The countries that practice jus soli are predominantly located in South and North America. For a long time, the #1 destination for maternity tourism had been the USA. But things have changed once parents realized that the land of the free is not so liberating after all. Every U.S. citizen must pay taxes to Uncle Sam starting at the age of 18 even if he/she never set foot on American soil after they were born. So if you need a back-up plan, here is a list of the five best countries to give birth in:
Chile boasts excellent doctors, great medical facilities, and the strongest passport in South America. It is the 6th
best travel document in the world. In comparison, the U.S. passport is only 26th
! No terrorist attacks, wars, military constriction, or tax obligations for citizens who live abroad. What is more, the parents of Chilean babies can apply for residency right away with a prospect of getting citizenship in a just a couple of years! Contact us
to find out more about our affordable birth tourism packages in Chile.
Are you set on an English-speaking country? Consider Canada instead of the U.S. With a Canadian passport, your child will be able to travel visa-free to 180+ countries, access public medical care, and wouldn't have to pay taxes if he/she doesn't reside in the country.
If you are planning on giving birth in a different country, check out Brazil as well. Besides birthright citizenship and visa-free access to 140+ countries, Brazil has one more interesting benefit. It does not extradite its citizens to foreign states which is practically a "get out of jail free" card for your baby. No one likes to think about such things in advance, but it is nice to have a plan B.
Any child born in Panama becomes a citizen by the right of the soil. Some of the benefits include access to the best hospitals in Latin America and the strictly territorial tax system. Parents of Panamanian babies can apply for naturalization in 3 years of permanent residency.
If you are interested in the United Kingdom, go for one of its former colonies. With a Barbadian passport, your child will be able to cross the border of 130+ countries visa-free, including special access to the UK. Bonus: if you have any British ancestors, your child will be eligible to apply for the British passport as well!