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Stay Safe & Healthy in Belize

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Stay Safe in Belize

Belize City is the most dangerous area in Belize, although it is very easy to be safe. Stay in the tourist area that stretches north of the marina to the southern extension east of the main channel. There are many khaki tourist police officers patrolling the area and if you have a problem, don’t hesitate to ask them. Use common sense and do not walk alone after dark. Stay away from tourist or other commercial areas. The southern part of Belize City is both beautiful and dangerous. Otherwise, Belize City is a great place to eat, learn or shop.

Other parts of Belize are generally safe, but like anywhere else in the world, you should always be sceptical when dealing with foreigners. Most of them are really helpful, but you should always be careful.

Under Section 5(1) of the Immigration Act, the government has the right to refuse entry to Belize to LGBT travellers. There is also no legal protection for victims of anti-gay discrimination in Belize.

Stay Healthy in Belize

Belize is a relatively healthy country. Bottled water is a must in most areas. And, unless you only eat at ultra-touristy restaurants, dysentery is likely to strike at some point; be prepared with over-the-counter medicines and prescription antibiotics.

The CDC considers all of Belize, with the exception of Belize City, to be a malaria risk area and recommends the use of the antimalarial drug chloroquine. Dengue fever is also a risk in Belize. Other medications may be recommended in certain circumstances – consult a qualified professional.

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Insect/mosquito bites should be avoided by wearing appropriate clothing, repellents and insecticides, and mosquito nets when sleeping in unprotected/unair-conditioned rooms.

The sun, like everywhere in the tropics, is very intense. A hat, high factor sunscreen and sunglasses should suffice.

Many places in Belize are very hot and humid, and dehydration is a risk. One expat suggests drinking as much water as you want and then drinking more.

The adult HIV/AIDS prevalence rate is currently 2.5%, or one in forty adults, which is significantly higher than in most European or North American countries and slightly higher than in other parts of Central America such as Nicaragua or Costa Rica.

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