Belize tourism boards have started a process to ban foreign tourists from visiting the country for a period of up to two years after they are granted permission by the local government.
The board in Belizer, called the Belize Tourism Board, will be working with the Belization Tourism Department to find a solution that works for Belize, said board member Daniel C. Mendoza.
“Belize has become a very important tourism destination for tourists,” Mendoze said.
“We will be monitoring how to limit foreign tourists.”
The board wants to work with the Department of Tourism to develop a policy for foreign visitors and the local tourism department to follow.
Foreign tourists are allowed to visit Belize during the designated time period of May to September.
They can stay at designated Belize hotels and restaurants, but cannot use the public transport system or walk on public streets.
Foreign visitors can bring their own cameras and take pictures of Belize landmarks and buildings, but they must stay on designated tourist streets and pay a fee to rent a car.
The Belize Department of Culture and Tourism is expected to announce the ban next week.
The country’s tourism board was established by Belize’s Constitutional Court in 2004 and has been working with Belizean tourism officials for more than three years to decide on a ban.
The ban will apply to the tourist board and all other boards in the country, including tourism boards in Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands.
The Belize Board is responsible for the administration of the Belizer tourism board.