I read a lot about Belize on many web sites while planning our trip. I did not see the policy about minors entering Belize and the paperwork required if not accompanied by both parents posted anywhere. I thought it would be helpful to add to this forum.
We were turned back in Houston and not allowed to enter Belize.
We were traveling with mother, grandmother and child. Father not on trip.
We were able to get the notarized, certified document but the gate agent still refused us entry because the document was drawn up outside the US by a lawyer in Zambia and the wording did not satisfy him.
We can understand as child trafficking is real and apparently Belize is a hot spot.
We’ve also encountered this in South Africa where I’ve traveled with my grandson with the same document and gained entry.
Also I took my grandson on a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas and used the same document.
Out Belize Travel agent never mentioned anything to us but clearly knew our group did not include the father. Nor did the hotels mention anything. Or any tours I booked. All of which knew we were two ladies and 1 child.
Disney and South Africa make regulations VERY VERY clear well before hand.
I’m not sure we could have avoided this any way because it was more a matter of one gate agent not liking the wording on the document. But if I’d read what could happen I might have had a US lawyer look the document over? Not sure. But ultimately I will probably get very little of my money back as everywhere in Belize has at least 2 week cancellation policies and not a single property or person I’ve contacted has shown any sympathy or offered any help. This happened yesterday so I can’t say for sure. Can you imagine traveling to a dream vacation with a 7 year old and being turned away and spending 13 hours instead in planes and airport going no where?
he finally broke down at 6pm after a day that started at 3:30am.