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Duty Free Belize

When you go on vacation there is usually a great deal of research done prior to the trip to your vacation destination, but not as much for your flight home.

This page is to assist you with duty free Belize information as to what you can take back into your country. I will list starting with the highest percentage of tourists (minimum of 2500 per year based on 2015 Belize Tourism Board travel and tourism statistics)

Customs duty is a tariff (tax) imposed on goods when taken across international borders. The purpose is to protect each country’s residents, jobs, economy, etc., by controlling the flow of goods, into the country.

At the bottom of the page I included official information from Tropic Air what you are able to bring on your way in if you are flying or crossing border by land or sea.

USA Limits on Outbound Duty Free From Belize

A returning resident is eligible for an $800.00 USD duty-free personal exemption every 31 days, having remained beyond the territorial limits of the United States for no less than 48 hours.

Tobacco Products This exemption includes not more than 200 cigarettes and 100 cigars:

Alcoholic Beverages Federal regulations allow for one American liter (33.8 fl. oz.) of alcoholic beverages to be included in your returning resident personal exemption if:

  • You are at least 21 years old.
  • It is not in violation of the state laws in which you arrive.
  • It is intended exclusively for your personal use and not for sale.

Some states may allow you to bring back more than one liter, but you will have to pay any applicable duty.

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Canada Limits on Outbound Duty Free From Belize

Absence of more than 24 hours

  • You can claim goods worth up to $200.00 CAN
  • Tobacco products and alcoholic beverages are not included in this exemption.
  • Duty and taxes are applicable on the entire amount of the imported goods if the value of the goods you are bringing back exceeds $200.00 CAN.
  • Goods must be in your possession and reported at time of entry to Canada.

Absence of more than 48 hours

  • You can claim goods worth up to $800.00 which may include alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, within the prescribed limits.
  • Goods must be in your possession and reported at time of entry to Canada. 
  • If the value of the goods you are bringing back exceeds CAN$800, duties and taxes are applicable only on amount of the imported goods that exceeds CAN$800.

The same exemptions apply for trips of more than 7 days as for over 48 hours, but goods may arrive by other means (such as courier or by post). All goods must however, be reported upon your arrival.

Tobacco Products

Not more than 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars.

Alcoholic Beverages

You must meet the minimum drinking age of the province or territory where you enter Canada.

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Metric Imperial Estimates Wine Up to1.5 litres Up to 53 fluid oz Two 750 ml bottles Alcoholic beverages Up to 1.14 liters Up to 40 fluid oz One large standard bottle Beer or ale Up to 8.5 litres Up to 287 fluid oz Approximately 24 cans or bottles (355 ml)

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United Kingdom Limits on Outbound Duty Free From Belize

Alcohol Allowance

  • Beer – 16 liters
  • Wine (not sparkling) – 4 liters
  • Spirits and other liquors over 22% alcohol – 1 liter
  • Fortified wine (eg port, sherry), sparkling wine and alcoholic drinks up to 22% alcohol – 2 liters You can split this last allowance, eg you could bring 1 liter of fortified wine and half a liter of spirits (both half of your allowance).

Tobacco Allowance

  • 200 cigarettes
  • 50 cigars You can split this allowance – so you could bring in 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars (both half of your allowance).

If you are under 17 years of age, you can bring alcohol and tobacco to the UK for your own use but you’ll have to pay duty or tax on them when you get to customs as there is no allowance for those under 17.

Allowance for other goods You can bring in other goods worth up to £390 (or up to £270 if you arrive by private plane or boat). If a single item’s worth more than your allowance you pay any duty or tax on its full value, not just the value above the allowance.

Banned and Restricted Goods

These include:

  • Illegal drugs
  • Offensive weapons, eg flick knives
  • Self-defense sprays, eg pepper spray and CS gas
  • Endangered animal and plant species
  • Rough diamonds indecent and obscene materials
  • Personal imports of meat and dairy products from most non-EU countries

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Germany Limits on Outbound Duty Free From Belize

You can make use of the travellers’ allowance once during any single journey. A journey comes to an end, when, for example, you have returned to your destination in Germany. You may not, repeatedly claim travellers’ allowance by crossing the border several times in immediate succession.

Alcohol and beverages containing alcohol, if the importer is at least 17 years old.

