Under Vanuatu’s citizenship program, foreigners who want to become Vanuatuan citizens can pay around 43 Bitcoins (one-time $200,000) through an Australian digital currency exchange. The exchange should comply with the requirements mandated by financial regulations in Australia.
As Vanuatu is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, its citizens are allowed to travel in 113 countries, including European Union (EU) states, Russia, and Great Britain, without a visa. This privilege will also be given to foreigners who have acquired Vanuatuan citizenship.
According to investment migration expert and VIC advisor Christian Nesheim, Vanuatu’s move to accept Bitcoin as payment will give it a competitive advantage in the global citizenship market.
“Many early investors in Bitcoin would like to realize some of their earnings without incurring large capital gains taxes. Ideally, then, they would convert their cryptocurrency into tangible assets in a low-tax jurisdiction… As Vanuatu will now be the only country to offer citizenship for Bitcoins, I think the program will see a surge in interest more or less immediately.”
According to VIC Chairperson Geoffrey Bond, the acceptance of Bitcoin as payment is part of the Vanuatu government’s bid to lead the adoption of new technologies worldwide.
“While attempts have been made in the past to effect payments for citizenship by investment programs via Bitcoin, these efforts never had the political stamp of approval and were shut down as a consequence. In this case, the government of Vanuatu has explicitly expressed a desire to be at the forefront of adopting new technologies, officially encouraging the VIC to receive payments in Bitcoin.”
So could this be an option for budding crypto-enthusiasts? Dual / multiple citizenship is also not a problem.