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May 18, 2024
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Comparison of St Kitts and Nevis & St Lucia passports: which one to choose?

St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis citizens visit up to 140+ countries visa-free. Therefore, foreigners often obtain the countries' passports by investing in travelling freely.

Investors make a non-refundable contribution to a state fund and buy properties or government bonds. After a few months, they get Caribbean passports and enter the Schengen Area and the UK visa-free. Also, investors claim visitor visas to the US.

Lyle Julien
Lyle Julien

Compared St Lucia and St Kitts programs

St Kitts vs St Lucia: St Kitts and Nevis allow visa-free access to 157 countries and St Lucia 一 to 147 states

Comparison of St Kitts and Nevis & St Lucia passports: which one to choose?

Rights of St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia citizens

Right to travel freely. Investors considering second Caribbean passports often compare the number of visa-free destinations. In this case, 146 countries accept St Lucia citizens visa-free, and 156 states are open for St Kitts and Nevis citizens.

However, the number of visa-free countries itself doesn’t really matter. What is important is the opportunity to travel freely to popular regions: the Schengen Area, the UK, the US, Canada, Japan, and South Korea.

St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia citizens visit the Schengen states, the UK, and South Korea visa-free. They get visas to the US, Canada, and Japan fast.

We list visa-free states for St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia passports in the tables below and highlighted different destinations with icons:

  • ❌ means visa-free countries for the St Lucia 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 St Lucia citizens require visas on arrival from holders of St Kitts and Nevis passports.

Visa-free destinations for St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia citizens

Europe

No.

Country

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 required

Visa-free

41

San Marino

Visa-free

Visa-free

42

❌ Serbia

Visa required

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 required

Visa-free

49

United Kingdom

Visa-free

Visa-free

50

Vatican City

Visa-free

Visa-free

Asia

No.

Country

1

Armenia

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

2

⚠️ Bangladesh

Visa on arrival

Visa-free

3

Cambodia

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

4

Hong Kong

Visa-free

Visa-free

5

Indonesia

Visa-free

Visa-free

6

Iran

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

7

Israel

Visa-free

Visa-free

8

Jordan

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

9

Laos

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

10

❌ Lebanon

Visa required

Visa on arrival

11

Macao

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

12

Malaysia

Visa-free

Visa-free

13

Maldives

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

14

Nepal

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

15

Pakistan

Electronic entry permit

Electronic entry permit

16

Palestinian Territory

Visa-free

Visa-free

17

Philippines

Visa-free

Visa-free

18

Singapore

Visa-free

Visa-free

19

South Korea

Visa-free

Visa-free

20

Sri Lanka

Electronic entry permit

Electronic entry permit

21

Taiwan

Visa-free

Visa-free

22

Timor-Leste

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

23

❌ Turkey

Visa required

Visa-free

24

Uzbekistan

Visa-free

Visa-free

Africa

No.

Country

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 on arrival

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-free

Visa-free

27

Uganda

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

28

Zambia

Visa-free

Visa-free

29

Zimbabwe

Visa-free

Visa-free

Oceania

No.

Country

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 on arrival

Visa on arrival

12

Tuvalu

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival

13

Vanuatu

Visa-free

Visa-free

North America

No.

Country

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-free

Visa-free

14

French West Indies

Visa-free

Visa-free

15

Grenada

Visa-free

Visa-free

16

Guatemala

Visa-free

Visa-free

17

Haiti

Visa-free

Visa-free

18

Honduras

Visa-free

Visa-free

19

Jamaica

Visa-free

Visa-free

20

Montserrat

Visa-free

Visa-free

21

Nicaragua

Visa-free

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.

Country

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 required

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 required

Visa-free

15

Venezuela

Visa-free

Visa-free

Right to a visa to the US. The countries’ citizens get 10-year B‑1/B‑2 visitor visas to the US. They apply to the nearest consulate of the US; for example, in the Bahamas for St Lucia’s and St Kitts and Nevis’s residents. The process of obtaining the visa takes 2一3 weeks.

