9 Things to Learn Before Traveling to a Foreign Country like Belize

by Larry Waight

Vacations are a time to relax, unwind and let go. The best way to make sure yours in Belize is stress-free, now more so than ever during a pandemic, is to plan ahead. Here are 9 questions you should research before you travel abroad, like Belize.

Will I need a visa?

Europeans traveling inside the EU don’t need one; however, the EU and UK have since introduced travel corridors and travel bans. Before COVID-19, Americans could travel almost everywhere without a visa. The situation has since changed for Americans, with about 75 countries permitting entry, including Belize. Additionally, some countries, like Belize, don’t require a visa if you stay less than 30 days.

How can I protect my health in Belize?

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Look out for the seal of approval on Gold Standard accommodations. Photo by Las Terrazas Resort & Residencies

Some countries, such as Belize, have taken stringent safety measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. After all, our tourism protocols have been hailed as “one to emulate” by TripSavvy, which awarded Belize’s Tourism Board with their 2020 Editor’s Choice Award as an Industry Leader. There are other health concerns, nonetheless. Adhere by country rules, including recommendations like remaining inside Belize’s Tourism Safe Corridor. Of course, make sure you also pack enough of any prescription medications you’re taking. In Belize, guests will need to observe 6 feet of social distance and face masks in public places.

How will I communicate?

In some countries, like Belize, the official language is English. In other places, you can’t assume you’ll understand the local language. In that case, it’s best to familiarize yourself with key phrases before you travel.

What will the weather be like?

Lounging in Placencia. Photo by Duarte Dellarole Photography

You might want to avoid traveling to a tropical country like Belize during the rainy season, unless you like rain. It’s also a good idea to know what the temperature will be like when you visit so you can pack accordingly.

Will crime be a concern?

You’ll want to know what areas to avoid beforehand. On the other hand, Belize and Panama are prime examples of nations that remain politically stable in Central America or in the world at large.

How much money will I need?

A Caye Caulker photo-op.

Some countries, such as Belize, are surprising bargains. In other places, you’ll have to pay a premium. It’s best to know ahead of time so you can budget. Are you booking all-inclusive? That will also reduce any “additional” costs. 

Who do I contact in case of emergency?

It’s a good idea to program local emergency contact information into your phone when you arrive. 

How will I travel once I’m there?

Diving with Ramon’s Village.

Once you arrive at the airport, how will you get to your hotel? Once booking with a Gold Standard accommodation, transportation is also arranged; whether by the accommodation themselves or by a Gold Standard Tour Operator.   

Will everything be OK at home?

If you have pets, who will be caring for them while you’re gone? Will they be able to reach you if there’s an emergency? What about your house? Is a neighbor picking up your mail? Plan ahead so you have simply decompress while on vacation in Belize. 

Header photo by APAMO Belize

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