• Useful Information Belice

    VISAS and PASSPORTS:

     

    - Except for cruise ship passengers; all visitors to Belize are required to present a passport, valid for more than six months before entering the country.

    - US and European tourists do not require visas.
     

    EXIT TARIFFS:

     

    Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA)

    Passenger service fee: $15,00US

    Airport development fee: $18,00US

    Environmental conservation fee: $3,75US

    Security fee:   $2,50US

    Total exit fees: US $39,25

     

    International passengers arriving by land

    Santa Elena (Northern border with México)

    Benque Viejo del Carmen: Western zone adjacent to Guatemala

    Border processing fee $15,00

    Environmental conservation fee: $3,75

    Total exit fees: US $18,75 or BZ $37,50

     

    Exit by sea from Punta Gorda, Dangriga or San Pedro

    Environmental conservation fee: $3,75

    Total exit fees: US $3,75 or BZ $7,50

     

     

    CURRENCY:

     

    Belizan Dollar (Bz)

     

    1 euro= $ 2,82Bz; 1$ US  = $ 2 Bz.

     

     

    TIPS: 10% of the bill

     

     

    LANGUAGE:

     

    Official language: English.

     

    Other languages: Spanish, Creole, Garífuna, German and Maya (Kekchi and Mopan).

     

     

    INTERNET DOMAIN: BZ

     

     

    AREA CODE: 501

     

     

    ELECTRIC CURRENT: 110 volts with two blade sockets. European appliances require an adaptor.

     

     

    TIME ZONE: GMT -6 HOURS.

     

     

    CLIMATE:

     

    Generally hot and very humid. Rainforest and swamps cover most of the country. The rainy season runs from June through November.

     

     

    EMERGENCIES: 0800-878-0000

     

     

    Tourism Offics:

     

    Central American Tourism Promotion Agency (CATA)

    c/ Capitán Haya 56, 1ºD. 28020 Madrid (España)

    Tel: (+34)91 572 08 54/55; Fax: (+34) 91 571 62 57

    info@visitcentroamerica.com

    www.visitcentroamerica.com

     

    Belize Tourism Board

    Belize 64 Regent Street, Belize City, Belize

    Tel: (501) 227-2420; Fax: (501) 227-2423; Toll free: 1-800-624-0686

    info@travelbelize.org // vacation@travelbelize.org

    www.travelbelize.org

     

    Belize Tourism Industry Association

    #10 North Park Street; P.O. Box 62 ; Belize City, Belize

    Tel:  (501) 227-1144/5717; Fax:  (501) 227-8710

    info@btia.org

    http://www.btia.org

     

     

    EMBASSY OFFICES:

     

    The only European Embassy is that of Great Britain.

    British High Commission

    Address: PO Box 91, Belmopan

    Tel: (501) 822 2981/ 2717/2981

    Website: http://ukinbelize.fco.gov.uk_/en

     

     

    VACCINATIONS:

     

    Visitors from Europe do not need vaccinations unless they have previously visited an endemic country.

     

    Recommended vaccinations: Hepatitis A, tetanus-diphtheria.

     

    Although there is no mandatory requirement for any vaccinations, there are certain tropical diseases in the region, and therefore, vaccination is a personal option. If you wish, you can visit an information centre where you can receive a more detailed explanation of your options. If you click on the text you can access the Ministry of Health and Consumption website to find the nearest available vaccination centre. Should you finally decide to vaccinate yourself you should go to your clinic and request an appointment with your physician. In any case, once in Central America, you should use mosquito repellent, especially if you visit in the rainy season.

    http://www.msc.es/

     

     

    AIRPORTS AND HIGHWAYS:

     

    - The international Airport (Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport – BZE-),

    Belize Airport Concession Company

    P.O. Box 1564

    Belize City, Belize

    Central America

    Phone: (501) 225-2045

     

    - Belize City (Municipal Airstrip –TZA-), St. Matthew Street. Belize City, Belize

     

    - Corozal (CZH), Ranchito Village, Corozal

     

    - Orange Walk (ORZ), Near to Ave Liberty Orange

     

    - Dangriga (DGA), Near St. Ecumenical Dr.

     

    - Placencia (PLJ), In the eastern centre of Placencia.

     

    - Punta Gorda (PND), Near Pampana St.

     

    - San Pedro Ambergris (SPR), Harmouch Road

     

    - Chapel Key (CYC), In the southern centre of the Key.

     

    - Caulker Key (CYK). Ave. Chechem

     

    If you wish to travel by automobile, Belize has three main highways: One northbound (Northern Hwy), one southbound (Southern Hwy) a third westbound (Western Hwy). The two first are in good repair while the last is a bit deteriorated.

     

     

    ADVICE FOR TRAVEL:

     

    Travel insurance, strong sun block, sun glasses, mosquito repellent, rain coat (if you visit in the rainy season), light cotton clothing, comfortable walking shoes, camera, binoculars, swimwear, a light jacket (sometimes the air conditioning can be fairly cold) and a small medicine kit, which should include a stomach protector, paracetamol and serum. Avoid dark coloured clothing, especially during the rainy season.

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