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Plane over BelizeBelize is a great vacation choice any time of year and the choice of when to visit is totally up to you, your budget, and the experience you seek.

Some visitors plan on the spur of the moment while others like to have all the details in regard to the best time of year to visit Belize, how to plan the itinerary, what to pack and other travel trips.

With so many destination and activity choices, a little research and planning will help you get the most out of your Belize vacation.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • The winter months of the Northern Hemisphere - November through May - attract the most visitors to warm and sunny Belize. This is also the "dry season" in Belize.
  • There is more rainfall during the months of June to October but "rainy season" is somewhat of a misnomer. While there may be occasional showers - often at night - the showers cool down the temperatures and seldom cause major interruptions to vacation itineraries.
  • Read up on your topic of interest before your trip (e.g. travel guides in print or online, online forums....).
  • Send around your vacation interests and/or proposed itinerary to a variety of operators and accommodations to be able to compare costs and services.
  • Many deposits and prepayments are non-refundable so you might want to consider trip insurance from your local provider in the event that unforeseen events cause you to have to cancel.

Please note that all hotels, tour operators and guides are required to be licensed by the Belize Tourism Board. The Belize Tourism Board, with the assistance of educational institutions and other tourism groups, holds training and certification programs several times a year throughout the country.

Arrival and Departure Requirements

A passport is required with a return ticket. No visa is required from the U.S., U.K., or Canada. Visitors are allowed a one month stay without an extension from the Belize Immigration Department. Any questions can be answered by your local Belizean consulate or embassy. All visitors must pay a departure tax of US$10.00, a US$1.25 security tax, and a tourism tax of US$3.75. This is due when checking in for your departure flight. Amounts of tax are subject to change. Check with your travel agent or airline to find out which taxes are included in the cost of your ticket.

Borders:
Belize is bounded by Mexico to the north and Guatemala on the west and south. The beautiful Caribbean Sea lies to the east. Belize boasts the Barrier Reef which is the longest and largest continuous living coral reef in this hemisphere, 185 miles. Belize's land area is 8,867 square miles.

Emergency Services

BELIZE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (BERT) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization which specializes in pre-hospital care in the form of emergency response and transportation.

While we hope that you will never need these services, we want to ensure that you are informed just in case you ever do.

Emergency medical services available to Belize and its visitors from BERT are as follows:

  1. A full line of ground ambulances fully stocked with all medical equipment and supplies needed to support life and treat trauma. Emergency Ground service is available in the Belize and Cayo Districts only with transfers from other districts by land or air.
  2. A staff that is fully trained in the field of life support and emergency medical treatment including cardiac and accident trauma. In addition to being Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), staff is certified to American Heart Association standards in resuscitation.
  3. An air ambulance that is fully equipped with EMT, equipment and supplies. Our Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six aircraft services all of Belize and is capable of transporting patients to Guatemala or Mexico. We will respond to calls anywhere there is an operable airstrip. Our fully qualified pilot holds an airline transport rating from the United States.
  4. Dispatchers are on duty twenty-four hours a day seven days a week and ground units can be launched at any time day or night.
  5. * Our air ambulance can only be launched during daylight hours due to lack of runway lights to support safe take off and landings at remote airstrips around the country. However, for "just before dawn" and "close to dark" PLEASE call so that we can determine if first light flights or flights with return to the lighted Phillip Goldson International Airport are possible.
  6. CONTACT:
    Tel: ++ 501-223-3292 or 223-0078
    Website: www.bertbelize.org

Visitors Fee

As in any other country, fees and taxes are required to support the development of our tourism product and to improve the services we offer to our visitors.

Below please find a list of fees which apply when entering or departing Belize. These are quoted in US$ but where stated, may also be paid in Belize dollars.

At the Northern, Western and Southern Borders, payment can be made in US or BZE $. At the International Airport, payment should be made in US dollars and is sometimes included in airfare tickets. Please check with your ticket agent to determine what is included. All fees apply to non-Belizean citizens.

Fee exemptions apply for children under 12; permanent residents of Belize and visitors from border towns staying for less than 24 hours.

By Air
 International Passengers

On Departure
via Phillip Goldson International Airport (PGIA)

  • Passenger Service Fee:$15.00
  • Airport Development Fee: $18.00
  • Hold Bags: $1.25
  • Security Fee   $1.25
  • Conservation Fee: $3.75
Total Airport Departure Fees: $39.25
 Domestic Air Passengers  International Airport (PGIA) to Municipal Airports
  • Security Fee  $0.75
 By Land
 International Passengers

On Departure:
Northern Border, Western Border and Southern Border

  • Intransit Passengers only - Border Processing Fee - $15.00
  • Overnight Passengers - Border Processing Fee $15.00 + Conservation Fee $3.75; Total Fee: $18.75
  • Guatemalan and Mexican passengers: less than 24hrs. - NO FEE; more than 24hrs.: $3.75
  • Mexicans staying more than 72hrs. $18.75
For more information contact the Border Management Authority
 By Sea
 International Passengers
On Arrival
From Punta Gorda, Dangriga or San Pedro
On Departure
via Punta Gorda, Dangriga or San Pedro
  • Conservation Fee  $3.75