Did you know that tourism is not the only way to explore new countries this year? With the current travel restrictions, we know that it can be difficult to deliver on those travel plans we’ve been dreaming up lately.
Thankfully, there is another option! Some countries offer grant residency and a second passport for Americans that would like to purchase one. And in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some select countries that have made the process even easier.
Let’s take a look at some of these countries below. And before you go, make sure to pick up a Newverest Trek Scratch Off Map of the World so you can track and plan your trips!
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts & Nevis have beautiful attractions and they get most of their economy from tourism, so they could definitely use the help during this pandemic time. Among the obvious selling point, which is the beaches and coastline, St. Kitts and Nevis also have the mighty Brimstone Hill Fortress, which is a historic symbol of colonial military construction.
Due to the pandemic, St. Kitts & Nevis are offering a citizenship discount of 23% through the rest of 2020. Their passports offer travel to over 100 different countries without a visa, so travel to and from the islands is relatively convenient.
They ask for a contribution to their Sustainable Growth Fund of $150,000 and a real estate investment of $200,000 in order to be eligible.
The lure of Grenada includes Grand Anse Beach, which is considered to be one of the best beaches in the world. Grenada also has glorious waterfalls among its gorgeous coasts and hosts several music festivals a year, including Carriacou Maroon and the String Band Music Festival.
With a Grenada passport, you also get to travel to many countries visa-free, which includes China. You can give $150,000 to the National Transformation Fund, or buy real estate with a value of at least $35,000.
St. Lucia has it all: mountains, waterfalls, rainforests, coral reefs, and beautiful beaches. You can spend your days hiking, snorkeling, diving, or immersing yourself in the culture.
St. Lucia’s COVID-19 relief plan includes a reduced price on St. Lucia citizenship, which is currently at $250,000 for one person, or just $300,000 for a family that consists of four individuals. St. Lucia’s passport has 146 visa-free travel destinations.
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda are alive with culture and cuisine. The architecture is lavishly colored, and the gorgeous beaches always provide entertainment and comfort. You can visit attractions like the Admiral’s House Museum, the Donkey Sanctuary, and Betty’s Hope Plantation!
Antigua and Barbuda only ask for a $100,000 deposit to their development fund in addition to a real estate investment in order to obtain passports for four people. But, they are offering a cheaper price during this time if you want to add additional dependents. You will get visa-free travel access to 151 locations.
Dominica is the ideal place for hikers, divers, and nature-lovers of any kind. It provides endless exploration such as The Boiling Lake, Morne Trois Pitons National Park, and Victoria Falls.
This country is regarded as one of the most promising countries to invest in right now. People can be grandfathered into citizenship - your spouse, kids, and descendants can enjoy the benefits. They ask that you either donate to the Economic Diversification Fund or invest in hotels and resorts.
Imagine touring the great city of Istanbul or exploring the great Mediterranean Sea. And don’t forget about the ancient ruins of Cappadocia! Turkey offers rich cuisine, immersive culture, and glorious beaches.
The Turkey Citizenship By Investment Program asks for a $250,000 real estate investment in order to be eligible. This includes a passport that is visa-free in 111 select countries.
Portugal is home to beautiful beaches, ancient castles, and opulent museums. Whether you love the arts, history, or nature, there’s no end to what you can explore here.
You can get citizenship to Portugal with their Golden Visa Program. The nice thing about this program is its versatility. There are multiple ways to qualify. You can contribute to their art and culture program, invest in a business, or invest in real estate. Just keep in mind that you do have to take a Portuguese history test in order to pass for citizenship!
Whether you choose the breezy tropics of the Caribbean or a rich cultural and historical European hub, there are plenty of places to escape to while you ride out this pandemic time.
Make sure to read up on all aspects of the country of your choice so that you have everything ready before you go! Do any of these countries catch your eye?
If you could pick any country in the world for citizenship, what would you pick? Let us know in the comments!