Belize Passport Visa Requirement
Sandwiched between Mexico, Guatemala and the shimmering Caribbean Sea, Belize occupies a slice of paradise that is packed with culture, wildlife and a wondrous selection of historical sites. Much of the mainland remains swathed in jungle, where the vestiges of ancient cities punctuate verdant forest canopies. Caracol is the most famous. Its crumbling temples and stone pyramids stand as powerful reminders of the Maya civilisation.
About Belize Country
The history is fascinating for sure, but most people visit Belize to see its natural wonders and admirable conservation work; the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary was the first jaguar sanctuary in the world; the island of Half Moon Caye has been entirely dedicated to the conservation of birds; and the protected Belize Barrier Reef harbours an incredible array of marine life. Visitors can swim with sharks and stingrays along colourful walls of coral, or explore the Blue Hole, renowned as one of the world’s best dive sites.
Numbering fewer than 335,000, Belizeans have surprisingly diverse roots: the country is a melting pot of Creole, Garifuna, Mestizo, Spanish, Maya, English, Mennonite, Lebanese, Chinese and East Indian heritage. Racial harmony, religious tolerance and a relatively peaceful political culture, have allowed these different elements to blend successfully and have given Belize a reputation as a friendly, laidback destination.
Belize’s towns and cities are small and, on the whole, pleasantly unexciting. San Ignacio is a charming enough stop-off for those disappearing into the jungle and Punta Gorda offers insightful home stays with some of the country’s last remaining indigenous communities. The somewhat bland capital, Belmopan, however, is hardly worth going out your way for and bustling Belize City, though energetic and ruggedly charming, is used largely as a gateway to the islands.
And what exquisite islands they are. Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye, Cayo Espanto (to name a few) are everything you expect from the Caribbean and more; swaying palms, pellucid waters, sandy shores, ramshackle beach bars and charming restaurants. All that’s missing are the crowds. Go figure.
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Belize Visa and Passport Requirements
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To enter Belize, a passport valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.
All travellers are required to show evidence of sufficient funds (see below) and proof of return or onward ticket at the point of entry.
Visas to Belize are not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above and nationals of their overseas territories for stays of up to 30 days.
Types and Cost
Single-entry: £60 plus £7 shipping fee; multiple-entry: £110 plus £7 shipping fee.
Single-entry visas are valid for three months from the date of issue; multiple-entry visas are valid for six months from the date of issue.
There is no transit visa for nationals in the above chart. If you are in transit you should not leave the airport, as you will then be liable to the departure tax. If you are staying for fewer than seven days you can get an In Transit stamp and your exit fee will be reduced.
For nationalities that require a visa, applications should be made to your nearest Belize embassy or high commission. You must show your travel itinerary and accommodation booking confirmation.
Allow three to four weeks for visa processing.
Theoretically, everyone is required to prove they have sufficient funds to cover their stay, which you can demonstrate with bank statements. In practice, you’ll almost never be asked.
Extension of stay
Nationals stated in the above chart are able to extend their stay by 30 days at any immigration office in the country; you should do this at least two to three days before your original 30-day period expires.
Entry with children
Adults travelling with children who are not legally their own must have a letter of consent from the children’s parents. Children under 18 travelling with only one parent require the written consent of the other parent. Children under 18 travelling alone must have a passport and letter of parental consent.
Entry with pets
Pets must come with a vet’s certificate issued in their country of origin. Pet owners must also have an import permit for their animal from the Belize Agricultural Health Authority.
Embassies and tourist offices
British High Commission in Belize
Telephone: (501) 822 2981/2717/2147.
Address: , PO Box 91, Belmopan, ,
Opening times:Mon-Thurs 0800-1200 and 1300-1600, Fri 0800-1400; Mon-Thur 0900-1100 (consular section).
Embassy of Belize in the USA
Telephone: (202) 332 9636.
Address: NW, 2535 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC, 20008,
Opening times:Mon-Thurs 0900-1700, Fri 0900-1630.
Belize High Commission in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7723 3603.
Address: , Third Floor, 45 Crawford Place, London, W1H 5,
Opening times:Mon-Fri 1000-1800; Mon-Fri 1000-1300 (consular section).
Belize Health Care and Vaccinations
* The above vaccinations are not required but are highly recommended.
