Investment Visa Overview

San Marino Residency & Citizenship options

San Marino offers a number of options for residency, each of which has its own benefits. For example, the San Marino Residency by Investment Programme offers a fast and simple way to obtain residency in San Marino. Take into account that dual citizenship is not allowed and that the road to citizenship is very long: 25 years.

Program 1
  • Name
    San Marino Start-up Visa
  • Description

    The San Marino Start-up Visa is a special residence permit that is available to entrepreneurs who wish to establish a business in San Marino. To be eligible for the visa, applicants must have a business plan and be able to demonstrate that their business is viable and has potential for growth.

  • Requirements

    The fixed-term employment contract for high-tech Start-Up personnel is addressed to the founding members of the high-tech Start-Up and to workers with the following academic credentials: bachelor's degree, master's degree, or doctorate. Master's degree, three-year degree, or high school certificate with at least two years of verifiable professional experience in disciplines directly connected to the creation of the company's project content. No minimum investment required.

  • Validity
    1 year
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Avg. Processing Time
    3 months
  • Investment Amount
    No minimum
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    181 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    No
Program 2
  • Name
    Elective Residence - Real Estate
  • Description

    San Marino offers an Elective Residence - Real Estate Visa to individuals who purchase property in the country. The visa allows the holder to live in San Marino for an indefinite period of time. In order to qualify for the visa, applicants must provide proof of ownership of property in San Marino with a value of at least EUR 500,000.

  • Requirements

    Purchase for a consideration of at least € 500,000.00 of a building or section of a building to be used as a residence or family unit before 31 May 2017, whether it has already been finished, is to be renovated, or is in its raw state.

  • Validity
    10 years
  • Investment Type
    Real Estate
  • Processing Time
    3 months
  • Investment Amount
    500,000 EUR
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    $35,000
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    No requirements
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 3
  • Name
    Elective Residence - Bond
  • Description

    The bond option under the San Marino Elective Residence program is similar to the real estate option, only for a higher amount.

  • Requirements

    Invest in a ten-year, non-interest-bearing deposit of at least €600,000.00 in San Marino State-issued securities or a specially created fund.

  • Validity
    10 years
  • Investment Type
    Passive
  • Processing Time
    3 months
  • Investment Amount
    600,000 EUR
  • Avg. Agent fee
    600,000 EUR
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    No requirements
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Official Government Website
Mobility Options
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Sammarinese passport is presently ranked 20th. It allows visa-free travel to 172 countries. As a result, it is one of the world's most sought passports, having a very high mobility score. Visa-free and visa-on-arrival entry is available to Sammarinese passport holders in countries such as Brazil, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the entire European Union, allowing for nearly quick travel around the world. Passport holders from Samoa are need to obtain a visa in order to travel to 57 countries around the world, including India, Russia, and Ghana.

Passport Rank

20

Visa Free Countries

172

Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
    No
  • Visa Free Destinations
    125
  • Visa on Arrival
    36
  • Visa Online
    11
  • Visa Required
    11
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, USA, UK, Canada, China, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
    62%
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
    62%
Passport Ranking Factors

San Marino Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries San Marino passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those San Marino passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization is added up to determine the San Marino passport ranking relative to other global passports (eTA). There are now 125 visa-free countries for San Marino passport holders, 36 visa-on-arrival countries for San Marino passport holders, and 11 eTA destinations. San Marino passport holders can access a total of 172 countries without a visa, via a visa on arrival, or using an eTA. As a result, the San Marino passport is ranked number 20 in the world. In addition to the visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 57 other countries where San Marino passport holders will need a physical visa or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).

Citizenship by Descent - Details
  • CBD Available?
    No
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