The Border Management Agency is the responsible administrative entity for the management of Belize’s border complex, including immigration, police, customs, the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and free zone areas. Mayor border movement to Mexico is related to crossing of pedestrians. The Free Zone is active and more frequented than the one located at the western entrance point to Guatemala. Administration of the Free Zone is under shared responsibility of a Belizean private group and governmental agencies.
Border Crossing Location and Contact
Name of Border Crossing
Belize: Santa Elena
Province or District
Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing
Corozal (10 km)
Managing Authority / Agency
Border Management Agency
Misses Naivi Campos
Nearest National Airfield
Aeropuerto Corozal (Ranchito) (13 km)
Truck Travel Time: 18 minutes
Car Travel time: 18 minutes
Belize City (120 km)
Truck Travel Time: 3 ¼ hours
Car Travel time: 3 ¼ hours
Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity
Orange Walk (50 km)
Truck Travel Time: 1hour
Car Travel time: 1 hour
Road in good condition from Belmopan (main city of Belize), with fuel stations in Corozal and Santa Elena. The Free Zone area to Mexico is very active in terms of commerce. Storage capacity of approx. 2,322 m2 (25,000 ft.2) in the Free Zone area is available for exports to Mexico.
Hours of Operation
Opening hours of customs offices are from Monday to Friday 8:00 to 17:00.
Due to the existing free zone, there is a lot a traffic during the weekends from people coming more from the Mexican side. Most of these people stay during the weekend. Belizeans are excluded from the free zone but have a separate entrance where they do not affect the normal transit to customs facilities and border offices.
Trucks are charged with a parking fee per day. The price is relative to the size of the vehicle and starts from USD 30, which is the only additional charge made by the border authority. Importation duties are relative to the value of the goods imported. All importation paperwork can be done and clearance can be obtained within one day at the customs offices at the border. All vehicles are inspected before getting customs clearance.
For more information on customs in Belize, please see the following link: 1.3 Belize Customs Information.
For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Belize Government Contact List.