When it comes to freedom of movement, the just-released Henley Passport Index Q1 2021 reveals that while Asia Pacific passports deliver the greatest global mobility, the countries offering citizenship by investment programmes continue to maintain and even increase their freedom of movement footprint with four CBI countries ranked in the top 10 most powerful passports.
Continuing to build on its nearly 40-year citizenship by investment programme success with the sustained addition of more countries to its already powerful passport, Saint Kitts offers those who acquire citizenship of this small Caribbean nation visa-free access to the most destinations of any Caribbean country, with the latest signed-up countries including North Macedonia, Jordan and Eswatini.
Thanks to the ongoing pandemic and the upcoming Brexit situation, which from 1st January 2021 will limit British citizens' travel to the European Union, there has been a surge in British citizens enquiring about citizenship by investment in order to guarantee open and easier travel mobility within the EU.
In a bid to combat the economic impact of the pandemic, Slovenia announces it is considering a proposal to launch a citizenship or residence by investment programme for 2021, making it the latest Balkan country to do so.
Dubai-based RIF Trust, part of global residency and citizenship by investment advisory firm, the Latitude Group, has expanded its operations to China, with two new offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong, providing Chinese HNWIs with on-the-ground support from December 2020.
The pandemic has brought with it the opportunity to work remotely and the desire to reside somewhere pandemic-free. And with tourism-dependent countries desperate to replace lost dollars, a flood of digital nomad visa programmes has hit the market in recent months, extending the portfolio of opportunities offered by the global citizenship and residency by investment industry.