean citizenship by investment: Dominica program

The world’s second-largest thermal lake is in the Morne-Trois-Piton Park in Dominica

How to get citizenship by investing

When investors plan to participate in a citizenship program, they enquire with a licensed agent of Caribbean CBI programs, for example, with Immigrant Invest. Our lawyers tell investors about the program’s demands, assist them in comparing conditions, and help them get a second passport of St Lucia or Dominica.

The main stage of every program is Due Diligence, which lasts over 3 months and is conducted by the CBI unit, the program department of the country’s government. Our lawyers perform preliminary Due Diligence to reduce the rejection risk from the CBI unit.

1 day
Preliminary Due Diligence
Preliminary Due Diligence

An Anti-Money Laundering Officer of the licensed agent Immigrant Invest conducts a preliminary Due Diligence of the investor. Our lawyers check for “red flags” in the investor’s biography that can prevent successful government Due Diligence.

We need only an investor’s passport at that point.

2 to 4 weeks
Preparation of documents
Preparation of documents

There are translating and notarising investor’s documents and filling out government forms and the investor’s application at this stage.

Also, our lawyers prepare affidavits for the CBI unit about the investor’s biography and financial history.

3 months
Due Diligence
Due Diligence

Immigrant Invest applies to participate in the CBI program on behalf of the investor. The CBI unit checks investors and their adult relatives over 16. Due Diligence can last for 6 months.

30 to 90 days
Investment terms fulfilment
Investment terms fulfilment

After ending Due Diligence, the CBI unit informs the agent about approving the application. The investor fulfils investment conditions: contributes to the fund or buys real estate. If they prefer the bond option, investors will pay for the bonds.

Investors participating in St Lucia’s program have 90 days for fulfilment in St Lucia and 30 days in Dominica.

Up to 4 weeks
Getting passport
Getting passport

The licensed agent confirms the fulfilment of the investment conditions. The naturalisation certificates and passports of the investor and the relatives are issued. The principal applicant gets the documents at the agent’s office or by delivery service.

Checklist for investors who decide to get second Caribbean passports

The Dominica and St Lucia programs are similar, so let's highlight the main points.

Visa-free China. If the investor does business in the country, often meets with business partners from China, or needs to visit the state regularly, they get a Dominica passport.

Fast-track procedure. Dominica and St Lucia's Due Diligence lasts at least 3 months; about a month is required to prepare documents and receive passports. It is one of the fastest ways to obtain second citizenship in the world. In comparison, getting citizenship in European countries takes 5 to 10 years by naturalisation.

Return investment. If the principal applicant decides to refund their investment, they choose to buy real estate or bonds. Although the bond costs 1.5 times higher than real estate, we recommend selecting a bond buy. The thing is, the investor will not have hassles as the property owner.

Frequently asked questions

Is a Dominica passport strong?

Yes, it is. Dominica passport holders travel to 144 countries visa-free, including the Schengen Area, and China. Also, Dominica citizens can get B-1/B-2 visitor visas to the US.

How strong is a St Lucia passport?
What Caribbean islands don't require a passport?

It would help if you had a passport for coming to any country, excluding inland visa-free areas. If you have a passport of one of the CARICOM countries, you can visit all of them visa-free. For example, by ferry and not showing a passport at the boarding. CARICOM is like the Schengen Area and visa-free.

15 Caribbean countries of CARICOM are the following:

  1. Antigua and Barbuda.
  2. The Bahamas.
  3. Barbados.
  4. Belize.
  5. Dominica.
  6. Grenada.
  7. Guyana.
  8. Haiti.
  9. Jamaica.
  10. Montserrat.
  11. St Kitts and Nevis.
  12. St Lucia.
  13. St Vincent and the Grenadines.
  14. Suriname.
  15. Trinidad and Tobago.

You don’t always need a visa. If your citizenship country has a visa waiver agreement with a Caribbean state, you can travel visa-free but with a passport. Citizens of nearly 100 states have to obtain visas to visit the Caribbean. For example, we specify countries where citizens get visas to enter Sl Lucia.

Where can I go in the Caribbean without a passport?

If you hold a Dominica or St Lucia passport, you can visit any of them with the document. After that, you may travel inland to the Caribbean commonwealth and don’t show your passport, for example, at boarding the ferry.

What are income taxes in Dominica and St Lucia?

Income taxes in the countries are differentiated:

  • 0 to 30% in St Lucia;
  • 15 to 25% in Dominica.

The supreme rate of the income tax in St Lucia applies to income over 30,000 Eastern Caribbean dollars and over 50,000 Eastern Caribbean dollars in Dominica. 1 Eastern Caribbean dollar always costs 37 US cents.

How often do I have to renew my Caribbean passport?

St Lucia and Dominica passports are renewed every 5 or 10 years.

Their expiration dates are the following:

  • 10 years in Dominica if you are over 16;
  • 5 years in Dominica if you are under 16 and for all St Lucia citizens.
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Comparison of Dominica and St Lucia passports: opportunities and investment conditions