  • 1 liter of spirit drinks of an alcohol strength by volume exceeding 22% or undenatured ethyl alcohol of an alcoholic strength by volume of 80% or higher or
  • 2 liters of alcohol and alcoholic beverages of an alcohol strength by volume up to 22% or
  • a proportionate combination of these goods and
  • 4 litres of non-sparkling wine and
  • 16 litres of beer
    Other goods up to a value of 300 € up to a value of 430 € for air/sea travellers
  • up to a value of 175 € for travellers under 15 years of age

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France Limits on Outbound Duty Free From Belize

Tobacco Products If the importer is at least 17 years old:

  • 200 cigarettes or
  • 50 cigars

Alcohol Products

  • 4 litres of wine and 16 litres of beer and
  • 1 litre of spirits over 22% or 2 litres of alcoholic beverages less than 22% Other goods up to the value €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for all other (reduced to €150 for children under 15).

Items which are either prohibited or require a licence include weapons and ammunition, drugs (other than those prescribed for personal use) live animals, plant products, cultural artifacts and endangered species.

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Netherlands Limits on Outbound Duty Free From Belize

The following goods may be imported into Netherlands without incurring customs duty by all travelers aged 17 years and over arriving from non-EU countries:

Tobacco Products

  • 200 cigarettes
  • 50 cigars Alcoholic Products
  • 1 litre of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22% or
  • 2 litres of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs
  • 50g of perfume and 250ml of toilet water
  • 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extract
  • 100g of tea or 40g of tea extract
  • other goods to the value of €56.72.

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Italy (and other EU Nations) Limits on Duty Free from Belize

  • Tobacco products
  • 200 cigarettes
  • 50 cigars Each amount represents 100% of the total allowance for tobacco products and any combination of those products must not exceed 100%. Example: 100 cigarettes + 50 cigarillos = total allowance

Alcoholic beverages

  • Total of 1 litre of alcohol and alcoholic beverages of an alcoholic strength exceeding 22% vol, or undenatured ethyl alcohol of 80% vol and over or
  • Total of 2 litres of alcoholic beverages of an alcoholic strength not exceeding 22% vol.
  • Total of 4 litres of still wine, and 16 litres of beer (only for VAT and excise duty) Other goods (including perfume, coffee, tea, electronic devices etc.) Up to a value of €430 for air and sea travellers
  • Up to value of €300 for other travellers
  • The value on an individual item may not be split up.

Member States may reduce the above limits to € 150 for travellers under 15 years. Allowances concerning tobacco and alcohol do not apply in the case of travellers under 17 years of age.

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Inbound Duty Free Belize

This section contains the duty free limits for arrival into Belize. Check Belize Customs website for more information.

Flights Into Belize

Should you wish to enjoy any name brand liquors such as Stolichnaya Vodka, Johnny Walker, Crown Royal Bombay Gin, your best bet is to buy those at Philip Goldson International Airport. Due to high import tax these liquors will cost up to twice as much once you get where you are going.

Note that local rum, One Barrel and Tiburon, Belikin beer, Hyper vodka are relatively inexpensive alternatives.

Arrival for Duty Free Belize Limits on Alcohol and Tobacco

  • 6 bottles of liquor or wine
  • 3 cartons of cigarettes
  • 6 boxes of Cigars
  • 6 bottles of perfume

(Cigars and cigarettes can be carried on but can’t be used on the flight.)

Duty free is usually willing to box your alcohol for you as they are not be allowed in your carry-on (or purse) on Tropic Air flights.

taco Tip

For last minute space; move a small portion of your packed luggage to your carry on and free up room for bottles. Pack larger sized Ziploc bags and or bubble wrap for alcohol in case Duty Free does not have boxes and be sure to have Tropic Air mark your bag as fragile.

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Duty Free for Land and Sea Crossing Into Belize

Some people that are traveling to Belize end up crossing the border by land.

Here is the official reply from Tropic Air Belize. Travelers are entitled to 1 liter / 1 bottle per person of liquor (no beer) at all land border crossings. Also same goes for at the sea entry points like San Pedro.

If you traveled Mexico to Belize and plan on taking a flight from Corozal Airport to get to your next destination, make sure your alcohol is well packed and have the baggage handlers mark it fragile.

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