These are the countries you can ‘buy’ citizenship to — and three are in the EU
Most countries offer citizenship (passports) the hard way. But 7 sell them outright, and 3 have “powerful” passports. “Citizenship Planning” is a thing.
For people who need a second citizenship and passport to dodge the long arm of their government, there is something called “citizenship planning,” similar to “financial planning.” But when it comes to just outright buying a citizenship and passport without having to languish for years as mere non-citizen resident, the Huddled Masses need not apply. And not any passport will do. In fact, there are only three for sale that are really good.
Which are the best passports to get?
There are quality standards for everything, especially if it’s costly. The most powerful passports are those that allow visa-free travel to the most countries.
There are other considerations, for example those that drive US citizens nuts when they live overseas, due to the US government’s onerous reporting requirements on them and on banks that do business with them, and due to US taxation of their worldwide income no matter where they live. Few other governments treat their citizens that way.
In terms of visa-free travel, here are the 25 countries with the most powerful passports, according to a new ranking, which is into “citizenship planning.” But among them is only – Austria – one whose citizenship can be bought (more on that in a moment):
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