I have been considering driving in from Mexico where I keep my truck/camper/15'inflatable/outboard/trailer and camping gear; generator/chairs/fishing gear/etc. Am I facing duty charges on my travel rig and stuff? If so I will fly in like a proper expat wannabe. I'm looking around for a home away from home but not yet ready to pay import duties.
#404492 - 04/09/1106:21 AMRe: Driving into the country for a 2 week vacation.
I am pretty sure you will have to pay a bond on your vehicles that you get back when you leave the country (be prepared for lots of red tape and waiting around). There is a time limit on the bond, not sure what it is. I do not know if the bond has to be in cash, or can be paid on credit card, but it will be steep.
#404493 - 04/09/1107:30 AMRe: Driving into the country for a 2 week vacation.
I'm not sure, but, as long as you are just a visitor for a limited time(30days?), you shouldn't have to pay anything. Just make sure you have the same items when you leave, if not, then you'll have problems. Have a detailed manifest.
#404550 - 04/09/1112:32 PMRe: Driving into the country for a 2 week vacation.
Okay, many thanks to each of you. Since I mostly want to check out Ambergrise Caye and I would have to store my rig on the mainland anyway, why bring it! If I come there for a few months it sure would be nice to have my inflatable to explore and snorkle from, though. OR, maybe not! I guess it depends on the costs for such activities there at the island vs. the hassle of bringing it.
#404716 - 04/11/1111:51 PMRe: Driving into the country for a 2 week vacation.
If you can avoid dealing with the bureaucracy you should always do that. Belize is a wonderful country but a lot of the officials seem to be a law unto themselves and the rules and regulations on a particular day are what that official says they are. Don't get me wrong it is a wonderful place and you will enjoy your visit but the bureaucracy is always there waiting to make your life difficult.