Birth tourism has been on the increase in recent years. Having a good second passport can be valuable to you and your children as it saves time and money by allowing visa-free travel, enhances investment and business opportunities, and offer benefits that last for generations.
Before you opt for a second passport, you should decide on one that would provide the benefits you seek. Most countries have abolished citizenship by birth, which is also known as “jus soli”– meaning “right of the soil”, but there are still countries with exceptionally good passports that are yet to abolish this policy.
We have identified countries that give citizenship by birth. Passport holders from most of these countries that give citizenship by birth enjoy visa-free travel to Central and South America and most of Europe. Other than Chile (where birthright citizenship is granted upon request and approval by the government) and Canada, none of the under-listed countries enjoy visa-free travel to the USA, but some enjoy visa-free travel to the UK.
The countries include Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Lesoto, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, and Uruguay.
Because most countries constantly review their immigration laws, it is imperative that you stay current/obtain up to date information on the country of interest. Before you travel overseas, you should confirm the current status to ascertain that the jus soli policies have not been abolished.