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Belize TRAVEL INFORMATION

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Some information provided courtesy of the Belize Tourism Industry Association.

About J and R Guest House "Budget Accomodations First Class Adventure" Learn more about the Country of Belize Why the Cayo District should be your next adventure vacation destination Belize Cayo District Tours and Activities Discover Ancient Temples in the Forest - archaeological tours Explore our Rich Natural History Tours - rainforest, wildlife, eco-adventure scenic, breathtaking, awe inspiring views, bring plenty of film for these tours canoeing, caving, tubing - exciting adventure tours left menu button

 

ABOUT BELIZE  If you have not visited the about Belize page, please do so to find out more about Belize. Topics include history, geology, location etc. Tell me more about Belize.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS An FAQ page has been added that may provide additional information.


PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS  A passport is required to enter Belize along with proof of return. No visas are required from the United States, Canada, and the UK. Citizens of other countries should check with their local Belizean consulate or embassy. Visitors are allowed a one month visit without requesting an extension.click the up arrow to return to the top of the page   top.gif (1170 bytes)

CUSTOMS  You must declare what you are bringing into the country. Personal items and equipment such as cameras and scuba equipment are not subject to customs fees as long as you will bring them back with you. US residents are permitted a $400 duty free tax exemption per person. They can also return with 200 cigarettes, and citizens 21 or older can bring back one quart of alcohol duty free. Belizean dollars may be used in duty free shops. journal2.gif (3009 bytes) It is illegal to take firearms, ammunition, or illegal drugs into or out of of Belize.  journal2.gif (3009 bytes)Certain plants and animals are protected and our Mayan Artifacts are also protected. These include Pre-Colombian artifacts, fish, coral ornaments, shells, the skin or products made from endangered animals.click the up arrow to return to the top of the page   top.gif (1170 bytes)

"...that piece of broken pottery you found at El Pilar, that you thought would make a great souvenir...it's best you just leave it there..."
 

WHAT TO BRING

square.gif (875 bytes)Your passport.
For Sightseeing
square.gif (875 bytes)camera and square.gif (875 bytes)plenty of film or square.gif (875 bytes)video equipment,
square.gif (875 bytes)batteries, square.gif (875 bytes)binoculars and a
square.gif (875 bytes)flashlight for Caracol and Rio Frio Cave.
square.gif (875 bytes)Sun tan lotion (remember you are in the tropics now)
square.gif (875 bytes)Mosquito repellent (For the jungles or San Pedro)

HOW TO DRESS
square.gif (875 bytes)comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots (for visiting temples)
square.gif (875 bytes)light casual clothing (for the warm weather)
square.gif (875 bytes)long sleeved shirts/pants for the jungles to protect you from scratches and mosquitoes.
square.gif (875 bytes)Swimsuits, pool towels for swimming/snorkeling
square.gif (875 bytes)if hats and sunglasses are your thing by all means bring them.

"...things cost twice as much in Belize as they do in the US so bring items you will need such as film or batteries, rather than buying them here..."
 

 

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CREDIT CARDS CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATE  One US dollar = Two BZE dollars. Credit cards are accepted in most resorts. US dollars are readily accepted everywhere. You will be in remote areas so have cash on hand rather than depending on credit cards. Traveler's cheques can be cashed at Banks. click the up arrow to return to the top of the page   top.gif (1170 bytes)

TAXES  There is a 7% percent hotel tax. A 15% value added tax (VAT) has been recently implemented and is applicable to services.

DEPARTURE TAX Before departing Belize international visitors will have to shell out approximately $14.75 US in fees which include the following: A US$10 departure tax plus a US$1.25 security tax plus a Protected Area Conservation Trust (PACT) fee of US$3.50.click the up arrow to return to the top of the page   top.gif (1170 bytes)

TIPPING  10% - 15% is acceptable or as you normally tip.

ELECTRICITY  Same as US 110 volts AC

HEALTH AND SAFETY CONCERNS

square.gif (875 bytes)Your prescription medicine may not be readily available so be sure to bring it with you if so needed.
The water is safe to drink but if you prefer bottled water is also available.
If you must travel with younger children, we found that while on tour it is a challenge keeping milk fresh for babies, so we recommend getting your child use to a powder formula, which holds up better in warmer weather.
square.gif (875 bytes)A first aide kit comes in handy for scratches or cuts.

WHO SHOULD TRAVEL   Because of the nature of our tours which involve a lot of walking and climbing often in warm to hot humid weather (and there are no paved paths for pushing a stroller) we recommend that the travel age to be six years and older. All age groups be sure that you can handle the walking and climbing involved. "...surprisingly it is a lot cooler and shadier in and around the temples since archaeologists have left many shade trees standing..."click the up arrow to return to the top of the page   top.gif (1170 bytes)

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS   To dial Belize from the US first dial 011-501-and then the number. In an emergency dial 911 Before you leave be sure to write the phone numbers of your Resorts, Tour guides, Travel Agent, Other.click the up arrow to return to the top of the page   top.gif (1170 bytes)

TIME ZONE Belize is on Central Standard time. We don't observe daylight savings time.

FLIGHT CONFIRMATION   Always confirm your flight. In Belize have your resort assist you with this.

GETTING MARRIED:   You must reside in Belize for three days before you can apply for a minister's license to marry. You will need proof of citizenship (certified copy of birth certificate, signed by a notary public, and which includes father's name); proof of divorce if applicable (certified copy or original certificate of divorce); copy of death certificate for widow or widower; You don't' need a blood test or consent of parents if over 18.click the up arrow to return to the top of the page   top.gif (1170 bytes)

PETS From the UK, Jamaica, Barbados, New Zealand, Ireland, and Australia: all animals must be certified either as having been vaccinated against rabies not less than one month and not more than six months prior to departure or as having no contact with rabies during the previous six months. All animals must be accompanied by a certificate of freedom from symptoms and of infectious or contagious diseases signed by a government veterinarian not more than 48 hours prior to shipment. All animals must be free of fresh open wounds to prevent the re-introduction of screw worm larvae. All other countries: All animals must be accompanied by a certificate of freedom from symptoms and of infectious or contagious diseases signed by a government veterinarian not more than 48 hours prior to shipment. All animals must be certified either as having been vaccinated against rabies not less than one month and not more than six months prior to departure. Any animal may be required to be vaccinated against rabies on arrival at the owner's expense. All dogs must be accompanied by a valid vaccination certificate against distemper, parvo virus, infectious canine hepatitis and leptospirosis.

"...I think what they are trying to say is leave Fido at home..."

 

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TRAVEL GUIDES   Your local bookstore or library will have additional information/travel guides about Belize.

MOST IMPORTANT THING OF ALL  Most Important thing of all: just have fun, enjoy yourself, relax, learn, new things, be safe and gather some unforgettable memories.

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