Relocating to Belize
If you’re planning on moving to Belize in 2018, here are a few things you need to know.
What Are the Rules for Living in Belize?
With a valid passport, you can enter Belize without a visa and stay up to 30 days. To prolong your visit, you just need to visit the nearest immigration office (in either Belmopan or Belize City) to renew your 30-day visa for $25.
Once you’ve been in the country for an entire year, you can get your permanent residency card, equivalent to a “green card” in the USA or a “Landed Immigrant” in Canada.
Are There Any Programs in Belize for Foreigners?
Belize has the QRP program, which allows eligible individuals age 45 and older, along with their families, to gain permanent residency in the country. If you can prove you have a fixed income of $2,000 a month (or more), you are allowed to live full-time in Belize as well as import personal items, including cars, boats, and light aircraft, completely tax-free.
Can I Bring My Pets to Belize?
Yes! Just be sure to bring all the documentation for their vaccinations as well as a health certificate.
Do I Need Insurance in Belize?
Insurance is available in Belize via a number of private companies. As a foreigner, you can insure yourself, your boat, your car, your house, and/or your business.
Can My Kids Attend School in Belize?
Yes. A wide variety of both public and private schooling options are available. English is the official language of instruction in the country.
What About Cell Phone Access in Belize?
The network in Belize is very reliable as the country is quite small. All mobile phones in Belize use SIM cards. If you buy an unlocked phone from the United States or Canada, it should work just fine in Belize.
Please be aware that most American and Canadian cell phone companies offer roaming service while you’re in Belize, but this can be very expensive.
What About Internet in Belize?
Belize has several internet providers offering the same, if not better, service that you would find in North America. You can buy pre-purchased internet for your mobile devices, dedicated cable internet to your home or business, or rely on satellite internet for more remote areas.
Where’s the Best Place to Live in Belize?
Belize’s northern Corozal District is a popular choice for expats and retirees. The refreshing trade breezes, close access to top attractions, and the ability to reach world-class healthcare facilities and familiar low-cost retailers like Walmart and Sam’s Club just a few miles over the border in Mexico make Corozal District an excellent choice.
Cerros Sands is a master-planned, gated community in Corozal District offering completed homes and waterfront lots starting at just $27,700. Visit www.cerrossands.com for more information.