Belize

Belize

Country profile

Belize is a Central American country with Caribbean Sea shorelines. The Belize Barrier Reef is the world’s second largest and offers fantastic diving and snorkelling. For history lovers and nature enthusiasts, Belize’s jungle areas are home to Mayan ruins such as Caracol, cave systems and natural reserves, rich in wildlife and bird life.

Belize

KEY INFORMATION
Capital: Belmopan
Visa requirements: No visa required for British passport holders
Time zone: GMT – 6
Language: English
Currency: Belize Dollars
Population: 380,000
Electricity: 110V, plugs are typically flat two-pronged

Tipping policy: Around ten per cent is recommended for good service  

AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK 

Fly indirect to Belize from Edinburgh or London Heathrow via: Mexico City, United States. Outbound average journey time: 21h. Inbound average journey time: 12h 30m.

TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
The Great Blue Hole
The Belize Barrier Reef
Xunantunich (Maya City)
Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve

MAJOR EVENTS
Placencia Lobster Festival
Garifuna Settlement Day
Fiesta de Carnaval
San Pedro Costa
Maya Festival

WEDDINGS
A couple must be in the country for a minimum of three days (72 hours) prior to their marriage licence application. On the first business day after this three-day residency period, the marriage application can be submitted to the Registrar’s Office. The application process takes one day.
Documents needed:
Proof of citizenship;
Passport or birth certificate;
Original divorce certificate or death certificate, if applicable.
A Senior Justice of the Peace must witness the signing of the application. Weddings must be performed by either a Senior Justice of the Peace who has authority to marry people or a Minister of a registered church. There must also be two witnesses, a male and a female.

Same-sex or LGBTQ marriages are not legal in Belize.


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