1. Expedition to the Titanic
OceanGate Expeditions will launch underwater expeditions to the legendary Titanic in the summer of 2021. Organisers say the passengers’ belongings and furnishings remain on the ship.
Ships with tourists will depart from the east coast of the US or from St John’s in Canada. Tourists and explorers will descend to the ship in submarine groups of five. The dives will take from 8 to 10 hours. The tour is expected to cost more than $100,000 for each passenger.
“The Titanic” sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912. It lies at a depth of 3,800 metres underwater. Only 140 people have descended on the ship since it sank.
Cosmopolitans with a Maltese passport can come to the US or Canada without a visa. And with a Caribbean citizenship, they can apply for a tourist visa to the US for 10 years at a time. A visa to Canada will have to be obtained under general conditions.
2. Flying into space on the Crew Dragon
Axiom Space offers a space flight on the Crew Dragon, developed by SpaceX. The space tourists will visit the ISS and spend 10 days there. The exact date of the first trip is unknown, but Axiom Space is planning it for the second half of 2021.
Three tourists and one professional astronaut will fly on the spacecraft. One seat for the traveller has already been taken and the company is now selling the remaining two. The flight to space and accommodation on the ISS costs $55 million.
Another company, Space Adventures, is also planning to launch flights to space on Crew Dragon in 2021 or 2022. Its excursions are designed to last up to five days. Docking to the space station is not part of the plan.
The ship is likely to launch from US territory. As with the dive to the Titanic, a cosmopolitan can get away with a Maltese passport or a Caribbean citizenship with a long-term tourist visa.
3. Tour of the Game of Thrones studio
In 2021, tours of Linen Mills Studios in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, will begin. The series Game of Thrones was filmed there. An exact date for when the studio will be open to tourists has not yet been announced.
Fans of the series will be able to see the costumes, props, original sets of Winterfell, Riverrun Castle and Pike. The studio has also been allowed to recreate the setting of Braavos, Dorne and King’s Landing.
Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. It is open to citizens of Malta, the Caribbean and Vanuatu without a visa.
4. Sky Lagoon Resort in Iceland
Pursuit will open the Sky Lagoon resort in Iceland in 2021. It will be a short drive from Reykjavik. The resort features an artificial geothermal lagoon. One of its 70-metre-long walls borders the ocean and the lagoon has stunning views.
The resort offers spa rituals based on Icelandic tradition. Guests can also take a dip in the cold pool and enjoy a sauna. There will be a bar right by the lagoon and restaurants and shops within the resort.
Iceland is part of the Schengen area. Cosmopolitans with a passport from Vanuatu or any Caribbean country can enter without a visa. Citizenship or residence permit in Malta, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Austria or Switzerland is also suitable.
5. The Great Egyptian Museum
The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) will open in Cairo in 2021. It is located just 2 km from the famous pyramids at Giza – you can see them from the windows.
An area of 480,000 m2 will house exhibits related to Egyptian history. Among the most important is the Tutankhamun exhibit, which will display 5,400 objects from his tomb.
For the convenience of visitors, there will be restaurants, shops and a cinema.
Russians do not need to obtain a visa in advance to go to Egypt. It is arranged on arrival.
How a second passport or residence permit helps you to travel
In 2020, borders were closed because of the pandemic. Many states stopped allowing tourists – only passport or residence permit holders came. The situation has not returned to normal.
In normal times, a second passport or residence permit helps to do without visas. The possibilities depend on the country that issued the document and the status.
Caribbean or Vanuatu citizenship allows visa-free travel to the Schengen Area and the UK. In Schengen, the same restrictions that apply to visa holders need to be respected – spend no more than 3 months out of 6 months in the area. Tourists with these passports can spend up to 6 months in the UK.
Caribbean passports are issued in 3-6 months. Investors choose from 5 country programmes: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Vanuatu passport is obtained in 1-2 months. It is the fastest route to a second citizenship.
A residence permit in Europe allows you to visit the Schengen area without a visa. The rule is the same as for a visa: no more than 90 days out of 180. You can stay in the country that issued the residence permit for as long as you like.
A residence permit for investment allows you to enjoy the benefits of the status without residing in the country. Portugal, Greece, Spain and Malta grant it.
Sometimes a residence permit is granted to people who are financially independent – those who can support themselves and do not work in the country. This type of residence permit requires a minimum of 183 days per year. Such programmes are available in Austria and Switzerland.
Maltese citizenship allows you to come to any EU country and live there without a visa. There is no time limit. The Maltese passport also opens up the world to cosmopolitans: the country has a visa-free regime with 184 countries. Among them are popular destinations: USA, Australia, Canada, Japan.