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Country Information

Belize

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Travel Cash Card in Swiss francs (CHF)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
in addition to:
  • Banknotes in US dollar (USD)
    Change cash in local currency when outside larger urban areas

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • ATM cash withdrawals outside bigger communities or cities may not be available.
  • Cashless payments are rarely possible in this country.

Credit cards

  • Credit cards accepted in large cities. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
  • Credit cards are recommended for car rentals. Prepaid cards are generally accepted for payment but not for reservations. Please check the possible payment methods with the car rental company in advance.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
Belize dollar BZD
Import local currency
up to BZD 100.00
Import foreign currency
unlimited; must be declared
Export local currency
up to BZD 100.00
Export foreign currency
limited to amounts imported and declared
Note
  • Cash payment in USD nearly everywhere possible.
  • Currency exchange or purchase on black market punishable by law.
  • Keep exchange and transaction receipts.
  • Travelers are advised to take cash in US dollar (USD).
  • Money is to be exchanged only at official points such as banks and state-licenced exchange offices.

Time difference with Switzerland

- 7 h / - 8 h during our summer time

National language

Official language
English
Language capabilities
Spanish, Creole, Maya and Garifuna

Capital

Belmopan

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

110 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds (at least USD 75.00 per day) for stays up to 6 months.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Belize City, C.A., 83 North Front Street
Tel.: +501 223 5505

Opening hours

Banks
8.00 - 13.00 h (Mon - Thu)
8.00 - 16.30 h (Fri)
Stores
8.00 - 12.00 h and 13.00 - 17.00 h (Mon - Fri)

Driving

International driver's license required.
Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).

Health situation

Do not drink tap water.
Mosquito protection advised.
Risk of dengue fever.
Minimum risk of malaria.
Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Security
Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.
Watch out for pickpockets in Belize City.
Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.
Avoid nighttime driving.
Special legal regulations
Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.