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#516340 - 07/31/16 10:57 AM is all what i read about belize true?  
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Hi everyone !

Thanks in advance for helping me out on this ! I'm looking for some confirmation about the info i have about belize.

I'm planning to move to belize, in about 2 years. I come from a latam country, with very high taxes and this is the main reason to move out. i have no childrens, nor girlfriend or spouse. some friends but is not critical. i'm not a person that go out too much, like peace and quiet life, i currently live in a sea front house, that is something i'm not gonna give up, so between the taxes stuff and that belize has an amazing view, is a decision taken laugh .

i will take my parents with me, they are old (77 and 67) but very active and they really love the idea.

my main source of info is this:
and my questions are:

1) i'm CEO of an US company, and i can work as far i have an internet connection, so i receive salary and dividends from it (from US and UK). From what i could find, there is no income taxes as my activity is not performed inside belize right?

2)i can get a QRP (Qualified Retired Person) with 29/30 years old? or i need to get 45 anyway?
if i can't get a QRP, there is some way to easily get a work permit and the permanent residence? this is a must, as i need a permanent resident paper to confirm my home country that i'm not there and that i would not come back, so i can stop paying taxes there.

money is not really a problem, i will be moving there with 200K usd in savings at least, planning to rent a house at first.

I know that to actually move, i will check a lot of other things, i will travel there as a tourist to see the area, meet the locals, see how customs works, how the security / police is there, how the health system works, etc.. but those 2 are my deal-breakers conditions, so to even before going to see how is there, i want to have some kind of "real human" confirmation if this 2 things are real and possible.

Again, many thanks laugh

#517640 - 09/18/16 08:17 PM Re: is all what i read about belize true? [Re: befree]  
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I am in a similar situation, let me know if you have any news / advice about moving to Belize

#517802 - 09/24/16 02:34 PM Re: is all what i read about belize true? [Re: befree]  
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Belize is generally safe but police are poorly equiped and under trained. Health care is basic, you go to PDC or Merida in Mexico or the US for fancy sruff

#517803 - 09/24/16 04:31 PM Re: is all what i read about belize true? [Re: befree]  
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I've been here over 20 years.
I agree with Katzar but Health Care has gotten a lot better in the last few years. I don't feel the need to go to Merida anymore but if I did it certainly is a lot quicker, easier and cheaper to get there nowadays.
The Police are underpaid and not trained well but our crime is low relatively speaking to some place like the USA.
The news reports a crime wave if we have some incidents that would probably not even get in the news in a place like the USA.

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#517806 - 09/25/16 05:31 AM Re: is all what i read about belize true? [Re: befree]  
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actually Belize has one of the highest crime rates in the world so Elbert is incorrect. When I say generally safe I mean crime is generally confined to the south side of Belize City. Other areas of the country have low crime rates. Summer is extremely hot. Expats often spend a lot of time to replicate their N. American lifestyle which is very hard to do in Belize as availability is often an issue. Brewing coffee wothout a machine that requires filters and line drying clothes makes life easier. When I say fancy health care I mean things like bypass or cancer, they will be treated out of country. ownership of things can be considered communal by Maya so watch your things.

#517809 - 09/25/16 05:46 AM Re: is all what i read about belize true? [Re: befree]  
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To be free...

About point #1- Belize will not tax you on income earned from foreign dividends

About point #2 - you must be 45 or older for QRP.
You can get permanent residence after spending one full year here (without leaving for more than a total,of 2'weeks). As for how to prove to your home country that you don't live there for that first year, would your passport stamps showing you stayed in Belize be sufficient?

#517810 - 09/25/16 06:12 AM Re: is all what i read about belize true? [Re: befree]  
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The first thing you need to know is that getting any kind of Residency at this time in Belize is impossible. There is a problem with the Immigration Dept. taking bribes to facilitate Nationality, passports, for certain individuals over the past 4 years. Hence, a complete breakdown of the system has taken place. I applied for my Residency 3 years ago and am still waiting. So is a friend who applied 5 years ago and another friend who applied 2 1/2 years ago (she actually paid $4K US to an Expeditor so she wouldn't have to wait). Check out any of the newspapers in Belize to confirm this for yourself. If you need Residency documents right away, you should go somewhere else.

#517812 - 09/25/16 06:26 AM Re: is all what i read about belize true? [Re: katzgar]  
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Originally Posted by katzgar
actually Belize has one of the highest crime rates in the world so Elbert is incorrect. When I say generally safe I mean crime is generally confined to the south side of Belize City. Other areas of the country have low crime rates.

Katzgar You made me google it and i can't seem to find Belize rating high on crime, - Belize City didn't make the cut. Belize is low with a rating of 34.4 with Honduras coming in at 84.6 and if you want to feel real safe move to France , they got a score of 1.2

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#517813 - 09/25/16 06:32 AM Re: is all what i read about belize true? [Re: elbert]  
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According to Wikipedia and other news outlets Belize is number 7 in the world for murders per capita.

#517814 - 09/25/16 06:53 AM Re: is all what i read about belize true? [Re: befree]  
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Belize has the world's third highest murder rate, with 44.7 murders per 100,000 of the population, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Only Honduras and Venezuela are worse.Jan 20, 2016
katzgar is correct but again crime does not often effect gringos. These stats do not show up on many lists because of the small population of Belize.

Healthcare has improved a little but has miles to go. I know several people who had what would be relatively simple problems to correct in the USA. Bone fractures come to mind and I personally know of two or three which where blotched terribly. I myself got sick with a relatively rare disease about 4 years ago. I would have probably died there if I didn't get on a plane and fly to Boston the day I realized that it was something serious. I needed a neurologist and at the time there were only 2 that I could find when I researched it after the incident. One looks like he or she specialized in migraine headaches. Even if I was diagnosed correctly I'm quite sure the treatment I needed was not available in country. So heart attacks, stokes, or say cancer you better head back to the USA. Keep in mind that this is a country of 350,000 and advanced medical care I don't think can be supported by a small population.

They have done a very good job in treating certain injuries like the man who was run over by a boat and lost his leg. They stopped the bleeding and stabilized him which is no small feat in a non-hospital environment.

There is a lot of good about living here but healthcare is not one of them if you are used to USA standards especially near large cities like I was used to. Of course that is magnified as you age. elbert gets younger each year and seems in great condition so this doesn't apply to him. wink

Good luck if you come down it will likely be a plus in your life, it was in mine.

ps elbert that was a complement, I was not being sarcastic.

Last edited by ragman; 09/25/16 07:21 AM. Reason: clarification and ps

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