Antigua & Barbuda - Citizenship

The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Program offers investors and their families the opportunity to acquire citizenship in the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda through qualifying investment routes.

Antigua & Barbuda - Citizenship

Program Overview:

The citizenship by investment programme for Antigua and Barbuda provides a second passport to investors offering visa-free travel to over 161 countries including the UK, EU Schengen zone, Hong Kong and Switzerland. 

There are several options for investment to gaining citizenship in Antigua. Investors can choose to contribute $100,000 to the Antigua National Development Fund or invest $400,000 in a government approved real estate project. 

For connected investors this can be reduced to $200,000. Applicants also have the option to invest $1.5m in establishing a business ($5.0m for two or more investors).

Program Benefits:

  • Security of a Plan B Passport
  • Visa-Free Travel to 161 countries and territories worldwide
  • Live, Work and Study in Antigua and other CARICOM nations
  • Diversify your assets outside of your current region
  • No requirement to relocate to Antigua once obtaining the citizenship
  • No interview process
  • Tax-free incentives for residency

Requirements & Eligibility:

Family members can be included in the application for citizenship. The main investor can include:

  • Spouse
  • Dependent Children up to 30 years
  • Dependent parents over 55 years, of the principal applicant, or of his or her spouse
  • Unmarried siblings of the principal applicant, or of his or her spouse.

Investment Options:

Antigua Citizenship by Donation – National Development Fund

The most cost-effective way to gain Antiguan Citizenship is via a donation to the countries National Development Fund. 

The minimum investment required is $100,000 for a single applicant, $100,000 for families up to 4 members and $125,000 for families of 5, plus fees. 

This is one of the lowest cost citizenship programmes in the Caribbean for families. Additional due diligence and processing fees are also applicable and will vary depending on the applicant’s age and the size of their family.

Antigua Citizenship by Donation – The University of the West Indies Fund

The University of the West Indies Fund is an alternative donation route which is open to larger families of six members or more. Families of six can make a contribution to this fund from $150,000, plus fees. 

The fund provides crucial financing of the Universities fourth campus. Participation in this programme will entitle one member of the family to a one year, tuition only, scholarship at the University of the West Indies. 

Applicants will have a five-year period to utilise the scholarship, which is great if your child is not yet of university age but you wish to begin the citizenship process.

Antigua Citizenship by Real Estate Investment

For the real estate route, applicants must invest in a government-approved real estate development for a minimum of $400,000, plus fees. This investment can be reduced to $200,000 for share investment in certain real estate projects. 

The investment must be held for a minimum holding period of five years, after which it may be liquidated.

Family Inclusion:


The spouse of the primary applicant can be included in the application for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship.

Dependent Children:

Dependent children of the main applicant or the spouse, including biological, adopted, and sometimes stepchildren, are eligible for inclusion in the application.


In some cases, dependent parents of the main applicant or the spouse may also be included as eligible family members under the program.

The benefits of Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship

Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment programme was first launched by the government in 2013. The programme helps Antigua attract direct foreign investment to the country, boosting economic growth across the nation and fund key community-focused projects and infrastructure. 


Successful applicants and their families receive citizenship, providing visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to numerous countries worldwide.

Global Mobility

Visa-free travel to various countries, facilitating international travel and business opportunities including over 160 countries. 

Family Inclusion

The program typically includes spouses, dependent children, parents, and sometimes other family members in the application.

Tax Benefits

Antigua and Barbuda offers tax benefits, including no personal income tax, capital gains tax, wealth tax, or inheritance tax for non-resident citizens.


Several documents are required to apply for Citizenship by Investment in Antigua and Barbuda. The list may vary depending on your personal circumstances. Some of the most common documents required are:

  • Passports and ID cards
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Police Reports
  • Proof of Address
  • Proof of Funds / Bank Statements
  • Employment records
  • Education records

CBI Applications typically take between 3-4 months to be processed from the date they are submitted to the Antigua Citizenship by Investment Unit.

It is worth noting that it takes most applicants an average of 2-6 weeks to gather all the necessary documents to compile their file prior to submission.

To apply for the citizenship program in Antigua & Barbuda, you must be at least 18 years of age, be of a good character with no criminal record, and have good health.

The main applicant can include the following family members:

  • Spouse.
  • Children up to 18 years of age, of the main applicant or spouse.
  • Dependent children up to the age of 30 years old who are fully supported by the main applicant and in full time education.
  • Dependent Children of any age who are physically or mentally challenged and fully supported by the main applicant.
  • Dependent parents of the main applicant or spouse who are above 55 years of age and fully supported by the main applicant.
  • Dependent Parents of any age who are physically or mentally challenged and fully supported by the main applicant.
  • Unmarried siblings of the main applicant.

You are not required to pay any income tax on your worldwide income in Antigua and Barbuda or capital gains tax.

You are only required to pay tax on any income derived in Antigua and Barbuda.

Once you have been granted citizenship in Antigua and Barbuda, this is for life. However, your Antigua passport has a validity period of five years.

All applicants will be required to renew their passports every five years. The renewal fees are minimal, currently around $1,000 pp.

There is no requirement to visit Antigua to process your Citizenship by Investment application.


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