COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD : BELIZE

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Travel Information Belize


CENTRAL AMERICA

 

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General Information

  • 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
  • Corozal
  • 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.

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Money

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Currency

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.

ATM’S

Common

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.

Tipping

Expected to tip

Tipping is expected in Belize since staff depend on tips to supplement their often minimum wages.

Communication

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Internet

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.

Mobile phone

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.

Mobile phones

Belize uses GSM mobile networks GSM 850 and GSM 1900.

Roaming

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.

Dial code

+501

To call Belize, dial +, then 501 (the country code for Belize), then the area code and the local number.

Crime

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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.

Pickpocketing/theft

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.

Transport

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Road rules

You drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Speed limits

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.

Driving license

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

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Alcohol

Legal

Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.

Prostitution

Legal

Prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.

Drugs

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.

Other

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Emergency numbers

  • Police 911
  • Ambulance 911
  • Fire department 911

Vaccinations

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.

  • Rabies

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SOURCE & MORE INFORMATION: thebasetrip.com

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