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Belize

If you’re travelling to Belize, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information. 

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Entry requirements (visa/passport)
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >

Overview

Security status

Avoid non-essential travel.

Security Status Last Updated: 15 March 2020

COVID-19 

There is an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 globally.


Additional information on the Coronavirus can be found via the following links:

World Health Organisation

ECDC

HPSC

Belize has re-opened its international airport, but commercial flight options are still limited and land borders remain closed.

If you need to travel to Belize for essential reasons, you must:

-       Download the Belize Health App and complete the requested information within 72 hours of travel to Belize.

-       Take a PCR test within 72 hours of boarding your flight. A negative result will allow for “fast track” on arrival. If you are unable to take a           test before arrival, you will be required to take a test on arrival at your own expense at a cost of US$50 per passenger. 

The government of Belize continues to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. You are advised to follow official government sources for updates. Ministry of Health: http://health.gov.bz/www/

Information on COVID-19 restrictions while in Belize are listed in Statutory Instrument Documents available here.

Restrictions relate to wearing masks, social distancing, and restrictions on gatherings and private parties. Note that many of these restrictions are legally enforceable and breaches by individuals may result in fines or imprisonment.

Emergency assistance

Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in the Belize, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency situation.  However, if there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can contact our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.

EU Directive on Consular Protection

Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.

Our tips for safe travels:

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
  • Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

Crime

You should take precautions against street crime. There have been occasional violent incidents against tourists. You should take particular caution in the Southside area of Belize City due to gun crime and gang-related violence.

Hurricane season

The hurricane season in Belize normally runs from June to November. During the hurricane season, you should monitor updates from local authorities and the media before travelling to or around Belize.

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.

Health

Health

Vaccinations

Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for this country.

Zika Virus

Belize may have a risk of Zika virus transmission. Irish citizens, especially those with a weakened immune system, or those who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are advised to follow the guidance available on the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) at http://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/Zika/.

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

If you are unsure of the entry requirements for this country, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the country’s nearest Embassy or Consulate.

You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.

Belize has re-opened its international airport, but commercial flight options are still limited and land borders remain closed.

If you need to travel to Belize for essential reasons, you must:

-       Download the Belize Health App and complete the requested information within 72 hours of travel to Belize.

-       Take a PCR test within 72 hours of boarding your flight. A negative result will allow for “fast track” on arrival. If you are unable to take a               test before arrival, you will be required to take a test on arrival at your own expense at a cost of US$50 per passenger.

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

The Embassy operates an out of hours service for Irish citizens requiring emergency assistance on weekends and public holidays.

If you are in need of emergency assistance during these times, you should leave a message on the emergency message system by calling +52 55 5520 5803.

Embassy of Ireland
Cda. Blvd. Avila Camacho, 76-3
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
11000 México D.F.

Tel: +52 55 5520 5803
Fax: +52 55 5520 5892

Monday to Friday 09:30 to 13:30

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