** A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming from infected areas.
There are seven government hospitals – one in Belmopan, one in Belize City and one in each of the other five main district towns, but, generally, medical facilities are limited and there is a shortage of doctors in rural areas. Medical services in rural areas are provided by rural health care centres, and mobile clinics operate in remote areas. Generally, medical standards are not high. Medical insurance is strongly advised, and make sure that it covers you for any adventurous activities you might wish to do, such as scuba-diving, watersports and hiking through caves. Most hospitals and doctors expect to be paid in cash, whether you have insurance or not.
Food and Drink
Never drink the tap water and buy only bottled purified water with a proper seal. It is widely available from shops and grocery stores, but in case of being in rural areas with no access to bottled water, carry water purification tablets to treat water. Milk is often unpasteurised and should be boiled, though UHT milk is often available in shops. Avoid ice cream, raw fish and anything from street vendors unless you can see that it has been properly cooked, preferably in front of you. A quick and cheap meal is beans and rice with a piece of meat, usually chicken, and you will find plenty of food stalls or small, local restaurants serving it, but cooked food should never be served lukewarm. Peel or cook all fruits and vegetables. Prevent flies from landing on your food as many carry airborne illnesses, and do not eat at places where the food has been left exposed for long.
Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes advised, especially if staying for long periods of time or if you might have sexual contact with the local population. Dengue fever occurs throughout Latin America and is on the rise in Belize, so mosquito protection is recommended. If you find yourself with a fever and/or rash, go to a doctor immediately. Malaria also occurs in Belize, so anti-malaria medication such as Malarone or Doxycycline is recommended (except in Belize City)
Just over 2.5 % of the population has HIV/AIDS, which is a 25 times higher occurrence than in the UK, but the government has launched a public awareness campaign to try and tackle the problem. Note: Visitors applying for residency will require an HIV test (foreign tests may not be acceptable).
Belize is in the tropics so you can burn quickly – sunscreen is a must, and you should protect yourself with a hat and sunglasses. Motor vehicle crashes are the main cause of injury, so take care while on the road and give other drivers a wide berth.
Belize Public Holidays
New Year’s Day
Baron Bliss Day
St George’s Caye Day
Garifuna Settlement Day
Money and duty free for Belize
Currency and Money
Belize Dollar (BZD; symbol BZ$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of BZ$100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2. Coins are in denominations of BZ$1 and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents. Belize, as part of the Commonwealth, still has Queen Elizabeth II on its notes. American money is eagerly accepted anywhere in the country, and hotel prices are often quoted in US Dollars. Belizean money is worthless outside the country since most exchange houses will not deal with the currency. Exchange your Belize bills before leaving the country.
The Belize Dollar is tied to the US Dollar at US$1 = BZ$2. Talk of a devaluation is always in the background but it has been that way since 1978 so will likely remain unchanged.
American Express, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Most establishments will add a 5% service charge to the bills of customers using credit cards.
ATMs in Belize are available in most towns and cities – it’s only the really rural areas that you’ll have any trouble with. Make sure you’ve got some cash and a credit card on you to back up your ATM use, just in case. ATMs can also run out of money and might not be restocked for several days. They only give out Belize Dollars, and the exchange rate tends to be a cent or two under the official rate. Many banks also charge a fee to use ATMs and there is a withdrawal limit.
These can be exchanged; commission will usually be charged. There are few places accepting cheques so you may have some difficulty cashing them in more remote areas. Cheques with any imperfections will be rejected. In case of being unable to exchange them, it is best to plan your finances and use ATMs in the bigger towns and cities; however, if you are able to use them you will get the full BZ$2 to US$1 rate. US Dollar traveller’s cheques are recommended.
Mon-Thurs 0800-1300, Fri 0800-1630. Times may vary according to destination.
The import of local currency is limited to BZ$10,000 or its equivalent in other currencies, and you must declare it on your entry forms. Any money exceeding this must be declared.
Currency can be exchanged at most banks, hotels and travel agencies. While not strictly legal, there are also freelance money exchangers who often have a better rate. Currency exchanged on the border of Guatemala will get a lower rate, and you are also able to exchange US Dollars here if you wish. ATM exchange rates are usually 1% lower than bank rates.
Belize duty free
The following goods may be imported into Belize by travellers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty:
• 1L of wine or spirits (combined amount).
• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• Personal items, gifts or souvenirs up to a value of BZ$200 if entering via the international airport or BZ$50 if entering via other ports of entry.
You must declare live animals, meat, fruit, vegetables, weapons or ammunition, which all require permits.
Pre-Columbian articles, marine products, unprocessed coral or turtle shells.
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