Belize/Mexico: Visa requirements for a Mexican entering Belize; whether a Mexican citizen married to a Belizean can be barred from entering Belize if his wife fears that he will attack her
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||22 June 2001|
|Citation / Document Symbol||ZZZ37331.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Belize/Mexico: Visa requirements for a Mexican entering Belize; whether a Mexican citizen married to a Belizean can be barred from entering Belize if his wife fears that he will attack her, 22 June 2001, ZZZ37331.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4bed51c.html [accessed 30 January 2015]|
On 21 June 2001 an official at the Embassy of Belize in Washington DC stated in a telephone interview that all foreign citizens, including Mexicans, must have valid passports in order to enter Belize. For Mexicans who live in the border areas and are entering parts of Belize near the border for routine business, it is possible to enter without a visa. For Mexicans who are entering Belize by air, or who are travelling overland with the intention of going to Belize City or elsewhere in the interior of Belize (i.e. anywhere except the area just inside the border), it is necessary to have a visa. For those travelling to Belize by air, it is preferable that they obtain their visa beforehand. Those entering by land can obtain their visa at the border immigration office. The standard period of validity of a visa is 90 days.
The entry for Belize in Travel Information Manual states that passports and visas are required to enter Belize, and nationals of Mexico are not listed among the excepted categories (July 2001, 64-66).
On 14 June 2001 a representative of the Women's Department of the Belizean Ministry of Human Development, Women and Civil Society stated that a Mexican citizen married to a Belizean citizen who objects to his entering the country, for fear of being attacked by him, will not be barred from entering Belize, even if his wife has made her objection known to the Belizean authorities, "unless he has been convicted of committing a criminal act in Belize."
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Embassy of Belize, Washington, DC. 21 June 2001. Telephone interview.
Travel Information Manual (TIM). July 2001. "Belize." Amsterdam: TIM.
Women's Department, Ministry of Human Development, Women and Civil Society, Belize City, Belize. 14 June 2001. Correspondence.