The St Kitts and Nevis passport remains the strongest CBI passport in the Caribbean and OECS region. It is also the third strongest passport among all the Caribbean Caricom nations.
The St. Kitts and Nevis passport is already one of the most powerful in the CBI industry. It may come as a surprise for many how a small caribbean country in land mass with just a population of 55,000 can have such a powerful passport.
In the past five years, 26 countries were added to list of full visa waivers, thanks to the commitment shown by government. The Government is on track to increase its power due to increased diplomatic relations and visa waiver negotiations that continue to be expanded through the work of the St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The travel unlocking capability of a St. Kitts and Nevis passport has proven to be a game changer for many developing nations, such as African entrepreneurs and professionals often held back by discriminatory passport and immigration policies.
Rise in Passport power
According to the data we collected, from just 62 destinations in 2006, the number of visa free destinations jumped to 157 in 2021 for St Kitts passport holders..
|St Kitts Passport (Year)||Visa free total|
Source: Henley passport index
Chart shows increase in visa free countries for St Kitts and nevis passport holders since 2006 – Source: Henley index
The Government of St Kitts and Nevis (GOSKN) has expanded diplomatic footprint globally and signing visa waiver agreements with several countries. This led to the increase in the passport power for St Kitts and Nevis.
It is important to note that SKN passport has no visa free access to Canada, United States, Australia and China.
- Schengen Area – Visa waiver agreement signed on Jun 30, 2009
- Russia – Visa exemption signed on Sep 1, 2017
- Eswatini – MoU signed 25th November 2020
- Marshall Islands – October 26, 2019
- Georgia – 15 July 2019
- Albania – 14 May 2019
- San Marino – 1 Feb 2019
- Montenegro – 12 Nov 2018
- Turkey – eVisa (Jan 30, 2019)
- Belarus – Signed on 19 Oct 2018
- Gambia – Sep 28, 2018
- Rwanda – Apr 26, 2018
- Moldova – March 2, 2018
- India – Feb 6, 2018 (diplomatic only)
- Indonesia – Sep 27, 2017
- Taiwan – Jul 14, 2017
- Ukraine – Sep 2016
- Bolivia – Jan 25, 2017
- Brazil – Signed on January 20, 2015 (came into effect on March 7, 2015.)
- Cameroon – June 2021
- Sri Lanka – March 2021
- Jordan – Dec 2020
- Taiwan (ROC) – Oct 2020
- Bangladesh – Sep 2020
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – Dec 2019
- North Macedonia – Sep 2019
- Rwanda – Feb 2019
- Bahrain – Sep 2018
- Togo – Dec 2018
- Kyrgyzstan – June 2018
- Eswatini – June 2018
- Gabon – Jan 2018
- Laos – Sep 2017
- Qatar – Aug 2017
- Ethiopia – Mar 2017
- Mauritius – Nov 2016
We are proud to hold the position of the strongest citizenship by investment passport in the Caribbean for the fifth consecutive year.
– Les Khan, CEO of St Kitts and Nevis CIU
The GOSKN applies strict background checks before issuing passports to investor applicants. Applicants with previous visa denials pose a threat to visa waiver regime, therefore not accepted for CBI.
The Citizenship Investment Unit (CIU) applies four levels of due diligence checks before application is accepted. These checks are comprised of
- Anti-money laundering searches and proof of funds,
- World compliance checks to mitigate financial and reputational risk,
- Criminal background checks in the applicant’s native country and
- International law enforcement verification.
Besides these checks, all applicants for Caribbean passport programs undergo common vetting by the Joint Regional Communication Centre (JRCC)
The CIU continues to run background checks on economic citizens even after approval to ensure that applicants are not a risk for the country or our international partners.