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 Belize - Formalities

Clearance

Arrival The estimated time of arrival (E.T.A) must be received by the Belize Port Authority no later than 48 hours in advance. Send the information via Fax: 223-0710 or Email: info@portauthority.bz

All boats must contact Belize Port Authority on VHF channel 16 or H.F. radio channel 2182 who will direct boats as necessary upon their arrival.

All boats must clear immeditately on arrival with Customs, Immigration, Health and Currency. Bear this in mind if arriving at the weekend as clearance on a Sunday or out of hours will incur overtime charges, which can be high.

At Belize City and Big Creek, Customs and Immigration offices are close to the Port Control office.

Those arriving at any other port-of-entry can handle all necessary procedures with the Belize Port Authority through Immigration at San Pedro which is located on Barrier Reef Drive, 1 block north of Central Park (directly across from the Tropic Air Terminal and above ScotiaBank).

Customs require copies of crew lists, stores lists, ship's papers and zarpe from previous port.

If arriving from Guatemala or Mexico, a temporary importation permit must be secured at the point of entry. These permits are valid for thirty days. If an extension is required, this can be requested from the Immigration Department.

Departure

After clearance to depart has been completed, yachts must leave promptly, within 24 hours. The authorities do patrol their waters to enforce this regulation.

There is a departure tax of BZ$7.50 when leaving from Punta Gorda, Dangriga, or San Pedro. It can be paid in either U.S. or Belizean currency.

Last updated January 2016.

Immigration

Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the duration of the intended stay in the country.

If required, a 30-day visa will be issued on arrival, and extensions (up to six months) may be obtained from any Immigration Office.

Visas are not required for most nationalities, including British citizens, citizens of Commonwealth countries (except India, Parkistan and Sri Lanka). Citizens of the U.S.A., the EU, Costa Rica, Chile, Guatemala, Iceland, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Tunisia & Uruguay, Panama, San Marino, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela and the CARICOM countries (except Haiti).

Visitors from other countries need to check with the local Belizean consulate or contact the Immigration and Nationality Service, in Belmopan. All visitors are permitted to stay for up to 30 days. To apply for an extension contact the Immigration Office in Belize City.

If you're crossing into Belize from Mexico by land, visas can be obtained from the Belizean Consulate in Chetumal, just north of the international crossing.

Ensure your passport is stamped on entry otherwise you could be fined or imprisoned.

Last updated January 2016.

Belize Immigration Dept
Belmopan, Cayo District , Belize
Tel:+ 501-822-2423 Fax:+ 501-822-2662
Immigration Department
Government Administration Building , Mahogany Street, Belize City
Tel:+501 02-24620 Fax:+501 02 24056

Customs

Firearms and ammunition are usually removed and kept in custody by Customs until clearing out.

The importation of fruit or vegetables is prohibited and all fresh produce (wherever is was bought, including Belize) will be confiscated on arrival. The authorities will request a list of ship's stores (i.e. fresh produce) on arrival.

The removal, sale and exportation of the following are prohibited by law in Belize: any kind of coral without a licence; archaeological artefacts; orchids; shells, fish and crustaceans; turtles and turtle parts.

Everyone is required to declare any currency in their possession in excess of $10,000.00 BZ or foreign currency equivalent.

Yachts may remain in Belize for up to six months.

If arriving from Guatemala or Mexico, a temporary importation permit must be secured at the point of entry. These permits are valid for thirty days. If an extension is required, this can be requested from the Immigration Department.

For up to date information see the Belize Customs website (currently unavailable Jan 2016)

Last updated January 2016.

Health

Malaria prophylaxis is recommended. Typhoid, hepatitis A and polio vaccinations are also recommended by most doctors. Belize now ranks number one in Central America for Aids.

Tap water is potable in some towns and resort areas but tap water in the cayes or in the south of Belize is not recommended for drinking. Drink bottled water which is sold at all gas stations, grocery stores, etc.

ZIKA VIRUS ALERT: There have been recent safety alerts from the US State Department, UK Foreign Office, and Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding travel to parts of Central and South America, Africa, southern Asia, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific islands. Belize is an area of interest with multiple reported cases and active virus transmission. There is growing concern about the rapid spread of the ZIKA Virus and the impact of the virus on pregnant women and babies. ZIKA is transmitted by mosquitos in tropical and sub-tropical climates, and there is currently no cure or vaccine. This situation is evolving rapidly, so please refer to the CDC’s dedicated website if you are intending to cruise in one of the effected areas.

Last updated September 2016.

Fees

Immigration generally charges US$20 per person. Visa extension cost BZD$50/month for up to 6 months and BZD$100/month beyond that.

Customs officials charge US$40 (cash)

Health officials also charge US$40 (cash)

Port Authorities charge US$50 plus US$2.50 per day.

Fees are charged for sailing in the marine parks, the eight of which cover most of the water inside the barrier reef. These vary from 5 to $10 US per person, per day.

In practice, there appears to be large variations in the fees actually charged.

Last updated January 2016.

Restrictions

Nature conservation is a high priority and there are many national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and nature reserves, such as Half Moon Cay Natural When anchoring, it is very important not to damage any coral either with anchor or chain. The penalties for doing so can be very severe.

Monument and Hol Chan Marine Reserve, where damaging or catching any wildlife is prohibited. A permit is needed to hunt or collect any kind of wildlife and this will be granted only if it is for scientific or educational purposes.

It is prohibited to remove or export black coral, turtles or turtle products, to pick orchids in forest reserves, and to remove archaeological artefacts.

No conch are to be caught in-between the months of July and September, no lobster are to be caught in-between February 15th-June 14th. The capture of certain fish, such as grouper, is only allowed in certain locations.

No spear fishing is allowed.

Up-to-date information regarding the details of these interests can be obtained from Immigration office upon arrival.

Wider Caribbean's Marine Protected Areas (CaMPAM)
A useful database of MPAs in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean region. All Marine Parks are MPAs, and therefore if wanting to find out about any marine parks in the islands you are visiting, details and location can be sourced via this website.

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; and must be free of open wounds.

Dogs must have a valid certification of vaccination against distemper, parvovirus, infectious canine hepatitis and leptospirosis. Animals may be required to be re-vaccinated against rabies on arrival if certifications are deemed unsatisfactory.

Import permit can be obtained from the Veterinary Clinic in Belize on Tel/Fax 011 501 2 45230 email deshield@btl.net

Further details can be obtained from Embassy of Belize, 2535 Massachusettes Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20008 Tel: 202.332.9636 - belize@oas.org. or www.travelbelize.org

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affe304
affe304 says:
Nov 27, 2015 05:20 PM

There is a new boatyard in Placencia called Thunderbird Marine. It is big and rather new opened, but they have no advertisment. Obviously their homepage is not ready. They have got a facebook page, /thunderbirdsmarineboatyard.
Email: thunderbirdsmarinebz@gmail.com
Telephone +501 670 3737

Boats with a maximum of 7' in draft can enter by sea. From Placencia town, the dinghy dock is there, it's about 3 miles north, just next to the airstrip.

They can order Westmarine products.

Susan Kennedy
Susan Kennedy says:
Jun 04, 2014 02:34 PM

Be careful of the reef....
http://travelbelize.co/american-tourists-detained-in-belize/

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