Belize Travel Advice: Things to keep in mind
When traveling to Belize, you may or may not need a visa to enter the country depending on your location. People traveling to Belize from UK, USA, EU countries and many Caribbean islands can freely enter the country. People from other countries may have to check their status but most others require a visa valid for one month although extensions are available.
While you can follow general common sense travel advice that applies to countries around the world, there are some tips and pieces of advice that should be adhered to within Belize itself.
Although you can spend a fair amount of your time on a secluded beach, you should not wear your beach clothes in and around towns or cities. Seen as more disrespectful by some and you should dress casually when in this area. With Belize being more relaxed, you only need one outfit for more formal types of places, but this really may never get used to.
You should keep in mind that your sense of time can be very different from the sense or awareness of time in Belize. It’s more relaxed and punctuality isn’t high on the agenda, so plan accordingly and try not to get upset and impatient. This is the way things are across the country and something you will have to get used to as you eventually do things. Losing your temper or trying to force an issue can cause them to raise their shutters and get you nowhere.
When leaving the country, you are required to pay tax. This should have been included in your ticket but it is important to check this when booking to avoid getting a rather nasty surprise and being asked for more money.
In terms of health issues, there are no real differences from other countries in Central America with regard to potential diseases. The main thing is to protect yourself from malaria so you have to remember to bring your tablets and insect repellent. Aside from that your other real problem can be due to something you are eating so common sense should be applied to reduce these chances.
In terms of cash in Belize, you must ensure that you have enough with you either in actual money or traveler’s checks. You may find it difficult to get money from ATMs in cities due to the general reluctance to accept foreign cards. If you run into difficulties, you can get paid via different companies and pick up sites can be found online when you are in Belize. Belize is a relatively cheap country to travel in and some research can allow you to judge in advance how much money you really need and avoid this type of situation ever happening.
These are just a few of the tips that you should keep in mind for your trip to Belize as they will hopefully make your trip there more comfortable.