Entry requirements

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Belize set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Entry to Belize

All travellers (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) entering Belize through the Philip Goldson International airport, or by sea, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test.

Travellers arriving by land must undertake a COVID-19 test at the border. This will be administered by the Ministry of Health and Wellness at the traveller’s expense. External COVID-19 test results will not be accepted.

Land and sea borders (Santa Elena, Benque Viejo Del Carmen, San Pedro and Punta Gorda) are open for foreign tourists who wish to visit Belize for recreation and vacation purposes only, with strict COVID-19 protocols in place.

On 18 March, the Government of Mexico partially closed its land borders with Belize, the United States and Guatemala as a preventive measure against COVID-19. This measure applies to non-essential travel across land borders. International air travel is not affected. If you were planning to enter Mexico by land from Belize, you can contact the Mexican Embassy in Belize for more information on the current restrictions.

There are no direct flights between the UK and Belize. The regulations of countries that you may pass through and / or UK requirements on travel from transit countries may affect your travel. For more information see FCDO Travel Advice on the countries through which you may travel or transit.

If you wish to travel to Belize, prior to arrival:

  • Anyone aged 5 years or older (vaccinated or unvaccinated) must present a negative PCR test within 96 hours prior to travel or Rapid Antigen, Sofia, SD Blosensor, and ABBOTT (Panbio) COVID-19 test within 48 hours prior to arrival by air or sea
  • If you are unable to take a test prior to travel, you must take a test on arrival at your own expense for US$50 per passenger
  • If entering by land border, external PCR or Rapid tests will not be accepted. A Rapid Test will be administered by the Ministry of Health at your own expense. If entering by sea, you must give 72-hour notice of arrival and use a Shipping Agent specially licensed to enter non-commercial vessels. There is a set tariff of no more than US$150.00
  • If you receive a positive test result, you will be required to undertake a mandatory quarantine for a minimum of 14 days at an approved quarantine hotel at your own expense.

If you receive a positive test result, you will be required to undertake mandatory quarantine for a minimum of 14 days at an approved quarantine hotel at your own expense. The Ministry of Health will monitor each case. A negative test is required as proof of recovery.

Protocols and procedures are subject to change at short notice. Further information is available from the Belize Tourism Board, Travel Belize or Belize Port Authority.

Everyone must comply with the current Statutory Instrument. See Travel in Belize

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status

Belize has not yet confirmed that it will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. You should follow the entry rules for unvaccinated people. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination.

Regular entry requirements

Visas

British nationals do not need a visa to enter Belize. On arrival, you’ll be allowed to enter for a limited period. Any extension to remain in the country will incur a fee of BZD$200 for each month’s extension.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Belize.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Belize.

Travelling with children

Single parents or adults travelling with children under the age of 18 are required to provide notarised documentary evidence of parental responsibility, or consent to travel from those with parental responsibility. Such documentation is often required before being allowed to enter Belize and, in some cases, before permitting children to leave the country.

Departure tax

When leaving by air the departure tax is BZD$111 or US$50, though it’s often included in the air fare. Make sure you have enough cash with you, as it isn’t always possible to pay by card.

When leaving by land the departure tax is BZD$40 or US$20, which must be paid in cash.