Capital: Belmopan HDI: 0.715 (101st)
GDP (PPP): $3.155 billion
Currency: Belize Dollar
Belize, formerly British Honduras, is a country on the eastern coast of Central America. Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, on the south and west by Guatemala, and on the east by the Caribbean Sea. Its mainland is about 290 km (180 mi) long and 110 km (68 mi) wide. With 22,800 square kilometres (8,800 sq mi) of land and as of 2015 a population of 368,310, Belize has the lowest population density in Central America. The country’s population growth rate of 1.87% per year (2015) is the second highest in the region and one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere.
Belize’s abundance of terrestrial and marine species and its diversity of ecosystems give it a key place in the globally significant Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. Belize has a diverse society, composed of many cultures and languages that reflect its rich history. English is the official language of Belize, but over half the population is multilingual.
Belize is considered a Central American and Caribbean nation with strong ties to both the Latin American and Caribbean regions. It is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the Central American Integration System (SICA), the only country to hold full membership in all three regional organisations. Belize is a Commonwealth realm, with Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch and head of state. Belize is known for its September Celebrations, its extensive coral reefs, and punta music.
Belize Overview – World Bank
Belize has undergone a significant economic transformation over the last two decades, mainly due to the growing tourism industry and to the commercial oil discovery in 2005. Tourism and Agriculture are the main sources of income and employment.
Belize Economy – overview
Tourism is the number one foreign exchange earner in this small economy, followed by exports of marine products, citrus, cane sugar, bananas, and garments. The sizable trade deficit and heavy foreign debt burden continue to be major concerns.
Industry Trends & Business Climate
Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Commentary from the Belize Chamber of Commerce on the business environment
International Business in Belize
This site list the advantags of establishing and doing business in Belize
Establishing a Presence
Type of Business Ownership
The Laws of Belize allows for various categories of business ownership. The relevant legislation can be found at www.belizelaw.org.
Belize: Types of Company – Global Tax & Business Portal
This site provides a listing of business types. Almost all offshore or foreign businesses use the International Business Company or Trust forms, sometimes in combination.
Starting a Business in Belize
This site provides a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Belize.
Belize company registration
This site lists the steps required to register a company in Belize
Belize: Personal Taxation
Generally, non-Belizeans in Belize pay tax only on income derived in Belize. There are no capital gains or inheritance taxes in Belize.
Belize Sales Tax Rate | VAT | 2014-2016
The Sales Tax Rate in Belize stands at 12.50 percent.
Paying Taxes in Belize – Doing Business
This site provides a detailed summary of the tax obligations in Belize including VAT
Paying Taxes in Belize – Doing Business
This site provides a detailed summary of the taxes and mandatory contributions that a medium-size company must pay or withhold in a given year, as well as administrative burden in paying taxes.
Business Tax – The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry
A detailed description of the business tax obligation in Belize
Income Tax – The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Persons who are earning more than $26,000 per year are charged a flat tax rate of 25%. Those who are employed and reside in Belize and whose total income per annum from all sources is less than $26,000 are exempt from Income Tax.
Comprehensive Information on Belize Visa Requirements
Belize Visa and Entry Requirements
Comprehensive information on Belize Visa Requirements, Embassy contacts and list of countries whose citizens do not require a visa to enter the country.
150 tips on getting to and getting around Belize from real travelers and locals.
Belize Transportation | U.S. News Travel
The best ways to get around Belize are by car, water taxi and plane. Taxis and rental cars are the most hassle-free mode of transportation around Belize City.
Telecommunications in Belize
Telecommunications in Belize include radio, television, fixed and mobile telephones, and the Internet.
Belize Telemedia Limited – Official Site
BTL offers home and business telephone and internet services.
Belize- Facts on Labour
Labor fact sheet
Belize : Labour (Subsidiary Laws)
LABOUR ACT; REVISED EDITION 2003
Labor Market Regulation in Belize
This site provides a detailed summary of some of the labor regulations that would apply to local entrepreneurs wishing to hire workers, organize working schedules, improve job quality for workers, or make workers redundant for economic reasons in Belize.
Belize Public Holidays 2016 and 2017
Discover the complete list of Belize’s public holidays for 2016 and 2017
Belize – The World Factbook
See “People and Society” on this site
Demographics of Belize – Wikipedia
This site provides the demographic features of the population of Belize, includingpopulation density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace
International Schools in Belize
This list contains the most popular international and bilingual schools in Belize: nurseryschools, primary and secondary (high) schools
Belize Public Holidays 2016
Belize holidays 2016, bank holidays, national holidays, officialholiday calendar, religious festivals and celebrations for the year 2016
Cost of Living in Belize
Average prices of more than 40 products and services in Belize. Prices of restaurants, food, transportation, utilities and housing are included.
Cost of Living in Belize.
Although Belize isn’t the cheapest country in the Western Hemisphere, it takes less to live well in Belize than in most places in the U.S., Canada, or Europe.
Belize – Culture, Customs & Etiquette
Guide to travel, doing business, and studying in Belize – culture, greetings, gestures,etiquette, protocol, negotiations, gift-giving, and more.
Belize Culture, Customs and Etiquette
Trustworthy answers to how the rules of etiquette or customs are different in Belize and thousands of other topics, provided by a diversified group of experts.
Weather history for San Pedro
Weather history by month in San Pedro, Belize
Weather in Belize
The weather in Belize is subtropical and has two distinct seasons, dry/ high season and rainy/ low season – the temperature changes accordingly
Belize travel advice – GOVUK
Latest travel advice for Belize including safety and security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health
Belize – US Department of State
See “Safety and Security” on this site
Belize Education System
The education system in Belize is an approximation of the British system it inherited in Colonial times. It is compulsory for children between ages 6 and 14, and parents may be fined if they do not comply.
The BCCI Trade and Investment Zone
Customs and Duty information from the Belize Trade and Investment Zone
WTO | Belize
This site provides key information on Belize’s participation in the WTO. Belize has been a WTO member since 1 January 1995 and a member of GATT since 7 October 1983.
CARICOM Bi-Lateral Trade Agreements
The various trade agreements between CARICOM and its regional counterparts all mark another step in the widening process of trade and economic relations between CARICOM and the countries in the wider Caribbean and Central America.
Belize Customs Regulations
Belize Customs regulations and procedures for importing and exporting goods at border.
Housing and Rentals
Belize Corporate Housing and Extended Stay Hotels
Find short-term furnished apartments and extended stay hotels with Biz-stay.com’s comprehensive directory.
Top 10 Hotels in Belize City, Belize
Compare 12 hotels in Belize City using 699 real guest reviews.
Belize 2016: Best of Belize Tourism
TripAdvisor has 211,484 reviews of Belize Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best Belize resource.
Belize Travel Guide | Travel + Leisure
Belize’s rich cultural treasures and scenic countryside offer plenty of opportunities to explore. Belize, the only nation in Central America where English is recognized as the official language