St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN); The St. Kitts and Nevis passport has the highest ranking in the OECS according to Residence and Citizenship planning firm Henley & Partners.
The citizenship firm recently released its Visa Restriction Index for 2017, ranking nations based on the number of countries their citizens can travel to visa-free.
St. Kitts and Nevis ranked # 30 out 104 countries; with its passport boasting 136 countries that its citizens can access without visas. It was ranked #32 in 2016.
The federation shares the top billing with Antigua and Barbuda; St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are both ranked at #36; Grenada ranks #37 and Dominica #40.
The only other passport in the region that outranks St. Kitts-Nevis is Barbados at #25.
Germany is ranked #1 for the fourth consecutive year. Sweden ranks #2, the United States #3, the UK #4, and Canada #6.
Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan respectively rank at the bottom of the list.
The Arton Capital’s World Passport Index, however, puts St. Kitts and Nevis at #27 on its passport power rank, Antigua and Barbuda at #26; St. Vincent and the Grenadines at #29; St. Lucia at #31; Grenada at #33 and Dominica at #35.
Referencing the Nomad passport index for 2017, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris spoke to the strength of the St. Kitts and Nevis passport.
The Nomad Passport Index ranks 199 citizenships on five factors - visa-free travel, international taxation, perception, dual citizenship, and personal freedom.
“Our passport is now ranked number one in the OECS, number two in Caricom behind Bahamas, and number 50 in the world of 199 countries and territories which were assessed. St. Kitts and Nevis now has the sixth strongest passport in the hemisphere and the fourth in Latin America and the Caribbean.
“Specific initiatives of my government, such as increasing our diplomatic footprint, and the number of countries with which we now have visa-free entry have helped, so too has our competitive tax policy, the high level of democratic freedoms enjoyed here, and the enhanced reputation of our country attributed inter alia to the platinum status of our reorganized CBI program, resulting in our prestigious standing.
“The international acclaim of St. Kitts and Nevis as a tourist destination as well as our exceptionally high ranking among the most dynamic countries investing in ICTs, our fiscal surpluses, and tax free budgets, have no doubt also impacted positively on the perception of our beloved country.”