These 19 passports became a lot more valuable on July 1, 2015
Food for thought, wherever you live, especially if you feel as a citizen of the world…
Interesting recent piece re. passports and global relocation from 1EarthUnited blog.
Keep in mind that the situation with borders and country-to-country visa-free travel will continue changing in the next 10 or so years, so this may not be as accurate say by the end of this decade. But so far this is the up-to-date stuff.
The meat of the story is this:
Starting July 1, 2015, 19 small countries and territories joined EU visa-free list. They were officially approved late last year and reaffirmed at the summit.
“They are: Colombia, Peru, Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, UAE, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, East Timor, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
It is possible to obtain citizenship and a passport from another country. This means more options to travel and more options to live and work somewhere else should you want.
Panama is a great example. There’s still an easy and inexpensive process to obtain residency in Panama, and in 5-years time you’ll be able to apply for naturalization, and then a passport.
Of the 19 countries that join the EU visa-free list this July, both Grenada and Dominica have “economic citizenship” programs where you can make a low six-figure investment in the country in exchange for citizenship.
Colombia and Peru are two places where you can become a legal resident and apply for citizenship in 2-5 years.
This can be very cost-effective, as in Colombia it can cost less than $1,000 to obtain residency, including legal assistance.”
It seems strange that a complete accident of birth has such a massive impact on someone’s life.
We don’t get to control where we’re born. It’s a fluke really. Yet as soon as we come into this world a particular nationality is thrust upon us like a birthmark that stays with us for life.
Our nationality dictates so many things throughout our life.
It might mean that we’re required to serve in the military– to go fight and die in some foreign land at the behest of an insensitive, out of touch politician.
It might mean that we’re required to pay an ever increasing portion of our income to finance government largess that we don’t agree with at all.
It can also substantially restrict the places we can go and travel in this world.
That last one is a major issue, because travel is a huge opportunity.
The world is…
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Posted on October 11, 2015, in Ask Lada, EARTH SHIFT, Economy & Investment, Eurasia, Geopolitical Trends, Middle East, Russia, Ukraine, USA/EU/West and tagged citizen of the world, passports, perpetual traveler, visa free travel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.