Official Currency: The official currency is the Belize dollar. This is set at a ratio of 2 Belize dollars to 1 US dollar. Many businesses will accept US dollars, but be aware that you may receive your change in Belize dollars. Make sure you know which currency your price is being quoted in - there can be a large difference between the two!
Credit Cards: Most major credit cards are accepted in Belize. Let your bank or credit card company know you are traveling internationally and see if there is a foreign transaction fee - this can range from 1-3%.
ATMs: ATM’s are not readily available throughout the country, but can usually be found in major cities or near tourist destinations.
Entry Requirements/Customs: A current passport, valid through your departure date and proof of an onward/return ticket are required. Currently, Belize does not require any specific immunizations for visitors, but vaccination recommendations from the CDC can be found here.
Tourists are permitted to stay for a maximum of 30 days, however extensions can be granted through the Belize Department of Immigration and Nationality.
Traveling with Minors: If you are traveling with children, you may be asked by immigration officials to show birth certificates for each child. When children are not traveling with both parents, immigration officials often request documentation to establish the children are traveling with the permission of both parents. Documentation may include notarized letters from the parent(s), custody decree, adoption papers, or death certificates in situations where one or both parents are deceased.
Safety and Security: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive safety alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. This is a free service to allow US citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.
Know the location of your country’s Consulate or Embassy.
See the State Department’s travel website for travel advisories and alerts.
Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas and know that most care providers may only accept cash payments.
There is a dedicated tourism police force in Belize City.
In case of any emergency, dial ‘90’ from anywhere in Belize. In some cases, dialing ‘911’ will also work.
Drinking Laws: The legal drinking age in Belize is 18 years old.
Electricity: Electricity is 110-volt AC and most outlets are either two- or three-prong US style outlets.
Official Language: English, however you will also hear Spanish, Creole, and Garifuna.
Time Zone: Belize is on Central Standard Time and does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
Geography: Belize is located in Central America, just south of Mexico and bordered by the Caribbean Sea. The country is about the size of Massachusetts here are only an average of 35 people per square mile!