Located on the eastern coast of Central America, Belize is a vibrant and exquisitely beautiful country with a diverse culture and rich history. From its Mayan ruins to the hustle and bustle of its youthful, modern cities, Belize is the jewel in the crown of Central America and a country which captivates all who visit. Drawn by its pristine beaches, its music, its fabulous food culture and its glorious year-round weather, this small yet dynamic country is an attractive destination for tourists, financial investors and retired expats alike.
In the warm, clear waters off its Caribbean coast, Belize boasts the second longest barrier reef which teems with rare marine life, while more than half of the country’s landmass is covered by dense, lush forests which are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. With iconic animals including jaguars, monkeys and bright scarlet macaws, there is no shortage of wildlife to attract and enthral sightseers and tourists.
In 2006, crude oil was discovered in the town of Spanish Lookout and this has opened up the possibility of more discoveries to further boost the country’s exports of petroleum and crude oil. Aside from oil and mineral exports, much of Belize’s economy is founded on tourism and its trade in agricultural produce. Sugar and bananas are the principal crops exported by Belize, with the banana industry being one of the largest employers in the country.
Politically and economically, Belize punches above its weight on the world stage. With a population of just under 370,000, this small nation which used to be part of the British Empire is now a parliamentary constitutional monarchy which still keeps Queen Elizabeth II as its symbolic head of state. As well as being a member of the Commonwealth and the United Nations, Belize was also one of the original members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and has good trade links with the European Union and the rest of the Americas.
All of this means that Belize has one of the most well developed economies in the world, and thanks to its stable government and unparalleled banking system, it offers one of the best investment opportunities for the financially savvy.
Investing in Belize
With its excellent infrastructure and strong telecommunications networks, Belize is one of the most investor-friendly countries to be found anywhere. The country welcomes foreign tourists and investors with open arms and makes applying for a residency permit or permission to work as easy and straightforward as possible. There are very few criteria you need to meet in order to relocate to Belize, and the opportunities open to you once you do are endless and exciting. As land and property here are inexpensive and easily purchased, making the move to Belize is an attractive prospect for many.
With many years of experience in Belize, we specialise in facilitating your move to this fantastic country should you decide to relocate. With a wealth of knowledge regarding the immigration system, work and residency permits, investment opportunities and real estate, we can guide you through the ins and outs of making your transition from the United Kingdom or Europe to this little gem of a country.
For those who recognise Belize’s potential as an investment opportunity, we can offer advice and guidance on setting up a business or becoming self-employed once you have relocated, taking you through the employment and tax systems to ensure maximum returns on your investments. The criteria for expats wishing to retire and gain residency in Belize is very simple, only requiring that you be over forty-six years of age and have a stable income of at least US$2,000.
While this may be one of the most friendly and laid-back countries to move or retire to, it is always worth seeking advice and support when embarking on this new chapter of your life. While English is the main language in Belize, there are still cultural differences and other potential barriers which need to be negotiated with care if your transition is to be as successful as it can be. With a team dedicated to ensuring our clients have the best possible experience when relocating, we can be trusted to smooth the way to your new life in this fantastic country.
Our offices are staffed round the clock to assist in any way possible, from handling administrative tasks to more serious events such as the loss of a passport, arrest, detention or any other unforeseen emergency. With staff who are fluent in English, Spanish, Bulgarian and Russian, we are ideally positioned to help you, whenever and however we’re needed.
Relocating made simple
Should you decide to relocate to Belize either as an investor, or simply to enjoy the beautiful country and climate in your retirement, we strongly recommend you seek the support of one of the country’s most prestigious law firms, Barrow & Williams.
Employing some of the country’s leading lawyers, Barrow & Williams have an unparalleled reputation and long history in this field. Thanks to our many years’ experience, we are ideally positioned to determine what advice you will need on immigration, financial management and property purchase, helping you to ensure that everything has been correctly arranged prior to your move. With our support, you can be confident your move to Belize will be a success you’ll be grateful for in the years to come.
If you are strongly considering the attractions of relocating to Belize, we request that you fill out the very simple online form to be found on our website, in order to ascertain whether you will qualify for residency and evaluate your chances of success in applying for residency or a work permit.
With so many advantages and so much to recommend it, Belize is a country like no other, offering opportunities like no other.