Visa holders can stay in the US for up to 180 days a year. They can travel, get medical treatment, meet with business partners, and attend events and conferences. They can’t work in the US, for example, speak at conferences for a fee.

Right to preferences in the UK. St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia were British and French colonies; the states gained complete independence around the 1980s.

As former colonies, the countries are members of the Commonwealth of Nations. Thus, St Kitts and Nevis’s and St Lucia’s citizens study at some British universities on scholarships. Also, they have benefits for doing business in the UK.

Right to retain all passports. Some countries don’t allow their citizens to have other passports. But St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis don’t prohibit second, third or even fourth citizenship.

In brief, wealthy people get St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia passports by investing in retaining first citizenship and travelling freely around the world.

Right to move to the Caribbean. St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia are members of CARICOM, the Caribbean Commonwealth. It is convenient because the states’ citizens can live, work, study, do business, and get treatment in any Commonwealth country without special permits.

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.

Relatives that can get second passports with investors

Caribbean CBI programs offer different conditions for the age of the investor’s family members. It may be important, for example, if a child is 28 years old.

Spouses and parents. There are no age or other restrictions for inventors' spouses. Parents must be over 55 and entirely financially dependent for St Kitts and St Lucian citizenship.

The child’s age frame is 30 under the St Lucia CBI program and 25 under St Kitts and Nevis’s. Also, children over 18 should study in full-time attendance at a recognised secondary or tertiary-level institution under the St Kitts and Nevis program.

Siblings of the investor or their spouse can get St Lucia citizenship if they are under 18 and have a parent’s or guardian’s consent to participate in the CBI program.

Conditions of the St Kitts and Nevis program for siblings are the following:

  • under 25;

  • unmarried;

  • without children;

  • financially dependent on the investor or the investor’s spouse.

Investor’s expenses for St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia citizenship

Investors participate in government-approved citizenship programs to get second passports of St Kitts and Nevis or St Lucia quickly in a few months.

St Lucia’s program has four investment options, and St Kitts and Nevis’s has three. The table below states the minimum costs for a single investor without a family. But investors usually apply with their spouses and children, less often with parents, and occasionally with siblings. In that case, the costs depend on the chosen investment option and family composition.

Investor's expenses for St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia citizenship

St Lucia

St Kitts and Nevis

$100,000+
Non-refundable contribution to a state fund

$250,000+
Non-refundable contribution to a state fund

$200,000+
Real estate purchase

$400,000+
Real estate purchase

$300,000+
State bond purchase

$250,000+
Public benefit option

$1,000,000+
Business investments

There are additional investments and fees for every family member and each option. Thus, a future applicant must calculate and compare all variants when choosing a program and an option. Also, it will be a critical nuance for determining if an investor decides to return on investment.

Suppose the investor participates with a spouse and two children, 7 and 19 years old, and chooses a non-refundable contribution to a state fund. In that case, they will pay $174,550 under the St Lucia’s program and $203,144 under the St Kitts and Nevis program.

The expenses of real estate purchases for the same family will amount to $304,500 or $283,144, respectively.

State bond purchase under the St Lucia’s program costs $374,500. If the investor buys real estate or a state bond, he will return the money 5 years after the purchase.

If the investor wants to return investment, the most profitable option will be the state bond purchase under St Lucia’s program. In this case, non-refundable costs will be only $74,500. 5 years later, when the bonds expire, the state will pay the remaining $300,000.

Individual cost calculation of the St Lucia Citizenship

Individual cost calculation of the St Lucia Citizenship

How to get citizenship by investment in St Lucia or St Kitts and Nevis

Investors contact a licensed agent of Caribbean CBI programs, for example, Immigrant Invest. Our lawyers prepare investors’ documents and apply for a citizenship program. Then, the CBI unit checks the investor. Due Diligence is the main stage of each citizenship program; thus, it is essential to prepare for it qualitatively.

