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Belize: FAQs

Our frequently asked questions about travel to Belize. If you have any other questions, please contact your travel designer or concierge.

Do I need to get a visa?

To enter Belize, visas are not currently required by citizens of the US, Canada, UK and most EU countries, but these can change so we recommend you consult your local embassy prior to travel. Most other countries require visas.  In order to get this please contact your local Belizean consulate. Please also ensure that you have at least two free pages in your passport before entering and that your passport is valid for six months after your intended departure.

Do I need any vaccinations before I go away to Belize?

Please seek professional medical advice and recheck close to the date of travel as the situation may change. What is recommended for all is that you ensure you are up to date with typhoid, hepatitis A and B, tetanus and polio vaccines.  In general, aside from standard vaccinations we advise that visitors to the south west of Belize, ie. Cayo, Punta Gorda and Stann Creek check with your doctor whether or not you need to take anti-malaria medication.

Do I need to take malaria tablets?

Belize is a tropical country so we do recommend you bring good quality mosquito spray with you, especially if you are going outside Belize City and the islands frequented by tourists. Check with your medical advisor about the areas you are going to before travelling to see whether you should bring malaria tablets with you and which ones will suit you best. Some excellent medication (with fewer side effects) is available for shorter visits to risk areas.

Using insect repellent and wearing long pants and sleeves also help prevent mosquito bites and sleeping in air conditioned or well screened rooms also help prevent risk.

Should I bring travellers cheques?

In Belize we do not recommend that you bring travellers cheques. There are plenty of cash machines and it can be troublesome and time consuming to change your travellers cheques while out there.  Cash machines are always nearby in small cities, but you must be sure to look for the relevant symbol on the machine for your card to ensure it is an international machine (displaying the VISA, MAESTRO etc symbols), local ones will not work. If you are travelling to a remote area make sure you have some cash already and don’t have to rely on what may be the single cash machine in the village. Credit cards are accepted with almost as much frequency as they are at home; all major credit cards are accepted in most places. Generally it’s good to have more than one card, so that you have an alternative if there is a problem with the connection for one.

Which currency should I bring?

The local currency is called the Belize Dollar or BZ, although US dollars are widely accepted. We recommend you bring a combination of US dollars in cash and a credit or debit card that can be used to withdraw from ATM machines (either US dollars or Belizean dollars) as well as for transactions in shops, restaurants and hotels.