NROP: Emergency preparedness – a backup passport.

Emergency preparedness articles are things that I enjoy reading, and every now and again, I incorporate an item from that piece into my plan. There are people out there that have much more solid plans and are better prepared than I am, but I like to think that even a little preparation is better than not being prepared at all. While I am aware of the fact that we can never fully prepare for everything (to my own discontentment), we can at least try so as to have a fighting chance whenever an emergency does occur.

Until about a week ago, I thought there was a very limited number of ways to obtain a passport from a specific country. You either had to be born there, have parents who were born there, marry someone who has that country’s passport or go through the process of naturalization. Most of the people I know are either in possession of one passport or none. (Many Americans never travel internationally, so they are fine not even applying for a passport.) Very few people I have met throughout the years have two passports, and there is probably (I vaguely remember hearing about it) only one person who has three. The part of me that likes to think of all the weirdest ‘what ifs,’ believes that having more than one place to go is helpful. Hopefully, both of these places of yours do not go to hell at the same time…

Some countries do not allow you to hold citizenship from another country if you apply for theirs. They want your undivided promise of loyalty. Numerous people have asked me which citizenship I would renounce if I had to. Every time, I answered with: “But I don’t.” At one point, I was actually given an ultimatum and I chose not to give up either for a variety of reasons. Both of them are special to me in different ways.

While for the longest time I thought that I might never obtain an additional passport, I have recently learned that there might still be hope… IF I win the lottery. No, I am not talking about the one for Visas but the monetary one. Apparently, just like with almost anything else in this world – you can just buy a passport if you so please.

Golden passports – as they are called – are obtained by wealthy individuals who invest a large sum of money into a certain country. My moral compass began to scream the second I read that. As if we do not have enough big corporations ruling our lives already. To get a passport for Malta you only need a little over a million dollars. However, Austria will ask for over nine times that.

Billionaires are jumping on that train to ensure they have a place to move to in case of another pandemic, climate-related catastrophes, or simply due to political issues in their home country. As if having homes all over the world, and owning planes and boats was not enough… If you have some money to spare, you might want to look into living in Portugal, as that seems to be one of the ‘hot’ places for passport investors. A firm that helps individuals navigate the process states that a minimum of ‘only’ 200,000 euros is needed to begin. The added bonus is that – because Portugal is part of the European Union – you get an EU passport, allowing you entry to all the other countries that are part of the union. That sounds like a pretty sweet deal. I wonder what the other countries think about that. After all, it is only Portugal that gets the investment money. The need for money might spark some competition among different countries, lowering the entry fee.

This might be quite a shortcut, but to me – this sounds like individuals being able to buy countries that we all live in. Soon enough we will all be owned (more than we are today) and be forced to worship the money gods. This all screams corruption, tax evasion, money laundering, etc. Just another thing to widen the divide between the 1% and everyone else.

The war between Russia and Ukraine has actually prompted officials to rethink the Golden Passports idea as they realized that many Russian individuals own real estate in various places and are able to hide their assets easier that way. The EU is considering suspending that program, even though it does not seem to be the most popular idea with the member states.

  • Do you own a passport? One or more?
  • If you could choose any country in the world, where would you choose to get a passport from and why?

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    1. I was considering visiting Switzerland in the coming weeks, but had to cancel my trip. Maybe one day…

      I never enjoyed the mountains when I lived near them. Now that I have none of them, of course I crave them.

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  1. I’ve never heard of Golden Passports. If I could afford to get one…I think I would not do it. My reason? Consider people that move to Hawaii. It’s well known that the natives don’t consider you a native unless you were born there. I bet it’s the same in other places. If your arent born in that country, you may be considered an outsider, with or without a passport. For me it’s best to visit, but come back home.

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  2. A great post on an important topic. Golden passports piss me off too.

