The French collectivity of Saint Barthélemy rests in the beautiful Caribbean sea. High net worth foreign investors will find little in the way of investment opportunities outside of upscale properties, as much of its economy centers of tourism, and investments are subject to France’s legal framework. With an area of only eight square miles, its market is limited.

Saint Barthélemy Citizenship and Residency options

As a collectivity of France, there is no formal residency or citizenship by investment programme for Saint Barthélemy. All inhabitants are considered French citizens.

These programmes, as they exist in other select countries, allow individuals to obtain citizenship or residency rights through substantial investment. Real estate, national development funds, and local businesses are the most common targets on investment through these schemes. Several golden visa and citizenship by investment programmes have been very successful and through investment are often affordable. We recommend looking at options such as  citizenship in Antigua or the attractive option of a St Lucia passport. There are also attractive golden visa options in the EU such as the Spanish Golden Visa.

It is worth remembering that, as a French island, those with a EU passport can work and live in Saint Barthélemy. Otherwise, those seeking to reside in Saint Barthélemy typically need to adhere to the immigration regulations and policies of France.

Saint Barthélemy Passport Strength and Ranking

Sharing citizenship with France also means sharing its passport. France itself has one of the strongest passports in the world. La Vida’s comprehensive Global Passport Ranking has placed it 15th in the world.

Citizenship and Residency by Investment Programmes

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