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Relevant information about the country of Belize

Total Population:

333,200

Literacy Rate:

75.1%

Total Land Area:

22,923 km. sq. or 8,867 sq. miles

Form of Government:

Democratic – Bicameral Legislature

Head of State:

Queen Elizabeth II

Administration Building:

Belmopan

Governor-General:

Sir Colville N. Young, Sr.

Head of Government:

Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow

Governing Party:

United Democratic Party (UDP) (2007-2017)

Currency:

The Belize dollar (BZD) fixed rate of exchange is BZ. $2.00 to US$1.00.

Phone Codes:

  • Country Code (501)
  • Belize City (22)or (20)
  • Belmopan (82)
  • Benque Viejo (823)
  • Caye Caulker (226)
  • Cayo (92)
  • Dangriga (52)
  • Ladyville (225)
  • Orange Walk (32)
  • Placencia (521)
  • Punta Gorda (72)
  • San Pedro (220)
  • **Plus 5-digit local number.

Major Sea Ports:

Belize City, Big Creek and Dangriga

Entry Requirements:

A valid passport is required of all visitors. Citizens of the United Kingdom, some Commonwealth countries, the European Union and the USA are not required to have a visa, provided they have a return round trip ticket.

Departure Tax:

$35.00BZD for Belizeans and $39.25USD for non-nationals.

Government working hours:

8:00AM – 12:00 Noon, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Mondays to Thursdays) 
8:00 a.m.- 4:30 PM on (Fridays)

Banking:

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, (Mondays. – Thursdays).
8:00 AM– 4:30 PM, on (Fridays)

Normal working hours:

8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Chief Products:

Citrus, bananas, sugar, marine products, rice, red kidney beans, beef, pork, poultry, honey, garments, aerated beverages, alcoholic beverages, wheat flour and cigarettes

Principal Exports:

Citrus, Petroleum, bananas, sugar, marine products, garments, and timber

Principal Imports:

Machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods, food & beverages, construction materials and fuel & lubricants

Major Trading Partners:

The United States of America, European Union, CARICOM, Mexico and Canada