Punta Gorda - Clearance

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For full details on clearing into and out of Belize see Belize Formalities.

This port is a check-in/out option in the south of Belize and easy as all the authorities are in one building by the dinghy dock. It is however an open roadstead anchorage so should only be used in settled weather with a crew member left on board (Placencia offers a more sheltered anchorage).

Hours are 0800-1200 and 1300-1700 (but nobody should anchor off in the afternoon).

If you can complete Sailclear in advance of arrival, this will save you some time.

All of the offices for clearance are centrally located in one building (Health and Agriculture, Customs, Immigration and Port Authority). This is a white block building with “Welcome to Belize”, easily seen from the anchorage with a concrete pier.

There is an additional (5th) office in the same building which charges BZD10 for a dinghy.

Notes:

  • It has been reported that if you clear in or out here between 12:00 and 13:00, you will be charged overtime rates.
  • The only charges you should be paying are to Agriculture, Port Captain and for a departure zarpe. See Fees for more details.
  • The Immigration office here is the place to check out before continuing on to the Rio Dulce.

Last updated:  May 2024

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