Belize travel information
Due to coronavirus, other countries in the region
have introduced extensive entry restrictions for
travelers from European countries. Travelers are
requested to be prepared so that entry restrictions can
be introduced with little or no warning. For more
information about coronavirus, see the entry Entry and
Belize is an interesting and beautiful country, and
in most cases, staying in the country goes smoothly.
Central America generally has a high crime rate and very
high homicide rates in some areas. One must be vigilant
about what is happening around them, and be careful
about the choice of place of residence and where to
travel, especially in the evening. By taking the right
precautions, you can avoid being exposed to unpleasant
Norway is represented by an Honorary Consulate
General in Belize City. The Norwegian Embassy in Mexico
City is responsible for the Norwegian embassy. Contact
information for consulates and the embassy in Mexico can
be found under "Emergency".
The crime that affects tourists is usually
financially motivated, in the form of theft and armed
robbery. Events happen both daytime and evening. One
should not openly bring valuables. Luggage and personal
belongings should be carefully monitored at airports,
bus stations and the like. PCs are highly sought after.
Belize City and the capital Belmopan are considered
the most criminally charged cities in Belize. Some parts
of the cities are much more vulnerable than others. So
the best advice is to use common sense wherever you are,
and pay close attention to the surroundings, especially
in the evening/night.
- Countryaah: Belmopan is the capital
of Belize. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
One should not travel on foot outside cities and
towns after dark. Act as much as possible in groups in
vulnerable places. However, it can be advantageous to
have some cash on it, which you can give away if you are
exposed to assault. Women traveling alone should
exercise particular care.
If you are approached by people who pretend to be
police or tourist guides and offer help or other, make
sure they have the correct identification. Many tourists
have been robbed by fake tourist police and/or guides.
Care should be taken if drinks are offered out of
town. There have been some cases of tourists who have
been given narcotics in the drinks. Recently, new
methods have also been used to dop people and then rob
or assault them.
Some drug trafficking and prostitution occur. There
are severe penalties for drug offenses.
Border disputes with Guatemala, organized crime and
generally increasing violence in society can lead to
protests/demonstrations. Belize has one of the highest
murder rates in the region.
Risk of terrorist incidents in Central America is
There is right-hand traffic throughout Central
America. Traffic accidents are a frequent cause of death
and accident that also hit tourists. The roads are of
When using a taxi, prices should be agreed in advance
and the taxi should not - as is often the case - bring
other passengers on the trip. Tourists should also be
wary of people begging at traffic lights and generally
keep windows and doors closed and locked.
There are no rail networks in Central America. There
are frequent flight connections, including to remote
locations, but when using small airlines, it is
recommended to use those who partner with or are part of
the larger international airlines in the region.
Belize is not as severely affected by earthquakes as
its neighboring countries, but shaking can occur.
However, due to the country's position towards the
Caribbean Gulf, it is at the heart of a hurricane belt.
Hurricanes have played an important and disastrous role
in Belize's history. The peak season for hurricanes is
between August and November.
The country can experience rainfall throughout the
year, but the driest time is between January and April.
During the rainy season (April - November), heavy
rainfall can cause flooding with subsequent damage to
With the exception of Belize, relationships between
two people of the same sex are legal in all Central
American countries. Most citizens have a conservative
relationship with homosexuality, and it is recommended
that gays exercise discretion to avoid getting into
unpleasant situations. In Belize, the law states that
gay foreigners do not have access to the country.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Due to the coronavirus virus, foreign travelers who
have been to a European country, China, Hong Kong, Japan
or South Korea for the past 30 days will not be able to
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa for tourist and
business stays of less than 30 days in Belize. The
passport must be valid for up to six months after the
scheduled departure date.
For stays longer than 30 days, you can apply for a
visa that gives you the right to stay for 90 days.
Alternatively, one can travel out and inland.
You can be fined or imprisoned if staying in the
For updated information on entry rules, travelers are
encouraged to check with Belize's nearest embassy.
Although Norwegian citizens do not initially need a
visa to travel to Central America, only a passport
(including an emergency passport) is the approved
identification document. The passport must be valid for
at least six months after scheduled departure. It is the
traveler's responsibility to ensure that travel
documents are valid and that entry and stay regulations
are complied with.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of how the coronavirus is
developing in the country. Follow the advice of local
authorities and and instructions on how to deal with the
Foreign travelers who have been to a European
country, China, Hong Kong, Japan or South Korea for the
past 30 days will not be able to access Belize.
