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How to travel to the USA and UK without a visa

Citizens of some countries can enter the USA and the UK without a visa. Citizens of other countries can overcome the restriction by obtaining a second citizenship of the country which allows to freely travel to the US and the UK.

Visa-free entry into the US and the UK to Malta, the passport and the Caribbean

Passports that allow you to travel to the USA and UK without a visa

Visa-free entry to the USA is available to 40 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program

Entry to the United States for citizens of the European Union is also available in a visa-free regime. Exceptions are citizens of Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus.

List of the US Visa Waiver Program countries 

Andorra
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brunei
Chile
Croatia
Czech Republic
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Republic of Korearn
San Marino
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
United Kingdom
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The purpose of travel to the USA under the program must be in accordance with the B-1/B-2 visa: tourism, business meetings or treatment at local medical facilities. You can travel around the country, visit friends or relatives, attend training and conferences. For study or work in the United States, entry into the country under the program is prohibited.

Before traveling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, you must obtain permission to enter the country through the Electronic System of Authorization (ESTA). To obtain a permit, you need to go to the platform, fill out a form and pay a fee of $14.

Requirements for a citizen of a participating country

No criminal record No previous refusals to enter the United States  A holder of arnpassport with an electronic chip No trips to Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen since March 1st, 2011 The purpose of travel to USA is tourism, business meetings or transit Obtained an electronic authorization to enter the USA in the ESTA system A returnicket or other evidence of leaving the USA on time

Citizens of 87 countries can stay in the UK for up to six months without a visa.

Citizens of countries that are not members of the European Union can arrive in the UK without a visa only in transit and on condition that they follow to Australia, Canada, America or New Zealand with a visa from one of these countries. If a passenger arrives in the UK on a cruise ship, they can stay in the country without a visa for 24 hours.

List of countries whose passport allows you to visit the UK without a visa

Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Canada
Costa Rica
Chile
Dominica
East Timor
El Salvador
EU countries except Ireland
Grenada
Guatemala
Honduras Hong Kong
Iceland
Israel
Japan
Kiribati
Liechtenstein
Macao
Malaysia
Maldives
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Monaco
Namibia
Nauru
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Norway
Palau
Panama
Papua
New Guinea
Paraguay
Republic of Korearn
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Seychelles
Singapore
Solomon Islands
Switzerland
Taiwan
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tuvalu
USA
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Vatican City
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Безвизовый въезд в США

Citizens of countries participating in the US Visa Waiver Program can stay in the States without a visa for up to 90 days

Безвизовый въезд в Великобританию

Citizens of EU countries can stay in the UK without a visa for up to 6 months in a row, despite Brexit

The visa-free regime in the US and UK with a second passport

To visit the US and UK without a visa, you can get a second citizenship of one of the countries with which there are visa-free agreements. The fastest way to get a second citizenship is through special state programs for investors.

We list the countries in which such programs operate and which have visa-free agreements with the United States and Great Britain. Of these, the passport of Malta gives the maximum opportunity.

Countries where you can get a second citizenship

CountryUK without a visa USA without a visaUSA under a 10-year visa
Malta
Antigua and Barbuda
Grenada
Dominica
St Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia

Obtaining a passport of a country with visa-free entry to the USA and the UK 

Maltese citizens visit the UK visa-free and stay up to 180 days. You can stay in the US without a visa with a Maltese passport until the US Electronic Travel Authorization (ESTA) expires. It is usually valid for two years.

A visa-free travel to the USA and UK with a Maltese passport

“Vera’s sister lives in the USA. It was always problematic for my wife and I to get a visa to the USA: you never know how long the process of registration will take, so you never plan anything. And our son, Artem, is finishing his studies in the UK and will work there. Vera and I want to visit him more often.” Immigrant Invest helped Victor and Vera obtain Maltese citizenship. Now the spouses do not think about visas and can go to their relatives at any time and stay with them for a long time.

Client’s story

Another example is the citizenship of the Caribbean and Vanuatu. With a passport from one of these countries, you can stay in the UK without a visa for up to 180 days. In the United States, citizens of these countries receive a long-term visa under a simplified procedure.

Business in the UK with a Caribbean passport

“We have our own network of coffee houses throughout Russia. We want to expand abroad, so we chose London. At the initial stage, we will have to go there often and stay there for a long time in order to control all the processes. I don’t want to think about visas, so I got a second citizenship. With a Saint Kitts and Nevis passport, we also received visas to the United States: to travel around the country and participate in surfing competitions. Moreover my son and I plan to visit local universities.

Client's story

How to get a second passport by investment

Caribbean citizenship is obtained within 2 to 6 months for a non-refundable contribution to the economy or the purchase of real estate. These are the main options for Caribbean citizenship programs.

Saint Lucia offers additional options: investment in local businesses and the purchase of government bonds. Additional options are provided by Antigua and Barbuda, e.g. a contribution to the university fund or investment in a local business. The Vanuatu program offers investors one option: to contribute to the country's economy.

Minimum investment amounts for the programs of the Caribbean countries and Vanuatu:

  • $100,000+ as a contribution to a state fund;
  • $200,000+ as a purchase of real estate.

Under the option of a non-refundable contribution to the fund, the investment amount will increase if the investor includes a family in the application. Under the option of buying real estate, the investor pays a special state fee, the amount of which depends on the program and family composition.

