Medical Assistance

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

Medical care in Belize does not meet the same standards as medical care in the United States, and there are no level one trauma centers in the country. The U.S. Embassy recommends that visitors and residents obtain any needed medical care before arriving in Belize and recommends citizens verify whether their medical coverage covers the costs of medical evacuation to the United States.

If an American citizen becomes seriously ill or injured abroad, a U.S. consular officer can assist in locating appropriate medical services and informing family or friends. If necessary, a consular officer can also assist in the transfer of funds from the United States. However, payment of hospital and other expenses is the responsibility of the traveler. The U.S. Embassy has compiled an Emergency and Medical Listing (PDF 171 KB) of licensed medical providers in Belize. The U.S. Embassy makes no assurances about the quality of care of any of the listed providers.

Before going abroad, learn what medical services your health insurance will cover overseas. If your health insurance policy provides coverage outside the United States, remember to carry both your insurance policy identity card as proof of such insurance and a claim form. Although many health insurance companies will pay “customary and reasonable” hospital costs abroad, very few will pay for your medical evacuation back to the United States. Medical evacuation can easily cost US$10,000 and up, depending on your location and medical condition. If an air ambulance is required, the Embassy provides a Listing of Air Ambulance Companies  (PDF 143KB) servicing Belize. The Embassy recommends travelers purchase traveler’s insurance, which usually covers the cost of a medical evacuation. Be sure to verify the specific coverage of your policy.

SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND THE VETERAN’S ADMINISTRATION DO NOT PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR HOSPITAL OR MEDICAL COSTS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES.

Senior citizens may wish to contact the American Association of Retired Persons for information about foreign medical care coverage with Medicare supplement plans.

In case of emergency, the U.S. Embassy may attempt to contact your next-of-kin or other family. Please be sure to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) as well as fill out the emergency contact page in your passport.

A traveler going abroad with any preexisting medical problems should carry a letter from the attending physician describing the medical condition and any prescription medications, including the generic name of prescribed drugs. Any medications being carried overseas should be left in their original containers and be clearly labeled. Travelers should check with the Embassy of Belize in Washington D.C. to make sure any required medications are not considered to be illegal narcotics. Belize considers marijuana to be an illegal narcotic, and individuals with a prescription for marijuana will still be arrested if in possession of an illegal substance.

The government of Belize does not require any vaccinations before entering the country. For more information about recommended vaccinations and other health tips for Belize, please visit websites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization.