Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda can now travel to 165 countries across the world without the need to obtain a visa. Following new visa waiver agreements in recent months with Russia, Kosovo, India, Bolivia, and the countries of the European Union, including the United Kingdom, the Antigua and Barbuda passport is now the strongest in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
Among the jurisdictions included are 124 sovereign states, 13 British Overseas Territories, 10 overseas Departments and Collectivities of France, 6 Dutch territories and 3 territories of other European countries.
Foreign Minister E.P. Chet Greene commented: “This development follows the government’s objective of garnering respect for the integrity of the Antigua and Barbuda passport, allowing all citizens to travel visa-free to as many countries as possible. Our diplomats have been engaged in this exercise steadily over the last five years, and they will intensify these negotiations in the coming months.”
Antigua & Barbuda’s biggest competitor in regards to travel flexibility is Grenada which offers not only visa-free travel to China and the UAE for ordinary passport holders (versus diplomatic passports only, if you’re an Antigua passport holder), but Grenadian passport holders are also eligible to apply for an E-2 non-immigrant visa to the United States which requires personal investment and full-time work in a business located in the U.S and offers residency for you and your immediate family, which is renewable every five years.
Antigua’s new visa-free destination list:
- Cape Verde
- Cook Islands
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong
- Isle of Man
- Korea (North)
- Korea (South)
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Marino
- Solomon Islands*
- South Africa
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates**
- United Kingdom
- Uzbekistan (effective 1st ,2020)
- Vatican City
British Overseas Territories
- Akrotiri and Dhekelia
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Turks and Caicos
- Pitcairn Islands
- Isle of Man
French Overseas Departments & Collectivities
- French Guiana
- French Polynesia
- French Southern and Antarctic Lands
- New Caledonia
- Saint Pierre & Miquelon
- Wallis & Futuna
- Aruba St. Eustatius
- Bonaire St. Maarten
* Visa granted upon arrival
**Visa waiver for Diplomatic and Official passports
++Visa granted upon arrival.
How does the citizenship application process work in Antigua & Barbuda?
To begin the process, we send you our questionnaire. We use that to complete your government forms for you. This saves time and a lot of back and forth since the government is quite precise about how the forms are to be completed. We send you your completed forms for review and signature.
Once we have reviewed your questionnaire, we can confirm exactly what supporting documents we will need according to you personal situation. All applicants require certified copies of their IDs and proof of address and so on, however paperwork relating to source of income varies according to you how you have earned, or earn, your money. Financial diligence is probably the most important part of the government’s assessment.
In the first instance we submit everything electronically to the government. Once they have performed their initial review, we ask you to courier the originals to us in Antigua. Then it’s a bit of a waiting game as the file goes through the citizenship unit, their third party diligence firm and back again. Citizens International uses the same diligence company and verify all applicants prior to proceeding with any application.
What is the cost of an application?
Depending on which investment pathway you choose and how many family members you include, you can expect to pay US$150,000 and up for an application once you include all the additional fees.
Who can I include?
You can include a spouse, parents (55 years and over), grandparents, children (up to 30 years) and grandchildren and not only at the time of your application, but you can also add them after the fact.
How do I begin the process and get a bespoke quote for myself and my family?
If you’d like to speak to us, please either send us a webchat (click the icon bottom right of this page), email or book in for a video consultation easily in our partner calendar. We find video conferencing to be the most efficient use of your time to ascertain the best program for you and your family. We encourage you to take advantage of it since your first consultation is free of charge.