Belize & Ambergris Caye Help

What banking services are available?

There are several banks on the island.

Atlantic Bank Limited : atlantic@atlabank.com
Phone is 226-2195. Fax is 226-2513

Belize Bank Limited : bblsp@belizebank.com
Phone is +501-226-2482. Fax is 226-2131

Alliance Bank Of Belize : alliance@btl.net
Phone is +501-226-2136

Bank Of Nova Scotia : george.jones@scotiabank.com

First Caribbean International Bank : justin.nicholas@firstcaribbeanbank.com

They are open on working days from 8 am till 1 pm (and Atlantic till 3 pm). Or Atlantic and Alliance Bank are open until 3 pm with Atlantic Bank also opening on Saturdays from 8:30 am till 12 pm. Belize Bank has opened a spacious new building on Barrier Reef Drive where the Blake House (later Barrier Reef Hotel) once stood. Atlantic Bank has two locations, with a cash window at the Alijua Building on Buccaneer St. and their main branch newly located to Pescador Drive. The cash window facilitates bill payments, Western Union services, and other small cash transactions.

There’s an ATM owned by Atlantic Bank located in the same Alijua Building on Buccaneer St. The ATM serves both local and international credit cards including Visa, Master Card, Cirrus, Plus and Visa Electron.

There are five commercial banks that serve the country of Belize. Banks are open in Belize City Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 1:00pm (Atlantic Bank until 3:00 pm) and on Friday until 4:30pm. Most banks have branches in the six districts but services are more limited.

Most banks will issue an advance on your Visa or MasterCard. The fee for this is US$5 and up, depending on the bank, plus whatever fees and interest your bank card charges. Getting a cash advance may take a little time and paperwork.

Smart travelers bring a combination of cash in small U.S. currency denominations, traveler’s checks in U.S. dollars and credit cards. You will need to carry your passport, or memorize the number, to use your traveller’s checks.

Click here for information about the money and the banking system in Belize. Includes guides on monetary policies, exchange rates, the Central Bank of Belize, and more.

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