    I’m Canadian and hold dual citizenship (and have two passports) with New Zealand. To be honest, these are likely the countries I’d pick. If I could pick up a third, as I live in Canada, it’d be to a country that is in or has a tropical location. Mexican, perhaps? A North American passport would be a boon.

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    1. “Golden passports piss me off too.” It’s so refreshing to see a comment that is not neutral in tone. I just ‘came back’ from a (virtual) conference and am tired of calling challenges opportunities. Call it like it is!

      I thought of NZ as ‘tropical,’ but a quick search refreshed my memory – there is varied climate albeit mild over all.

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  3. Thank you for making us aware of Golden passports. Having just gotten my first and only passport so far, the whole world of passports and their complexities boggles my mind–but it is terrible that if someone is wealthy enough, they can essentially buy their entry or residency in other countries. There are people who flee their home countries every day just to live freely or safely, and they get denied entry to other places because they don’t have very much money or any connections. It’s tragic.

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  4. I have one passport. If I could have another one my gut says Italy and that is a romantic notion, nothing practical or well thought out. I read where Paul Manafort was caught trying to leave the U.S. and he had 3 passports on him.

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  5. I wasn’t aware of this “possibility” but I’m also not in the market. I’ve applied for a green card in China and have a PP for US. If I can get the green card then it secures me flexibility to be with both sides of the family (well, as much security as one can get these days).

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  6. I’d choose a Canadian passport and happily give up my EU passport for it.
    If I had the money, I’d purchase it to skip the long, confusing and expensive application process.
    Money can buy everything: health, comfort, safety, islands, so yeah, why not a country.
    But I have not yet discovered the secret of becoming insanely rich, haha.

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  7. I have one passport and I have once or twice tried to spin my luck on the lottery the money one and the other one.
    I have also been toying around with the idea of e-residency such as offered by Estonia where you can can get a sort of digital identity the you can use to start a business get bank accounts etc as if you are in Estonia regardless of where you are in the world. I think they “recently” opened up the e-residency to incorporate people from anywhere in the world subject to filling in the necessary paperwork and making the required payments not sure how much that is but it’s a not in the figures for golden passports. So you’d have the benefits of holding a passport but without needing to actually go and live there 🤔 that has some appeal to it (and also screams evasive maneuvering but then I live in a country where I have to use a VPN and do some downright finicky stuff to receive international payments from the internet because our banking systems follow voodoo economics and for that other reasons such as being on the OFAC watchlist 👀
    I’d get a second passport in a heartbeat and I don’t even care where cause I’m like surely it can’t be this bad everywhere 😅
    ~B

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    1. E-residency? I’ve never heard of that. Thanks for letting me know. I will have to research just out of curiosity. Interesting…

      “It can’t be bad everywhere.” That’s optimistic of you. I worry that it might be. However, I wouldn’t know otherwise because I assume that people where it isn’t bad are not advertising it (to keep others away from their place).

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  8. Awww I thought this was going to detail some secret way to get a backup passport for your existing one. I guess I should have known better eh?

    I’d go with a canadian one. That way I can just walk across the border and not have to worry about planes crashing or something…

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    1. Yea, I hear ya. But why would you need two of the same passports? One at home and one in the car if you needed to run?

      Flying used to be my favorite way to travel. Nowadays, it seems like nothing is sacred anymore…

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    1. It seems that everyone and their mother is Irish. At least in March.

      Both at the same time? They put a hole through one of mine. I did not like it. Allowing my passport to expire gives me shivers and not the good ones.

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  9. Though it seems wrong I’m not surprised to hear that enough money can buy what otherwise cannot be had. I’ve never had a passport and don’t see needing one as part of my future.

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  10. Interesting, but not surprising, once you think about it. I have a US passport, but I’m not looking for another.

    A much cheaper alternative would be to buy a sailboat. Okay, they’re not exactly inexpensive, but you’re talking tens of thousands instead of hundreds, and you get to keep the boat. And it doesn’t need fuel, although maneuvering in port is much easier with a small outboard motor.

