What to Know Before You Go to Mexico
While San Pedro and Placencia are wildly popular destinations for locals during this time, thousands of Belizeans also go across the border to neighboring Mexico. Destinations such as Cancun, Merida and Tulum, even Chetumal are on the list of holiday places to visit this weekend. It may seem like just a hop over the border, but the Mexican Embassy has issued a travel advisory with things for locals to consider when visiting this Easter. We spoke with Hugo Carillo of the Mexican Embassy, who outlined a couple important points as reminders to Belizeans who will be visiting Mexico.
Hugo Juarez Carrillo, Press & Legal Affairs, Mexican Embassy
“In the case of Mexico-Belize, we don’t require the Belizean people to have a visa go to Mexico. You gave to present your passport in order to stay in the country for a hundred and eighty days; up to one hundred and eighty days as a tourist. If you are going or you planned to be more than seven days you are going to have to pay a fee or around five hundred pesos, which will have to be paid to Banjercito which is near the border, before you depart the country. If you are going to or planning to go in your car you will need to have a special permit if you are travelling farther than Quintana Roo. If you have regular Belizean plates you can travel to Quintana Roo, up to Cancun, for example, Chetumal, without having a special permit for your car. If you are planning to go further to Merida for example, the capital of Yucatan, you need to have a permit of Banjercito which costs around fifty-seven U.S. dollars.”
“Belize is so close to Mexico and we feel we are at home, but we should still take personal safety into account?”
Hugo Juarez Carrillo
“Belizeans in Mexico are at home. We are not only neighbors, but we are brothers. But the way Belizeans have been going to Belize and vice versa has been happening for centuries. The thing you have to remember is that the laws can change. In Mexico you cannot bring in weapons; bullets for that weapon; you cannot bring food if you do you have to inform the people at the border if you can import it. Generally, no fruits are allowed, no flowers are allowed, no raw meat is allowed. You have to inform of that, if not you can have some kind of economic punishment.”
For the full travel advisory, visit the Mexican Embassy in Belize Facebook page.