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TRANSPORTATION

There's a lot of information on this page. Be sure to contact us if you don't find what you need or have a specific question about getting to and around Northern Belize.

AIRLINES

International flights from the USA to Belize go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, and Charlotte. The major airlines servicing Belize are:

American Airlines
1-800-433-7300
In Belize:
P.O. Box 1680
Belize City
Tel: 501-223-2522
Fax: 501-223-1730
Continental
1-800-231-0856
In Belize:
32 Albert Street
Belize City
Tel: 501-227-8309
Fax: 501-227-8114
US Airways
c/o Belize Global Travel Services
41 Albert Street
Belize City
Tel: 501-225-3589
Fax: 501-225-4091

Local Airlines also provide daily flights to Belize from Flores, Guatemala (Tikal):

Maya Island Air
Corp. Off: (011-501) 223-5794
Fax: (011-501) 223-0576
Rsvs. Off: (011-501) 223-1140
Fax: (011-501) 223-6070

Tropic Air
1-800-422-3435
501-226-2012
501-226-2338

To reach the Corozal or Orange Walk Districts by air, visitors use one of the two local airlines (Maya Island Air and Tropic Air, see contact info above). Both domestic carriers offer service to various destinations in Belize, including the airstrip in Corozal Town. The scenic flight from Belize City stops first in San Pedro en route to Corozal Town. The trip takes approximately thirty minutes. Charters to private airstrips such as Gallon Jug are also available; inquire with either airline for prices and feasibility.

NORTHERN BELIZE BY BUS

The most economical and exciting way to reach Belize is by bus. Bus travel to Belize from the US border cities on through Mexico City and Chetumal is comfortable, inexpensive, and efficient. All-weather highways connect Mexico City with Chetumal. Several bus companies within Belize connect Chetumal, Mexico to Belize City. If you have extra time, Belize by bus is an adventure not to be missed.

Once within Belizean borders, the least expensive way to explore northern lands is by bus. Belize's bus system is highly efficient, safe, and affordable. Frequent daily buses traverse the highways between Belize City and Corozal/Orange Walk Town and all points in between and beyond. Buses from all southern destinations will stop in Belize City first before moving on to northern localities. Expect the trip from Belize City to Corozal Town or Orange Walk Town to take approximately two hours. Express buses from Belize City will reach the town faster as they do not make any stops to pick up roadside passengers. You can reach the bus station in Belize City by taxi (about 20 minute ride and $35BZ) from the International Airport. The carriers run regular schedules.

Although no reservations are required, buses fill up quickly at certain times of the day, leaving weary travelers with only standing room for the trip. Arrive early to ensure a seat if traveling during rush hours.

NORTHERN BELIZE BY CAR

Driving to Belize through Mexico (about 1350 miles from the US border) can be challenging as the trip is long and can wind through less-than-perfect roadways. You will need to buy Belizean insurance upon reaching Belize.

For maximum flexibility within Belizean borders, renting a car is the best option. The few major highways in Belize make for uncomplicated travel. Sparse traffic, paved major highways, accessible gas stations, and lush road side vegetation make each road trip a tour in and of itself. If exploring areas off the major highways, a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. Several car rental agencies are available right at the International Airport.

NORTHERN BELIZE BY BOAT

Corozal Town is a major maritime port of entry in Belize. Upon reaching Corozal's port, you are required to report your entry to the police or immigration authorities as soon as possible.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND DEPARTURE FEES

With the exception of cruise ship passengers, all visitors to Belize must present a valid passport before entering the country. Passports must be valid up until time of departure.

VISAS
United States and Canadian citizens, nationals of Caricom countries and of the European Community member nations (Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, UK, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Finland, Sweden) do not require visas.

Visas are required for nationals of the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Columbia, Cuba, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Japan, Korea (North and South), Libya, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, and Zaire.

DEPARTURE FEES

International Passengers by Air
Philip Goldson International Airport
Passenger Service Fee   $15.00
Airport Development Fee  $15.00
Conservation Fee   $3.75
Security Fee   $1.25
Total Airport Departure Fees: US $35.00
Payable ONLY in US currency.
All fees apply to non-Belizean citizens and non-Belizean permanent residents.
International Passengers by Land
Santa Elena: Northern border with Mexico
Benque Viejo del Carmen: Western adjacency zone with Guatemala
Border Processing Fee   $15.00
Conservation Fee   $3.75
Total Border Departure Fees: US $18.75 or BZ $37.50
Payable in US or Belize currency.
All fees apply to non-Belizean citizens
Exemptions: children under 12; permanent residents of Belize; visitors from border towns for first 24 hours.
International Passengers by Sea
Departure by boat from Punta Gorda, Dangriga or San Pedro
Conservation Fee  $3.75
Total Sea Departure Fees: US $3.75 or BZ $7.50
Payable in US or Belize currency.
Domestic Air Passengers
International Airport to Domestic Airport
Security Fee  $0.75
Total Fee for Domestic Air Passengers: US $0.75 or BZ $1.50
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