When moving to Belize, immigration is something you will need to take into consideration. Immigration is available based on the length of time you plan to stay as well as the purpose of your trip. It is highly recommended that you do visit before you move to the country to get a feel for what it has to offer (and to see the property before purchasing.)
A tourist card is one form of Belize immigration. This is the least expensive and the simplest way to visit. When you arrive you will receive a free visitor permit that is good for thirty days.
You can renew it up to three months for a small fee. You can renew it an additional nine months at a slightly increased rate (currently $50.) For those staying three months or more, the government requires that you receive an AIDS test. You should have necessary identification to get into the country including a valid passport. You also may need to show that you can support yourself. Currently, this is $60 a day.
You may also be able to apply for a specialized program called the Qualified Retired Persons Incentive Act, which has the goal of attracting retirees to the country.
Yet, the requirements are very strict, including your inability to work for pay in the country, necessary income requirements and other things. Yet, if you do qualify, you will be able to hold official residency here and qualify for tax free entry of all of your property including a car and boat.
You may also want to consider becoming an official permanent resident. To become a resident, you too must meet specific requirements with income in order to qualify. You have to show that you have the ability to support yourself financially by providing bank statements. You do have the ability to work in Belize for pay. Additionally, you will need to live in the country for a full year before you can apply to become a resident.
You can learn more about Belize immigration by contacting the country’s offices. Immigration and Nationality Department, Ministry of National Security and Immigration found in Belmopan, Belize.