Learn about the stages and timing of citizenship programs of St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia.

1

1 day

Preliminary Due Diligence

An Anti-Money Laundering Officer of Immigrant Invest conducts a preliminary check to prepare an investor for the program’s Due Diligence. This stage allows our lawyers to see “red flags” in the investor’s biography. We need only an investor’s passport at that point.

2

2 to 4 weeks

Preparation of documents

Investors tell us their goals, and our lawyers recommend the best programs. At the same time, the results of the preliminary Due Diligence are taken into account.

When a program is chosen, the lawyers begin to prepare the investor’s documents.

In addition to collecting, translating and notarising investors’ documents, the lawyers always write an affidavit. The affidavit clarifies all the investor’s biography points and makes the CBI unit’s Due Diligence faster. When the document set is ready, the lawyers apply to the CBI unit.

3

2 to 6 months

Due Diligence

The CBI unit conducts Due Diligence of investors and their relatives over 16.

The St Kitts and Nevis program offers a fast-track procedure that takes 2 months if complete information is provided.

4

Up to 90 days

Investment terms fulfilment

The CBI unit approves the investor’s application and notifies Immigrant Invest. The principal applicant gets 90 days for investing.

5

Up to 4 weeks

Getting a passport

When the principal applicant fulfils the investment conditions, our layers will transfer supporting documents to the CBI unit. Then the CBI unit instructs to issue the naturalisation certificates and passports to the investor’s family.

The investor obtains the documents at the licensed agent’s office or by delivery service.

Citizens’ duties in Caribbean countries

Duty to retain investment. If the investor makes a refundable investment, they cannot sell a property or bonds before the deadline specified by the CBI program. It’s 5 years for real estate and bonds under St Lucia’s program and 5 or 7 years for real estate under St Kitts and Nevis’s.

The time frames of St Kitts and Nevis’s program depend on property cost. If the investment is $250,000, the retention period is 7 years. If the real estate is worth $400,000, the period is 7 years.

Passport renewal is another citizen’s duty, whether obtained by investment or naturalisation. The passport validity and requirements for renewing the documents are the following:

  • every 10 years for St Kitts and Nevis passport holders over 16;

  • every 5 years for St Kitts and Nevis passport holders under 16 and every St Lucia passport holder.

Citizens apply at the nearest country’s consulate. It is better to contact the consulate 2一3 months before the document expiration.

Investors and their relatives who got second passports with the help of Immigrant Invest can use our company again to renew the documents.

Keeping within the law is the duty of every citizen of every state.

Individual cost calculation of the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship

Individual cost calculation of the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship

St Kitts and Nevis or St Lucia taxes: which rates are more beneficial?

Some wealthy people get a second passport for relocating to St Kitts and Nevis or St Lucia. In fact, if investors stay in a country 183 days a year or more, they get a tax ID and become tax residents of the state.

Essentially, St Kitts and Nevis taxes are lower than St Lucia’s. For example, there is no income tax in St Kitts and Nevis, which is crucial for many investors.

St Lucia’s income tax isn’t levied on income up to EC$18,400. EC$ is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, the currency of CARICOM, and it always costs 37 US cents.

St Lucia tax rates for excessing income above EC$18,000 are the following:

  • 10% for EC$0 to EC$10,000;

  • 15% for EC$10,001 to EC$20,000;

  • 20% for EC$20,001 to EC$30,000;

  • 30% for over EC$30,001.

For your convenience, we compare other St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia tax rates in the table below.

Taxes in St Lucia and St Kitts and Nevis

Taxes

Social contributions

5%

5%

Taxes on dividends, interest, royalties

0% on dividends10% on interest, royalties

0%

Real estate purchase tax

0%

0.4一0.96%

Property tax and fees

2% for a buyer
2.5 to 5% for a seller

0% for a buyer
6一10% for a seller

About Caribbean countries of St Lucia and St Kitts and Nevis

The population of St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia is about 250,000 people, mostly of African descent. Only the tenth part of the population is Caribbean Indians and Europeans.

