Commonwealth of Antigua and Barbuda, Spanish for “ancient” and “bearded”, is a twin-island nation lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two major inhabited islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and a number of smaller islands (including Great Bird, Green, Guinea, Long, Maiden and York islands and further south, the island of Redonda.)
Separated by a few nautical miles, Antigua and Barbuda are in the middle of the Leeward islands, part of the Lesser Antilles, roughly at 17 degrees north of the Equator. The country is nicknamed “Land of 365 Beaches” due to the clean turquoise waters and many beaches surrounding the islands. The lush tropical island of Antigua is an inviting paradise and considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. There are already direct flights to Antigua from London, New York, Miami and Toronto in place. Its governance, language and culture have all been strongly influenced by the British Empire, of which the country was formerly a part.
Antigua is a member of the United Nations (UN), the British Commonwealth, CARICOM, and the Organization of American States (OAS), among many other international organizations. Holders of the Antiguan passport enjoy visa free travel to approximately 126 countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada and the countries of the Schengen area. Holders of this passport, like all Caribbean countries, do require a visa to enter the US as they are not a member of the Visa Waiver Program.
The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) was established by the Honorable Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda and is the Government authority responsible for processing all applications for Agent’s Licenses and all applications for Citizenship by Investment by applicants and their family.
Antigua and Barbuda is an independent Commonwealth state in the Eastern Caribbean. With some 365 beaches of clean turquoise waters, the lush tropical islands are an inviting paradise and considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.
The population numbers approximately 91,000.
English is the official language. Many of the locals speak Antiguan Creole. The Barbudan accent is slightly different from the Antiguan.
Temperatures generally range from the mid-seventies in the winter to the mid-eighties in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches (114 cm), making it the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands, and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September. Low humidity is enjoyed year-round.
The capital and largest port and city is St. John’s on Antigua. Tourists from many exclusive resorts on the island and cruise ship dock in its harbor at Heritage Quay and Redcliffe Quay several times a week.
The island has a time difference of 4 hours behind GMT, 1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during standard time.
Tourism is the key driver of gross domestic product and generates around 60% of the island’s income, with key target markets being the US, Canada and Europe. The currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar.
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Will I be liable to any taxes in Antigua and Barbuda?
Under the terms of the Citizenship by Investment program you will not be liable to any income tax, capital gains tax, estate or inheritance tax.