A Fact about Belize
- Did you know Belize only has 1 International Airport and it is not open 24/7.
The Philip S.W Goldson International Airport near Belize City, is the only International Airport in the Country. The Airport is abbreviated BZE on your ticket for international flights and PGIA if you are flying Maya or Tropic Air. After your flight you will need to either take a local flight, rental car, cab or private or shared shuttle to other destination in the country.
Below are some questions you should definitely know the answers to about Belize.
Air service is somewhat limited and is mostly from a few hubs in the United States. To find the most affordable flights, stay flexible on your dates, avoid peak holiday travel (around Christmas and Easter), and sign up for Internet specials and e-mail fare alerts on the airlines flying to Phillip Goldson International Airport (BZE). Currently United, American, US Airways, Southwest Airlines, Aero Mexico, Air Canada, Sun Country Airlines, West Jet and TACA. Another option is to fly into Cancun, which usually has good air deals, and take the ADO bus to Belize.
Belize Location on a Map
No one is left behind! That means that we stay at the International Airport till your lane landed, waiting for your relieved expression on your face, seeing our yellow team shirts and your names on the sign.
There is a couple of rideshare services in Belize city known as Dalla ( read Dollar) Vans. They all have a set route(s) that locals know very well. Their good to get you from the center of town to the outskirts of town.
Taxies are still your best option to Uber in Belize when you are traveling with-in the City, Towns or Villages. Do expect at times to drive in “Frankenstein Taxis”, looks like a car was build or maintained by using parts of 3 other ones of a different color, cheap but at times a little tempting to drive in.
The best alternative to Uber or Lyft for long distances in Belize is the transportation service offered by Belize Shuttle by William. With our Shuttle service, it’s your vacation on your timing. Tailored to your needs, we don’t go by regular schedule but by the client’s wishes in timing and destinations with possible stops build-in.
None of the options can be compared to ease of booking Uber or Lyft, where you can plug in your location and destination via an app. Instead of an app to arrange a ride, simply fill out the contact form with your pick-up and drop-off information. Payment for your ride is paid to the driver when the ride is over.
So, you can see the reviews of your Uber driver. Belize Shuttle by William Drivers reviews can be found on Tripadvisor and many other chats, blog sites, also the one that you probably used to find “how to get from Belize city/airport to San Ignacio, or How to get around in Belize?”. Many of the drivers are mentioned by name in the many lengthy reviews that convinced you to give us the chance to be there for you. William’s drivers are often requested for the return trip as well as soon as the one-way client liked the service so good that the return was a done deal also.
William’s Belize Shuttle Service is probably the safest way and most comfortable way to travel in Belize 2019 – 2020.
Our vans are well maintained and or driver a professional, responsible people that will deliver you to the destination and make sure the hotel has you in their list before they leave u. If, for instance, a personal item is left in our vehicles, we will do our best to get it to you. And that’s just misplaced items.
As to how safe is the rest of the country. No Central American or Caribbean country can ever guarantee you that nothing will go wrong, Belize is generally considered a very safe country for visitors, with Belize City giving the country a rough reputation, just like Chicago does for Illinois. Comparing Belize to Costa Rica in terms of safety. San Jose isn’t a desirable city for tourists, and downtown has much higher crime rates than anywhere else in the country. Ambergris Caye is the most visited destination in Belize and has a very low crime rate.
Belize is very rural in aspect, and even the largest municipality (Belize City) has only 70,000 inhabitants.
San Ignacio and Santa Elena make up the second-largest municipalities and travelers always mention when leaving how comfortable and safe they felt while being there.
