PO Box 177, San Ignacio, Cayo,
Belize, Central America
Your passport must be good for up to 6 months past the date of your visit; you must also provide proof of a return plane ticket. No VISA is required for U.S, Canadian & Western European citizens, but international students should inquire regarding regulations for their country
Be sure to bring your: Student ID, Passport, Driver’s License, Airline tickets
Purchase medical and travel insurance as noted on the Proof of Insurance form; it must cover medical insurance, Air Evacuation coverage and Repatriation of Remains
If you plan to use a credit card or ATM card in Belize, it is a good idea to let your credit card company and bank know when you will be here.
Belize has its own currency, the Belizean dollar (BZ). The exchange rate is set at BZ $2 for US 1$. Most shops accept U.S. currency and will give BZ in return. The ATMs disperse BZ dollars.
You may be undertaking a variety of outdoor activities (hiking, canoeing, swimming, sightseeing, snorkeling) in a subtropical country (Latitude 17º N), so develop your packing list accordingly. The dry season in Belize is December to May. The rainy season begins in June and lasts through November, running with the hurricane season. Prepare for heat and/or rain as most of course activities are outdoors. See this website for more weather details by the month
Light-weight pants and long-sleeve shirts are good protection from the insects (mosquitoes inland, sand flies at the beach in the evening). Raincoat or poncho. Swimwear. Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Flip-flops or walking sandals for the beach; comfortable, sturdy, closed toed shoes for the jungle.
Camera, Small flashlight or headlamp, Notebook or journal, pens and pencils, travel sized tissues or wipes, or small towel, Water bottle, if carried on the plane it must be empty, Alarm clock, insect repellent (no aerosols). To keep important documents secure, purchase a neck pouch or money belt in which you can keep your passport, ID, credit card, and larger amounts of cash. Keep only one day’s spending money in your purse/wallet.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) web site regarding immunizations and other health concerns for visitors to Belize. The CDC recommends updating your “routine” vaccinations (flu, MMR, DPT) but ALWAYS consult with your physician first. Long sleeves and long pants made of light-weight fabric are recommended for after dark and for the jungle. Sand flies come out at the beach in the evening. Pack insect repellent (with DEET). Remember, biting insects may carry diseases such as malaria and Dengue fever. Bring medication if you are prone to sea or travel sickness. Water from the tap is considered safe to drink in Belize in the towns, but visitors should drink bottled water, juices or carbonated beverages to be on the safe side. Bottle water is readily available
Tourists are not targeted specifically by criminals in Belize, but may be victims of “crimes of opportunity.” Visit the U.S. State Department web site for the latest travel advisories for Belize. Make three copies of your passport and other important documents. You may want to e-mail them to yourself so that you will always be able to access a copy should something happen to your original passport.