The idea of becoming an ex-pat is getting hot again. According to a recent YouGov survey, 31% of Americans say they are interested in bolting if their candidate isn’t elected in the upcoming November elections.
And with the coronavirus pandemic restricting travel for US citizens and the power of the US passport on the decline, it’s no surprise that many Americans are investigating how they can buy a second passport, whether it’s to seek shelter in another country or to be able to travel more freely.
Here Are Countries Where You Can Buy Citizenship 2020
Who wouldn’t want to live in the South Pacific? The archipelago of Vanuatu—about 1,000 miles east of Australia—has a Development Support Program that requires a non-refundable donation to the islands of $180,000 for a family of four.
In return, you’ll get a passport that will secure visa-free travel to 116 countries, plus the opportunity to call this island paradise your new home.
With a real estate investment of $250,000, you can buy your way into Turkey’s Citizenship-by-Investment Program, which secures a Turkish passport that will give you citizenship in this gorgeous country plus visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 111 destinations around the globe.
If it was good enough for the Lord of the Rings, it’s good enough for you. New Zealand has made headlines with wealthy ex-pats like Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel buying their way to citizenship. But it doesn’t come cheap.
There are two different ways to get citizenship in New Zealand by investment, starting with an investment of at least $2 million over a four-year period.
Austria has one of the world’s strongest passports, giving its holders visa-free access to 187 destinations worldwide, plus the right to live in all EU member countries. But it’s not cheap: You’ll need to make a minimum investment of about $3.5 million.
Malta’s Individual Investor Program is one of the most popular citizenship schemes. To get Maltese citizenship, it’ll cost you approximately $1.1 million through a combination of donations and real estate holdings.
In return, you have the right to live and work in Malta or throughout the EU. You’ll also get visa-free access to 183 places around the world.
Portugal has become a hot spot for people looking to quit their jobs and move abroad. To get a Portugal passport, you need to participate in the Golden Visa program,
which has several ways to qualify, including making a donation to Portuguese art and culture, investing in a business, starting a business or buying real estate. Fun fact: To become a citizen, you’ll need to take a Portuguese history test.
including a $150,000 contribution to the country’s National Transformation Fund via the Grenadian Citizenship-by-Investment Program or by buying approved real estate with a minimum value of $350,000.
The tiny Caribbean island of Dominica also welcomes foreigners to its beautiful shores and is considered to be one of the best countries for citizenship by investment, since citizenship is extended to your spouse,
dependent children and dependent parents or grandparents and can also be passed on to future generations. Applicants need to either make a contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund or invest in luxury and sustainable hotels and resorts.
1.Antigua and Barbuda
Another twin-island nation, Antigua and Barbuda welcome foreigners who want to live the Caribbean dream and is making it less expensive to get a passport here. A $100,000 donation to the country’s development fund,
plus a real estate investment, will secure passports for a family of four, and the government recently made it cheaper to add more children. A passport here will get you visa-free access to 151 destinations.