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Re: Opening a bank account in San Pedro [Re: 4woats] #392764
11/14/10 08:51 PM
11/14/10 08:51 PM
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 56
San Pedro, Belize
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Mean? yeah maybe a little. True and poignant? Yup. How many people have you seen consisntently leave this island because they havent done their due diligence.

Re: Opening a bank account in San Pedro [Re: 4woats] #392765
11/14/10 09:22 PM
11/14/10 09:22 PM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 963
Fishers, Indiana UISA
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And many stay, roll with the punches and find they are living a great adventure. We too came down 28 yrs. ago as "greenhorns". Learned by our mistakes, gleaned advise and tips from many of the locals and expats. And you know, don't think we would have missed the experience for the world. Just come with an open mind, a good sense of humor and you may just be here for 28yrs. too. Don't be in a rush to furnish your condo on the first trip, sometimes the things you aquire over time will be the things you love the most and will make your home uniquely yours. Best, Judy

R.B. Mernitz
Re: Opening a bank account in San Pedro [Re: 4woats] #392768
11/14/10 11:41 PM
11/14/10 11:41 PM
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 600
new haven, ct,usa
ron Offline
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I just tell the customs people what I have with me and show them the receipts. They usually charge me about 20% duty of most household stuff. Its not worth the getting caught. Its a small amount of money and the country can use your small amount of money. If your bringing in lots of stuff then you need a customs broker who knows what things cost duty wise.

Re: Opening a bank account in San Pedro [Re: wasntme] #392782
11/15/10 07:42 AM
11/15/10 07:42 AM
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 6
4woats Offline OP
4woats  Offline OP
The comment from wasntme was just plain stupid and a waste of time.

Re: Opening a bank account in San Pedro [Re: 4woats] #392791
11/15/10 09:34 AM
11/15/10 09:34 AM
Joined: Mar 2003
Posts: 2,160
San Pedro
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4woats. lol with you not at you. You got your first of many experiences to come of getting roughed up, and toughening up. One step further down the road, so it wasn't a waste of time. Welcome. Been here a couple of years now and the best advice I heard from one expat to another (from someone who has now left ironically!?!?!?) "You have got to really want to live here to stay here".

Re: Opening a bank account in San Pedro [Re: Amanda Syme] #392813
11/15/10 12:22 PM
11/15/10 12:22 PM
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 1,465
San Pedro, Belize
Judyann H. Offline
Judyann H.  Offline
Well said Amanda....

My friends call me Judyann
Re: Opening a bank account in San Pedro [Re: ron] #392827
11/15/10 04:41 PM
11/15/10 04:41 PM
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 834
Wandering the USA
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Originally Posted by ron
I just tell the customs people what I have with me and show them the receipts.

I don't have receipts for most household goods lying around. How do you handle that?

Thanks...this thread has been very helpful!

Former Belize expat traveling the USA & Mexico
Re: Opening a bank account in San Pedro [Re: BeBelize] #392829
11/15/10 05:19 PM
11/15/10 05:19 PM
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 2,000
ragman Offline
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Most everyone doesn't have receipts for everything. When they give you the customs declaration on the Air plane just give an estimate. I usually don't itemize any more but if I had an expensive item I would. When it is miscellaneous household items that is just what I write down with an estimate. I don't offer the receipts unless they ask and I don't think they ever have.

One time on a real expensive kitchen knife set the customs guy lowered the amount that I told him I paid for it. You figure. Relax and don't be too outrageous with your declaration.

Formerly from somewhere on a beach in Belize
Re: Opening a bank account in San Pedro [Re: 4woats] #392834
11/15/10 07:15 PM
11/15/10 07:15 PM
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 6
4woats Offline OP
4woats  Offline OP
Thank you all for your wonderful helpful comments. I have all the receipts and plan on declaring the small amount of things that we are bringing.
We are all set with the banking as well.
Any suggestions on things to do while on the island. We will have our 14 and 17 year old with us.
Hope we have good weather.


Re: Opening a bank account in San Pedro [Re: 4woats] #392836
11/15/10 08:14 PM
11/15/10 08:14 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,436
Caye Caulker
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It was almost 10 years ago when we opened our bank account here, what was hard to understand was the request for two letters of reference from our old hometown and Bank references. We got the Sheriff to write us a letter and my employer...all good. We got a letter from our Bank with account start dates..average balance etc. not at all what they wanted so our account application stalled. We had to go back to our bank and have them write a letter that went something like this...Mr and Mrs Cooper are very nice people, we enjoy doing business with them, they are honest and good....crazy as it sounds thats what the bank wanted...this was Atlantic Bank we are still with them and Happy Customers.....

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