passport of Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda Passport

Passport rankings out of 193 countries

Freedom of travel47

Asset protection89

Quality of life39

"Plan B"107

About Antigua and Barbuda

An island nation in the Caribbean. Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda visit the countries of the Schengen area and the UK without visas. A country’s passport can be obtained in a few months if you take part in the investment program.

The islands have a warm tropical climate, beaches with fine light sand, clear water off the coast and sights left over from colonial times. The best months to visit are from December to April.

Population

93.581

Capital

St, John's

Official language

English

GDP per capita

$12.870

Time zone

UTC-4

Currency

East Caribbean dollar

Antigua passport ranking and benefits

  • 1

    Visa-free travels to 151 countries

    The strength of the Antigua and Barbuda passport visiting visa-free the Schengen countries, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and other countries.

  • 2

    Visitor visa to the USA for 10 years

    Antigua and Barbuda citizens get B‑1/B‑2 visas to the USA for 10 years. The visa allows people to spend up to 180 days a year in the States to travel, visit family, undergo treatment at their own expenses in American clinics, and perform at conferences for free.

  • 3

    Registration of a company in Antigua and Barbuda

    An investor can open an international company in the country. It helps to ease work with contra gentes, for example, to make payments without currency control. Information on the company owner is not recorded in the trade registry, which helps to protect the owner’s assets.

  • 4

    Tax optimisation

    In Antigua and Barbuda, international companies are exempt from taxes on profits, dividends and interest from abroad sources for 50 years. There are no income, salary, capital gains, and inheritance taxes.

Grounds for obtaining an Antigua and Barbuda passport

Antigua & Barbuda allows dual citizenship

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Birth to citizens of the country

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Marriage to a citizen of the country

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Work for the country's government

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Naturalization

Estimated time: 5 years

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Repatriation

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Adoption

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Parents citizenship

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Special conditions

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Special services to the state

Obtaining an Antigua and Barbuda passport by naturalization: requirements for applicants

Knowledge of state language

Assimilation or cultural knowledge

Stable financial status

Good health

No criminal records

Antigua and Barbuda passport by investment

The Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment programme has been operating since 2013. Investors get a passport by investing at least $100,000. The programme participants don’t need to pass language and culture exams or live in the country for long.

$100,000

Investments

4—6 months

Obtaining period

5 years

Investment return

Who can get an Antigua and Barbuda passport

  • Investor with a legal income

    • over 18 years old

    • with no criminal records

    • with good health

  • Spouse

  • Children under 30

    financially dependant on the investor

  • Parents and grandparents

    • over 55 years old

    • live with the investor

    • financially dependant on the investor

  • Siblings

    not married

Investment conditions

Investors choose one of four options:

  • $100,000+ — a non-refundable contribution to the National Development Fund;

  • $200,000+ — a purchase of the real estate;

  • $150 000+ — contribution to the University of the West Indies Fund;

  • $400 000+ — business investments.

The amount of a non-refundable investment to the National Development Fund depends on the family size. The investment sum increases by $25,000 for each family member, starting with the fifth one.

Citizenship by contributing to the University of West Indies Fund can be obtained by a family of 6 or more members. As a bonus, they get a year of free studying at the university for any family member under 29 years old. The investor pays an additional $15,000 for every person starting with the seventh one.

Investments in real estate can be returned 5 years later. Only properties approved by the government, like hotels, are suitable for participation in the CBI programme.

Besides investing, the applicant pays a Due Diligence fee for each person over 12, government duties and a legal services fee.

Expenses for a family of 4

Investor, their spouse and their children of 10 and 17 years old

Expenses

Fund contribution

Real estate purchase

Investments

$100,000

$200,000

Due Diligence

$21,000

$21,000

State fee

$30,000

$30,000

Other duties and fees

$2,400

$2,400

Total

$153,400

$253,400

Individual cost calculation for obtaining an Antigua and Barbuda passport

The calculation includes all associated expenses, a payment schedule and the cost of legal support services for obtaining citizenship.

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Step-by-step procedure for obtaining an Antigua and Barbuda passport by investment

1

1 day

Preliminary Due Diligence

A certified Compliance Anti Money Laundering Officer conducts a check against international databases. It is required to expose any refusal risk and devise a solution, for example, add more documents or choose another programme.

The procedure is confidential. The investor provides only a passport; other documents are not required.

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2

2—4 weeks

Preparation of documents

Immigrant Invest lawyers give the investor a list of personal and financial documents required for participating in the CBI programme. When the documents are received, lawyers fill in government forms, translate documents and notarise copies.

The complete package of documents is sent to the CBI Unit for consideration.

3

Up to 3 months

Due Diligence

The CBI Unit conducts Due Diligence. Every family member over 12 must go through it. Specialists study the documents, check against international databases and decide whether to approve or reject the application.

4

Up to 30 days

Fulfilment of investment conditions

When the application is approved, the investor fulfils the investment condition: contributing to a government fund, purchasing real estate or investing in a business. They have 30 days to do so.

5

Up to 4 weeks

Collection of a passport

A passport and a naturalisation certificate are issued 4 weeks after the day the investments were credited. The documents are sent to the address chosen by the investor.

6

1 day

Oath taking

Investors and all their adult family members take an oath via video call, at a consulate or during their trip to Antigua and Barbuda. Participants must come to the country for five days during the first five years after obtaining citizenship.

Frequently asked questions

  • How to get an Antigua and Barbuda passport?

    A strong Antigua and Barbuda passport can be obtained by birth, naturalisation or investment. To get Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by naturalisation, one must live in the country for at least 5 years. Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment can be obtained in 4—6 months. The minimum investment sum for a family of four is $100,000.

  • How much do I need to invest in getting an Antigua and Barbuda passport?

    Investors choose between four options:

    • $100,000+ — a non-refundable contribution to the National Development Fund;

    • $200,000+ — a purchase of the real estate;

    • $150 000+ — a contribution to the University of the West Indies Fund;

    • $400 000+ — business investments.

    A contribution to the National Development Fund, a purchase of real estate and business investments require a payment of $30,000 per family.

    A contribution to the University of West Indies Find is an option for a family of 6 and more people. A government fee is included in the investment sum.

  • What are the benefits of an Antigua and Barbuda passport?

    The Antigua and Barbuda passport ranks high. Therefore, it allows visa-free visiting 151 countries, including the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the Schengen states visa-free. Moreover, Antigua and Barbuda citizens get visitor visas to the USA for 10 years and can optimise taxes for themselves and their businesses.

Antigua and Barbuda Passport in comparison with other passports