Visas are not required for most nationalities, including citizens of the United States,
the United Kingdom and British Commonwealth countries, as well as most
members of the European Union. All people from these countries need are
a valid passport and an onward or round-trip ticket. A Visitor Permit is
required of nationals of China and India. Check with the local Belizean
Consulate, Belize Embassy, British Counsel, or contact the Department of
Immigration and Nationality, Belmopan, Belize, Central America. Telephone: (501-822-2423).
To apply for an extension contact the Immigration
Office Mahogany Street, Belize, Central America Telephone :
(501) 522-3412, Fax (501) 522-3461. A moderate fee is charged and
applicants must demonstrate sufficient funds for the remainder of their
stay, as well as an ongoing ticket.
If crossing into Belize from
Mexico by land, visas to enter Belize can be obtained from the Belizean
Consulate in Chetumal, Avenida Alvaro Obregon #226A, Chetumal Q.R.,
It is illegal to take firearms and ammunition into or out of Belize.
Animals must be accompanied by a certificate of freedom from infection/contagious disease by a veterinarian
following examination not more than 48 hours prior to shipment; animals must also be certified as having been vaccinated
against rabies not less than one month nor more than six months prior to departure; and must be free of open wounds. Dogs
must have a valid certification of vaccination against distemper, parvovirus, infectious canine hepatitis and leptospirosis. Animals
may be required to be re-vaccinated against rabies on arrival if certifications are deemed unsatisfactory.
From the United States:
- Miami, Florida.- American Airlines
- Dallas/Fort Worth - American Airlines.
- Houston, Texas - Continental Airlines or TACA
- All flights are less than 2 hours and cost approximately $300-450 plus tax.
- Fly from Cancun to Belize. 1 hr flight, approximately $200.00 return
- First class bus to Chetumal, Mexico (Mexico-Belize border). Connect
with a Batty Bus from Chetumal to Belize City . Total traveling time:
8 hours. Bus tickets are approx. $50.00 return.
- Maya Island Air and Tropic Air from Tikal/Flores, Guatemala to Belize
City. Each airline has 2 flights daily. $90.00 one way.
- Southern Guatemala-Ferry or boat from Puerto Barrios or Livingston,
Guatemala to Punta Gorda, Belize. Daily shuttle boat run by
Requena's Charter Services Telephone: (501) 722-2070 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org departs Puerto Barrios daily at 2.00 pm.
Cost $15.00 each way. (Return boats each morning at 09.00 am.)
From Punta Gorda airstrip there are regular flights to most Belizean
- San Pedro Sula-TACA approx $180.00 return.
- There are currently no direct or same-day connecting flights from Europe to Belize (and
none that are planned at present). The
most convenient route is via Miami or Houston with an overnight stay on the
outbound leg only. Return
flights from Belize connect with overnight flights from Miami and Houston
to London and other European destinations.
- Depending on the season, day of the week and airline chosen, round trip
tickets from London to Belize range from £350 - £700 plus taxes which can be
as high as £50. These are the UK and USA departure taxes but do not include
the Belize Departure Tax which can only be paid in Belize (see below).
Private aircraft must enter Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City.
Ports of Entry By Sea:
Boats may clear customs and entry at Belize City, Dangriga, Big Creek, Punta Gorda and San
Pedro, on Ambergris Caye. There is no customs officer in San Pedro; boats wishing to enter must pay the cost of transport for
the customs officer to and from San Pedro from Belize City.
The departure tax at the International Airport has recently increased to
$20 US per person. There is a new Tourist Departure Tax of $10 US per person
(children under 12 are exempt) when departing Belize at either of the
land border crossings i.e.the Western border between Belize and Guatemala
for visits to Tikal and Flores and the Northern border between Belize and
Mexico. These funds are being invested in improvements to the border
facilities. There is also "visa" charge to enter Guatemala at the
Western Border is $5.00 (irrespective of whether you need one or not!)
There is a wide choice of lodgings in Belize from luxury hotels to simple
island cabins and everything in between. Whether you are looking for a
romantic beach hideaway for your honeymoon or a comfortable rainforest
lodge for some exciting eco-adventures, there are many to choose from.
Depending on your interests, and if you can spare the time, the ideal
trip to Belize should combine both the rainforest and the reef.
Getting Around Belize by Air
The easiest method of travelling around Belize is by air.
International travelers fly into the newly renovated and expanded Philip Goldson
International Airport in Belize City. From there, connections can be made to various destinations within Belize, including:
Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Corozal, Dangriga, Big Creek, Placencia and Punta Gorda; as well as to
Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. Travellers already in Belize City
should utilize the smaller Municipal Airport for in-country
flights, as costs are much lower. Charter flights
can also be arranged to off-the-beaten track destinations as there are many
private airstrips throughout the country. We can book all domestic flights
Belizean Airlines Offering In-Country Service:
Getting Around Belize by Road
- Maya Island Air: (501) 223-1403. Scheduled flights and private charters.
- Tropic Air: (501) 226-2012. Scheduled flights and private charters.
- Caribee Air Service: (501) 224-4253. Private charters only.
- Javier's Flying Service Ltd: (501) 223-5360. Private charters only.
Driving around Belize is straightforward as there are only 4 main roads
in Belize - going North, West, South and even further South! These are easily
There - you know your way around the country already!
- The Northern Highway - Belize City to Corozal and the Mexican Border
- The Western Highway - Belize City to San Ignacio and the Guatemalan Border
- The Hummingbird Highway - Belmopan to Dangriga
- The Southern Highway - Dangriga to Punta Gorda
Although the roads have been significantly improved during the last
few years, some are still pot-holed and can make driving for any distance
very uncomfortable (especially the Southern Highway from Placencia down to
Punta Gorda (take a tip - fly!). Car hire is quite expensive and it is very
important to check the small print in the insurance as most companies do
not offer fully comprehensive cover. A four wheel drive vehicle booked through
a reputable company is essential. No rental companies will not allow you to cross the
border into Guatemala or Mexico.
Private Transfers and Taxis:
We can arrange private transfers and tours throughout Belize. Although this is
a fairly expensive option (approximately $200 per day for up to 4 people depending
on the distances involved) it has the advantage of going at your own pace,
stopping when you want and travelling in comfort. A friendly and knowledgeable
licensed tour guide/driver will add considerably to your enjoyment as he
cheerfully and proudly tells you all about his wonderful country.
You can also
make your own arrangements on arrival with the licensed taxis which vary
in standard from superb sedans to a vehicle that would not look out of place
on a banger race track - after the race! Agree on the price before you depart and
check whether they are quoting US or Belize dollars.
Public buses (mostly ex-USA school buses) are an inexpensive way of getting
around. It helps if you have plenty of time as buses stop on demand
so this can add considerably to the journey time. Buses depart out of
Belize City for most of the major towns (Corozal, Orange Walk, San
Ignacio, Belmopan, Dangriga, Punta Gorda) and border towns in Mexico and
- Novelos: (501) 027-2025
- Venus: (501) 207-3354
- Z-Line: (501) 522-2224 (operates out of Dangriga)
four commercial banks that serve the country of Belize. Banks are open
Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 1:00pm and on Friday until 4:30pm. Most
banks have branches in the six districts but services are more limited.
The Belize Bank Limited
Market Square, Belize City
Atlantic Bank Limited
Albert Street, Belize City
Bank of Nova Scotia
Albert Street, Belize City
Barclays Bank PLC
Albert Street, Belize City