Second Citizenship
February 17, 2023
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Comparison of Grenada & St Kitts and Nevis passports

Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis are countries with the most advanced economies in the Caribbean. Many entrepreneurs get second passports of these states to develop their international businesses. Wealthy people obtain citizenship for worldwide visa-free trips.

Find out about the conditions of the government programs for wealthy people who invest in Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis’s economies.

Lyle Julien
Lyle Julien

Compared the two Caribbean CBI programs

Grenada and St Kitts passports allow investors to have visa-free access to at least 140 states

Comparison of Grenada & St Kitts and Nevis passports

What do Grenada or St Kitts passports give to investors?

Investors choose Grenada or St Kitts and Nevis passports based on their benefits and the conditions for obtaining them. If these passports are obtained by investing, they will sometimes be called Grenada or St Kitts Golden Visas.

Visa-free travelling. Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis passports allow investors to travel to at least 140 countries visa-free, including the Schengen Area and the UK. Also, Grenada citizens have a rare opportunity to visit China freely.

We list which countries have St Kitts and Nevis passport access and visa-free countries for Grenada passport holders. Unless a country is on the list, Grenada or St Kitts and Nevis citizens have to obtain a visa.

For your convenience, in the table below, we highlighted countries with ❌ and ⚠️:

  • ❌ means different entry conditions. For example, Grenada citizens have to get a visa, but St Kitts and Nevis’s don’t, or the other way round.

  • ⚠️ means countries with slightly different entry conditions. For example, Grenada citizens enter a state visa-free, and St Kitts and Nevis’s get visas on arrival or electronic visas.

Europe

No.

Entry country

For Grenada citizens

For St Kitts and Nevis citizens

1

❌ Albania

Visa required

Visa-free

2

Andorra

Visa-free

Visa-free

3

Austria

Visa-free

Visa-free

4

❌ Belarus

Visa required

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 required

Visa-free

17

Germany

Visa-free

Visa-free

18

Gibraltar

Visa-free

Visa-free

19

Greece

Visa-free

Visa-free

20

Greenland

Visa-free

Visa-free

21

Hungary

Visa-free

Visa-free

22

Iceland

Visa-free

Visa-free

23

Ireland

Visa-free

Visa-free

24

Italy

Visa-free

Visa-free

25

Kosovo

Visa-free

Visa-free

26

Latvia

Visa-free

Visa-free

27

Liechtenstein

Visa-free

Visa-free

28

Lithuania

Visa-free

Visa-free

29

Luxembourg

Visa-free

Visa-free

30

Malta

Visa-free

Visa-free

31

Moldova

Visa-free

Visa-free

32

Monaco

Visa-free

Visa-free

33

Montenegro

Visa-free

Visa-free

34

Netherlands

Visa-free

Visa-free

35

❌ North Macedonia

Visa required

Visa-free

36

Norway

Visa-free

Visa-free

37

Poland

Visa-free

Visa-free

38

Portugal

Visa-free

Visa-free

39

Romania

Visa-free

Visa-free

40

Russia

Visa-free

Visa-free

41

San Marino

Visa-free

Visa-free

42

Serbia

Visa-free

Visa-free

43

Slovakia

Visa-free

Visa-free

44

Slovenia

Visa-free

Visa-free

45

Spain

Visa-free

Visa-free

46

Sweden

Visa-free

Visa-free

47

Switzerland

Visa-free

Visa-free

48

Ukraine

Visa-free

Visa-free

49

United Kingdom

Visa-free

Visa-free

50

Vatican City

Visa-free

Visa-free

North America

No.

Entry country

For Grenada 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 required

Visa-free

14

French West Indies

Visa-free

Visa-free

15

Grenada

Visa-free

Visa-free

16

❌ Guatemala

Visa required

Visa-free

17

Haiti

Visa-free

Visa-free

18

❌ Honduras

Visa required

Visa-free

19

Jamaica

Visa-free

Visa-free

20

Montserrat

Visa-free

Visa-free

21

⚠️ Nicaragua

Visa on arrival

Visa-free

22

Panama

Visa-free

Visa-free

23

Sint Maarten

Visa-free

Visa-free

24

St Kitts and Nevis

Visa-free

Visa-free

25

St Lucia

Visa-free

Visa-free

26

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Visa-free

Visa-free

27

Trinidad and Tobago

Visa-free

Visa-free

28

Turks and Caicos Islands

Visa-free

Visa-free

South America

No.

Entry country

For Grenada citizens

For St Kitts and Nevis citizens

1

Argentina

Visa-free

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-free

Visa-free

15

Venezuela

Visa-free

Visa-free

Asia

No.

