General Information About Belize

Belize was formerly a British Colony and is the only country in Central America
with English as its official language. Nestled in the Yucatan peninsula between
Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is only 200 miles south of beautiful Cancun in
Mexico, and less than 100 miles east of the famous Tikal Ruins of Guatemala.
Belize is an independent country that has enjoyed a history of peace and
tranquility, unlike the other countries of Central America. Belize is situated on
the Caribbean coast of Central America. Belize’s size is approximately 9,000
square miles; 174 miles at its longest point by 68 miles at its widest point. The
total population is estimated at a little over 275,000. It’s major commercial
center is the capitol Belize City with a population of 90,000. Most of the
population of Belize is ethnically diverse including descendants of the original
Mayans and various mixtures of Mestizo, Americans, Europeans, Chinese,
Middle Eastern and East Indians.

The Phillip S.W. Goldson International Airport near Belize City provides daily
services through five international carriers to the United States and Central
America. Belize is only a 2 hour flight from major American cities such as
Miami, Houston and New Orleans, and offers several flights daily to and from
those cities via American, Continental or TACA Airlines. In addition, there are
regular flights from Honduras, Mexico and El Salvador.

The climate is sub-tropical with an average temperature of 80F.

Over 40% of the country is preserved as parks and natural reserves. Belize
offers a mixture of rich tropical forests and wildlife, beautiful mountains, and
Mayan temples. Belize boasts having the longest barrier reef in the Western
Hemisphere offering excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

The local currency is the Belize Dollar (BZD) with is fixed against the U.S. Dollar
at BZ$2 = US$1. This exchange rate has existed since May 1976.

Belize presently has one Offshore Bank, namely, Provident Bank and Trust of
Belize. Additionally there are five commercial banks, The Belize Bank Ltd., First
Caribbean International Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, The Alliance Bank, and
Atlantic Bank Ltd. The commercial banks are regulated by the Central Bank in
accordance with the provisions of a Banking Act.

Electrical current is 110/220 volts, 60Hz.

Telephone, telex and telefax communications to and from Belize are excellent
and direct telephone dialing facilities are available in addition to internet and
email services. A satellite earth station at the capital Belmopan provides high
quality telecommunication service throughout the world. International courier
services for express delivery are well established.
English is the official and spoken language but with many also speaking
Spanish. Belize has a literacy factor of over 90%.

The international dialing code for Belize is +501. The outgoing code is 00
followed by the relevant country code you are calling. The area code for Belize
City is (0)2.

Duty free travelers over 18 years do not have to pay customs duty on 200
cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250g tobacco, wines & liquor not exceeding 1 liter, and
personal goods or souvenirs up to a value of BZ$200. Plants, meat and meat
products, live animals and processed food items have restrictions.


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Offshore banking using Belize banks is easy. You never have to travel to Belize to conduct banking business. From anywhere in the world you can use
the internet, e-mail, courier service, or even by telephone simply contacting your banking representative or through a registered agent. You can also obtain Debit and ATM bank cards accepted worldwide. International currencies
(including USD) bank accounts can be opened in Belize. Contact Us.

Contact Info

Address: Panama city, IPASA Building, 3rd Floor 
Telephone: ++ (507) 227 – 6645 
FAX: ++ (507) 227 – 7485 
Others: 1-800-716-3452 
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