The front cover of a contemporary Belizean passport.
|First issued||16 September 2011 (current version)|
Appearance and issuance
The issuance of passports is governed by the Passports Act (Cap. 164.
In early 2004, Belize suffered a "passport crisis" due to a shortage of blank passports when a delivery from the country's United Kingdom-based passport supplier De La Rue was delayed. The Ministry of Home Affairs tried to handle the crisis by recalling unused passport blanks from Belizean diplomatic missions abroad, while newspapers urged those who did not immediately need passports to wait until September or October when the switchover to the new machine-readable passports would begin. The problem came to an end in August, though delays in issuance of up to four weeks persisted.
In 2009, Belize began issuing passports in the common CARICOM design, with additional security features such as intaglio printing of certain text, a guilloché pattern on the inside pages, and a "ghost image" on the biodata pages.
Belizean passports contain on their inside cover the following words in English only:
The Governor-General of Belize requests and requires all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford such assistance and protection as may be necessary.
As of March 2019, Belizean citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 100 countries and territories, ranking the Belizean passport 51st in terms of travel freedom (tied with the South African passport) according to the Henley visa restrictions index.
- "Passports Act, Chapter 164". The Laws of Belize (PDF) (Revised ed.). Attorney-General of Belize. 2000. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
- "G.O.B. hopes to ease passport crisis". News 5 Belize. 2004-05-21. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
- "Passport shortage ends as first batch arrives". 2004-08-24. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
- "CARICOM passport comes with new security features". News 5 Belize. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
- "Global Ranking - Visa Restriction Index 2019" (PDF). Henley & Partners. Retrieved 26 April 2019.