Last updated September 2, 2021
Home to some of the world’s most famous scuba diving sites, Belize is the perfect country for those who love the water. With amazing beaches and biodiverse jungles, it’s no surprise that travelers want to visit Belize. But, if you’re planning a trip to Belize, you want to make sure you’re adequately prepared for anything. That’s where travel insurance comes in.
Is travel insurance mandatory in Belize?
If you’re visiting Belize as a tourist, purchasing travel insurance isn’t mandatory. However, although it’s not required, it’s still a good idea. In fact, since visitors to Belize often take part in jungle or water activities, purchasing travel medical insurance is highly recommended.
COVID-19 in Belize
Compared to the rest of the world, Belize has had a low number of Covid cases, and an even fewer number of Covid deaths. Still, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that unvaccinated travelers avoid nonessential travel to Belize. Here are other Covid safety precautions to take.
Additionally, all air passengers arriving in Belizeregardless of their citizenship or vaccination statuswill be required to show a negative Covid test result taken within 96 hours of arrival into the country. If no test is presented, a Covid test will be administered at the airport and will cost $50 per traveler. Children who are five years of age or younger won’t be required to present a negative test.
Health & safety
If you’re taking advantage of the sun, surf and sand at one of Belize’s popular beaches, be cautious of theft. Since tourists are known for visiting the beaches, thieves will often wait until tourists are in the water before they steal left unattended. Because of this, don’t bring any irreplaceable items to the beach with you. Keep all important items in a secure location. You'll also want to make sure you're avoiding both swimming in and drinking contaminated water.
When it comes to Belize transportation, taxis (which are identified by their green license plates) tend to be the safest option for getting from one place to the next. Ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft don’t have a presence in Belize. However, if you take a taxi in Belize, you should negotiate your fare before you depart. Taxis don’t have meters in Belize, so make sure the price is determined ahead of time.
Finally, Belize is unfortunately vulnerable to hurricanes, which can occur as early as June or as late as November. September and October tend to be the most likely months for hurricanes. Although Belize has a country-wide hurricane response plan, purchasing hurricane insurance is a smart way to make sure you’re covered in case your travel plans go awry.
Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some of the CDC’s most common vaccination recommendations for Belize.
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Flu (influenza)
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow fever
For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
Visas & documentation
All individuals traveling to Belize must have a current passport that’s valid for no less than six months after the intended period of stay. With the exception of a few countries, most travelers won’t require a special tourist visa to enter Belize. However, all visitors are required to have sufficient funds to last them the duration of their stay, and will often be asked to provide proof of exit (asked to show your flight back home or onward to another country). Most travelers are permitted to stay in the country for up to 30 days without applying for a visa. If you plan on staying longer than that, you’ll need to obtain a tourist visa, which costs $25 for the first six months.