Practical Information in Belize city

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Although Belize is a very secure tourist destination, there are some things to remember to make your Belixe trip run smoothly. Below you'll find some Belize City Practical Information to know when planning your trip.

Geography, Climate and Time Zone

Belize is located in Central America, bounded to the east by the Caribbean Sea, to the north by Mexico, and to the west and south by Guatemala. It has a tropical climate with only two major seasons: dry and rainy. The rainy season is during the months of June to November, and the dry season is from December to May. Belize belongs to the Greenwich Mean Time Zone (GMT), which means that means it is one hour behind Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Passport and Visa

If you are planning to go to Belize, you are required to have your visa with you upon arrival. However, you are allowed to enter the country with a $25 30-day tourist visa if you are a citizen of any North American or European country, Mexico, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Norway, Costa Rica, or Australia. You will need to carry your passport and photo ID for identification purposes. It is advisable to carry photo-copied version of your passport and other important documents when traveling.

Arrival and Departure

If you are entering the city by car, you need to show proof of ownership or a rental certificate, as well as any travel documents and identification. Upon departure, tourists are required to pay a visitor’s fee and tax amount of $25. Like any other country, tourists are not allowed to carry deadly weapons or illegal drugs when entering Belize. When leaving the country, tourists are not allowed to carry turtle shells, unprocessed corals, firearms, or drugs.

Language and People

The population in this country is diverse and multicultural, composed of 34 percent Meztizos, 25 percent Kriols, 15 percent Spanish, 11 percent Mayan, and 6 percent Garinagu.

Belize is the only Central American country that considers English its official and primary language. Although there are other dialects used by the people of Belize, including Kriol, Spanish, Garifuna, Kek’chi, Mopan, Plautdietsch, Yucateco, Chinese and Hindi, English is the most widely spoken language.

Emergency Numbers

Belize is one of the safest tourist destinations in Central America. However, in the event of an unexpected emergency, you can dial the following numbers for assistance.

  • Fire Services: 90
  • Police: 911 or 227-22-22
  • Ambulance: 90
  • Medical Department: 223-15-48/ 223-15-64
  • U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory: 202/647-5225
  • U.S. Passport Agency:  202/647-0518
  • U.S. Embassy in Belize: 227-7161
  • Canadian Consulate in Belize: 223-1061
  • U.K. Embassy in Belize:  822-2146
  • Time, Date and Temperature: 121

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March 22, 2010 change by kwalker

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