Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 27 June 2017, 15:30 NZST
  • Still current at: 21 July 2017

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Some Risk

There is some risk to your security in Belize due to violent crime and we advise caution.

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Crime
There are occasional incidents of violent crime against tourists in Belize, this can include muggings, sexual assault and armed robbery. There is a risk of gang-related gun violence in southern parts of Belize City, particularly in the George Street and Kraal Road areas.

Crime also occurs at known tourist areas such San Pedro, Caye Caulker, San Ignacio Corozal, Placencia, and Mayan archaeological sites. Tourists around Caracol and the border area with Guatemala have been targeted by criminals for their personal belongings. You should avoid displaying or wearing items that appear valuable, such as mobile devices and jewellery, as this could make you a target for criminals.

Cases of sexual assault against female travellers have been reported in Belize. Always travel in groups and avoid isolated areas, including unsupervised beaches, especially at night. Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers due to the potential for drug spiking. We also advise against accepting drinks or food from strangers or recent acquaintances as they may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault.

We advise New Zealanders travelling in Belize to exercise vigilance at all times, particularly in popular tourist destinations and public transport hubs including airports and bus stations. You should avoid travelling alone at night and only use official licensed taxis. Offer no resistance if you are the victim of a mugging or armed robbery as this could lead to an escalation in violence.

Civil Unrest
Demonstrations and strikes take place occasionally in Belize and may disrupt local public services and transport. While protests are generally peaceful, New Zealanders in Belize are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations and political marches as they may turn violent with little warning. You should follow the instructions of the local authorities and exercise a high degree of personal security awareness at all times.

General Travel Advice
Belize has an ongoing border dispute with Guatemala. New Zealanders are advised to only use officially recognised border crossings if travelling between Belize and Guatemala.

New Zealanders in Belize should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Belize are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


The New Zealand Embassy Mexico City, Mexico is accredited to Belize

Street Address Jaime Balmes No 8, 4th Floor, Los Morales, Polanco, Mexico D.F. 11510 Telephone +52 55 5283 9460 Fax +52 55 5283 9480 Email nzmexico@mfat.govt.nz Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/mexico Hours Mon - Fri 0930 - 1400, 1500 - 1700 hrs

See our regional advice for Central/South America

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Mexico

Street Address
Jaime Balmes No 8, 4th Floor, Los Morales, Polanco, Mexico D.F. 11510

Telephone: +52 55 5283 9460

Fax: +52 55 5283 9480

Email: nzmexico@mfat.govt.nz

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/mexico

Hours: Mon - Fri 0930 - 1400, 1500 - 1700 hrs

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