Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis passport ranking
The Nevisian passport currently ranks on the 25th place according to the Guide passport index. The ranking has consistently improved from the 40th spot in 2006 to the current ranking. It provides visa-free access to 156 countries. This grants it an overall high mobility score and makes it a desirable passport. Nevisian passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Singapore, United Kingdom, Ukraine and the entire European Union. This allows almost instant travel opportunities worldwide. Nevisian passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 70 destinations in the world.
Some countries where a visa is required are China, the United States and Australia. St Kitts and Nevis offers the oldest Citizenship by Investment program in the world. After a due diligence process and the necessary economic contribution to the country, applicants can obtain a passport within 4 months.
The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis is a former British colony consisting of 14 parishes spread over the two islands. The most important districts are Saint George, Saint John and Saint Paul. The island nation is situated in the Caribbean, northwest of Guadeloupe. Its climate is tropical with little seasonal variations in temperature. The rainy season is from May to November. The terrain is volcanic with mountains in the interior.
The overall population is around 52,441 people. The capital of the country is Basseterre, which is also the most populous city with more than 14,000 inhabitants. Other major cities are Fig Tree, Monkey Hill and Cayon. The country’s largest airport is Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB). The airport is named after the first Premier of Saint Kitts and Nevis: Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw. It provides access to destinations in the Caribbean and the United States.
The Nevisian culture is dominated by West African and the creole culture. The majority of the population is Protestant. The official language is English. St Kitts and Nevis legal system is based on the English common law. The government form is a federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy. The chief of state is Queen Elizabeth the II. The head of government is the elected Prime Minister Timothy Harris.
The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD), which is permanently pegged to the USD at an exchange rate of XCD 2.7. Saint Kitts and Nevis is the 30th largest economy in the Caribbean and Latin American countries. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $1.7 billion. Its citizens have a per capita income of $31,095. The GDP is mostly made up of the services and industry sectors. Tourism contributes to the vast majority of the GDP.
Saint Kitts and Nevis is filled with a variety natural tourism attractions. It is known for its vast beaches and nature. Some of the major destinations include the Brimstone Hill Fortress, the scenic railway, the National Museum, Pinney’s Beach and Romney Manor. The main tourist activities are fishing and watersports. The island nation has a total of approximately 1.2 million tourists visiting every year with the majority originating from North America and Europe.