Belize Passport Ranking
The Belizean passport currently ranks on the 52nd place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. It provides visa-free access to 101 countries. Which grants it an overall medium mobility score. Belizean passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Singapore, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Israel and Ireland. Belizean passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 125 destinations in the world, which requires some extended travel preparations. Some destinations where a visa is required are the entire European Union, the United States and Australia.
Belize is a former British colony consisting of 6 districts. The most important districts are Belize, Cayo and Corozal. The country is situated in Central America bordered by Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea. The nation’s terrain is relatively flat with swampy coastal terrain. Its climate is tropical, hot and humid.
The overall population is approximately 408,000 people. The capital of the country is Belmopan. The most populous city however is Belize City with 57,000 people followed by San Ignacio with 17,000 inhabitants. The country’s largest and only international airport is Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) with 1.1 million annual passengers. This makes it the 7th busiest airport in the Central America. It is named after the politician Philip Goldson, who was a member of the house of representatives and founder of the main Belizean political party. The airport provides access to destinations in the Caribbean and the Americas.
Belize is dominated by the creole culture. The majority of the population identify themselves as Christians with around 40% being Roman Catholic. The official language is English. Belize’s legal system is based on the English common law. The government form is a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy. The chief of state is Queen Elizabeth the II. The head of government is the elected Prime Minister Dean Oliver Barrow.
The official currency is the Belize Dollar (BZD), which is permanently pegged to the USD at BZD 2 per USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $3.4 billion. It is the 39th largest economy in the list of Commonwealth countries. Its citizens have a per capita income of $9,576. The GDP is mostly made up of the services and industry sector with tourism and agricultural goods contributing the vast majority to the country’s income. The GDP growth has been more or less stagnant in the past years.
Belize is filled with a variety of urban and natural tourism attractions, making it a popular destination. It is known for its vast beaches and nature. Some of the major destinations include the Blue Hole, the Placencia Peninsula and Turneffe Islands. Main tourist activities are fishing, watersports, bird watching and hiking. Belize is also home to the largest cave system in Central America. The nation has a total of approximately 1.7 million tourists visiting every year with the majority originating from North America.