Antigua and Barbuda is an independent Commonwealth state in the Eastern Caribbean. With some 365 beaches of clean turquoise waters, the lush tropical islands of Antigua and Barbuda are an inviting paradise and considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. As a result, tourism is the key driver of GDP and generates around 60% of the island’s income, with key target markets being the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the United Nations, the British Commonwealth, Caricom and the Organization of American States (OAS) among many other international organizations. Holders of the Antigua and Barbuda passport enjoy visa free travel to approximately 131 countries, including the U.K., Canada, and the countries of the Schengen area.
The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) was established by the Honourable Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda and is the Government authority responsible for processing all applications for Agent’s Licenses, and all applications for Citizenship by Investment by applicants and their family.
Antigua and Barbuda is a twin-island state located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two major inhabited islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and a number of smaller islands. The country is nicknamed "Land of 365 Beaches" due to the many beaches surrounding the islands.
The islands’ population is over 91,000. Christians account for account for 74% of the Population. Although English is the official language, Antiguan Creole is spoken widely and over 90% of the total population are literate.
English is the official language and by far the predominant language. French, Spanish and Italian can be heard from time to time.
The climate in Antigua has average temperatures of around 27 °C year round. It is a sunny island enjoyable all months of the year, and with cooler breezy locations in the mountains. The coolest period is between December and February. Its low humidity makes it one of the most temperate climates in the world.
The capital of Antigua is St John’s.
The island has a time difference of 5 hours behind GMT, 1 hour ahead of Washington DC, during standard time.
Antigua has a stable economy, relying mainly on tourism. The currency is the Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar which is linked to the US dollar. Investment banking and financial services also make up an important part of the economy. Major world banks with offices in Antigua include the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Scotiabank. Financial-services corporations with offices in Antigua include PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Major credit cards are accepted at most hotels, car rental companies and shops. Travellers cheques are accepted throughout the Island.
Antigua is less than 3 hours from Miami, 4 hours from New York and Toronto and 8 hours from London, all by direct air service. Port of Spain (Trinidad) is just 40 minutes flight away, Barbados just 60 minutes and South America (Venezuela) 90 minutes. The modern airport accommodates international flights including:
Under the terms of the Citizenship by Investment Program you will not be liable to any income tax, capital gains tax or inheritance tax.