EU on brink of first ever ban over visa-free travel 'golden passport' scheme

Mark Battersby
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The European Commission has proposed suspending visa-free travel of Vanuatu passport holders amid concerns about the Pacific nation's controversial citizenship-by-investment programs or so-called 'golden passports'. The proposed suspension, which still needs to be voted on by EU states, would prevent all holders of passports issued as of 25 May 2015 - when Vanuatu started issuing a substantial number of passports in exchange for investment - from travelling to the EU without a visa. The citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programs allow foreign nationals to purchase Vanuatu citizenship fo...

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