Best passport by investment schemes

We have compiled the data for comparing  citizenship by investment (CBI/CIP) passport schemes.  This data consists of 30 very important factors to rank best passport by investment scheme to apply.


Passport by investment

The chart gives you in-depth knowledge into the countries running CBI schemes and you will have a chance to decide which country is the best for you taking into account education, healthcare and passport power, citizenship through generations, passport validity etc..

Passport by Investment (PBI)MontenegroMaltaCyprusSt KittsAntiguaGrenadaDominicaSt LuciaVanuatuTurkeyBulgaria
Real Estate€250,000na€2.5M$200K$200K$220K$200K$300Kna$250K€1m
Safety Score59.5266.4770.6945.5932.7272.957.952.966.6959.659.8
Visa free countries123182173151150143137145129111169
Personal visit requiredYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYes
EU schengen visa freeyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnoyes
Visa free to United Kingdomnoyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnoyes
Visa free to United Statesnoyesnonononononononono
Visa free to Canadanoyesyesnononononononoyes
Visa free to Russiayesnonoyesyesyesyesnoyesnono
Visa free to Chinanononononoyesnonononono
GDP billion122035.90.892.
How Rich CBI countries – GDP per capita $19,12044,58741,57215,57325,99816,6009,72015,2252,6318,62524,577
CBI Passport time (months)3126333331320
Residency conditions3 weeks12 months6 months05 days0000020 months
Dual citizenshipyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
EU citizenship / passportnoyesyesnononononononoyes
E-2 treaty with USyesnonononoyesnononoyesyes
Education Rank74481913012995971171487647
Healthcare Rank995241008685356812770102
HDI Rank502932727075103901386451
Govt Publishes names in Official Gazetteyesyesnonononoyesnononono
Government Debt0.7130.5271.0450.6580.9270.8440.810.8290.3130.2960.286
Personal Income Tax0.150.350.350000000.350.1
Due DiligenceStrictVery StrictStrictGoodGoodGoodGoodStrictGoodGoodStrict
CBI TransparencyNAVery GoodAverageBadGoodGoodBadAverageBadAverageAverage
Passport Validity1010101055105101010
Biometric Passportyesyesyesyesyesyesnononoyesyes
Right to Vote / Govt Officeyesyesyes nonoyesnononoyesyes
Third Generations Citizenshipyesyesyesnonoyesnonono (honorary citizenship)yesyes
Passport renewal fee USD30570803503001751200 (expedited)8016018020

Note: Moldova CBI scheme has been suspended lately so we have not listed Moldova in the data list. Montenegro will be opening for applications only by end of 2019/start of 2020.

This data was used in our PBS scoring model to rank which CBI scheme is the best to apply.

We assigned points to these data and the results came through were very interesting.

You will notice

  • Vanuatu is one of the exclusive passports having the fastest processing times within a month. Vanuatu also increased passport validity to 10 years makes it very interesting
  • Antigua and Dominica signed visa waiver with Russia this year.
  • Grenada is the most valuable and best passport
  • St Kitts passport has access to most visa free countries in the Caribbean.


CBIPBS ScoreRank
  Moldova (suspended)1147
 St Kitts1138
  St Lucia10011


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