Travel Information Belize
- FLAG 🇧🇿
- CAPITAL Belmopan
- GOVERNMENT parliamentary democracy
- CURRENCY Belizean dollar (BZD) U.S. Dollar (USD) (Widely accepted)
- POPULATION 287,730 (July 2006 est.)
- TOTAL AREA 22,966 km2
- LANGUAGES English (official), Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna (Black Carib), Creole
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC-06:00
- LOCATION Located in Central America
Most popular cities in Belize
- Belmopan – inland capital
- Belize City – Belize’s largest city, on the Caribbean Sea
- Big Creek
- Crooked Tree
- Dangriga – Large Garifuna town in the south, formerly known as Stann Creek Town
- Orange Walk
- Punta Gorda
- San Ignacio – known as Cayo to locals, Maya and Hispanic influence near the Guatemala border
Sockets & Plugs
Belize uses 110/220V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A, Type B and Type G.
Belize dollar (symbol: $), code BZD.
Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 dollar. Dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 1 dollars and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.
Automatic teller machines are common. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Expected to tip
Tipping is expected in Belize since staff depend on tips to supplement their often minimum wages.
Internet speed in Belize is on average 2.4 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Belize is moderate. It’s relatively easy to find one when needed.
You can buy a SIM card for about 25.19 BZD, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 1 telecoms: DigiCell.
Belize uses GSM mobile networks GSM 850 and GSM 1900.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Belize upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Belize, dial +, then 501 (the country code for Belize), then the area code and the local number.
Moderate crime rate
Take precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pickpocketing. Be particularly vigilant at airports, railway stations and crowded public gatherings. Do not leave valuables unattended.
It’s recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.
You drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 40-64 km/h (24-39 mph) in all built-up areas and 88 km/h (54 mph) on undivided highways.
IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.
Cannabis is illegal & criminalized
Drugs (including cannabis/marijuana) are illegal & criminalized which means you are risking jail time with other penalties (fine, community service, rehabilitation) if you are caught.
- Police 911
- Ambulance 911
- Fire department 911
Vaccinations listed are recommended
The following vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
- Typhoid fever
- Hepatitis A
- Yellow Fever
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
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