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Although we are now working from home, if you are due to travel shortly we will be in touch to support and guide you in either postponing or cancelling your trip, based on Foreign Office advice and your insurance arrangements.
 
When you feel ready to do so, we are here to help you plan your next holiday, knowing availability in many key destinations is already tight for next year. To help you move forward with confidence, our booking conditions have been relaxed in case you are unable to travel due to COVID-19 issues beyond your control (eg a new wave of infections; visa restrictions; mandatory quarantine; or cancellation of your international flight).
 
Thank you for your ongoing kindness & support in these difficult times. And remember that all our holidays are fully financially protected, wherever in the world you live.

Warm regards

Claire Farley, Managing Director

Travel guide to Belize

Passports
Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your return date and have two blank facing pages. If you do not have these, you may be denied boarding at your departure airport. Soiled, damaged or defaced passports will not be accepted.
Visas
UK, European and American passport holders do not require a visa for holidays < 30 days.
Health
There are no compulsory health requirements for travel to Belize. Malaria tablets are not usually recommended, but consult your doctor. There is no yellow fever in Belize, but if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever (eg Brazil), a valid yellow fever certificate is mandatory & must be presented at the airport to gain entry. Airport transits of < 12-hours are exempt. The vaccination must be done at least 10 days before travel. If you are over 60 years of age and your doctor advises against a yellow fever vaccination, you must carry a letter from your doctor that states this. As dengue fever is present, a good insect repellent and anti-histamine are also advised. The mosquito that spreads dengue bites during the day and is more common in urban areas. You should be up to date with your primary courses and boosters. Always check with your doctor at least 8 weeks before travel for any other inoculations recommended (eg Hepatitis A+B, Cholera, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Polio, Meningococcal Meningitis, Rabies and TB.
Currency
Belize dollar (BZD) - which has a fixed rate of USD 1 = BZD 2. Take USD in small denominations, as change will be given in local currency. These are also useful for tipping. Do not take GBP pounds as these are difficult to exchange. Credit cards are widely accepted, but always ensure you have cash when travelling in the countryside as some places may not accept them.
Language
English is the official language.
Time Zone
GMT - 6 hours
Travel Tips
To ensure that you have the best possible holiday experience, we ask you to read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, please discuss them with us before you depart. 
 
Hand Luggage – pack essential items for a day or two in your carry on bag (which must fit on your lap if taking local flights) in case your checked bags go astray and take a few days to catch up with you, especially if you have any tight connecting flights. 
 
Documents – take a copy of your travel insurance policy with you, and leave a copy of your passport with a reliable contact at home, in case the originals are lost or stolen. 
 
Electronic Devices – ensure these are all fully charge before travel, as you may be required to switch them on at airport security, as any device that does not switch on cannot be check and may need to be surrendered. 
 
Mobile Phones – make sure they are set up for international calls and if you plan to use travel apps such as Google Maps, ensure you check your data package with your provider in advance. Alternatively turn off date roaming to avoid large phone bills. Be aware that some rural areas may not have mobile or WiFi coverage. 
 
Credit Cards – remember to inform your bank when travelling abroad. 
 
Clothing – pack lightweight clothing that will dry quickly, with long sleeved shirts and long trousers ideal to protect against mosquitos in the rainforests (safari clothing is perfect for this). Take good walking shoes, a day pack, sunglasses, sunhat and bio-degradable sunscreen. A rain jacket & umbrella are needed all year round in the rainforests, plus lightweight waterproof trousers in the wet season. Also pack a light jacket, as it can get cold at high altitude and T-shirts, shorts, swimming costume, flip flops & beach shoes. Eye drops can be handy, especially if you wear contact lenses, and sanitising hand cleaner. Take a generous supply of insect repellent to spray on your neck, wrists and ankles and avoid using perfume in the rainforests, as this attracts mosquitos. 
 
Medicines - if you travel with prescription drugs, carry an adequate supply in their original bottles/packaging & keep them in your hand luggage, as if lost they may be difficult to replace. 
 
Accessories – pack your phone (with charger and a spare battery pack), camera (with spare memory cards and batteries – a 200 mm zoom lens is good for wildlife photography) and binoculars (large 8x40 is best). We suggest one pair per person, as it can be frustrating to share. 
 
Plugs – type A and B (2 flat blades, as used in the USA). Pack a universal adapter as well as a hand basin plug/stopper, as these are not always provided. 
 
Books – pack a good travel guide and a supply of English reading material for quiet evenings and when waiting for flights. 
 
Water – tap water is considered safe to drink in Belize City, but drink only bottled water in the countryside. 
 
Food – Belize rice and beans, cooked in coconut milk and served with potato salad and ripe baked plantain, is one of the most popular local dishes. It can also be served with beef, chicken, pork, lobster, shrimp or game meat. 
 
Taxis – these are best hailed outside your hotel to ensure you get a reptable one. 
 
Self-Drive – driving is on the right, but be aware of unmarked speed humps as you approach towns and some poor roads. 
 
Safety – take all sensible precautions. Leave valuable jewellery/watches at home, wear a money belt and be alert when outside your hotel. In particular avoid taking out large wads of cash in public view and keep your spare cash, passport and a spare credit card in your hotel safe. 
 
Indemnities - please be aware it is likely you will be required to sign indemnities for any potentially hazardous activities. 
 
Pack for a Purpose - if you have a little space in your suitcase, local schools & communities always appreciate gifts of pens & pencils, stationery, deflated footballs etc. Specific requests from communities can be seen on the 'Pack for a Purpose' website. 
 
Tipping – this is not compulsory, but if you would like to tip because you have received good service, we suggest the following per couple: 
- guides/drivers: $7 + $3= $10 per day (can be reduced for longer stays). 
- boatmen: $2 per transfer 
- waiters: 10% (if not already added to your bill). 
- porters: $1 per bag. 
It is not necessary to tip drivers doing short transfers (eg to the airport). 
 
FCO Travel Advice - consult the UK Foreign Office website for the latest travel advice www.fco.gov.uk.
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