Entry country

For Grenada citizens

For St Kitts and Nevis citizens

1

Armenia

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

2

Bangladesh

Visa-free

Visa-free

3

Cambodia

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

4

❌ China

Visa-free

Visa required

5

❌ Georgia

Visa required

Visa-free

6

Hong Kong

Visa-free

Visa-free

7

❌ Indonesia

Visa required

Visa required

8

Iran

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

9

Israel

Visa-free

Visa-free

10

Jordan

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

11

Laos

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

12

❌ Lebanon

Visa required

Visa on arrival

13

⚠️ Macao

Visa-free

Visa on arrival

14

Malaysia

Visa-free

Visa-free

15

Maldives

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

16

Nepal

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

17

❌ Pakistan

Visa required

Electronic entry permit

18

Palestinian Territory

Visa-free

Visa-free

19

Philippines

Visa-free

Visa-free

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

Electronic entry permit

Visa-free

26

Uzbekistan

Visa-free

Visa-free

Oceania

No.

Entry country

For Grenada 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

Africa

No.

Entry country

For Grenada 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-free

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-free

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-free

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

Tanzania

Visa-free

Visa-free

25

Togo

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

26

❌ Tunisia

Visa required

Visa-free

27

Uganda

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

28

Zambia

Visa-free

Visa-free

29

Zimbabwe

Visa-free

Visa-free

Long-term visas to the USA. Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis citizens can get B‑1/B‑2 visitor visas to the US quickly, in two to four weeks.

The visa holder enters the States and journeys through the country. They can attend events and conferences and meet with business partners. Also, investors can get medical treatment in the US without a special temporary permit if the treatment lasts up to 180 days.

Grenada citizens qualify for the E‑2 visa to move to the US. They invest in any company to obtain visas. The law doesn’t determine the minimum investment but, in practice, usually is up to $100,000. Holders of E‑2 visas enter the US unlimited times, live in the country with their families, and conduct business.

Relocation. Investors and their family members participating in St Kitts and Nevis and Grenada CBI programs can relocate to the country of second citizenship anytime, even with closed borders. They have the right to live, work, and study there without special resident permits.

Validity of Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis passports

Passport renewal is a civic duty in any country, and Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis citizens renew their passports every 5 or 10 years.

Time frames for renewal of Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis passports are the following:

  • 5 years for all Grenada citizens and St Kitts and Nevis citizens under 16;

  • 10 years for St Kitts and Nevis citizens who are 16 or over.

Investors apply to government departments in the countries or at the nearest countries’ consulates two months before the passport expiration. Also, program participants can renew their documents through licensed agents, for example, Immigrant Invest.

Documents for a passport renewal are the following:

  • an expiring passport;

  • a naturalisation certificate;

  • a birth certificate;

  • a certificate of no criminal record;

  • photos for a new passport.

Investors pay passport fees of $105 for Grenada citizens and $361 for St Kitts and Nevis’s.

Individual cost calculation of the Grenada citizenship

Individual cost calculation of the Grenada citizenship

Comparison of Grenada and St Kitts taxes

If a passport holder stays in the country for 183 days or more, they have to get a tax ID and become a tax resident of the state. To get a tax ID, the investor applies on the tax office website; the application processing takes about two weeks.

Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis tax residents don’t pay taxes on dividends, interest, and royalties. St Kitts and Nevis property tax rates are higher than Grenada’s, but there is no income tax in St Kitts and Nevis. So the investors cut their tax payments.

Comparison of rates for tax residents

Taxes

Income tax

10 to 28%

Not applicable

Social contributions

5%

5%

Real estate purchase tax

0%

0%

Tax for property owners

0一0.5%

0.4一0.96%

Real estate sale tax

5%

6一10%

Conditions of Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis CBI programs

Costs. Citizenship programs of St Kitts and Nevis and Grenada are similar. Each has two popular investment options: a non-refundable contribution to a state fund of at least $150,000 and a real estate purchase of at least $200,000.

Program participants can return the property investment after 5 years of ownership under the Grenada program and after 7 years under St Kitts and Nevis’s.

The Grenada program has only two options, but St Kitts and Nevis has four. Besides contributing and buying property, it offers to invest at least $250,000 in social facilities. This option is non-demanded.

Time frames. Passport obtaining time frames depend on the main program stage, 一 Due Diligence.

The CBI unit of the Grenada program performs the strongest check in the Caribbean; it lasts 4 to 6 months. Due Diligence under the St Kitts and Nevis program is faster and lasts 6 months.

Diji, 67 years old

Owner of veterinary clinics in Nigeria

How does Due Diligence under the Grenada program go?

Under the Grenada program conditions, investors must pass bank clearance. The CBI unit won’t approve the citizenship application if they don’t.

Investors prove the legality of their income sources and that the money is not credited to Grenada from a sanctioned bank.

Diji, an investor from Nigeria, had filled out a banking form in which he had indicated all his sources of income and assets. The form was presented to the Grenadian bank for a clearance procedure.

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Terms for relatives. Investors are eligible to add their relatives to a second citizenship by investment program. The principal applicants submit relatives’ documents before or after getting passports. In the second case, investors apply two times: at first, they contact a licensed agent for themselves and then once more for relatives.

Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis programs have age limits for investor’s family members, except for spouses:

  • under 30 一 for children who participate in Grenada program;

  • under 25 一 for unmarried children and siblings who participate in the St Kitts and Nevis program;

  • over 55 一 for parents and grandparents;

  • over 18 一 for unmarried siblings who participate in the Grenada program.

Adding relatives raises the investment volume. Applying for relatives gets less expensive if it takes place simultaneously with the principal applicant, not after them.

Individual cost calculation of the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship

Individual cost calculation of the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship

How to get St Kitts and Nevis passport or Grenada’s

The time frames of any citizenship program depend on Due Diligence that the CBI unit conducts.

Grenada’s Due Diligence is the strongest of all Caribbean programs. Investors confirm all their incomes and assets, and participants of the St Kitts and Nevis program only confirm the legitimacy of the investment money.

A unique set of documents is prepared for each investor. It depends on their financial histories and families’ composition.

1

1 day

Preliminary Due Diligence

The investor contacts Immigrant Invest, a licensed agent of Caribbean CBI programs. Our Anti-Money Laundering Officer conducts a preliminary Due Diligence. This step allows lawyers to identify the rejection risks.

2

2 to 4 weeks

Preparation of documents

Lawyers collect documents: recommend which ones to prepare, get originals from the investor, translate and notarise them, and fill out government forms. Also, lawyers prepare affidavits 一 detailed explanations of the investor’s biography. The document set is submitted to the CBI unit.

3

2 to 6 months

Due Diligence

The CBI unit performs Due Diligence. St Kitts and Nevis’s Due Diligence is faster than Grenada’s, which may last up to 6 months.

If the CBI unit has any questions, it will ask for more information. In this case, the check may take longer. Therefore, it is important to prepare a qualified affidavit: it reduces the probability of additional enquiries to a minimum.

4

30 to 90 days

Investment terms fulfilment

The CBI unit notifies Immigrant Invest about approving the application. Then the principal participant fulfils the investment conditions of the program. St Kitts and Nevis’s CBI unit gives 90 days for it, and Grenada’s time frames are 30 days.

5

Up to 4 weeks

Getting passport

The investor confirms the fulfilment through Immigrant Invest. After that, the naturalisation certificates and passports for the investor and the relatives are issued. Participants get the documents at the agent’s office or by delivery service.

Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis: what sort of countries are they?

The islands of Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis are part of the Caribbean. Air and water temperature fluctuates between +25℃ and +30℃ all year round. The low season lasts from May to November; it’s rainy.

The best season to visit the Caribbean is winter: many national fests, carnivals, and regattas take place at that time. Wealthy people from the UK, the US, Canada and the EU often spend the New Year holidays there.

Among the safest countries in the Caribbean, St Kitts is a country with a medium safety level; thus, wealthy people rest there securely.

Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis have advanced economies among Caribbean states. The national currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar which always costs 37 US cents.

St. George’s is the capital of Grenada

St George’s is the capital of Grenada, with a population of over 40,000. The French built the town in 1650; it’s surrounded by rainforest and white-sand beaches

Checklist for investors who compare and choose between Grenada or St Kitts and Nevis citizenship

Citizenship programs of Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis are similar. To help you choose the second passport by investment, we highlight the main points:

  1. To travel to China often or to relocate to the US, you’d better participate in the Grenada program. The country’s passport allows you to visit China visa-free for 30 days and get an E‑2 business visa to the US. Otherwise, Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis passports offer similar opportunities for travelling.

  2. To cut expenses on a second passport, you may calculate the costs of both programs. Most likely, investments and fees under the St Kitts and Nevis program will be lower than under Grenada’s. But the final amount depends on the investor’s family composition and the investment option.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Where can you travel with a St Kitts passport?

    St Kitts and Nevis passport holders can visit 156 countries visa-free, including the Schengen Area and the UK. Also, they get 10-year B‑1/B‑2 visitor visas to the US.

  • How strong is a Grenada passport?

    The Grenada passport allows the holders to travel to 146 states visa-free. The number of countries is less than for the St Kitts and Nevis passport. But Grenada citizens get more opportunities: to enter China without visas or to obtain E‑2 business visas to the US.

    Therefore, Grenada has the strongest passport among Caribbean countries with citizenship by investment programs.

  • How strong is a St Kitts and Nevis passport?

    Passport holders can spend 90 days out of 180 in the Schengen Area and 180 days in a row in the UK. In total, they can visit at least 150 countries visa-free. Also, St Kitts and Nevis citizens get 10-year B‑1/B‑2 visitor visas to the US.

  • Is the Saint Kitts CBI program good for investors?

    Yes, it is. The program has operated since 1984; it’s the oldest citizenship program for investors in the world. Thus, the program procedures are tried and tested. Many famous entrepreneurs have already got St Kitts and Nevis passports by investing, which may be called St Kitts Golden Visas.

  • Is Grenada citizenship good for investors?

    Yes, it is. Wealthy people get Grenada citizenship by investing in the country’s economy and travel worldwide visa-free. Also, they can obtain E‑2 business visas, relocate to the US with their family and do business there.