To avoid our mistake before getting to the Belize border head over to Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) website and download their application form to import animals and email this to [email protected]
Ensure vaccinations against rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza and echinococcus (6 species of tapeworm) etc are up to date!
The permit it valid for 90 days
Can be issued for more than 1 animal of the same species, e.g. you could import 10 dogs on the same permit.
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 import document and you will have to send a notification to BAHA at least 48 hours before arrival, detailing the point of entry, 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!