Freedom is often taken for granted; from the freedom to choose, to the freedom to travel, there are millions of people in the world who are not afforded this basic human right.

If you enjoy these simple freedoms, count yourself very lucky to live in a place where liberty is a priority. And like all good things, liberty should be celebrated, and that’s what World Freedom Day is all about.

Celebrated annually on November 9, World Freedom Day memorialises the fall of the Berlin Wall, marking the end of communism in Eastern and Central Europe. The day was declared by President George W. Bush and aims to rejoice the reunification of loved ones torn apart by the Iron Curtain and opposing beliefs. World Freedom Day aims to serve as a reminder of what people can achieve when they stand together. We can shift boundaries, change resolutions and ultimately determine the type of leadership we need to live in a freer, more fair society.

A 200m section of the Berlin Wall as it stands today
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Freedom comes in many forms, and one that has become increasingly coveted is that of international travel, even more so, visa-free travel.

As we hop into our cars, onto the local bus, or plan our next holiday, much is weighted in our ability to move freely, whether it’s between suburbs, continents or countries. Freedom to travel internationally is ultimately hinged on what passport we hold and the travel opportunities associated with the said passport. While some passports offer visa-free entry or visa on arrival, others are decidedly more restrictive, requiring a myriad of checks, balances, paperwork and applications.

If you’re looking to open yourself and your family up to greater travel opportunities, and in particular visa-free travel, then an investment in a Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme is the quickest and easiest way to set yourself on the course to global travel freedom.

Investing in a CBI programme offers both investors and their families infinite mobility and travel opportunities in the form of a second passport, affording you citizenship to the host country and visa-free travel to hundreds of others.

The last few years have seen a marked increase in families from all over the world looking to invest in a second passport and gain access to the broader world. More and more investors are turning to CBI programmes for security and education opportunities for their children, as well as the freedom to explore the world on their terms. Similarly, many businessmen and women alike are seeking a second passport for the added benefit of global travel freedom, and access to international markets and industries.

Just over a dozen countries in the world currently offer CBI programmes, with the highest concentration of CBI programmes being in the Caribbean— a region considered the cradle of second citizenship by investment.

There are many benefits to having dual citizenship, including greater global mobility, new economic opportunity, a better quality of life, and improved personal security. Coming out tops in all these areas year after year is the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme.

Dominica in the Caribbean
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The Commonwealth of Dominica has once again ranked first in the world for its CBI Programme which allows well-vetted investors and their families to contribute to a government fund or pre-approved real estate on the island in exchange for citizenship. Applicants who qualify for the programme enjoy visa-free travel to 140 destinations worldwide.

Similarly, the Caribbean nation of St Kitts and Nevis has the worlds’ longest-standing CBI Programme and has been setting the standard in the CBI industry for decades. It offers visa-free access to nearly 156 countries. St Kitts and Nevis’ Sustainable Growth Fund option, in particular, is known for being the most affordable, direct, and secure route to a second citizenship.

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