Traveling to Belize is relatively easy no matter where you are visiting from. Below are some general passport requirements as well as advice on traveling to Belize with children and pets.
Belize Entry and Exit Requirements
Visitors to Belize must possess a passport that is valid for at least three months after the date of arrival, plus a return ticket with sufficient funds to cover their stay. Visas are not required for citizens of the United States and its territories, Canada, United Kingdom and its territories, European Union, Caribbean and Central American Countries. Citizens from these countries are granted automatic tourist visa that allows them to stay in the country for up to 30 days, after which an extension can be applied for with the Immigration Department. All tourists visiting Belize are required to pay an exit fee when they depart. This fee is usually around $40 USD and may or may not already be included in your airline ticket (be sure to check with your airline provider). For visitors driving or traveling by boat into Belize from Guatemala or Mexico, a temporary importation permit must be secured at the point of entry. Vehicle and vessel permits are valid for 30 days.
Those who wish to extend their stay in Belize beyond 30 days are required to obtain a visa extension from Belize Immigration offices, which are located throughout the country.
Cruise ship passengers are typically permitted to depart or enter the U.S. with a government-issued photo ID, such as passport or driver’s license; they should check with their cruise line to ensure proper documentation before embarking on the cruise.
No specific immunizations are required to enter Belize, but definitely check with your doctor or primary healthcare specialist.
Traveling With Children
When traveling to Belize with minor children under the age of 18, immigration officers may ask to see the U.S. birth certificates for each child, so it is recommended that you have birth certificate copies on hand. To enter Belize, all children under 18 years of age must have proper documentation in the form of a valid passport. For children who are traveling without both parents, immigration officers will typically ask to see signed documentation such as a notarized letter or custody or adoption papers that prove the children are traveling with the permission of their parents.
Traveling With Pets
Pets must be accompanied by a veterinary certificate issued by a registered veterinarian from country of origin and an import permit from the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) +011-501-2231653.
Crime in Belize
As with many other parts of Central America, Belize is often subject to crime. Most are petty crimes such as burglary and pick-pocketing, and a majority of crimes are not directed at visitors and tourists. However, travelers should still remain vigilant, especially when in the area of Belize City where most reported crime incidents take place. Such crime prevention tactics include traveling with a buddy or in small groups, and carrying valuable personal items in safe vessels such as a RFID passport wallet.
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If you are a victim of crime, be sure to report it immediately to the nearest police station and notify your embassy.