Belize’s ‘summer’ is known as the dry season which runs from December through to April, and the rainy season runs from June through October. Whereas May and November are ‘shoulder’ periods as one season evolves into the other from dry to rainy or rainy to dry.
Weather is warm all year round with average temps 24 degrees C from November to January, and gradually warming up to 27 degree C average May to September when it is at its hottest. Coldest night time temp is around 10 degrees C and hottest it will likely get at height of day is 32 degrees C
Rainy season sees tropical rain where you get downpours for an hour or so most days, then it clears up refreshed. Often the rain can come at same time each day which could be at night time or evening – so Belize still sees plenty of visitors in the UK and European and USA summer holiday period of July and August. However it should be noted that the region can see hurricanes in October.
Up-to-date visa and entry requirements for Belize can be found at Belize www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/belize/entry-requirements
British nationals can visit Belize for up to 30 days without a visa. Make sure your passport is stamped on entry as lack of proof of entry can result in a fine and/or imprisonment. Visitors can get a 30-day visa extension at any immigration office. The fee is BZD$60 for each extension.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Belize.
The authorities in Belize have confirmed they will accept British passports extended by 12 months by British Embassies and Consulates under additional measures put in place in mid-2014.
Evidence of Yellow Fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Belize.
Travelling with children
Single parents or adults travelling with children under the age of 18 are required to provide notarised documentary evidence of parental responsibility, or consent to travel from those with parental responsibility. Such documentation is often required before being allowed to enter Belize and, in some cases, before permitting children to leave the country.
The departure tax is US$35, which can be paid only in US dollars or with a credit/ debit card. It is included in some air tickets. There is a bank inside the airport where you can convert Belize dollars to US dollars to a maximum of BZD$1000.
For up-to-date advice on any vaccination requirements and any health risks associated with visiting Belize, contact your local GP.
Additional useful Information is also provided at www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/destinations/central-america/belize.aspx an NHS web site specialising in providing health information to travellers from the UK.
For up-to-date UK government advice concerning travel to Belize www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/belize
Major Credit cards are accepted; travellers’ cheques can be exchanged at most banks, hotels & travel agencies.
The Belize dollar is pegged to the $US and is set at BZ$2 = US$1.
$US dollars are widely accepted at bars, restaurants, hotels and retail outlets although you may receive change in local Belize dollars. Travellers are advised to take small $US denomination notes such as $1 and $5 and $10 as people may not have change for larger $US notes.
GMT -6 hours
Philip S.W. Goldson International at Belize City (BZE)
Spanish and Kirol are also recognised local languages
110V AC 60Hz – same plug type as USA
22,966 sqKm – about the same size as Wales