Belize, a Central American jewel, presents an enticing option for foreigners seeking a second residence. Its pristine Caribbean coastline, abundant marine life, and lush rainforests offer an idyllic setting for those who value nature and adventure. The official language being English eases communication for expatriates. Belize’s attractive retiree programs and tax incentives make it financially appealing, as well. While the country offers a tranquil, tropical lifestyle, prospective residents should be prepared for potential infrastructure challenges and the need to adapt to a slower pace of life.

Belize Citizenship by Investment

A citizenship by investment programme is not currently offered for Belize. However, they are offered in other countries and this includes certain Caribbean nations. Such golden visa programmes often allow individuals to obtain citizenship or residency rights through substantial investment, typically in real estate, national development funds, or local businesses. For example, through investing from $125,000 plus fees clients can obtain Antigua citizenship or for a slightly higher investment a St Kitts passport.

Belize Residency

Belize does offer a programme known as the Qualified Retired Persons (QRP) Programme, which allows retirees and their dependents to reside in Belize. This program offers certain tax incentives and other benefits to qualifying retirees but does not lead to Belizean citizenship.

Belize Passport Strength and Ranking

Were Belize ever to adopt a citizenship by investment programme, investors may be concerned by the relative weakness of its passport for visa-free travel. The passport is on the weaker end, ranking 101st in La Vida’s comprehensive Global Passport Ranking. This is down to it only offering visa-free access to 110 countries worldwide, accounting for a mere 30.2% of global travel. In turn, this grants access to just 20.8% of world wealth (GDP), which may be a concern for investors looking to travel for business. Belize would struggle to match the atrractions and strength of offerings elsewhere in nearby Caribbean such as Grenada citizenship or a Dominican passport.


Citizenship and Residency by Investment Programmes

See below a selection of countries offering residency and citizenship investment programmes.