(PRESS RELEASE) — St. Lucia is steadily increasing its rank on the Henley & Partners OECS (fourth-quarter) Q4 Ranking, ranking third in the OECS and 31st on the global front.
The OECS island boasts visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 145 destinations, increasing its score by one destination since the Q3 earlier this year.
In 2018 St. Lucia scored 146, ranking 31 on the global rank. The Caribbean island has seen a change in rank of seven from 2009 to 2019.
Commenting on this achievement, Managing Partner of Henley & Partners St. Lucia, Mark D. Maragh, states:
“The St. Lucian passport continues to shine regionally and on the global front. We are constantly improving our product as a premium second passport and the results are evident in the Henley & Partners 2019 Q4 Index.
Henley & Partners continues to work closely with the Citizenship By Investment Unit (CIU) to ensure that both St. Lucian citizens and prospective passport holders, benefit from this programme.”
The Henley Passport Index is the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to among other things, the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information and enhanced by continuous research by the Henley & Partners Research Department.
Passport power and economic freedom
Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, chairman of Henley & Partners, and the creator of the passport index concept, says: “Our ongoing research has shown that when we talk about ’passport power‘, we are discussing more than simply the destinations a holder can travel to without acquiring a visa in advance. Often, there is a strong correlation between visa freedom and other benefits such as business and investment freedom, independence of the judiciary, fiscal health, and property rights.”
In the 2019 Q4 Index, St. Kitts and Nevis ranked first in the OECS with a global rank of 24. Ranking second is Antigua and Barbuda with a global rank of 28 and Grenada fourth with a global rank of 32.