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Living in Belize guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Belize with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • Belize, located in Central America, stretches over some 22,966 km2. Its population amounts to more than 350 000 inhabitants. It has a prosperous economy.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • If you are traveling to Belize, you can import tobacco products and alcoholic beverages in small quantities. Drugs are prohibited, as well as weapons.

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  • If you wish to get married in Belize, you must notify the Registrar General's office, whatever your nationality. You must also register your marriage.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • In order obtain permanent residency, you must have spent at least a year in Belize. Your tourist visa has to be extended every month, pending the decision.

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  • You must be more than 45 years old and receive a monthly income of more than USD2,000 to be eligible for a retirement visa for Belize.

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  • Citizens of certain countries are exempt from visa requirement to travel to Belize if they intend to remain in the country for less than 30 days.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Job-hunting might be a challenge in the small nation of Belize, where unemployment is rife. However, the economy continues to grow, albeit slowly.

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  • You can set up a business in Belize or create an offshore company, which is popular thanks to the beneficial tax regime in place.

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  • Unless your are a permanent resident, you will require a work permit to work or run a business in Belize.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements

Study

Student visa, University registration
  • If you wish to pursue your higher education in Belize, you can register at one of the three Universities in the country.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • There are both public and private healthcare options available in Belize, but if you have a pre-existing condition you should seek information beforehand.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • Belize has several national and international banks where you can open an account. However, the process of opening an account can be complicated.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • Belize is known as a 'tax haven' with a favourable tax system. However, there are numerous applicable taxes including income tax and business tax.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Belize has different means of transport. For your business trips, you can travel from one city to another by plane. You can also travel by bus or taxi.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • You can drive in Belize with an international driver's licence. For long stays, you must obtain a national driver's license.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Your pet must have an international health certificate to be able to travel with you to Belize. It must also be vaccinated against rabies.

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  • It is best to hire international movers when relocating to Belize. You will also require a customs broker once your things arrive in Belize.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Belize's telecommunications system is relatively developed, with fixed landline and mobile network options. However, there is somewhat limited coverage.

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  • Belize has several Internet service providers. These offer different types of connection, namely narrow band, broadband, wireless connection, etc.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Both land and water sports are very popular in Belize. The natural environment is well-suited to activities such as swimming, fishing and cycling.

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  • Belize has much to offer in terms of leisure, however you want to spend your time. The country enjoys an abundant natural, historical and cultural wealth.

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  • Looking for child care centers in Belize? You can find pre-primary schools and nurseries in almost all cities, and there are nannies available to hire.

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