From 2021, Portugal’s popular residency by investment programme, which offers an affordable route to Portuguese citizenship and EU membership and which has seen a record number of applications in 2020, will change its conditions, allowing applicants to invest in real estate only outside of Porto, Lisbon and the popular Algarve region.
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.
The youngest citizenship by investment programme, Montenegro’s CIP, which has seen a 142% surge this year, has recently extended its portfolio of approved development projects to offer economic citizens 11 investment options, with everything from a 5* hotel room in a popular ski resort to a luxury residence in the Med’s best marina.
Following Saint Kitts & Nevis' recent announcement that it will reopen for tourism on October 31, the Caribbean island, which boasts the world's most established CBI Programme, has outlined the entry and travel requirements of its phased reopening and listed the hotels and resorts that are open.
With the aim of reassuring tourists, residents and potential citizens as to Caribbean island Dominica's safety, the Discover Dominica Authority has unveiled a Safe in Nature campaign, providing managed experiences within a travel bubble that comprises everything from accommodation and transport to spas, restaurants and activities.
As international travel resumes following the pandemic, but with Covid restrictions still in place, a new global mobility hierarchy has emerged, according to the just-released Passport Index 2020 Q4 edition. While some of the world's most powerful passports like the US have lost their shine, others have gained global mobility ground.
Ranked as the fourth happiest country in the world, remote South Pacific island Vanuatu combines high levels of wellbeing with a low carbon footprint and a culture of inclusion, and it’s one of the last places on Earth with no confirmed Covid cases. And for just US$130,000, foreigners can become citizens in just 45 days. So why wouldn't you?
With a fresh new look and feel and a brand-new tagline of Authentic, Respected and Secured, Saint Lucia’s re-branded Citizenship By Investment Programme reinforces its identity as a CIP that delivers good governance and rigorous due diligence... a message that's increasingly important and one that lies at the heart of its re-brand.
While applications for Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment programme have slowed during Covid, there's been no slowdown in the construction of the island's CBI-approved developments – eco resorts and hotels – all of which have continued construction at pace despite the pandemic.
Of the nearly 7 million (6.9 million) houses purchased in Turkey in the last five years, 154,871 were bought by foreign investors, demonstrating a rapid increase in foreign property purchase in Turkey in the last year due to the easing of minimum requirements for acquiring Turkish citizenship by investment.