Entering Belize is a simple, straightforward process. You must present a passport that will be valid for at least three months from the date of entry. Officially, visitors are also required to be in possession of an onward or return ticket from Belize and funds equivalent to BZ$120 per day for the duration of their stay in the country but it's rare for tourists to be required to show these.
Duty-free allowances on entering Belize:
- 1L of wine or spirits
- 200 cigarettes, 250g of tobacco or 50 cigars
It is illegal to leave the country with ancient Maya artifacts, turtle shells, unprocessed coral and fish (unless you have obtained a free export permit from the Fisheries Department). It is also illegal to take firearms or ammunition into or out of Belize.
For most nationalities, visas are issued upon entry for up to 30 days.
Information on visa requirements is available from Belizean embassies and consulates, and the Belize Tourism Board (www.travelbelize.org). At the time of writing, visas were not required for citizens of EU, Caricom (Caribbean Community) and Central American countries, nor Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland and the USA. A visitors permit, valid for 30 days, will be stamped in your passport when you enter the country. In most cases this can be extended by further periods of one month (up to a maximum of six months) by applying at an immigration office (there's at least one in each of Belize's six districts). For further information you can contact the Immigration & Nationality Department in Belmopan.