All visitors to Belize must present a valid passport before entering the country. The exception is for cruise ship passengers. They do not require an entry visa or a passport for that matter. Belize being small British Commonwealth country in North America with easy access to the U.S.A. and Canada, is well aware of potential illegal migrants from Asia and Africa trying to get into the country with the intention of using it as a stepping stone to head up north. As such, it has in place specif protocols to deter this activity.
Driver’s licenses and birth certificates are not approved travel documents and cannot be used to enter the country. Visitors must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 3 months after the date of arrival and a return ticket with sufficient funds to cover their stay.
If you decide you really like Belize and would like to stay longer, you can request a one-month extension from the Immigration and Nationality Department. Prospective immigrants renew every month or eventually decide to apply for Belize Permanent Residency.
Visas for Belize
Citizens of most countries do not require a visa to enter Belize. (See below. If your country of nationality is not listed, you need to apply for a visa.)
As of 2018, individuals with valid U.S.A. or Schengen Treaty Visas in their passports, as well as individuals with valid U.S. residency, do not require a visa to travel to Belize.
Visas for those who require them, should be obtained prior to coming to Belize and this can usually be facilitated by your travel agent or the hotel or resort that you have booked for your visit to Belize. For Inquiries or questions within Belize:
Belize Immigration and Nationality Department Belmopan, Cayo District Belize, Central America Telephone ++ 501-822-2423 Fax: ++ 501-822-2662
In the United States: The Belize Embassy 2535 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, D.C 20008 USA Telephone: ++ 1-202-332-9636 Fax:++ 1-202-332-6741
Motor Vehicles and Boats Entering The Country
For visitors driving / boating into Belize from Guatemala or Mexico, a temporary importation permit must be secured at the point of entry. Vehicle / vessel permits are valid for thirty days. If an extension of your permit is required, this can be requested from the Immigration and Nationality Department. We recommend international insurance coverage for your boat / vehicle.
List of Countries Not Requiring Belize Visa to Enter Belize
COUNTRY Antigua & Barbuda, Austria SI# 134 of 2002 no visas for holders of Diplomatic & Official passports, Australia • Norfolk Island • Andorra Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Belgium, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria Member of EU on 1/1/07, Canada, Chile SI #45 of 1992, Colombia, Costa Rica SI# 153 of 1991, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark , Greenland, Dominica, El Salvador SI # 121 of 1997 & SI # 18 of 2001, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, • Antilles • French Guiana • French Polynesia • Guadeloupe -La Deserada -Marie Galante -Isle de Saintes – St. Barthelemy – St. Martin • Martinique • Mayotte • Reunion, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala SI# 153 of 1991, Guyana, Honduras SI # 121 of 1997 & SI # 57 of 2007, Hong Kong (SAR China) Special Agreement with China (1997), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg. Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico SI# 31 of 1998 No visas for holders of diplomatic & official passports. Continues.
Monaco, Namibia, Netherlands – Aruba – Netherland Antilles, New Zealand – Cook Island – Nive – Tokelau – Ross Dependency, Nicaragua SI#121 of 1997 & SI# 57 of 2007, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Romania – became member of EU on 1/1/07, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey SI# 81 of 2001. Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom – Anguilla – Bermuda – British Antarctic Territory – British Indian Ocean Territory – British Virgin Islands – Cayman Islands – Falkland Islands – Gibraltar – Montserrat – Pitcairn Islands – St. Helena & Dependencies (Ascencion, Tristan da Cunha) – South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands – Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia – Turks & Caicos Islands, United States of America, Permanent Residents of the United States of America – American Samoa – Guam (Northern Mariana Islands) – Puerto Rico – Marshall Islands – Federated States of Micronesia – Palau – U.S. Virgin Islands, Uruguay Vanuatu, Venezuela SI# 47 of 1997, Western Samoa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
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Article updated 20 June 2021.