Currently there is an airport departure fee of USD $55.50 for non-Belizean residents plus a security fee of $0.75 for domestic security screening.
Medical care is available at hospitals and clinics throughout the country. Each district is listed below:
English is the official language and is widely spoken, as is Spanish. Maya, Garifuna and Creole are also spoken.
The population of Belize is approximately 374,681 comprising Creoles (African-European), Garinagus (Black Caribs), Mestizos (Spanish-Indian), Maya and Europeans.
There is a 9% government/hotel tax. A general sales tax of 12.5% has been implemented and is applicable to goods and services.
Central Standard Time. Belize does not observe daylight-saving time.
Tipping is voluntary. Usually 10% is acceptable with 15% for exceptional service. In some cases a gratuity may be added to your check. This practice varies with each establishment. Be sure to ask before paying the bill.
Belize is an area of only 8,867 square miles. It is situated on the East Coast of Central America on the Caribbean Sea. Mexico borders Belize to the north and Guatemala to the west and south. It possesses the second-largest barrier reef in the world (185 miles long).
Drinking water is potable.
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The climate is subtropical, with a brisk prevailing wind from the Caribbean Sea. The annual temperature averages about 80 degrees F. The rainy season is between June and August.
What to Wear in Belize
Light, informal clothing is recommended, except for jungle excursions where the thick forest growth and insects should be taken into account. A sweater or jacket for cool inland mornings and evenings is advisable.
Local currency is the Belize Dollar, or BZ. One U.S. dollar is worth $2BZD.
Visitors to Belize are required to be in possession of valid passports and return/onward tickets. Visas are not required for citizens of the U.S., European Union, Commonwealth or Caricom nations, Mexico, Austria and Costa Rica. Visas are required for all other nationalities and can be obtained from any Belizean Embassy, consulate or British Embassy. For specific information please contact the Immigration and Nationality Department.
Anyone traveling with an infant must provide proper documentation for the child including a valid passport. In the event a passport is not available, an exception may be made with an original copy of the child's birth certificate, and a visitor's permit may be issued for a fee of $25 USD.
For further information on visa entry requirements to Belize please visit the Belize Tourism Board website by clicking the following link:
Belize is an independent country with a democratically elected parliamentary government and is a British Commonwealth member.
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