Latest Travel Alerts & Warnings for Belize

What's the current situation in Belize? Find out the latest information on events or natural disasters that might affect your travel plans or travel insurance.

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Central America Hurricane - August 4th 2016

Earl, a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph, will bring heavy rain and high winds to Central America and Southern Mexico through the remainder of the week. Affected areas include Belize, northern Nicaragua, Honduras, northern Guatemala, and the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Up to a foot of rain is anticipated, creating flooding, mudslides and travel delays; dangerous surf conditions along the coast of the affected areas can also be expected.

As of this writing, Earl is tracking well south of Cancun, but storms can be unpredictable and shift courses, and travelers to the region should be prepared for travel disruptions and power outages. If the storm continues on its current path, it should begin to weaken as it moves inland, but if it veers over water again it could pick up strength before making landfall one more time.

How to Survive a Hurricane

  • Never go out during the storm. The winds can send flying debris right into you causing injury and even death.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Keep on the alert for additional storm warnings.
  • While the storm is in progress avoid using electrical appliances.
  • Stay off the telephone.
  • All pets should be secure in carriers. The storm will be a frightening experience for them as well, and they could injure themselves or even you if the animal panics.
  • Do not light candles or lanterns; they could get blown over causing a fire.
  • The eye of the storm passing over could make you think the storm is over when the worst is still yet to come. Only use this calm in an extreme emergency to make critical repairs.
  • Only after an official "all clear" has been issued is it safe to come out.

What to Do After a Hurricane

  • Beware of downed power lines and gas leaks.
  • Stay away from heavily damaged areas.
  • Check with media sources for instructions.

If You're Injured in a Hurricane

If you are injured or become ill please seek medical aid and contact your 24-hour Medical Assistance Service. Be aware that any functioning hospitals and clinics will be busy caring for other people and there may be long delays. If you are in a region with no operating medical facilities please contact the Medical Assistance Service Immediately.

Who Should I Contact in Case of a Hurricane?

It is important to remember that the situation you are in can be extremely stressful. Call home and your country's Consulate or Embassy to let them know where you are, if you are alright and if you need any assistance. Keeping an item of comfort nearby, such as a family photo, favorite music, or religious material, can often offer comfort in such situations. Call the emergency assistance hotlines should you need immediate attention.

Am I Covered for a Hurricane?

There may be cover for you if you purchased your policy prior to the storm or hurricane being declared. Check your policy or call our customer assistance teams if you are unsure.

Coverage may vary depending on your place of residence and the level of cover you have purchased, however GENERALLY the cover and benefits of Trip Cancellation or Trip Interuption may assist you. If regular carriage services to your destination have ceased for 24 hours or more (so you can't get there) you may be able to make a claim. Check with our customer assistance teams.

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