St Kitts Passport tops among Caribbean CBI Passports in 2018 Henley Passport Index

The St Kitts and Nevis Passport tops among Caribbean CBI passports in the recently launched 2018 Henley Passport Index, followed by passports of Antigua and St Lucia.

St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia, Grenada and Dominica are the only five countries offering CBI passports through the official citizenship by investment programmes in the Caribbean.

Rank Visa free countries
St Kitts and Nevis 28 139
Antigua and Barbuda 31 135
St Lucia 34 130
Grenada 36 127
Dominica 38 122

According to the press release In the Caribbean, several countries showed improvements on the 2017 results. St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Grenada added three additional countries to their 2017 visa-free lists. St. Kitts and Nevis also climbed two places in the 2018 edition of the index, now ranking 4th in the region and 28th globally. The Dominican Republic was the highest regional climber, ascending seven places on the 2018 Henley Passport Index to secure the 73rd position on the global ranking. All countries in the region excepting Antigua and Barbuda and Trinidad and Tobago improved or maintained their visa-free score year-on-year.

Here is a quick summary of the 2018 Henley Passport Index which ranks World passports.

  • Germany retains the top spot on the Henley Passport Index for the fifth year in a row, offering its citizens access to 177 countries.
  • Singapore ranks in 2nd place, with 176 countries on its visa-free list; rising two places year-on-year
  • Eight countries — Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden, France, Norway, the UK, and Japan share 3rd place, with France, Norway, and the UK all moving up one rank compared with 2017 and Japan moving up by two ranks.
  • 4th place is shared by six countries — Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Spain — all of which offer visa-free access to 174 countries.
  • 143 countries improved their rank on the 2018 index, while 174 improved their visa-free score.
  • Ukraine (44th) and Georgia (53rd) are the highest climbers on the index, moving up by 15 and 14 ranks, respectively, following their recent visa liberalization with the EU.
  • 15 countries lost ground compared to 2017.
  • 41 countries showed no movement at all.
  • Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan occupy the bottom four ranks on the 2018 index, each having visa-free access to 30 or fewer countries.

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