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passengers on boatSeaports where vessels may clear Customs and Immigration are located in Belize City and San Pedro Town in the Belize district, Big Creek and Dangriga Town in the Stann Creek district and, Punta Gorda Town in the Toledo district.

For travelers touring Central America, traveling to and from Belize by boat is a viable option. There are regularly scheduled water taxis that shuttle from Dangriga and Punta Gorda in southern Belize to Guatemala and Honduras.

For a one-day visit to Belize, many of the major international cruise lines offer Belize as a popular port of call on their weekly itineraries. A short visit on a cruise line will entice you to return for longer stays.

Personal water craft coming to Belize are welcome and should reference the sailing page for additional information about arriving by boat.

Incoming cruisers in their own boats should have updated and detailed charts and GPS equipment that clearly show the water depth and underwater formations.

All boats coming to Belize must check in with the Belize Port Authority for guidance to the nearest port of entry where they are then required to be cleared through Immigration, Customs and, Health authorities upon arrival.

Belize Port Authority

  • The communications center follows V.H.F. radio channel 16 and H.F. radio channel 2182 and will direct boats as necessary upon their arrival.
  • There are two Belize Port Authority offices in the country--one in Belize City and one in Big Creek. Visitors arriving by boat to either Belize City or Big Creek will need to report directly to the Belize Port Authority office, located within close proximity to Immigration and Customs.
  • Those arriving at any other port-of-entry can handle all necessary procedures with the Belize Port Authority through Immigration.

Immigration, Customs and, Heath Authorities
Immigration offices are located throughout the country, allowing for flexibility in planning one's port-of-entry. The following locations serve as ports-of-entry for boats coming to Belize:

  • Belize City
  • San Pedro
  • Dangriga
  • Big Creek
  • Punta Gorda.

To process entry into Belize visitors must have clearance from the country that they are coming from, a valid passport, and visitors coming from certain countries will need a visa. To learn more about the policies of customs and immigration in Belize proceed to:

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