Quickest Golden Visa investment nations for a second wave bolthole

Quickest Golden Visa investment nations for a second wave bolthole

15:14 PM, 27th August 2020, About 4 years ago 3

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Research by Astons, the alternative residency and citizenship acquisition experts, has revealed which nations offer the quickest timeframe to securing citizenship when it comes to investing across the EU and Caribbean.

It takes an average of five and a half years to secure citizenship in the UK. Still, even when opting for the quicker route of investing to gain citizenship, you are required first to hold residency as is the case in several countries.

However, some nations allow you to skip the residency stage and gain direct citizenship straight away when investing.

Whether you’re looking for a secluded bolthole to sit tight while Covid-19 blows over, or you’re eyeing EU citizenship for when (if) Brexit finally happens, Aston’s has highlighted 14 nations where you can do just that and in the quickest timeframe.

The quickest of the lot is the island nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean with an estimated population of just over 300,000 people. Not only is it the quickest with the average timeframe of securing citizenship through investment currently just 30 days, but it’s also one of the best value with a minimum investment of £99,416.

If a COVID Caribbean safe haven is more your style, Saint Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies is your best bet. With a minimum investment of £114,710, it’s not only one of the better value, but with an average time of just 53 days to gain citizenship, it’s the second quickest of all 14 nations.

Turkey (61 days), Dominica (76 days) and Jordan (76 days) are also amongst some of the quickest.

However, for those with an eye on EU citizenship, Montenegro offers the quickest route to success. On average it takes just 91 days to gain direct citizenship and an EU passport, with the nation only requiring a minimum investment of £316,771.

Other EU options include Cyprus (183 days) although some doubt has been cast over the transparency of the nation’s use of golden visas this week, Malta (425 days), Bulgaria (730 days) and Austria (912) days, although they require a considerably longer time frame and a much higher minimum investment.

Managing Director of Astons, Arthur Sarkisian, commented: 

“During the current pandemic, we’ve seen a significant uplift in the number of individuals opting to invest in island nations such as Vanuatu and other locations across the Caribbean, in particular.

Of course, these nations provide a strong pull in terms of the lifestyle and landscape, but they also offer a much quicker route to citizenship at a much lower cost.

As a result, they’ve grown in popularity amongst those looking to bypass potential travel restrictions in the event of a second wave over the coming months, and this trend is likely to persist until the pandemic ends, at the very least.”

Nation Average timeframe in days Minimum investment (GBP)
Austria 912 £2,715,179
United Kingdom 2008 £2,000,000
Cyprus 183 £1,945,878
Malta 425 £1,040,819
Jordan 76 £764,265
Bulgaria 730 £463,391
Montenegro 91 £316,771
Turkey 61 £191,184
Cambodia 137 £186,217
Grenada 106 £114,710
Saint Kitts & Nevis 53 £114,710
Vanuatu 30 £99,416
Antigua and Barbuda 137 £76,474
Saint Lucia 106 £76,474
Dominica 76 £76,474
Source: Astons

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11:13 AM, 28th August 2020, About 4 years ago

I'm not in a position to take advantage of this (unless I sold my house, BTL and moved my pension) but it's very interesting.

I know that Portugal has introduced policies to attract pensioners to spend their pensions in Portugal (rather than the UK). I have had friends move their assets to Austria to live life in the snow and the mountains, which I have sympathy for as I love Austria. And I have known people who have taken their pensions out to other European destinations via Cyprus because the tax laws of Cyprus have made it attractive for them to do it. So that would probably account for that ~ £2M figure for Cyprus.

The UK figure is in there, just out of curiosity does anybody know what the comparable figures would be for



11:57 AM, 28th August 2020, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Beaver at 28/08/2020 - 11:13
Oh....and before I forget, what would be the comparable figures for

- New Zealand
- Australia
- Canada?

Whiteskifreak Surrey

16:28 PM, 28th August 2020, About 4 years ago

I believe this particular group is predominantly very much in favour of Brexit and the huge opportunities, advantages and land of milk & honey it is going to offer. I really do not understand the purpose of "eyeing EU citizenship". We were promised to be the very best country in Europe, weren't we? The envy of the word? P118 should be promoting staying here and making tons of money from these enormous opportunities opening for us in just 4 months time, shouldn't it?

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