How to Travel to Citizenship and Residency by Investment Countries in Summer 2021
Despite the volatility of the pandemic situation, a growing number of countries reopen their borders and welcome tourists back. This article will help you to find out how to travel to the major destinations for citizenship and residency by investment in 2021: the Caribbean countries: St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St Lucia, Grenada; European countries: Montenegro, Malta, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Portugal; we also added Turkey and the Maldives to this list.
The Caribbean countries have long been well-loved vacation spots for visitors from around the world. Though they have reopened their borders for international tourism, some restrictions remain in effect.
Tourists are allowed to visit St Kitts and Nevis (SKN), but have to adhere to a number of requirements. First of all, all passengers arriving to St Kitts and Nevis are obliged to provide a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result in English. The test must have been taken no more than 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Besides, air travellers must complete a “Customs, Border and Health Entry Form” before arrival, and install the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app. Arrivals to St Kitts and Nevis are also required to spend a 14-day quarantine in a government-approved hotel; however, they are allowed to go to restaurants and visit tourist attractions.
The island country of Antigua and Barbuda is open to tourists, too. Nevertheless, all incoming individuals are subject to certain requirements. They have to submit a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result while the test must have been taken at most 7 days before departure from the first embarkation point. This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years. All arrivals must also be staying in the approved accommodation. Arrivals who have provided a negative RT-PCR test result or vaccination certificate are required to quarantine for 7 days. The latest vaccine dose must be given at least 2 weeks before departure.
It is important to mention that all passengers arriving in Antigua and Barbuda need to complete a health declaration form to be shared with Port Health Authorities. While staying in Antigua and Barbuda, visitors are required to live in their private homes or in public quarantine facilities, and wear a tracking bracelet.
Dominica has long been ready to welcome tourists back. International passengers, however, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued no earlier than 72 hours before arrival along with a travel clearance issued prior to the departure. Arrivals from high-risk areas need to go into a 5-day quarantine and then be retested. In case of the negative test results, Dominica guests may visit public places freely.
St Lucia has also opened its borders to foreign nationals. In order to enter St Lucia, tourists must obey the following requirements.
Incoming passengers need to complete the “Travel Registration Form” no earlier than 7 days before arrival and have a printed copy of the auto-response email received after the submission. This rule does not apply to passengers younger than 18 years. Besides, arrivals to St Lucia are required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result while the test must have been taken no more than 5 days before departure. This requirement, however, is not applicable to visitors younger than 5 years. On arrival, individuals have to submit a travel authorisation letter verifying their accommodation at a hotel. In addition, there are certain demands on the stay in St Lucia: thus, arrivals must be staying in designated properties for the first 14 days.
Tourists are also welcomed to visit Grenada, provided that they meet a number of requirements. First and foremost, arriving passengers must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Moreover, they are required to have obtained a “Pure Safe Travel Certificate” before departure (the document can be downloaded from the government website of Grenada). It should be mentioned that passengers younger than 6 years are exempted from these requirements. International tourists must also have a booking confirmation from a specially designated hotel, where they need to spend a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. After 5 days in Grenada, they have to get retested. In case their PCR test result is negative, tourists may visit public places freely.
Although Montenegro has been willing to welcome foreign passengers again, it has imposed a range of requirements for entry. First, they are obliged to provide either a negative result of PCR or rapid (antigen) test taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure, or a proof of vaccination. It is worth mentioning that citizens of Montenegro, as well as arrivals from Albania, Belarus, Russia, North Macedonia, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, and Serbia are exempted from this rule. If arriving to Montenegro without providing test results or proof of vaccination, passengers are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
For the time being, Malta has set certain restrictions for all incoming passengers, regardless of their vaccination status. Malta has identified three lists of countries (Green, Amber, and Red) specifying the entry requirements.
Passengers arriving to Malta from the Green List countries are not subject to swab testing on arrival. The only requirements they have to comply with are thermal screening at the airport and filling a self-declaration form requesting travel information within the previous 30 days. At present, no countries are included to the Green List.
Air passengers arriving to Malta from the Amber List countries need to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before boarding. The test must have been taken during the previous 72 hours. In case the negative PCR test result is not submitted, a swab test on arrival or after a 14-day quarantine is mandatory. Since 1 July, it is expected that a certificate of full vaccination (the latest dose of vaccine must be given 14 days before or earlier) can be presented instead of the required negative PCR test result, provided that the certificate in question will be patterned after or will be a EU Digital COVID Certificate which is still subject to approval by the European Union. Arrivals to Malta must also complete a “Public Health Travel Declaration Form” and “Passenger Locator Form”.
The following countries are on the Amber List: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Сhina (Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan included), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City.
