Moving US Workers and Retirees to Belize
Moving to Belize
The population of Belize is just over 300,000, making it the second smallest country in Central America. The number of American expatriates living in Belize is estimated to be around 35,000 to 40,000, which is roughly 10% of the country’s total population of approximately 350,000. The larger expat communities in Belize are typically found in areas such as Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, and Placencia, with smaller pockets in other areas around the country, including San Ignacio, Corozal, and Hopkins. So, what draws people to this tropical paradise?
For many, Belize offers a perfect blend of extended holiday experiences and retirement opportunities. The stunning natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle make it an ideal destination for those seeking a slower pace of life. Additionally, a growing number of expats are taking advantage of remote work options, allowing them to work for their North American employers while enjoying the benefits of living in Belize.
If you’re considering making the move to Belize from the United States, SDC International Shipping can assist you in relocating your household items or vehicle from any location in the USA. Our experienced team has helped both retirees and workers settle in Belize, ensuring a smooth transition to your new home.
As you embark on this exciting journey, it’s important to explore your options for staying in Belize permanently. We encourage you to continue reading to gather more information about the possibilities that await you in this vibrant country.
Working as a US Citizen
It’s important to be aware that Belize has restrictions on employment opportunities for non-citizens. Securing a low-skilled job may be challenging as priority is given to locals. However, high-skilled professionals may have better chances of finding employment with multinational companies operating in Belize.
To work in Belize, you will need to apply for a work permit, and most of the paperwork is typically handled by your prospective employer. Alternatively, starting your own business is often seen as the easiest pathway. By establishing yourself as a self-employed individual, you are viewed as someone who can create job opportunities for Belizeans. Popular business options in the tourism sector include health spas, yoga studios, wine shops, and more.
Belize offers a Qualified Retired Persons (QRP) Program, specifically designed for individuals aged 45 and above. To qualify, US citizens must demonstrate a specific amount of monthly income.
By providing this information, we aim to give you an overview of the employment and business options available to US citizens in Belize. It’s important to conduct further research and consult with relevant authorities to ensure you have accurate and up-to-date information regarding work permits, self-employment, and retirement programs in Belize.
Shifting from a Visitor Visa to PR
Americans can easily shift from temporary to long-term permits on a visitor visa. You only need to pay $25 per month for the stamp during the first 6 months and then $50 monthly for the subsequent 6 months, after which you can apply for permanent residency.
Simple Migration, But What About Moving Household Goods to Belize?
US citizens have certain advantages when it comes to establishing permanent residency in Belize. The process of obtaining citizenship is relatively seamless, especially for those married to a Belizean citizen, who only require one year of residency compared to the typical five years for others. With English as an official language and the Belizean dollar freely circulating alongside the US dollar, adjusting to the country is also relatively easy.
Now, let’s discuss the process of moving your personal belongings to Belize. Fortunately, shipping household goods to Belize is straightforward and cost-efficient. If you have a valid visa and have owned and used your goods for at least 12 months, you can import them into Belize without paying duties. This rule applies to individuals under a work visa or the QRP program.
However, it is important to note that there are paperwork requirements and restrictions on certain items that may incur additional costs or import restrictions. To ensure a smooth and hassle-free relocation, it is advisable to rely on an experienced international moving company to handle the logistics of your move.
At SDC International Shipping, we specialize in international relocations and can assist you in moving your household belongings to Belize. Our team will guide you through the necessary paperwork and ensure compliance with customs regulations. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you with your relocation.
SDC International Shipping Solutions
· Containerized shipping of household goods:. We provide secure containerized shipping for household goods and cars via ocean freight to the Port of Belize City. This ensures the safe transportation of your belongings.
· If you prefer a faster shipping method, we offer airfreight services. The flight from Miami to Belize is only two hours, making it a convenient and efficient choice.
· Professional Packing: Our experienced team will handle the packing of your goods, including delicate items like pianos or artwork. We take special care to ensure their safe transport.
· Packing list and inventory: If we handle the packing for you, we will create a detailed packing list and inventory to keep track of your belongings.
· Customs document assistance: Moving internationally involves dealing with customs paperwork. We will provide support and guidance in completing the necessary documents for customs clearance.
· Pet transport: If you have pets, we offer pet transport services from the US to Belize, ensuring their safe and comfortable journey.
· Storage services and international moving insurance: We provide storage solutions if needed and offer international moving insurance to protect your belongings during transit.
· Door-to-door or port-to-port delivery: Depending on your preference, we can arrange for a door-to-door delivery or port-to-port delivery to accommodate your specific needs.
As a full-service international mover, we offer a wide range of services to meet your unique requirements. Whether you are moving from a studio apartment or a full house, you can rely on us to handle the job professionally. We will provide you with a custom quote based on the size/volume of your items, origin/final destination, and the selected services.