Considered one of the premier Caribbean destinations, the twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda harmonizes traditional Caribbean charm with first world services.
Known for its 365 pristine beaches and secluded stretches of frilled coastline, the island enjoys cutting edge financial services and advanced communications infrastructure that sets it apart from other destinations that offer similar Citizenship by Investment services.
Located in the Eastern Caribbean chain of islands that form part of the West Indies, Antigua and Barbuda’s V.C Bird International Airport is a hub for international flights that arrive daily and direct from the United Kingdom, United States and Canada, servicing onward travel to the smaller islands in the region.
Politically and economically stable and with a low crime rate, Antigua and Barbuda benefits from a fixed exchange rate with the US dollar (1 USD = 2.7 XCD) and English as its official language.
While tourism is the key driver of the economy which employs a significant number of the 100,000 strong population, there is also a large expatriate community based primarily around the main yachting centres of English Harbour, Falmouth Harbour and Jolly Harbour attracting an international community year round.
International home owners include Eric Clapton, Ken Follett, Dolce & Gabana, Timothy Dalton and Georgio Armani and a number of developments cater specifically to the needs of their international clientele.
Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the United Nations, the British Commonwealth, Caricom and the Organisation of American States (OAS) among many other international organizations, offering certain advantages for someone looking to find a second residence in the world.
Holders of the Antigua and Barbuda passport enjoy visa-free travel to approximately 130 countries, including the UK, Canada and the countries of the Schengen area. Furthermore, as a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda you are able to hold dual nationality.
In a world where geopolitical tensions run high, US and EU passport holders also stand to gain from holding a second passport firstly in order to gain entry to countries where their nationality may be subject to scrutiny or secondly to be able to escape a potential life threatening situation such as a terrorist activity where holding a second passport and citizenship of a small and comparatively insignificant country could save one’s life.
For those looking to resettle with a family, it will be important to note that since the country’s Independence on 1st November 1981, Antigua and Barbuda’s educational system has developed significantly and now provides a good standard of education to all residents. There are a lot of public and private schools and institutions that offer tuition and a balanced education to all ages including private universities and vocational institutes for the development of professionals in various areas including tourism and medicine.
Antigua and Barbuda is a constitutional monarchy with a British style parliamentary system of government. The appointed Governor General represents the Queen as the Head of State.
The judiciary consists of the Magistrate’s Court for minor offenses and the High Court for major offenses. To proceed beyond the High Court, a case must pass to the Eastern Caribbean States Supreme Court, whose members are appointed by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, located in London, stands as the final court of appeal for Antigua and Barbuda, however, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is the proposed regional judicial tribunal to be established by the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice.
The Government is composed of two chambers: the elected 17 member House of Representatives, led by the Prime Minister; and the 17 member Senate. Eleven of the Senate members are appointed by the Governor General under the guidance of the Prime Minister, four members are appointed under the direction of the Leader of the Opposition and two by the Governor General. General elections are mandated every five years and can be called earlier.
With good reason many wealthy individuals, important personalities and international business people will benefit greatly from opting for a second citizenship and by doing so secure an excellent long term investment for the future along with the freedom, security and flexibility that comes with having a second home.
USEFUL WEBSITE LINKS
To assist you in your planning please find below a number of useful websites with information about Antigua and Barbuda: