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Do You Need Travel Insurance for Belize?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for Belize?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for Belize?
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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.

Travel Requirements for 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

If you're traveling to Belize, here are some Covid safety precautions to take.

For the most up-to-date information on travel entry requirements for Belize, please visit this tourism page or the CDC.

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Covid information for your trip

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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.

Necessary vaccinations

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)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow fever
  • Rabies

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.

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