Belize Bank is saying that all its 12 ATMs in Belize, including the one in San Pedro, now accept ATM cards issued outside Belize, as long as they are on the PLUS or CIRRUS networks. MasterCard and Visa cards also work for cash advances.
If so, this is great.
Has anyone actually tried getting cash from their U.S. or other non-Belize account from the Belize Bank ATMs?
Hi there. Just returned from AC and can confirm that you can use your ATM card at Belize Bank!
The withdrawal limit is $500 BZ per transaction. This turned out to be a very convenient service. There were no fees posted, but there was a couple of dollar fee tacked onto the withdrawal amount from my bank. Not a big deal considering the alternatives.
I also checked my bank after my return. The bank showed a withdrawal based on a conversion rate plus a $5 transaction fee. For example, I did a $400 bze withdrawal, that calculated to $203.79 us + $5 which equaled $208.79.
Another alternative is to take your ATM card to the bank and perform a cash withdrawl from the bank teller. It can take a few minutes this way, as there may be others in line ahead of you, but is also convenient and you don't have to carry travelers checks or cash.
I've not yet been to Belize (36 hours and counting!!!), but I have had problems with my ATM card in other countries -- includuing "As American As You Can Get", London. ATMs are basically computer dependent. They can, at random, close down for a variety of reasons. Why leave yourself high and dry? Take enough travelers cheques to give yourself a moderate comfort level. Pack the plastic. And round out your cash needs with the ATM. I would never rely upon it exclusively!