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Belize

Capital
Belmopan
Time Zone
GMT – 6
Telephone Services
Country Code: 501

Outgoing Code: 00

Emergency Telephone Numbers
All services – 911
Tourist Information
Caribbean Tourism Organisation, 42 Westminster Gardens, Artillery Row, London SW1P 1RR Tel: (020) 7222 4335 Fax: (020) 7222 4325.
Passport Information
Valid passport required by all must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may change at short notice. Contact the High Commission before departure.
Visa Information
Visa required by all, but it is advisable to contact the High Commission before departure as regulations are subject to change.
Health Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria: Exists throughout the year excluding the urban areas predominately in the benign Vivax form.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required for travellers arriving from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Cholera.
Food & Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency
Belizean Dollar (BZ$) = 100

Amex and Visa are widely accepted. MasterCard can also be used but to a more limited extent. US Dollars is the preferred currency for travellers cheques.

ATM availability: Unavailable.

Cost of Living
Caters for all travellers and budgets.
Languages
English is the official language but Spanish is spoken by over half the population.
Weather
Sub-tropical climate, hot and humid. Monsoon season June – September.
Electricity
110/220 Volts Ac 60 Hz.
Post
Up to 5 days to Europe
Transport
FLIGHTS: Charter and scheduled flights operate between the main towns. ROAD: All weather roads link the main towns in the country although torrential rain during the monsoon season often makes these impassable. CAR HIRE: International companies exist in the main cities. DOCUMENTATION: A national driving licence is acceptable.
Special Information
HIGH RISK. DUE TO DAMAGE CAUSED BY HURRICANE KEITH THE FCO ADVISE AGAINST ALL HOLIDAY AND OTHER NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL TO AMBERGRIS CAYE AND CAYE CAULKER. Petty crime is common and mugging is a problem in major cities. Travel in groups if possible. Common sense rules should be applied. It is inadvisable to discuss politics with the locals.