Belize has a section of is Police department specialize in tourism. You can Identify these officers from there uniform with Tourism Police mark on it. They a special task to keep a watch full eye on tourism-related issues, like a local drug peddler trying to approach a traveler, ( yes drugs are still illegal here ) I always say, “it’s a safe as you behave”, people that think that USA illegal stuff is not illegal here might be in for a surprise …and when your gut tells you something is wrong to listen to it…
The advisory given by the U.S. State Department is to, exercise increased caution in Belize due to crime. Local crime – such as sexual assault, home invasions, armed robberies, and murder – happen anywhere in the world but tourists on vacation are normally not part of this. No one is out to kidnap you or steal your passport. Due to high crime travelers are advised to exercise caution while traveling to the south side of Belize City, but anywhere in Belize City at night I wouldn’t suggest to go walkabout, take taxis if you need to. Good common sense and simply seeking the stores, bars and other public areas popular amongst your fellow travelers can keep you comfortably safe.
Either Tips or Gratuity appreciated. If you as our client are happy or even impressed by how our driver taking care of your travel needs then of course feel free to reward him for it. Do know that in this team the tips are for the driver, the company doesn’t expect or demand any of tips or gratuity as in contrast with some out there. The driver deserved it. he will keep it.
We don’t add gratuity in our fares, that would be assumption by us that you will have to even if we didn’t deliver our service as expected.
Belize Entry / Exit Requirements
All visitors must have a passport valid beyond their planned departure date. No visas are required for citizens of the United States for tourist visits of up to 30 days, but they must have proof of their intent to depart Belize (such as onward or return air tickets) and proof of sufficient funds to maintain themselves in Belize. Visitors for purposes other than tourism, or who wish to stay longer than 30 days, must obtain visas. All tourists and non-Belizean citizens are required to pay an exit fee of approximately US$40 (this fee may be included in your airline ticket, please check with your airline before your trip). Belize allows visitors a maximum of one month’s stay in the country before Belize Immigration requires an extension in one-month increments obtained from Belize Immigration offices throughout the country. No specific immunizations are required for visitors to Belize.
Visitors traveling with minor children may be asked by immigration officials to show Birth certificates for each child. When children are not traveling with both parents, immigration officials often request signed documentation to establish the children are traveling with the permission of both parents. Such documentation may include notarized letters from the parent(s), custody or adoption papers, and death certificates in situations where one or both parents are deceased.
All passengers arriving and departing Belize through PGIA must be properly documented.
- Completed Embarkation Form on arrival
- Completed Disembarkation Form on departure
- Valid Passport
- Return ticket to country of origin (non-residents)
- Valid visa for countries from which visa is required
- Present at least US$60.00 per day for the duration of stay
- Satisfy Immigration Officers of specific address or hotel reservation
CARICOM citizens who are Secretariat Members can travel on special travel documents.
A line is provided for other citizens of CARICOM and for wheel-chair passengers.
For further information on immigration procedures, call Belize Immigration at:
- Immigration Headquarters 011 501 (822 – 3860)
- Belize City 011 501 (222 – 4620)
- International Airport 011 501 (205 – 2214)
further information on customs procedures, call Belize Customs at 011 501 (205 – 2059)
The Belize Customs Department conducts an inspection of incoming passengers’ luggage and collects the requisite taxes and/or import duties where applicable.
There are two categories of passengers: passengers with items to declare and passengers carrying items which are duty-free, thus nothing to declare.
- Items for declaration should have an invoice and should be listed on the Customs Declaration Form
- One Form may be filled out for family members traveling together and where children are under 18 years of age
- Passengers over 18 years need to complete their own Declaration Form
- Passengers are required to possess a valid passport along with Customs Declaration Form and relevant receipts where applicable
- Items attracting tax or duty may be paid for in cash, VISA and MASTER cards or certified cheques
The US embassy encourages all Americans to enroll in there Smart Traveler Enrollment Program if you will be traveling to or living in Belize. https://step.state.gov/step/
Yes, The US Dollar is ACCEPTED EVERYWHERE in Belize at the exchange rate of $1.00 USD to $2.00 BZD. There is absolutely no need to convert your cash to Belizean Dollars. What is NOT ACCEPTED are the coins of any value. The financial institution, however, has a slightly different exchange rate, a little less than what you get when paying Hotels, Tour Operators, Groceries store and other non-financial institutions.