Belize was first inhabited by the Maya Indians. Their civilization only lasted about 1,000 years until 990 AD. There are only theories as to why their civilization ended. Belize is one of the richest Mayan history locations with over 900 historic locations. Different Indian tribes occupied the land after the Mayans. Following Indian civilization Pirates used Belize as a hideout for about 100 years. In 1862 Belize became a part of the British Commonwealth. From 1920-1980 independence was sought and achieved through workers, unions and the nationalist movement. In 1981 what was once called “British Honduras” was now Belize.
When traveling to Belize it is strongly advised to notify the US Embassy in Belize. If you enroll in their smart traveler enrollment program they can keep you up to date with important safety information and contact any family in case of an emergency.
A passport and proof of a return ticket is required for entry into Belize. Non-Belizean citizens are only allowed to visit for 30 days, after that, an extension is required from the Belize Ministry of Defense and Immigration. There is an exit fee; the price varies depending on the means of travel, which is usually included in airfare and cruise ship prices.
There are a handful of immunizations that are recommended you get at least 4 weeks prior to traveling to Belize. Among these are Measles/Mumps/Rubella and Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus vaccines, Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid and Rabies.
Once you arrive in Belize it is important that you know the mannerisms and proper business etiquette.
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