moving to belize

Moving to Belize

Belize Score
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What is Belize?

moving to belize

Belize is a diverse, English speaking Caribbean country

Formerly known as British Honduras, Belize is a small country at the northeastern coast of Central America, which borders Mexico, the Caribbean Sea and Guatemala.

It doesn’t seem to have major issues with Mexico, but Guatemala does claim sovereignty over all or a part of Belize.

It’s unlikely this will result in war, but it is definitely possible.

Because Belize is a former British colony, the official language is English.

For expats who cannot speak any other language (like Spanish) this is a definite advantage.

In addition, Belize is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, which is a sigh of democratic relief compared to some other Latin American countries.

Belize is 60% covered by forests, and because of the thick jungles it’s also a major transit country for drugs into Mexico.

It has a tropical climate, with pronounced wet and dry seasons.

The average temperatures are pleasant, but the humidity is way too high.

Belize is often known for its massive coral reefs, huge terrestrial and marine biodiversity.

Another fun fact is that Belize has a high prevalence of communicable diseases, as befits a tropical country.

It also gets hit by hurricanes every so often.

Belizeans are reproducing at a very healthy rate, and the country’s population is growing steadily.

However, this comes with relatively high rates of violent crime, mostly related to gang activity concerning drugs.

Another country which hasn’t learned that a “war on drugs” is stupid and never NEVER works.

Belize is considered a tax haven, nonresidents can open bank accounts, and its currency is pegged to the USD.

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Moving to Belize - requirements

Belize has very relaxed requirements for moving there.

The cost of living is low, and you do not need to get a visa before traveling there.

You get a visa on arrival, which can be extended every 30 days.

In addition, getting permanent residence is really easy.

You do not even need to reside in Belize on a permanent basis!

It’s possible to get permanent residence after living there for a year, or you can be a Qualified Retired Person, if you have an income of at least $2000 being deposited into a Belizean bank.

After 5 years of residence, citizenship becomes an option.

What is the cost of living in Belize?

The cost of living in Belize is moderate to low.

As a foreigner making a “Western” sized international income, you should not have any problems living a good life here.

In general, you can expect to spend around $1000 per month to live here, which is really low.

Of course, this will depend heavily on which part of the country you move to, how much luxury you “need”, and so on.

And I cannot neglect to mention the fact that there are no taxes on international income in Belize.

All the money you earn, you keep. What a delightful concept.

Benefits of living in Belize

  • Great visa policy

    No need to get a visa before visiting, and both permanent residence and citizenship are easy to get

  • Warm weather

    This country has very clement temperatures

  • Beautiful nature

    Belize is a beautiful country, with very diverse flora and fauna. It has a massive coral reef and gorgeous beaches

  • High English proficiency

    English is the national language, and almost all citizens are fluent in it

  • Tax haven

    There are no taxes on your international income

  • Low cost of living

    Belize has a low cost of living, and an average single person can get by on $1000 a month

cost of living in belize

Downsides of living in Belize

  • Too humid

    Belize is very, very humid, so you’ll be sweating a lot

  • Tied to the US

    The Belizean currency is pegged to the USD, which could definitely spell doom in the coming decades

  • Potentially unsafe

    Belize has rather elevated levels of human crime, as well as diseases and natural disasters. Guatemala claims ownership of Belize, which is obviously not a great scenario for long-term peace

Living in Belize - by the numbers

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Climate: 5.6/10

Hours of sunshine (4/10) Temperature (9.5/10) Rainy days (8/10) Humidity (1/10)
4
26.5 C – 79 F
11
90%

Level of English: 10/10

Very High Proficiency

Cost of Living: 9/10

Minimum Annual Wage Average monthly cost single person
$3,861

Taxes on international income: 10/10

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Economic growth: 4/10

Average GDP growth over the last 10 years: 2%

Safety: 5.3/10

Global Terrorism Index (10/10) Intentional homicide rate (0/10) Rape rate (6/10)
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21

Visa: 10/10

  • Visa (10/10)

    No visa required for most Westerners, you get 30 days upon arrival. Can renew it every month

  • Permanent Residence (10/10)

    You do not need to reside here on a permanent basis to get permanent residence. Can get Permanent residence after living here for one year, need to apply for a work permit first, you can buy that for about $1,000. You just need to undertake a health test, which is pretty easy. Another option is being a Qualified Retired Person, which means you need to have an income of $2,000 per month which goes into a Belizean bank

  • Citizenship (10/10)

    Possible after 5 years of residence or through marriage. Dual nationality is possible

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How is life for expats in Belize?

Belize is a country with several strong advantages, but some nontrivial disadvantages as well.

To start off, it’s a beautiful country and if you’re into diving or exploring nature, you can live a very happy life here.

That being said, it’s also humid as fuck, so be prepared to sweat a lot.

Having English as the primary language is another awesome feature, as is the really great visa/residence/citizenship system.

Expats can open bank accounts and businesses here, and you do not have to pay taxes on your international income.

The downsides … Belize is tied to the USD, there is a drug-related crime problem, and natural disasters do occur.

None of these factors are specifically detrimental by themselves, but the combination of everything I just mentioned leads me to this conclusion:

Belize is a very, very good option for several of your flags, more specifically banking, businesses, residence and perhaps assets.

It has a lot of things in common with Panama, in fact.

I would not advocate living in Belize full time, but I 100% endorse planting flags in this country, and then visiting it every once in a while to relax and enjoy the beautiful nature.

That way, you get the best of Belize, without being there long enough to start to notice the downsides.

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