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WorldMiddle AmericaCentral AmericaBelize
17°04.000'N, 088°42.000'W Chart icon.png
Capital Belmopan
Language English, Creole, Spanish
Currency Belize Dollar (BZD)
Time zone CST (UTC−6)
Calling code +501

The Caribbean coast is lined with a coral reef and some 450 islets and islands known locally as cayes (pronounced "keys"), forming the approximately 200 mile (322 km) long Belize Barrier Reef, the longest in the Western Hemisphere and the second longest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef. Three of the four coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere are also located off the coast of Belize. Belize is also the only Central American country without a coast on the Pacific Ocean.


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All yachts must clear in within 24 hours of arrival in Belize waters and must visit Immigration, Customs and Quarantine. After clearance to depart, yachts must leave Belize waters within 24 hours.



Customs and Immigration


Private yachts are allowed to stay in Belize for up to 6 months.

Firearms and all ammunition MUST be declared on arrival and these are held in custody by Customs until your departure.

PETS: Animals must be accompanied by a certificate of freedom from infection/contagious disease by a veterinarian following examination not more than 48 hours prior to shipment; animals must also be certified as having been vaccinated against rabies not less than one month nor more than six months prior to departure. Dogs must have valid vaccination certificates against Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Parvovirus, and Leptospirosis. Further information: Embassy of Belize Website, Email.

Importation of fruit and vegetables is prohibited - all fresh produce is confiscated on arrival. The officials will request a list of ship's stores (incl. fresh produce) on arrival.


Visas are not required for most nationalities, including citizens of the United States, the United Kingdom and British Commonwealth countries, as well as most members of the E. U. Visitors from other countries need to check with their local Belize consulate or contact the Immigration Department, New Administration Building, Belmopan, Ph: 08-22611, Fax: 08-22662. Visitors are allowed a stay of up to 30 days. An extension may be applied for (for a small fee) from the Immigration Office, Government Administration Building, Mahogany Street, Belize City, Ph: 02-24620, Fax: 24056.

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Health and Security


Prophylaxis for Malaria is highly recommended. Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Polio vaccinations are recommended. Belize has a very high Aids infection rate.




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  • Belize City Belize City /wiki/Belize_City Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Placencia (Big Creek)Placencia (Big Creek)/wiki/Big_Creek_Placencia Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Cay Caulker Cay Caulker /wiki/Cay_Caulker Island icon – island |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Punta GordaPunta Gorda/wiki/Punta_Gorda,_Belize Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • San Pedro (Ambergris Cay)San Pedro (Ambergris Cay)/wiki/San_Pedro_Ambergris_Cay Island icon – island |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |


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