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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.

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

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 countryFor Grenada citizensFor St Kitts and Nevis citizens
1❌ AlbaniaVisa requiredVisa-free
2AndorraVisa-freeVisa-free
3AustriaVisa-freeVisa-free
4❌ BelarusVisa requiredVisa-free
5BelgiumVisa-freeVisa-free
6Bosnia and HerzegovinaVisa-freeVisa-free
7BulgariaVisa-freeVisa-free
8CroatiaVisa-freeVisa-free
9CyprusVisa-freeVisa-free
10Czech RepublicVisa-freeVisa-free
11DenmarkVisa-freeVisa-free
12EstoniaVisa-freeVisa-free
13Faroe IslandsVisa-freeVisa-free
14FinlandVisa-freeVisa-free
15FranceVisa-freeVisa-free
16❌ GeorgiaVisa requiredVisa-free
17GermanyVisa-freeVisa-free
18GibraltarVisa-freeVisa-free
19GreeceVisa-freeVisa-free
20GreenlandVisa-freeVisa-free
21HungaryVisa-freeVisa-free
22IcelandVisa-freeVisa-free
23IrelandVisa-freeVisa-free
24ItalyVisa-freeVisa-free
25KosovoVisa-freeVisa-free
26LatviaVisa-freeVisa-free
27LiechtensteinVisa-freeVisa-free
28LithuaniaVisa-freeVisa-free
29LuxembourgVisa-freeVisa-free
30MaltaVisa-freeVisa-free
31MoldovaVisa-freeVisa-free
32MonacoVisa-freeVisa-free
33MontenegroVisa-freeVisa-free
34NetherlandsVisa-freeVisa-free
35❌ North MacedoniaVisa requiredVisa-free
36NorwayVisa-freeVisa-free
37PolandVisa-freeVisa-free
38PortugalVisa-freeVisa-free
39RomaniaVisa-freeVisa-free
40RussiaVisa-freeVisa-free
41San MarinoVisa-freeVisa-free
42SerbiaVisa-freeVisa-free
43SlovakiaVisa-freeVisa-free
44Slovenia Visa-freeVisa-free
45SpainVisa-freeVisa-free
46SwedenVisa-freeVisa-free
47SwitzerlandVisa-freeVisa-free
48UkraineVisa-freeVisa-free
49United KingdomVisa-freeVisa-free
50Vatican CityVisa-freeVisa-free

North America

No.Entry countryFor Grenada citizensFor St Kitts and Nevis citizens
1AnguillaVisa-freeVisa-free
2Antigua and BarbudaVisa-freeVisa-free
3BahamasVisa-freeVisa-free
4BarbadosVisa-freeVisa-free
5BelizeVisa-freeVisa-free
6BermudaVisa-freeVisa-free
7British Virgin IslandsVisa-freeVisa-free
8Cayman IslandsVisa-freeVisa-free
9Costa RicaVisa-freeVisa-free
10CubaVisa-freeVisa-free
11DominicaVisa-freeVisa-free
12Dominican Republic Visa-freeVisa-free
13❌ El SalvadorVisa requiredVisa-free
14French West IndiesVisa-freeVisa-free
15GrenadaVisa-freeVisa-free
16❌ GuatemalaVisa requiredVisa-free
17HaitiVisa-freeVisa-free
18❌ HondurasVisa requiredVisa-free
19JamaicaVisa-freeVisa-free
20MontserratVisa-freeVisa-free
21⚠️ NicaraguaVisa on arrivalVisa-free
22PanamaVisa-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.Entry countryFor Grenada citizensFor St Kitts and Nevis citizens
1ArgentinaVisa-freeVisa-free
2ArubaVisa-freeVisa-free
3BoliviaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
4Bonaire, St Eustatius and SabaVisa-freeVisa-free
5BrazilVisa-freeVisa-free
6ChileVisa-freeVisa-free
7ColombiaVisa-freeVisa-free
8CuracaoVisa-freeVisa-free
9EcuadorVisa-freeVisa-free
10French GuianaVisa-freeVisa-free
11GuyanaVisa-freeVisa-free
12PeruVisa-freeVisa-free
13SurinameVisa-freeVisa-free
14UruguayVisa-freeVisa-free
15VenezuelaVisa-freeVisa-free

