Travel with Dogs – Belize. I’ve written this post to help you avoid our mistake and let you know everything about the immigration and border crossing process for dogs in Belize.
Ensure vaccinations against rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza and echinococcus (6 species of tapeworm) are up to date!
The permit is valid for 90 days
This permit can be issued for more than 1 animal of the same species, e.g. you could import 10 dogs on the same permit.
There is a processing fee of $50BZ ($25USD). Or you can get a multiple entry pet passport that costs $100BZ ($50USD) valid for one year, for one pet.
It takes approximately 5 working days from issuance for receipt of the import document and you will have to send a notification to BAHA at least 48 hours before arrival at the border. This notification will detail the point of entry, the date and approximate time of arrival.
These fees are payable upon entry and must be paid in either Belize or U.S. Dollars
There will also be an inspection fee of $20BZ ($10USD) at the border.
If you don’t do this, you will have to pay $100 BZ fine for failing to have the permit, plus $10 BZ for them to fill out the paperwork.
It took a bit more time for us, as we didn’t have cash, there was no ATM at the border, and the ATM in the free town didn’t work! Thankfully Ross’ cousin is travelling with us and crossed the border, went to the nearest town in Belize to get the cash, so we were able to pay the fine and finally get through immigration!