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Belize - Regulations for entry and stay

 

The law regulating the entry and exit is the Belizean Immigration Act. Subject to its provisions and its regulations an immigration officer shall inspect the passport of every person entering or leaving Belize, and if found in order shall affix to such passport the stamp of the Immigration Department, adding thereto his initials and the date.

A temporary permit in lieu of a passport to leave and enter Belize for the purposes of travel to the border towns and villages of Mexico or Guatemala may be issued to persons belonging to Belize and to resident aliens on application made to the Director of Immigration at Belize or to the officer in charge of the police stations at Corozal, Orange Walk, San Ignacio, Benque Viejo del Carmen, Dangriga and Punta Gorda.

Every person entering Belize must be in possession of a valid passport except Commonwealth citizens who intend to visit Belize for a period of not more than six months and who possess a return or round trip or touring tickets and such valid  documents as will permit them to enter the country of their destination or from which they came; citizens of the United States of America who intend to visit Belize for a period of not more than six months and who possess return or round trip or touring tickets showing that their journey began in the United States of America and that they are entitled to return there; cruise passengers of any nationality who intend to remain in Belize only during the stay of the vessel by which they arrived and to depart by the same; persons under the age of sixteen years who are included in the passport of some other person accompanying them; commonwealth citizens and citizens of the United States of America who arrive in the country overland and to whom tourist cards are issued by the immigration officer at the place of entry; any person who possesses a valid travel document issued by the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community; any person who possesses a valid travel document issued by Antigua, Jamaica, Bahamas, Montserrat, Barbados,  St. Christopher & Nevis, Belize, St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana

A person entering Belize as a visitor is required to have visas issued by a diplomatic or consular officer of Belize or by a diplomatic or consular officer of the country that acts on behalf of Belize in the country of issue except: citizens of Commonwealth countries; nationals of countries with which Belize has concluded visa abolition agreement; citizens of the United States of America entering Belize for a period not exceeding six months; persons who are passengers on tourist vessels and who intend to remain in Belize only during the stay of the vessel by which they arrived and to depart by the same; in transit passengers provided that such passengers do not intend to remain in Belize for more than seven days and are in possession of a ticket and of such valid documents as will permit them to enter the country of their destination; nationals of the European Union (EU).

Generally, residency status may be granted after a year, while Belizean nationality may be acquired after a minimum of five years’ permanent residency.