There are hospitals in every major town in Belize. Hospitals in Belize are limited, and evacuation to the U. S. is necessary in the more serious cases. A hyperbaric chamber is situated in San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye. Pharmacies are well stocked with American prescriptions. Check with your doctor a month before you leave for Belize, they may recommend a prevention plan for malaria or dengue fever.
Traveling between Belize and Guatemala
As of this writing, all travel between Guatemala and Belize is halted due to border disputes. Check for current conditions
Casual and comfortable is the dress code in Belize! Bring a sweater for the evenings, it cools down quite a bit. You may want to pack a nice outfit in case you decide to go to one of Belize’s nicer restaurants.
Same as in U. S., 110V.
Passports & Immigration
A valid passport, return ticket, proof of a room reservation, and proof of funds equaling $60 per day is needed to enter Belize. A departure tax of $35, usually included in your airfare, is charged when you leave.
If you are driving in Belize, I cannot stress enough that extreme caution and your full attention is needed. Please click here for more on driving in Belize. The water in Belize is usually safe to drink, and bottled water is available in all of the stores. Use common sense when traveling in Belize just as you would anywhere; do not walk alone at night, lock up your valuables, and don’t leave your personal items unattended and you will be fine. Bug repellant and sunscreen are a must!
Merchandise tax in Belize is 10%, hotel tax is 9%. Tax is sometimes included in the prices quoted, so it’s a good idea to check before purchasing items or booking a room.
Tipping / Gratuities
As in the U. S., gratuity is not included in prices but is expected (and greatly appreciated), so please tip 10% to 15%, though feel free to tip more if the service is exceptional.