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Epic Belize Arrival Notes

On Arrival in Belize

The Belize International Airport (Phillip Goldson International Airport—airport code BZE) is small and easy to navigate.  You will disembark your plane directly onto the airport tarmac and will be directed to the terminal building and Immigration.  After your passport is stamped, you collect your bags and move through the customs area.  The whole process can take up to an hour, but is usually much quicker than that.  Once you clear customs, proceed to the departures terminal of the airport and locate the Maya Island Air desk.  Provide them with your passport for identification or the Maya Air Voucher our office emailed you and they'll get you on to your domestic flight to Dangriga.  Upon your arrival in Dangriga there will be a representative of Island Expeditions meeting you at the airstrip to shuttle you to your first night's accommodation.
If there are any problems with the domestic flight, please call our Dangriga office collect at 522-3328 or 522-0078.  There is a pay phone at the airport, just outside the check-in lobby.  At the time of writing this, a collect call is done by dialling the operator at 115 and requesting a 'station-to-station collect call' when calling our Dangriga office.
 
Rendezvous

"I will be arriving into the Belize international airport on the scheduled Day 1 of my Epic Belize tour."
After clearing customs and embarking on your domestic flight to the Dangriga Airstrip an Island Expeditions’ representative will be at the Dangriga Airstrip to meet you on Day 1 of your tour.  Meeting arrangements are based on your international flight arrival time as confirmed with our Canadian head office.  Our driver should be waiting for you at the Dangriga Airstrip.  Please be patient as road conditions and late arrivals of flights may cause delays.  We are aware of all our guests’ flight arrivals, however if our driver has not yet arrived to meet you within ten minutes of arrival, please contact our Dangriga office at 522-3328 or 522-0078 to let us know your status and for any rendezvous updates.  Please dial the operator at 115 and request station-to-station collect when calling our Dangriga office.

 
“I have been looking for flights and all I can find are flights arriving in the evening.”
For those people who have flights arriving later in the day (after 4pm), you will need to arrive into Belize City the day before the scheduled Day 1 meeting day.  This year we have seen some flights arriving into Belize City as late as 7pm.  For those travelers requiring an extra night, we recommend the Belize Biltmore Plaza and ask that you please contact our office for assistance with your Day 1 rendezvous.
 
“I will be arriving into Belize earlier than Day 1” or “I will be arriving into Belize by car”.
Whether traveling independently before your trip or arriving by any port other then the International Airport, please contact our office for assistance with confirming your Day 1 rendezvous.  If you are traveling in Belize in advance of your trip we recommend you call our office in Dangriga prior to Day 1 to confirm you have in fact arrived and will be rendezvousing on Day 1 as arranged with our Canadian office.
 
Departure from Belize

You will stay on the cayes for the last night of your trip. The following morning after breakfast, our charter boat will bring you back to the mainland - usually arriving around 12 noon.  On your return to Dangriga the group will be taken to our Operations Base.  Here you can pick up the luggage you did not take with you out to the cayes, change, and then make your connections for further travel in Belize or your international flight home.  Your international flight home can be scheduled for the last day of the trip and cannot depart before 3pm. This is to ensure you have adequate connection time from Dangriga to the International Airport.

Travel note:  For those making connections home on this day, international connections departing Belize should be booked for after 3pm.  In order to connect with your departure on Sunday from Belize you will require a short domestic flight from Dangriga to the International Airport at a cost of $100US per person (Subject to Change).  For those who are unable to find a return flight after 3pm on the departure day, we have Flight & Hotel Packages if you need to spend an extra night in Belize before departing the next day.  Please contact our Canadian office for further details.
 
Please ensure we are aware of your post trip plans prior to your arrival in Belize.  If you are connecting with a return flight home later in the day, most people will already have made a domestic flight reservation from Dangriga to the Belize International Airport.  Flights take about 20 minutes and depart approximately every 1.5 hours from Dangriga 7am to 5pm daily.  On arrival from the cayes in the morning we will have a vehicle waiting to take you to the Dangriga airstrip.  For those who have a little time to explore the town or are travelling overland to their next destination, our Operations staff can organize a taxi to the local bus depot or airstrip for your further travel arrangements.  We always recommend checking with your fellow travelers to see if you can share a ride to the airport.

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