Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda passport ranking
The Antiguan passport currently ranks on the 29th place according to the Guide visa index. It provides visa-free access to 151 countries. This grants it an overall high mobility score and makes it a desirable passport. Antiguan passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Singapore, United Kingdom, Brazil, Russia and the entire European Union. This allows almost instant travel opportunities. Antiguan passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 75 destinations in the world. Some countries where a visa is required are China, the United States and Australia. Since 2013 Antigua and Barbuda offers a Citizenship by Investment program. After a due diligence process and the necessary economic contribution to the country, applicants can obtain a passport within 4 months.
Antigua and Barbuda is a former British colony composed of 2 major islands. The country also consists of other small islands such as Green, York Islands, Long and Maiden. The nation is situated in the Caribbean Sea, South East of Puerto Rico. Its climate is tropical maritime with very little seasonal temperature variation.
The overall population is 96,286 people. The capital of the country is Saint John’s, which is by far the most populous city followed by All Saints and Liberta. The nation’s largest and only operating airport is V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) with around 1 million annual passengers. It is named after Sir Vere Cornwall Bird, the first prime minister of the country. The airport provides access to destinations in the Caribbean, Europe and the United States.
Antigua and Barbuda’s culture is dominated by the history of immigration waves that occurred over the past centuries. There is a multi-cultural and religious mix present in most of the country. The protestant religion is however most dominant. The official language is English. The native Antiguan creole language is still spoken. Antigua’s legal system is based on the English common law. The government form is a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy. The chef of state is Queen Elizabeth the II. The head of government is the elected Prime Minister Gaston Browne.
The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD), which is permanently pegged to the USD at an exchange rate of XCD 2.7. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $2.7 billion, making it the 28th largest economy in the Caribbean. Its citizens have a per capita income of $29,298. The GDP is mostly made up of the services sector with tourism contributing more than 60% to the GDP.
Antigua and Barbuda is filled with a variety of urban and natural tourism attractions, making it a popular destination for tourists. It is known for its vast beaches and nature. Some of the major attractions include the world-famous Half Moon Bay, Stingray City, the Nelsosn’s Dockyard National Park and its capital St. John’s. The island nation has a total of approximately 270,000 tourists visiting every year with the majority originating from North America and Europe.