Holiday Travel Advice for Belize

Holiday Travel Advice for Belize

Safety Concern

Belize is considered to be relatively terror-free. The country has just a low general threat from terrorism. As with travel to all foreign countries, British nationals are encouraged to be cognizant of terrorist attacks in public areas. Areas that are frequented by expatriates and holiday makers should always be treated with caution.

Of bigger concern to those on holiday are threats of physical assaults and violent crime. Tourists can be the target of robbery, rape, and armed robbery. Gangs from neighbouring Guatemala were at one time entering Belize’s tourist sites and remote forests. Due to the efforts of the Belize Defence Force, incidents of crime by Guatemalan gangs are now rather rare.

Mugging is a concern for travellers to all tourist hotspots, including Belize. Most reported muggings occur in Belize City, but can happen in other tourist havens such as San Pedro, Placencia, and Caye Caulker. Muggings occur during all hours of the day. Local gang violence has been increasing in certain areas of Belize City. As such, it is advised to avoid the Kraal Road and George Street districts in Belize City.  By staying aware of your surroundings, keeping valuables out of sight, and travelling in groups, the threat of becoming a crime statistic is minimized.  It is also recommended to use a reputable tour guide if you desire to investigate the local colour of the non-tourist areas of Belize.

Natural Disasters

Hurricane/tropical cyclone season runs from June through November in Belize. Depending on the strength of the storm, a hurricane may be catastrophic damage to vulnerable areas. The best way to stay atop the weather and hurricane potential is to refer to the National Hurricane Centre website. If a hurricane threatens your area, it is wise to follow advice of locals or tour guides.

Getting Around

Family car hire in Belize is a great way to get around. It is not necessary to obtain an International Driving Permit if your stay is less than three months. Your UK Drivers Licence is valid for short term road travel, but the International Driving Permit is required for stays longer than three months. Extra precaution should be given during rainy conditions. Low-lying areas in the south of Belize may flood over roads. Main roads may also become slippery when wet.

Entry Requirements

British nationals may travel to Belize for up to 30 days without a visa; any longer length will require a visa. A passport is required for admission, and the passport must be valid for a period of at least six months prior to entering the country. Children travelling with a single parent or single adult must provide documentation of parental responsibility prior to admission into Belize.

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