What Do I Need to enter Belize?

The recommended and preferred international ID is a valid passport, but one may need more to enter Belize

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Pack your passport when visiting Belize

Entering Belize will require a passport and possibly a visa. While birth cerificates and driver's licenses may be valid forms of identification at home, don't count on them solely to get you through customs checks in Belize.


Citizens of the following countries may enter Belize with only a valid passport, no visa required:

  • U.S.
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Great Britain
  • New Zealand
  • Hong Kong
  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • Venezuela
  • CARICOM* member states
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden

* CARICOM member states are as follows: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Keep in mind that customs officials will ask the intended length of your stay. Tell them the maximum legal stay, 30 days, or the official may endorse your passport with a shorter stay, which may cause problems should you need to remain in Belize longer than anticipated. This entry permit is renewable for up to six months; the fee is $50(USD) per month.


Travelers entering Belize from Mexico or Guatemala by land will need to prove they have $50(USD) per day, which is what the government considers enough money to cover a visit. This rule is rarely enforced, but young travelers especially should be careful of this requirement.

Only cruise ship passengers may avoid presenting a valid passport before entering Belize. However, if your plans involve entering or returning to the United States, a valid passport will need to be presented upon arrival in the U.S.

Note: A driver's license and birth certificate are not approved travel documents for entry, and passports must be valid until departure from Belize.

If a traveler's passport is full or damaged but readable, Belize requires the purchase of a visitor's permit for $100(USD).


Travelers who need visas must obtain them outside Belize. Visas are available from your nearest Belizean consulate or embassy. One may be issued at the entry points if a visa cannot be obtained prior to arrival, however, travelers will need prior approval for this granted by immigration.

Travelers from the following countries will need a visa for entry to Belize at a cost of $100(USD):

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bosnia
  • Brazil
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • El Salvador
  • Ethiopia
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Japan
  • Korea (North and South)
  • Libya
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Ukraine
  • Yugoslavia
  • Zaire

A $100(USD) visa and clearance from the Director of Immigration are necessary for travelers from the following countries:

  • Bolivia
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Nigeria
  • Palestine
  • Peru
  • Syria
  • United Arab Emigrates

A $2,000(USD) visa and clearance from the Director of Immigration are necessary for travelers from the following countries:

  • People's Republic of China
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Sri Lanka
  • Nepal
  • Thailand
  • Myanmar (Burma)

Travelers come from around the world to see the natural wonders that Belize has to offer. For some, however, getting into the country requires more paperwork than others.


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