Belize Tour Operator:

Jungle Adventures

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where is Belize? -

Located in Central America. To the North is Mexico, West and South is Guatemala and our East is blessed with the Caribbean Sea.


What is the Language Spoken?

English


What currency is used in Belize?

Belize Dollar. The Foreign Exchange rate is two Belize Dollars to One US Dollar. The US currency is accepted everywhere in Belize.


Do you need a visa to enter Belize?

Take a look at this list of all the Countries whose residents do not need a visa to enter Belize as a tourist for 30 days. Every other citizen not on the list needs a visa.



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Is there an exit tax ?

Yes. Leaving from the Philip Goldson International Arport (PGIA), the departure fee is USD $35.50 for non-Belizean residents (to be paid in US cash only) and BZD $35.00 for Belizean residents. Aditionally, a security fee of US $0.75 is charged for domestic security screening.


If you are leaving Belize through the Guatemala or Mexico border, the departure fee is BZD $40.00, which when subdivided, includes BZD $30.00 for a border exit fee, BZD $7.50 for a Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) conservation fee and BZD $2.50 for a boarder development fee.


The travelers that are staying less than 24 hours in Belize (i.e. backpackers travelling from Mexico to Guatemala or vice-versa), they don't have to pay the BZD $7.50 conservation fee. The Border exit and Development fees still apply. 


Can I retire in Belize?

Yes. 

Belize maintains a special residency program for retirees known as the Qualified Retirement Program (QRP). To qualify for this program and gain official resident status in Belize, you must be at least 45 years old and have proven income of at least $2,000 per month or $24,000 per year, from a pension, annuity or another acceptable source. The qualifying sum must be regularly deposited into a bank in Belize to maintain your QRP status. However, once deposited in Belize, the funds remain under your full control and can be withdrawn or spent at will. Note that retirees with QRP status are exempt from Belize income tax. A person must also pass a security clearance and be able to remain in Belize for 30 consecutive days annually.

As of 2017, several fees are associated with the QRP. The nonrefundable QRP application fee is $150. Once accepted into the program, you must pay an applicant program fee of $1,000, in addition to $750 for each qualifying family member listed on the application (including spouses, children under 18 and in some specific cases, children up to the age of 23 if they can verify they are in school). An additional $200 fee is assessed upon delivery of your official QRP Residency Card. All told, the out-of-pocket cost for QRP status is $2,100 for a married couple. Once retired, there is an annual renewal fee of $50.


Email us should you need further assistance with getting into this program.

What other languages are spoken in Belize?

English, Creole, Spanish, Maya, Garifuna, Chinese and German


Is cave tubing safe?

Yes. You do not need to know how to swim as you will be in your floatation device comfortably floating down the Caves Branch River.