A lot of preparation is necessary to fly with our animals. Always check the website of the airline on pet policies rather than accept what is told on the phone by an agent – which honesty holds true for any important matter. Make sure to print the online regulations from the site and take it with you for backup.
When you purchase your ticket and make sure the airlines know you are traveling with your pet.
It is VERY important you meet all requirements below or they will deny you from boarding your flight.
– Must have a clear bag of dog food taped to the top of the kennel with instructions should there be an emergency or delay.
– Must have a water bottle (the gerbil type) that fits on the outside of the kennel door whether your dog knows how to use them or not.
– Must have airport approved kennel large enough for pet to stand up and turn around. I suggest bringing extra nuts/bolts that fit the kennel as they often pop off the kennels. The airline will also cable tie the dog in the kennel. Please make sure your dog has comfort and you provide some type of pillow or comfy blanket.
– Must label kennel ‘LIVE ANIMAL’ on each side of kennel with name of dog
– If temperatures are predicted less than 45°F (7.2°C) any place of travel you MUST have a vet’s letter stating dog can travel in temperatures as low as 20°F (-6.6°C). No exceptions on airlines without this letter!
Heat Restriction Cold Restriction
Heat/Cold restrictions are not determined on a day to day basis, rather they are a set temperature found on each airline’s website.
Pets cannot be accepted when the current or foretasted temperature is above 85°F (29.4°C) at any location on the itinerary.
Pets can not be accepted when the ground temperature is below 45°F (7.2°C) at any location on the itinerary.
After purchasing your airfare
Submit your import permit application via fax or email to BAHA Belize. This import permit is required by Belize and usually issued upon arrival when you pay. It is not a requirement to leave the US, however it is a good idea to request a copy to be faxed or emailed to you before you leave. Last time I was asked for a copy by the airlines and denied boarding to my flight leaving me stuck at 4am and couldn’t get to Belize for another day!
Baha will do this for an additional $35 and will charge when you arrive.
Alternate number for pet import 822-3084
Email: if emailing for permit, send to both
email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org Ms.Nadine Hegar
Address in US (or where you are coming from)
Intended address upon arrival in Belize
Estimated date arriving
Port of entry (Phillip Goldson Int. Airport or BZE).
Days and Hours- Every day of the week 8-5pm (in past was only M-F)
Required information upon entry
All records of current vaccinations and valid rabies shot. They now also ask for proof or a statement that the pet is free of ehrlichiosis (disease from ticks)
Now $75BZD ($50 BZD to enter and $25 BZD inspection and which is them looking at your dog for 30 seconds.)
BAHA Belize is very helpful when applying and upon arrival. The process is easy.
Next step getting to Ambergris Caye Island
I highly recommend the water taxi. Though it takes longer it is well worth it for the dog. It is much easier on the dog (and the person with the dog) in my opinion. My dog personally hated getting out of her kennel after traveling so long from the states to then be put back into her kennel for the flight to the island.
Allow one and a half hours after arrival to determine which water taxi you will take 20-30 minutes for customs and bags
15-20 minutes at BAHA to import your pet and pay your fees
10 minutes to load up your cab with luggage and pet
20 minute for cab ride to water taxi and to purchase your water taxi ticket upon arriving at terminal
$17.50 US one way
Ocean Ferry Water Taxi departures (Belize City-San Pedro)
8:00 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm
The San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi departures (Belize City-San Pedro)
8:00 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 4:30 pm, and 5:30 pm.
Kennels are available at each port upon advance request.
- Belize to Caye Caulker ( vice versa)- USD$5.00
- Belize to San Pedro (vice versa) – USD$7.50
- Caye Caulker to San Pedro (vice versa)- USD$5.00
Tropic Air and Maya Island Air require non-service dogs to be in a kennel. Depending on the size of the kennel they will determine whether the pet will require a seat, which will need to be purchased.
The Baha Information was provided by frequent visitor, Keli Engleson. Karmen, a 70 pound Labrador has traveled with Keli between the states and Belize 5 times.
It is recommended that you check with your airline before traveling in case they have modified their regulations.