Saint Lucia is a Caribbean island country located in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary of the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the Windward Islands, named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse. The island nation consists of two main volcanic mountain ranges and a number of smaller hills. Boasting a membership with the Commonwealth and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the country is also well-known for its natural beauty, lush rain forests, and white-sand beaches. The island has a rich culture which is evident in its music, food, and festivals.
Launched in 2015, the Saint Lucia Citizenship-by-investment program (CBI) offers foreign investors the possibility of obtaining a Saint Lucian citizenship and passport, in return for a substantial contribution to the country's economy. In this case, interested investors are required to invest a minimum of US$300,000 in real estate or donate to a government-approved business. The Saint Lucia CBI programs include:
Option 1: Saint Lucia National Economic Fund
Under this option, investors are required to make a non-refundable donation of $100,000 to the national economic fund for Saint Lucia.
See the breakdown of the investment amount below:
|Single applicant||US $100,000|
|Applicant + Spouse||US $140,000|
|Applicant + Spouse + 2 Children||US $150,000|
|Applicant + Spouse + 4 Children||US $150,000 (with $15,000 each for the additional 2 children).|
Extra fees and Due diligence
|Main Applicant – Due diligence||US $7,500|
|Spouse – Due diligence||US $12,500|
|Applicant + Spouse + 2 Children||US $7,500 for the main applicant and $5,000 for each of the family members — aged 16 and above.|
Option 2: Real Estate Investment
For the real estate investment, foreign investors are to invest at least $300,000 to acquire the Saint Lucia passport and citizenship. The Saint Lucia real estate investment option is considered the best choice because investors can resale the property after 5 years. Below are the extra government fees payable:
|Main applicant||US $30,000|
|Main applicant + spouse||US $45,000|
|Dependents aged 18 and above||US $10,000|
|Dependents aged 17 and below||US $5,000|
|Other dependents after the sixth family member||US $10,000|
Option 3: Investment in Business
This option enables an investor to invest in a government-approved business project to secure a Saint Lucia passport and citizenship. See the required amounts to be invested below:
|The minimum investment for a single applicant||US $3.5 million|
|Group investments||US $6 million at least with $1 million for each applicant|
|Government processing fee for the main investor||US $50 million|
|Government processing fee for other dependents||US $25,000 each|
Option 4: Investment in Government bonds
Another way to secure Saint Lucia citizenship and passport is by buying government bonds. Valid until December 31st, 2022, foreign nationals can take advantage and buy the Saint Lucia Covid-19 Relief Bond for $250,000 to acquire a second passport and citizenship from the Caribbean country. See details of extra processing fees below:
|Applicant + Spouse + 2 Children||US $250,000|
|Applicant + Spouse + 4 Children||US $280,000|
|Government processing fees||US $30,000, including a family of up to 6|
|Due diligence – main applicant||US $7,500|
|Due diligence for applicant + spouse||US $12,000|
|Due diligence for a family of 4||US $7,500 for the applicant and $5,000 for each family member aged 16 and above.|
|Due diligence for a family of 6||US $7,500 for the applicant and $5,000 for each family member aged 16 and above.|
There are many benefits of getting a Saint Lucia passport and these include:
Steps to take to apply for a Saint Lucia passport
How long does it take to get a Saint Lucia passport?
After investing in Saint Lucia and completing all the necessary documentation, what do you get?
What is the Validity of the Saint Lucia passport?
Requirements for Antigua and Barbuda passport renewal
You can apply to renew your Saint Lucia passport without any help from an agent. The processing time for the passport renewal usually takes 2 to 3 weeks. But however, there is an option for emergency processing at an extra cost. To apply, simply visit the nearest Saint Lucia consulate and present the following documents:
How much does it cost to renew a Saint Lucia passport?
More about Saint Lucia
Here is a list of countries that Commonwealth of Saint Lucia passport holders can travel to, either without a visa, where a visa on arrival will be issued or where free entry is given for a fixed period.
|Cook Islands||Bangladesh *||Argentina||Botswana||Andorra|
|Fiji||Cambodia *||Belize||Cape Verde Islands *||Austria|
|French Polynesia||Hong Kong (SAR China)||Bermuda||Comoro Islands *||Belgium|
|Kiribati||Indonesia||Bolivia *||Egypt *||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|New Caledonia||Macao (SAR China) *||Colombia||Guinea-Bissau *||Croatia|
|Palau Islands *||Maldives *||Ecuador||Lesotho||Czech Republic|
|Samoa *||Nepal *||El Salvador||Madagascar *||Denmark|
|Solomon Islands *||Pakistan **||French Guiana||Malawi||Estonia|
|Tonga *||Philippines||Guatemala||Mauritania *||Faroe Islands|
|Sri Lanka **||Nicaragua||Mozambique *||Germany|
|Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)||Panama||Reunion||Gibraltar|
|Timor-Leste *||Peru||Rwanda *||Greece|
|Armenia *||Venezuela||Seychelles *||Hungary|
|Iran *||Anguilla||Sierra Leone *||Iceland|
|Israel||Antigua and Barbuda||Somalia *||Ireland|
|Jordan *||Aruba||St. Helena *||Italy|
|Bonaire; St. Eustatius and Saba||Togo *||Liechtenstein|
|British Virgin Islands||Tunisia||Lithuania|
|Cayman Islands||Uganda *||Luxembourg|
|French West Indies||Netherlands|
|St. Kitts and Nevis||San Marino|
|St. Vincent and the Grenadines||Slovenia|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Spain|
|Turks and Caicos||Sweden|
The List above is just as a Guide and everyone must check before travel.
Disclaimer: This list is intended only as a guide which is current at the time of posting. Any future changes in visa-free travel countries after posting on CTrustGlobal may not be available and CTrustGlobal will not be responsible for a discrepancy. However, Travellers are advised to visit the relevant embassies’ official website or contact the nearest Embassy/Consulate for country he/she is interested to travel.