    However, I don’t have one–I’m still working on getting a small solar power system up and running, along with buying a bicycle. That’s my level of prepping, along with a garden and chickens. Still, I have thought of it. : )

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    1. It’s really sad how so many things these days are not surprising…

      Are you able to just dock anywhere you want? Unless you’re Noah, you will have to step on land at some point.

      It’s good to have a plan and I know from some of your posts that you have done much more than many.

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      1. You can pretty much a dock a boat where you like, although I wouldn’t suggest China or Russia. I’m sure you could dock somewhere in South America or a Pacific Island. Preferably a place that’s friendly to American expats, although I don’t know which those are. I do know such places exist, however.

        That would be my “Holy moly, things have really gone to crap idea,” although I doubt you’d be able to find a boat at that point. They’d likely have been taken out of harbor by other boat owners already if things are that bad.

        I’ve focused on sheltering in place. I live on acreage, I have my own water, garden, etc. I know my neighbors. I live in California, but it’s a very conservative, rural area. If I can, I’d rather face a disaster among neighbors I’ve known for twenty years than to be uprooted among strangers.

        Of course, what I’d really like is for there to be no disaster at all. It’s disturbing that I hope the only thing we’re facing is another Great Depression. But maybe that’ll be it. Years of easy money will have to finally be paid for. By us. We’ll have to do our best to help each other through it because I don’t think those at the top care very much.

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  11. Hi Sam. Sorry, I’ve been absent from your blog for what seems like ages. I got taken into hospital for an urgent operation at the beginning of May. I was there for about five days and am still trying to recover from an infection and am on my second course of antibiotics.

    I’ve not heard of golden passports, as some of your other readers have said. I had my first passport in 1977 as a teenager (a long, long time ago!). That expired after ten years without ever having been used again. Now, I have my second one, but I only got that to use as proof of identity because I don’t have a driving license or any other documents that could be used for this purpose. It was an expensive way of doing things! Unfortunately, many places don’t understand that someone can survive without a driving licence or passport. It made me feel like a second class citizen in my insecure years! I don’t really have any qualms about going abroad these days. I’m quite a homebody now, and I rather like it that way x

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    1. Hi, Ellie! I’ve been absent from my blog myself. Busy and off headspace. I;m sorry to hear about your hospitalization. Infections SUCK. I hope that it leaves your body very soon.

      Are you in the UK? (I THINK that’s what I remember reading on your blog but am not sure.) Don’t they have some sort of ID? For the longest time I was looked at weirdly because I did not own a driver’s license (I didn’t need it as I lived close to work and public transportation was convenient around the city). However, I did have an ID instead. There are ways for people without a permanent home address (the homeless) to get one as well, which I think is great.

      Makes sense. Traveling is something I thought I was born to do. My body aches for it. However, I find myself more and more reluctant to do so in the recent years due to everything that’s going on. If I don’t travel, my mental health suffers but if I travel, I worry and my mental health suffers. Catch 22.

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      1. Hi Sam. Yes, you’re right – I’m in the UK in the county of Essex. We don’t have any formal ID over here other than passports and driving licences. I’ve tried using my disabled parking badge as it has my photo and details on it as does my bus pass but that’s not acceptable. I was forever running into problems without ID. Getting a passport was my only option and it cost a fortune (to me). It’s great that homeless people can get ID over there too. They can’t over here which, I think, is really bad. After they’re people like we all are and should be automatically entitled to their own ID. I’m glad to hear that you enjoy travelling, but, yes, it can be stressful. I can definitely understand that and also that either travelling or not going away can exasperate mental health issues. I have the same struggles with that too, although I’m a lot better than I used to be. The furthest I’ve been in the last few years is Southend-on-Sea, also in Essex and I went by train in Alfie (my wheelchair) – I loved it there – it’s only 21 miles (34km) away. I blogged about it a few months ago. It was such fun. X 💟

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