A number of world countries offer golden visas in exchange for treasury securities or bonds issued by Governments. You just need to know where to look. Buying into Government debt are basically risk free passive investments, a safe bet, especially in the times of Covid-19 there is financial meltdown everywhere, and shockwaves felt in every market.
Remember, you get permanent residency for investing in Government treasury bills/bonds. The entire sum is returned back to you after usually 5 years with no interest. The principal is guaranteed by government, basically a safe and secure investment. This is also a cheapest route to buy into a golden visa.
You can also finance the entire bond investment through an investment company, because the yields are fixed interest are quite low . You can find the latest rate of long term bond yields of governments bonds/securities for EU countries in Eurostat website. You can also download pdf
So which countries offer golden visa for government bonds?
These 15 countries have the option of investing in treasury bonds to acquire a golden visa or passport.
Note: We are only talking about residency/golden visa here (not citizenship or passport). See the list below
|1. Latvia||EUR 250,000 interest free|
|2. Canada (Quebec)||CAD 1,200,000 (suspended until April 2023)|
|3. Greece||EUR 400,000|
|4. Malta||EUR 125,000 closed|
|5. Portugal||EUR 1.5 million (increase from 2022)|
|6. Spain||EUR 2 million|
|7. San Marino||€600,000 (10 years)|
|8. Taiwan||USD1 million|
|9. Italy||EUR 2 million|
|10. Bulgaria||EUR 512,000|
|11. Australia (PIV)||AUD 15 million (mixed)|
|12. New Zealand||NZD 2.5 million (mixed)|
|13. Bermuda||USD 2.5 million|
|14. Luxembourg||EUR 500,000|
|15. Sri Lanka||USD 300,000|
|1. Saint Lucia||USD 250,000 (Active)|
|2. Turkey||USD 500,000 (Active)|
|3. Cyprus||EUR 2 million (closed)|
|4. Moldova||EUR 250,000 (closed)|
These countries have removed the government bond option for golden visa route
- Malta – Govt bonds removed from April 2021
- United Kingdom – Govt bonds removed for £2m tier1 investor visas
- Hungary – Residency bond scheme closed
- Cyprus – Removed for citizenship option
- Moldova – Fully closed
In case you dont know, there are only handful of countries that offer fast track passports for investing in government bonds