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Easy to Get To. Hard to Leave.

Explore the basics to get ready for your visit to Belize.

Airports

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International Flights
Commercial airlines all land at the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) in Ladyville, just minutes from Belize City and with plenty of North America departures available.

Private airplanes need to be cleared through the Belize Airport Authority and Civil Aviation Department at the PGIA.

Clothing

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Your packing list will depend on where and when you're going. Talk to your travel advisor today!

Currency

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Belize currency exchange is extremely easy for American visitors. The Belize dollar is locked at $2 Belize = $1 USD.*

*Subject to change, please contact your travel advisor for the latest currency exchange rate.

Language

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Come to Belize and you’ll hear familiar words of the English language. In fact, we are the only English language-speaking country in Central America. While English is the official language of Belize, Kriol is the language that we all speak.

When you hear us, you know you’re in a country unlike any other. We have a Caribbean lilt and our words seem a bit shorter. But don’t worry, you’ll understand everything and we may teach you a few phrases you don’t know.

Here, even our language is a diverse adventure. Spanish, African-based Garifuna, Maya-Kekchi, Maya Mopan, Mandarin, German are just a few of the languages that form the unique dialects we speak throughout the country.

Here are a few different ways you’ll hear “good morning”
  • “Gud Mawnin” – Kriol
  • “Buiti Binafi” – Garifuna
  • “Buenos dias” – Spanish

Visa Info

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Passport: Visitors to Belize must possess a passport valid for at least three months after the date of arrival and a return ticket with sufficient funds to cover their stay. Visitors are given a one-month stay, after which an extension can be applied for with the Immigration Department. Visas are not required for citizens of the United States and its territories, Canada, United Kingdom and its territories, European Union, Caribbean and Central American countries. For visitors driving/boating into Belize from Guatemala or Mexico, a temporary importation permit must be secured at the point of entry. Vehicle/vessel permits are valid for 30 days.

Traveling With Children:
We love kids! Children under 18 years of age must have proper documentation, including a valid passport and letter of parental consent. Children traveling with one parent require a notarized letter of authority from the other parent indicating travel consent.

Traveling With Pets::
Pets must be accompanied by a veterinary certificate issued by a registered veterinarian from country of origin and an import permit from the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) ( telephone number: +011-501-2231653).

Your travel advisor will walk you through all the nitty gritty details!