Also, keep track of information from local
authorities for exceptional entry regulations. Please
note that information may change quickly.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Belize city has acceptable medical and hospital
quality. Offers outside Belize City are limited. Public
hospitals often lack basic medicines and equipment, so
Norwegian citizens are advised to use private services.
It is common to have to pay before treatment takes
place. For severe or difficult diagnoses, it is
recommended to use laboratories and hospitals in the
United States or Mexico.
Malaria occurs, and there are several confirmed cases
of both traditional and Hemorrhagic Dengue Fever (DHF).
It is therefore important to protect against mosquito
bites (mosquito net, mosquito repellent). WHO recommends
malaria prophylaxis. There are also zika in Belize. For
official health professional travel advice and health
professional guidance, you can contact the Institute of
The tap water is strongly chlorinated. Bottled
drinking water should be purchased. Supermarkets in
major cities can buy chlorine for disinfecting raw
vegetables and fruits. It is recommended to avoid buying
food on the street (in stalls, etc.) or in places where
you have doubts about hygiene. If in doubt or have no
choice, choose well-cooked and cooked dishes and avoid
raw vegetables and fruits without peel.
No vaccines are required to enter Belize. For
information on travel vaccines, see the recommendations
of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
It is recommended to check with Belize's nearest
embassy regarding the rules for importing medicines.
Belize is one of seven countries forming Central
America. The official language is English. The climate
in Belize is Tropical, rainy season is from May to
Belize offers an incredible ethnic diversity.
According to official figures, 53 percent of the
population are Miseries (of European-Native American
descent), 25 percent of Creole (of African and
African-European descent), ten percent of Mayan Indians,
and seven percent of Garifunas (ethnic group of mixed
descent: Caribbean, Arawak and Western Africa).
The cultural and ethnic diversity can offer many
beautiful scenes and can be sought after photo objects.
However, one should always ask for permission before
taking pictures/filming the locals, and preferably ask
an adult before taking pictures of children.
Belize is known for beautiful scenery both above and
below water. Off the coast of Belize is the largest
coral reef in the Northern Hemisphere (Belize Barrier
Reef). It is an example of the evolutionary evolution of
coral reefs, and is a habitat for many endangered
species. Unesco therefore included the reef on its World
Heritage list in 1996. The whole of Central America is
defined as a biological hotspot (area of great
biological diversity and with a high number of unique
species). Destruction of the reef and other forms of
environmental crime can therefore be considered extra
Religious freedom is guaranteed in Belize, but up to
80 percent of the population consider themselves
Christians (Catholics and Protestants).
The official language of Belize is English, and the
majority of the population speak the language well.
However, the pronunciation is somewhat different from
traditional English, it is often spoken in Creole, which
is based on the English language but with African words
and syntaxes embedded in the speech. Spanish, Mayan and
Gar®™fauna languages are also spoken. Belize is under
the Caribbean influence, perhaps more than Central
American. Music is the most important artistic
expression and includes everything from marimba,
calypso, soca, steel drums and reggae.
Visa, American Express, Mastercard and Diners are
mostly accepted credit cards in major locations. It is
mostly problematic to withdraw cash from vending
machines with these cards, but cloning of cards occurs.
Belize has no railroad. Tica bus operates all over
Central America, with modern buses with air cooling and
Local bus transport can be time consuming, but there
are regular routes across the country. There are daily
flights by small plane to the major cities.
Few taxis have a taximeter, and the price should be
agreed in advance. Car hire is available at the airport
and at several hotels. Many local companies operate in
the country, but also the major international ones such
as Budget and Hertz.
The Belize area code is +501. The telephone and
mobile networks are stable. Belize Internet domain
Public offices and shops are normally open between
10.00 and 17.00. 08 and 12 and between noon. 14 and 17,
Monday through Friday. Most shops also have Saturdays
open. The banks are usually open between 11.00 and
17.00. 8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday 8:30 am and 11:30
Public holidays are - January 1st (New Year's Day).
March 9, next Monday (Baron Bliss Day). May 1 (workers'
day). May 24 (Commonwealth Day). September 10 (St.
George's Caye Day). September 21 (Independence Day).
October 12 (Columbus Day). November 19 (Garifuna
Settlement Day). December 25 (Christmas Day). December
26 (Boxing Day).