Five Questions to Ask Before Moving to Belize
Have you ever dreamed of living in paradise? It may seem like a fantasy, but it is very possible to live a life of bliss and relaxation in a stunning country. If you have ever imagined spending your days on white-sand beaches near the Caribbean coast, Belize is the right destination for you. There are only a few questions you need to ask before you make the commitment to spend your life in this beautiful haven.
1. What is life like in Belize?
You can read blogs about daily life in Belize. You can read books, look at pictures and watch documentaries. However, the only way you will really know what life is like in Belize is to experience it yourself. Plan an extended vacation to fully explore the area. You will learn that the transition from living in the United States to living in Belize is a very easy one. Belize is also only a couple of hours away by plane and English is the official language.
2. Will I need to change my citizenship?
If you want to live in Belize, you do not need to change your citizenship if you do not want to. You can live in and own property in Belize without being a citizen. You can renew your tourist visa every 30 days for a fee of US$25 for up to six months. You can also apply for permanent resident status in Belize after you have lived in the country for 50 weeks.
3. How does the healthcare system work in Belize?
Belize offers public and private healthcare for citizens and non-citizens alike. Private healthcare is very affordable and more than adequate for most situations. While some ex-pats may prefer to return to the United States or Canada for healthcare, many are healthy and happy with Belize’s health care.
4. Should I worry about crime?
Like most places, individuals can stay free from crime as long as they observe safe practices and personal security. Most violent crime occurs in Belize City, the most populated area in the country. While tourist areas can be targeted by petty crime, it is rare for ex-pats to be targeted. In fact, most places in Belize are safer than many spots in the United States.