The government welcomes the opportunity for new investors and citizens to come to Antigua & Barbuda under the new Citizenship Act 2013.

The process of acquiring citizenship in Antigua & Barbuda via a property purchase at Papaya Hotel & Spa is relatively straightforward though the government Citizenship Investment Unit (CIU) is extremely stringent when reviewing applications and performing due diligence hence it is important to have qualified and expert legal representation throughout the process.

We estimate a property closing and application processing timeframe of three to four months. Should you wish to visit  Antigua, the Papaya Hotel & Spa sales team can host you for a 2 to 3 day familiarization trip.

Process Snapshot

Step 1

Execute Reservation Agreement
Property 10% deposit payable
Sign Papaya Hotel & Spa Agreement of Purchase and Sale (APS)

Step 2

Execute forms and submit citizenship application to government
Government Due Diligence fees payable
Government Application Fees 10% deposit payable

Step 3

Within 3 months
The Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship Investment Unit (CIU) shall notify Approved Agent in writing whether the application has been approved, denied or delayed for cause and is still being processed.

CIU Approval-in-principle received
Property Purchase Price balance payable
Government Application Fees balance payable
Property purchase closes
Property ‘Certificate of Title’ sent to CIU
Submit Passport Application (10 days processing time)

Buyer receives
Citizenship Certificate
Certificate of Title

PLEASE NOTE:  Applications must be submitted to the Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship Investment Unit by a Licensed Agent. For our recommended agents, please contact us.

Purchase & Citizenship Snapshot

Example Quote for one-bedroom villa  (Main Applicant + Spouse)

Property Cost
$ 404,500
$ 809,000
Property Tax (2.5%)
$ 10,112
$ 20,224
Government Application Fees
$ 100,000
$ 100,000
Government Due Diligence Fees
$ 15,000
$ 15,000
$ 529,612
$ 944,224

Please note: Total price varies depending  on number of applicants. Legal Fees are not shown here and are subject to market jurisdiction standards.