Asia

No.Entry countryFor Grenada citizensFor St Kitts and Nevis citizens
1ArmeniaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
2BangladeshVisa-freeVisa-free
3CambodiaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
4❌ ChinaVisa-freeVisa required
5❌ GeorgiaVisa requiredVisa-free
6Hong KongVisa-freeVisa-free
7❌ IndonesiaVisa requiredVisa required
8IranVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
9IsraelVisa-freeVisa-free
10JordanVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
11LaosVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
12❌ LebanonVisa requiredVisa on arrival
13⚠️ MacaoVisa-freeVisa on arrival
14MalaysiaVisa-freeVisa-free
15MaldivesVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
16NepalVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
17❌ PakistanVisa requiredElectronic entry permit
18Palestinian TerritoryVisa-freeVisa-free
19PhilippinesVisa-freeVisa-free
20SingaporeVisa-freeVisa-free
21South KoreaVisa-freeVisa-free
22Sri LankaElectronic entry permitElectronic entry permit
23❌ TaiwanVisa requiredVisa-free
24Timor-LesteVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
25⚠️ TurkeyElectronic entry permitVisa-free
26UzbekistanVisa-freeVisa-free

Oceania

No.Entry countryFor Grenada citizensFor St Kitts and Nevis citizens
1Cook IslandsVisa-freeVisa-free
2FijiVisa-freeVisa-free
3French PolynesiaVisa-freeVisa-free
4KiribatiVisa-freeVisa-free
5MicronesiaVisa-freeVisa-free
6New CaledoniaVisa-freeVisa-free
7NiueVisa-freeVisa-free
8PalauVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
9SamoaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
10Solomon IslandsVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
11❌ TongaVisa requiredVisa on arrival
12TuvaluVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
13VanuatuVisa-freeVisa-free

Africa

No.Entry countryFor Grenada citizensFor St Kitts and Nevis citizens
1BotswanaVisa-freeVisa-free
2BurundiVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
3Cape Verde IslandsVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
4⚠️ Comoro IslandsVisa-freeVisa on arrival
5EgyptVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
6EswatiniVisa-freeVisa-free
7GambiaVisa-freeVisa-free
8Guinea-BissauVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
9KenyaVisa-freeVisa-free
10LesothoVisa-freeVisa-free
11MadagascarVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
12MalawiVisa-freeVisa-free
13MauritaniaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
14MauritiusVisa-freeVisa-free
15MayotteVisa-freeVisa-free
16MozambiqueVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
17ReunionVisa-freeVisa-free
18⚠️ RwandaVisa on arrivalVisa-free
19Saint HelenaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
20SenegalVisa-freeVisa-free
21SeychellesVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
22Sierra LeoneVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
23SomaliaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
24TanzaniaVisa-freeVisa-free
25TogoVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
26❌ TunisiaVisa requiredVisa-free
27UgandaVisa on arrivalVisa on arrival
28ZambiaVisa-freeVisa-free
29ZimbabweVisa-freeVisa-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.

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

TaxesGrenadaSt Kitts and Nevis
Income tax10 to 28%Not applicable
Social contributions5%5%
Real estate purchase tax0%0%
Tax for property owners0一0.5%0.4一0.96%
Real estate sale tax5%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 $125,000 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 $175,000 in social facilities or at least $200,000 in plant construction. These options are non-demanded.

Compare passports of Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis: investment options, costs and timeframes

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 2 to 6 months.

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.

How Diji and his spouse got Grenada passports

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.

For example, a family of up to 4 contributes $170,000 to a state fund if relatives participate in the St Kitts and Nevis program with the investor. When the principal applicant has already got a passport, the value-added investment will be $10,000.

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.

PT11M
1 day
Preliminary Due Diligence
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 to 4 weeks
Preparation of documents
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.

2 to 6 months
Due Diligence
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.

30 to 90 days
Investment terms fulfilment
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.

Up to 4 weeks
Getting passport
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

Basseterre is the capital of St Kitts and Nevis

Basseterre is the capital of St Kitts and Nevis. Founded in 1627, it is one of the oldest towns in the West Indies. The population is about 11,000, and about 90% of it are Christian

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.
  3. To get a passport quickly. You can obtain a St Kitts and Nevis passport under a fast-track procedure of up to 60 days. But note that the accelerated service is fee-based and costs at least $25,000.

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.

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Comparison of Grenada & St Kitts and Nevis passports