Birth tourism – citizenship by birth

Birth tourism - citizenship by birth

Are you in the family planning stage? Have you ever played with the idea of giving your child a second citizenship? Then I have an interesting article for you and 30 countries that grant citizenship by birth.

Birth tourism – What is “ius soli”?

“Ius soli” means nothing else than “right of the soil” and describes the principle according to which a state grants its citizenship to all children born on its territory. Beside the “ius soli” there is also “ius sanguinis” which is practically the opposite and that is the principle of descent. With the descent principle one looks after the “blood line” of the parents. If the parents (or one parent) are Swiss, for example, the children are automatically Swiss as well. The other way around: If the child is born in Switzerland, but the parents are not Swiss, the child is not automatically Swiss.

However, there are many countries where citizenship is granted directly by birth. And that’s what I show you in this article.

Why it is important to give your child a second citizenship

Why should I give birth to my child in another country just to give it another citizenship? Why go to all the trouble when I live in another country anyway? The citizenship of my home country is sufficient, isn’t it?

There are some people, also in my clientele, who are urgently looking for a second citizenship, e.g. to take advantage of further rights or to be able to exempt themselves from tax laws. In the USA, for example, tax liability is linked to citizenship. The only way to escape this taxation for life is to renounce your citizenship and take on a new one.

4 important points that speak for multiple citizenships

  • Your child may have more tax advantages in the future, i.e. more flexibility.
  • Your home country may not be safe (economy, civil war, etc.)
  • Your child’s freedom to travel can be improved
  • Parents can more easily obtain a second citizenship

Hand on heart: You have probably thought about acquiring another country’s passport in addition to your own. If so, you know how difficult, if not impossible, such an undertaking can be. But if you have the necessary change, it is relatively easy.

If you invest, for example, around 10 million euros in your Austrian company, you will very quickly receive Austrian citizenship.

So you see, through birth tourism, you are opening up an opportunity for your child that may be denied to you. But beware: Not every country offers citizenship by birth.

Ireland, France, New Zealand, Australia, Malta and India have greatly changed and restricted their laws of parentage in recent years. Here it is no longer possible to simply give birth to the child with the consequence of a new citizenship. So you should always be up to date before you set out to give birth to your child in another country. And you don’t want to allow your child to have the citizenship of any country that might restrict your child’s freedom even more (keyword: USA).

So there are some things to consider before you consider giving birth in another country. I have selected the 30 most interesting countries for you.

30 countries for birth tourism

  1. Argentina
  2. Belize
  3. Bolivia
  4. Brazil
  5. Canada
  6. Costa Rica
  7. Chile
  8. Dominica
  9. Ecuador
  10. El Salvador
  11. Fiji
  12. Grenada
  13. Guatemala
  14. Guyana
  15. Honduras
  16. Jamaica
  17. Mexico
  18. Nicaragua
  19. Pakistan
  20. Panama
  21. Paraguay
  22. Peru
  23. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  24. Saint Lucia
  25. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  26. Trinidad and Tobago
  27. Tuvalu
  28. USA
  29. Uruguay
  30. Venezuela

As you can see, there is a lot of choice for your child.

Other important information for birth tourism

In Panama, Brazil and Argentina there is a very good and cheap medical care, which makes the birth in these countries much easier and above all cheaper. Brazil additionally allows you as parents to acquire Brazilian citizenship yourself. So you can become a citizen of Brazil within one year after the birth of your child.

Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis sell their passports regularly. Here you also have to pay for the passport at the birth of your child.

There are also countries that offer good passports with freedom of travel in mind. Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, St. Kitts and Nevis, Uruguay and Venezuela offer travel freedom in Central and South America and it is very easy to enter the Schengen zone in the EU with them.

If you want to offer your child freedom of travel within Asia, I can recommend the Peruvian passport.

As you can see, you have a lot of possibilities to give your child more citizenships and thus more freedom. But a good preparation is inevitable. I and my team will be happy to support you in this endeavor.

Philipp Burger

Philipp Burger is a popular consultant for international tax planning, international company formation, offshore banking and global citizenship. He has personally lived this lifestyle for years and now helps successful individuals, entrepreneurs and investors to live a free life - exactly according to the motto: "Free life is our passion!"


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