Any country not mentioned or not included in either lists (the Green or Amber ones) will automatically be classified as a Red List Country. Travelling to Malta for the passengers from the Red List is only allowed if they are Maltese citizens or have Malta’s valid residence permit.
It is also important to note that any person travelling to Malta is required to have stayed in any corridor country from the Green and Amber Lists for no less than 14 days prior to arriving in Malta, and must be able to provide a proof of this stay. Arrivals to Malta must not pass through transit airports in “Red Zones”.
The United Kingdom has also eased international travel restrictions, allowing entry of visitors from certain countries. Currently Britain has a number of requirements for tourists to follow.
The UK uses the same country classification as Malta, with Green, Amber and Red List designations. At the moment only a few countries are in the Green List, namely Singapore, Israel, and Iceland. Individuals arriving from these states have to provide a negative result of COVID-19 PCR test taken before departure, complete a “Passenger Locator Form”, and get retested on the second day after arrival. They do not need to undergo quarantine unless their second test result is positive, or it is found they have travelled with someone infected, according to NHS Test and Trace information.
Most countries are included in the Amber List. On 8 June, Portugal has joined them, being taken off the Green List because of growing coronavirus case rates. Those coming from the Amber List countries are also required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, with the test having been taken prior to departure, complete the “Passenger Locator Form”, and undergo repeated tests on days 2 and 8 after their arrival. They must quarantine for 10 days.
The Red List includes the following countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Brazil, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turkey. Tourists from these countries are not allowed to enter the UK; entry is only possible for UK citizens or residents who must complete the above-mentioned form and provide a negative PCR test result along with self-isolation in a government-approved hotel.
Cyprus welcomes tourists from the following countries (provided that they have applied for a Cyprus Flight Pass): EU and Schengen Member states, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, United States, United Arab Emirates, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrain, Georgia, Armenia, Rwanda.
Approved arrivals from countries not mentioned above will be required to go into a 14-day quarantine. Incoming passengers are obliged to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result while the test itself must have been taken no more than 72 hours before departure. This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
Currently, the calamity situation is in force in Portugal. In the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, both local authorities have enacted some specific measures.
Passengers arriving to the Madeira archipelago must meet one of the following requirements:
1. Submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result with the test having been taken within 72 hours prior to departure;
2. Provide a medical document certifying that its holder has recovered from the COVID-19 disease by the time of landing, issued during previous 90 days;
3. Provide a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination with reference to the period of immune response activation contemplated in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC);
4. Be tested on arrival and go into preventive self-isolation until the test result is issued;
5. Spend 14-days self-imposed isolation at home or in a hotel.
Passengers arriving to the Azores archipelago are obliged to undergo SARS-CoV-2 screening within 72 hours prior to departure. The test must be performed by means of the RT-PCR methodology and show a negative result. It must identify the person tested and contain the name of the laboratory, the test performance date and the responsible person’s signature. The test result need to be submitted before boarding on paper or in electronic version.
If a person is staying in the country longer than 7 days, (s)he must contact local health service to undergo another SARS-CoV-2 test on the 6th and 12th day from the date the first test performance
Arrivals from high-risk countries are required to go into a 14-day quarantine in an approved accommodation.
If travelling to Turkey, tourists must meet certain requirements. Visitors must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no earlier than 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Arrivals from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Israel, Japan, UK, Latvia, Luxembourg, Ukraine, and Estonia are no longer required to provide a negative test result on arrival. Direct flights from Brazil and South Africa are suspended, if they are not for humanitarian and repatriation purposes.
The Maldives are open to visitors as long as they follow the country’s requirements. First, arriving passengers have to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result while the test must be taken at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Transit passengers must get retested. The test result must contain the passenger’s name as well as the name and address of the testing laboratory. Besides, tourists must have a booking confirmation from a specially designated hotel for the entire period of their stay. They also need to have a “Traveller Health Declaration” completed 24 hours before departure. Passengers are also required to go into a 14-day quarantine.
REMINDER: With the pandemic situation and COVID-19 countering requirements in the countries mentioned above being constantly changing, make sure you follow the news of the country you are planning to visit.
Even during these difficult and unstable times for travelling, it is still possible to travel to almost all the world’s countries. However, it is much easier for passport / residence permit holders to enter their countries of citizenship or residency. We offer tailored citizenship and residency by investment solutions, helping our clients obtain investment-based citizenship of such countries as St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Dominica, St Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Malta, Montenegro, and Turkey, or become residents of Portugal, Malta, United Kingdom, Cyprus, and others. With a second passport or residence permit, you will be able to visit your new home country without any restrictions and travel around the globe visa-free.