Religion. Many religions, including the Voodoo cult, are present in the Caribbean, but most are Christians.

Language. The official language is English; locals also speak Creole French.

Education. Investor’s children can get a decent education in St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia. The famous University of the West Indies branch office is in both countries. Teaching at universities is based on British standards of education. The graduates work in the EU countries and the UK with the University of the West Indies diplomas.

Treatment. The countries’ medical systems are based on British medical standards. Modern hospitals provide medical services to the local population. In difficult cases, they fly to the US or Canada. There are many English-speaking doctors in the towns and five-star hotels.

Climate. St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia are called tropical paradise: the temperature of air and water are about +30℃ all year round. The best months to vacation in the countries are December, January and February. Wealthy people buy villas and rest in winter in the Caribbean.

Entry rules. St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia are 5 hours flying away from the USA. You can get by plane or ferry from St Kitts and Nevis to St Lucia. For example, the flying fast track lasts 2一2.5 hours, excluding transit time in Barbados. There are many ferry short tracks near St Lucia airport to other islands and five-star hotels.

St Kitts vs St Lucia live score: St Kitts and Nevis living standards are higher

The Saint Kitts island is more popular with tourists than Nevis and St Lucia because St Kitts and Nevis living standards are higher

Check-list for investors who want to get a second citizenship

In conclusion, we list the main outputs for comparing and choosing a citizenship program:

  1. On average, participating in St Lucia’s program requires fewer costs than St Kitts and Nevis’s.

  2. Both programs have refundable investment options. The state bond purchase in St Lucia is the most popular because non-refundable costs are less than $100,000.

  3. The age frames of St Lucia’s citizenship program for investors’ relatives are less strict than St Kitts and Nevis’s.

All in all, the opportunities provided by both passports are equivalent, primarily for visa-free travelling.

Immigrant Invest is a licensed agent for citizenship and residence by investment programs in the EU, the Caribbean, Asia, and the Middle East. Take advantage of our global 15-year expertise — schedule a meeting with our investment programs experts.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Is a Saint Kitts passport worth that much money?

    Yes, it is. Many famous entrepreneurs got St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investing in visa-free travelling and for the development of their international business.

    St Kitts and Nevis’s passport is famous in business circles worldwide. With it, an investor registers companies and uses bank services in Europe and the US.

  • How strong is the St Lucia passport?

    A strong passport allows its holder to travel visa-free to many countries. The more countries, the stronger the passport.

    An investor having a St Lucia passport can freely visit 146 countries. However, the most important is visa-free entry to popular destinations. St Lucia citizens travel to the Schengen Area, UK, without visas. Also, they get 10-year B‑1/B‑2 visitor visas to the US.

  • Which Caribbean citizenship is the best?

    The best Caribbean passport for an investor meets two terms:

    1. including St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia.

    2. Citizens of the country can visit as many countries as possible visa-free. St Kitts and Nevis passport holders travel to 156 states freely, and St Lucia’s 一 146. Citizens of both countries enter the Schengen Area, UK visa-free. Also, they get 10-year B‑1/B‑2 visitor visas to the US.

  • How much are taxes in St Lucia?

    The St Lucia income tax rate is differentiated: 0% for income up to EC$18,400. EC$ is the Eastern Caribbean dollars, the currency of CARICOM and always costs 37 US cents.

    St Lucia tax rates for exceeding income above EC$18,000 are the following:

    • 10% for EC$0 to EC$10,000;

    • 15% for EC$10,001 to EC$20,000;

    • 20% for EC$20,001 to EC$30,000;

    • 30% for over EC$30,001.

    Other taxes are:

    • tax on dividends is 0%;

    • taxes on interest and royalties are 10%;

    • property owners don’t pay real estate purchase tax.