Individual cost calculation of the Caribbean passport

Maltese citizenship is obtained for exceptional services by direct investment. This is citizenship by naturalization. Naturalization means that the investor needs to obtain a residence permit, maintain the status for one or three years, and then apply for citizenship.

Investors fulfill several investment conditions:

  1. €600,000+ as a contribution to the National Development Fund.
  2. €16,000+ per year for renting a property or €700,000+ for buying a property in Malta.
  3. €10,000+ as a charitable contribution to a non-governmental organization. 

The minimum investment amount is €690,000. It will increase depending on the composition of the family: an additional €50,000 must be paid for each relative. 

Malta and the Caribbean allow investors to returnheir investment in real estate. 5 years after the purchase, investors can sell the object and return the money.

Individual cost calculation of the Maltese citizenship

Other opportunities provided with a second passport 

Traveling without visas. In addition to the US and UK, a Maltese passport allows you to travel without visas to other 183 countries. For citizens of the Caribbean countries and Vanuatu, more than 132 countries are open in a visa-free regime. In China, Grenadian and Dominican passports allow visa-free travel.

The main visa-free destinations for passports of Malta and the Caribbean countries

Maltese passport Caribbean passport
Schengen countries
UK
USA
Canada
China
Hong Kong
Singapore
Japan

Possibility to obtain a visa to the USA. Citizens of the Caribbean and Vanuatu can stay in the US up to 180 days per year on a B-1/B-2 visa. The visa is issued for 10 years in two weeks. 

With a Grenada passport, you can get a visa to the US E-2. With such a visa, you can live and do business in the United States. Family members (a spouse and children) can live, study and work in the United States. There are no restrictions on entry into and exit out of the country.

Benefits in EU countries. Malta is a member of the European Union, so its citizens enjoy all the rights and freedoms of a European citizen on an equal basis with local residents. For example, they save on treatment in clinics, open accounts in international banks and develop international business.

Education on preferential terms. With a Maltese passport, studying at EU universities is cheaper than with a passport from a country that is not part of the EU. 

Citizens of the Caribbean countries can get scholarships to study at universities in the UK, because the Caribbean countries are part of the Commonwealth of Nations. Commonwealth Scholarship Programs cover the majority of tuition fees, allowing you to save on tuition. 

Benefits for tax residents. The second passport allows the investor to reduce the amount of taxes.

Tax residents of the Caribbean do not pay taxes on income, capital gains, wealth and inheritance.

In Malta, tax residents do not pay property, wealth, inheritance or gift taxes. Maltese companies do not pay tax on royalties, interest and dividends.

Frequently asked questions

How to travel without a visa to the US and UK?

Citizens of countries outside the European Union can stay for a long time without a visa in the US and UK only on a second passport. For example, a passport from one of the Caribbean countries and Vanuatu allows you to stay in the UK without a visa for up to 180 days. Maltese citizens travel visa-free to the US and UK.

Do EU citizens need a US visa?

Citizens of the European Union travel to the US without a visa. Exceptions are Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus and Croatia. Of all the EU countries, Malta is the only state that allows you to obtain citizenship by naturalization for special services by direct investment.

Do EU citizens need a UK visa?

After Brexit, EU citizens can travel visa-free to the UK and stay there for up to 6 consecutive months. Some EU countries offer citizenship by participating in citizenship investment programs. In exchange for a passport, the investor makes a contribution to the country’s economy. The EU passport makes it possible to travel without visas around the world, including the US and the UK.

What documents are required for visa-free entry to the US and UK?

Citizens of visa-free entry countries to the US and the UK, when entering these countries, must have a valid passport and proof of departure from the country on time: passport or returnickets. Before entering the United States without a visa, you must obtain an electronic authorization in the ESTA system and also make sure that the passport has an electronic chip.

How to quickly get a US visa?

Citizens of the Caribbean and Vanuatu receive a B-1/B-2 visa to the United States in two weeks under a simplified procedure. The visa is issued for 10 years. The purpose of the visit to the country on this visa must be tourism, business meeting or treatment in local hospitals. The Grenada passport, in addition to the B-1/B-2 visa, allows you to obtain an E-2 business visa in the United States. With such a visa, you can live, work, study and do business in the United States. There are no restrictions on entry and exit.

What gives a second citizenship?

The main reason investors get a second passport is to travel freely around the world without visas. For example, citizens of Malta travel without visas to 185 countries. The visa-free destination includes the Schengen countries, the UK, the USA, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.  With a Caribbean passport, you can travel visa-free to over 140 countries, including the Schengen area, the UK, China, Singapore and Hong Kong. In the United States, citizens of the Caribbean countries quickly receive a visa under a simplified procedure. In addition to free movement around the world, arnsecond passport provides other opportunities.

How to get a second citizenship?

Getting a second passport is the fastest on state citizenship programs for investors. For example, investors receive citizenship of the Caribbean countries and Vanuatu in 2-6 months. Investors fulfill investment conditions in exchange for a passport. For example, in order to obtain a passport from one of the Caribbean countries, investors make a non-refundable contribution to the state fund or buy real estate in the country. The minimum investment for Caribbean citizenship programs is $100,000.

How to travel to the USA and UK without a visa

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