You might have heard of Belize before, a small third world country in Central America, but have you ever considered flying there? I wouldn't be surprised if not. Belize isn't a tourist destination that one would put on their travel bucket list. But have you tried doing a research on this beautiful island? Probably not. Well, try it and tell me you don't want to go there!
A lot of people searching a tropical experience consider going to Hawaii, Caribbean Islands, Spain, and other islands in the Pacific. But when you take the time to check out this super underrated country, you will realize that you've been missing so much.
If you want to enjoy a tropical experience and would like to save a little bit from the cost that a usual tropical adventure would cost, whether you are traveling with someone or taking advantages of traveling alone, you might put Belize into your consideration.
I'm not saying that Belize is a second class destination, but this is like what I said, underrated. If you visit Belize, you'll have many travel options and definitely you'll not be disappointed, in fact, you'll get stunned.
Just like any other countries in the world, Belize has some requirements for visitors to meet. As a visitor, you must have enough funds to support yourself while traveling, a round-trip ticket, and a valid passport. Passports should be valid up until the time you leave the country and return to your motherland.
Below, I will break down all the things you have to know about gaining a travel visa to Belize.
Visas are NOT required for United States citizens traveling to Belize as tourists for 30 days, but you should have a return or onward air tickets and proof of enough funds to support yourself in Belize as a tourist. This means bank account and/or credit card statements.
- Belize lets a visitor stay in the country with a maximum of one-month stay before they get required to get an extension gotten through the Belize Ministry of Defense and Immigration.
- No particular immunizations are mandatory for those who are visiting Belize.
Visa required for non-U.S. citizens to enter Belize:
Nationals of the following countries are NOT required to gain a travel visa to go to Belize for stays of up to 30 days.
- Citizens of the United States of America and dependent territories
- Citizens of the European Union Member States (EU) and their dependent territories
- Citizens of the Commonwealth Realms & Monarchies, and their dependent territories
- Citizens of the Commonwealth Republics with the exception of the following
- Citizens of the Caribbean Community Member States (CARICOM) with the exception of Haiti
- Citizens of Costa Rica, Chile, Guatemala, Iceland, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Tunisia & Uruguay
- Bangladesh, Nauru, Cameroon, Pakistan, Chad, Sri Lanka, India, Mozambique, West African Countries
The countries that are not mentioned above are REQUIRED to gain a travel visa before granting an access to the country. Here is the complete of countries that need to have a visa before gain entry to the country as per the Belize Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Visa and Shipping Fees
- Single Entry, 90-day visa: US$50.00 + US$30.00 shipping and handling fees
- Multiple-Entry visa: US$100.00 + US$30.00 shipping and handling fees
Application fee on top of shipping and handling charge and if required, additional overnight mail charge, have to be paid through money order, bank drafts, certified cheques, or cash to the order of the Embassy of Belize. Note that the Embassy does not accept personal cheques.
As mentioned earlier, those who are planning to visit Belize should have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the date of arrival and a return flight with enough funds to support the duration of their stay. Those who are given a visa valid for 1-month stay can be given an extension if they wish to stay longer. You can also have vehicle or vessel permits that are valid for a 30-day stay.
Traveling With Children
If you wish to bring children on your tropical trip, you have to know that children below 18 years of age are required to have proper documentation, which includes a letter of parental consent and a valid passport. Those children who are going to travel with one parent need to have a notarized letter of authority from the other parent which indicates travel consent.
Traveling With Pets
Pets should be accompanied by a veterinary certificate given out by a registered veterinarian from your own country and an import certification from the Belize Agricultural Health Authority or BAHA.
To know more informations about visa application for Belize, visit their official consular page. If you are planning to apply for a visa, follow our guidelines on how to create a cover letter for tourist visa.
Have you visited Belize before? How was your experience? We want to hear your story in the comment below!