Maltese passport ranks first among Citizenship by Investment Passports

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Malta and Cyprus are the only two countries in Europe running official citizenship by investment programs. According to the new 2018 Henley passport index, Malta ranks first and Cyprus ranks second, followed by Caribbean countries. Currently only about 8 countries in the world run official CBI programs.

CBI Passport Visa free countries  Rank
Malta 169  9
Cyprus 159 17
St Kitts and Nevis 139 28
Antigua & Barbuda 135 31
Grenada 127 36
St Lucia 130 34
Grenada 122 38
Turkey 107 50

The minimum investment requirements to get fast track EU citizenship in Malta or Cyprus are as follows

  • €900,000 Malta (IIP bonds plus contribution ) for citizenship in 12 months
  • €2,000,000 Cyprus (real estate) for citizenship in 6 months

Third country Investors and their families qualify for passports through investment in Malta or Cyprus. One major difference between Malta and Cyprus passport are Malta has visa waiver with United States, while Cyprus does not. Malta is part of the Visa Waiver Program, which enables citizens of Malta to travel to the United States without a visa.

Malta and Cyprus citizens Canada eTA visa to enter Canada on a short term basis (under 90 days) for general tourism, business, transit or medical purposes.