General Information

Total Population:
333,200

Literacy Rate:
75.1%

Total Land Area:
22,923 km. sq. or 8,867 sq. miles

Form of Government:
Democratic - Bicameral Legislature

Head of State:
Queen Elizabeth II

Administration Building:
Belmopan

Governor-General:
Sir Colville N. Young, Sr.

Head of Government:
Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow

Governing Party:
United Democratic Party (UDP) (2007-2017)

Currency:
The Belize dollar (BZD) fixed rate of exchange is BZ. $2.00 to US$1.00.

Phone Codes:
Country Code (501)
Belize City (22)or (20)
Belmopan (82)
Benque Viejo (823)
Caye Caulker (226)
Cayo (92)
Dangriga (52)
Ladyville (225)
Orange Walk (32)
Placencia (521)
Punta Gorda (72)
San Pedro (220)
**Plus 5-digit local number.

Major Sea Ports:
Belize City, Big Creek and Dangriga

Entry Requirements:
A valid passport is required of all visitors. Citizens of the United Kingdom, some Commonwealth countries, the European Union and the USA are not required to have a visa, provided they have a return round trip ticket.

Departure Tax:
$35.00BZD for Belizeans and $39.25USD for non-nationals.

Government working hours:
8:00AM - 12:00 Noon, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Mondays to Thursdays)
8:00 a.m.- 4:30 PM on (Fridays)

Banking:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, (Mondays - Thursdays).
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, on (Fridays)

Normal working hours:
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Chief Products:
Citrus, bananas, sugar, marine products, rice, red kidney beans, beef, pork, poultry, honey, garments, aerated beverages, alcoholic beverages, wheat flour and cigarettes

Principal Exports:
Citrus, Petroleum, bananas, sugar, marine products, garments, and timber

Principal Imports:
Machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods, food & beverages, construction materials and fuel & lubricants

Major Trading Partners:
The United States of America, European Union, CARICOM, Mexico and Canada