Belize Visa and Residency Information
Paperwork and Residency Requirements for Belize
If you’ve decided to spend your retirement in warm, sunny Belize, you’ve made the right decision. You just need to know the paperwork and residency requirements. Belize makes it easy for people to move here. Here’s all the information you need to understand about tourist visas and residency and citizenship options for people who want to move to Belize.
What You Need to Enter Belize
If you’re traveling from the US, the UK or Canada, you only need a passport to enter Belize. Your passport will have to be valid for at least six months after the date of your arrival. You may have to show a return ticket and enough money for your stay.
If you’re entering Belize from Mexico or Guatemala, you must also pay for a temporary permit. This permit is good for 30 days.
You May Not Need a Visa
You won’t need a visa if you’re traveling from:
- European Union.
- US and its territories.
- UK and Australia.
- CARICOM member countries.
- Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and Uruguay.
- South Africa.
You will need a visa if you are traveling from:
- Sierra Leone.
You Can Extend Your Tourist Visa
You can say on a tourist visa for 30 days. If you want to stay past 30 days, you must visit the Immigration and Nationality Department. The department has offices in Belize City and Belmopan. There are also satellite offices in Corozal, Dangriga and Orange Walk. You can do this every month for up to a year.
The best way to get residency in Belize is to extend your stay every month for a year. After the year is up, you can apply for permanent residency.
Applying for Permanent Residency
When you apply for permanent residency, you must gather and supply the following:
- Your police record and background check.
- Complete medical records.
- Recent bank statements.
- Two passport photographs. You must sign the backs of the photographs in the presence of a Justice of the Peace in Belize..
- A processing and application fee. The amount varies depending on what country you’re from. If you’re from the US or Canada, the fee is $1000.
Qualified Retirement Program
Another good option is to apply for the Qualified Retirement Program (QRP). In order to qualify, you must be over 45. You must also show that you receive $2000 a month from Social Security, annuities or another source.
Buying Property in Belize
As a foreigner, you can buy residential, commercial or industrial property in Belize. If you’re establishing a business, you must hire local Belizean workers. We recommend working with local real estate and finance companies to make the process easier. Contact Salt Life Belize to learn more about living, retiring and buying a property in Belize.