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Important Expat Passport Info and Low Cost Electricity
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Important Expat Passport Info and Low Cost Electricity

Passport Information for Citizens from the United States

Unfortunately for U.S. Expats the news is not so good. This is the last month you will be able to get extra pages in your passport.  Once you run out of pages you will have to apply for a new passport. As of January 2016 the Embassy in Belmopan will only process brand new applications; no renewals or extra pages. If you are still getting monthly Belize immigration stamping, it would be a wise idea to move fast and get those pages. The Embassy only does 3 appointments per day so hurry and get your extra pages now.

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The US Embassy is located at 4 Floral Park Road, Belmopan. Their number is (501) 822-4011. They close on both U.S. and Belizean Holidays.

If your life is too busy and you want help with getting extra pages Quicksilver Messenger offers that service. (+501)667-0669 or (+501)625-0669 Monday Through Friday: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm and Saturday: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Canadian Passport Information

Now for the good news. Canadians now have 5 and 10 year passport options.  Canadians still have renewable option  for passports and do not need a guarantor from Canada. When getting a new Canadian passport you go through the Canadian Consulate in Belize City and then it gets sent to the High Commission in Guatemala. The cost for a 5 year Passport is $281.00 and for a 10-year Passport is $ 384.00 – pricing in Belize Dollars.

The Canadian Consulate is located at 80 Princess Margaret Drive, Belize City and is open from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. If you need more info call  223-1060 or email Karen at cdncon.bze@btl.net she is usually very fast to reply. Please note the Consulate is closed all Canadian and Belizean holidays.

For serious matters The Belize consulate is supervised by the Embassy in Guatemala. Guatemala Embassy of Canada location: 8th Floor, 13 Calle 8-44, Zona 10, Edyma Plaza Building, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Hours of operation: Monday – Friday: 8:00 am  – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Contact information: (502) 2363-4348 or by email gtmla@international.gc.ca

Expats in Belize

Canadian Consulate in Belize City

Cost of Living

I recently had breakfast with an American on vacation with his daughter. He was looking at buying property on Caye Caulker and wanted to know some general info on the cost of living in Belize. His jaw hit the floor when I told them how much my last two electric bills were. My Sept. – Oct. bill was $45.28 and my Oct. – Nov. bill was $42.56; both in Belize currency.

Not everyone gets off that easy my old downstairs neighbors used to pay  $500 – $600 a month but they used their air conditioner a lot and the pool pump was also on their bill. It varies widely on the island depending on where you live and what your electric habits are.

Expat advice

Asking to see 1 to 3 months previous utility bill totals is one of the first things to do when renting a place here as the numbers can vary greatly.

Take a picture of all your current ID and keep it on your phone. This way you can verify yourself without having to worry about carrying important ID with you.

Belize folklore – maybe not

This is one of those urban legends that while seemingly outrageous, many expats in Belize would deem is just crazy enough to be true. I was once told by a friend that someone they knew had a dramatic spike in their electricity bill . The people could not figure out for the life of them why the increase and started doing a process of elimination. The last thing they could think of to try was to wait till it got dark one night and shut off all their breakers. Lo and behold the neighbors power went out too 😀

I will leave you with a few random pictures from around San Pedro.

Belize beach

Are you ready for some beach time?

Expats in Belize

Heading to town

Belize resource

Mind the traffic

Mennonites in Belize sell fresh food

Fresh milk and cream from the Tuesday morning Market

Belize food

Not a baker? Go for coconut cake at Wild Mango’s – delicious

5 comments

  1. We are coming to Belize (Placencia) for 60 days December 21. Do we have to get Passport restamped after thirty days and where if so? Thanks so much for your help.

  2. Lori, re the USA passports, is that just for folks living in Belize? Not for vacationers correct? We won’t be ExPats for another 5 years darn it!

  3. I would check with your local passport office Susan to make sure. It would make sense if it is an across the board decision as it is the US Embassy here doing it.

  4. You are correct Ray you will have to go to the immigration office in Placencia when your 30 days are up and pay to get your passport stamped.

  5. The immigration office in Placencia is actually across the bay in Independence. You’ll need to take the Hokey Pokey Water Taxi to Mango Creek / Independence and then get a taxi to the immigration office. You could drive all the way around but it will actually take you less time to just take the water taxi.

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