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Belize Country Information

  • Language : English (Official)

  • Currency: The Belizean dollar is fixed to the US Dollar and there are two Belizean Dollars to one US Dollar.

  • Time zone: GMT - 6 (daylight saving is not observed).

  • Climate: Subtropical temps between 26 - 29°C

  • Rainfall: Annual rainfall ranges from 50 inches in the north to 170 inches in the south

  • Health: There is a very low risk of Malaria in Belize and anti-malarial medicines are not usually advised, however, consult your doctor or health professional at least 6 weeks prior to travel for current individual advice. There are sandflies and mosquitoes present in Belize and bite avoidance is recommended by covering up or applying mosquito repellent with at least 20% DEET, particularly at dawn and dusk. For more information on health, malaria risk and recommended vaccines see www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk

  • Visas: UK Visitors do not require visas for short stays in Belize. However, a valid passport with at least 6 months validity is recommended.

  • Know Before You Go
  • Travel Advice: Current Travel Advice for Belize can be found at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/belize

  • International Airport Departure Tax: US$39.25 (This is payable in US currency and includes protected areas conservation trust fee of $3.75)

  • Taxes: Hotel Room Tax is 9% and Sales Tax (on goods and services) is 12.5%

  • Government type: Independent nation since 1981. Parliamentary Democracy, member of the British Commonwealth

  • Population: 312,698

  • Electricity: 110 volts AC (Same as US)

  • Largest City: Belize City, main commercial centre

  • Capital: Belmopan City

  • People: Mestizo, Creole, Garifuna, Maya, European, Asian, Mennonite