The scenic Pacific island nation of Kiribati offers little for international investors. Rising sea levels and dwindling resources pose challenges to the island nation, so it offers little in the way of stable investments. However, Kiribati may offer some opportunities to those looking to support sustainable eco-developments, helping the country to tackle the effects of climate change.

Kiribati Citizenship by Investment

Kiribati offers no formal residency or citizenship by investment programme. An “investor passport” scheme did briefly run, though it was repealed in 2004, and did not offer the advantages of the typical CBI programme. Such programmes allow individuals to obtain citizenship or residency rights in select countries through substantial investment. This investment most often is in real estate, national development funds, or local businesses. Such golden visa programmes can be found elsewhere, such as the popular citizenship investment options in the Caribbean.

Citizenship through naturalisation is possible in Kiribati, though it requires applicants to have lived in the country for the preceding seven years.

Kiribati Passport Strength and Ranking

Kiribati’s reasonable passport strength would make it fairly enticing were the country to offer a Citizenship by Investment scheme. It offers visa free access to 137 countries worldwide, making for a fair 36.2% of global wealth (measured by GDP) and 60.7% of world travel. These factors put it 91st in La Vida’s comprehensive Global Passport Ranking. Many better options exist which currently offer simpler routes to citizenship.

Citizenship and Residency by Investment Programmes

See below a selection of countries offering residency and citizenship investment programmes.