Orange Walk Town is the capital, administrative and commercial center of the Orange Walk District. It is located on the western bank of the New River, 53 miles north of Belize City, 30 miles (50 km) south of Corozal Town, and 43 miles from Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Belize has a tremendous economic impact in Chetumal because of the cheaper goods, fuel and services that can be obtained there. Over 1 million Belizeans cross our Northern border into Mexico every year. The inverse is not happening because of the Belize policy on border admissions. The Mexican government facilitates Belizeans entry into Mexico but Belize does not facilitate entry with the exception of the Commercial Free Zone. That makes it virtually impossible for Mexicans to visit taxable national Belizean territory. The University of Quintana Roo, Universidad de la Frontera Sur and Instituto Technologico de Chetumal have over 100 Belizean students at University level.

The town has a long unrecorded history. In the pre-Columbian era, according to Eric Thompson, the town was known as Holpatin. Orange Walk Town is as enigmatic as it is attractive to its residents. Its citizens are described as hard working intelligent individuals with an enviable work ethic. Of the 45,946 district population, 4,927 live abroad and 532 are not reported. Many work outside the area especially in Belize City or the Commercial Free Zone in Santa Elena on the Northern Border with Mexico.



Total Population:
390,353 (2019)

Literacy Rate:
76.9 %

Total Land Area:
22,923 km. sq. or 8,867 sq. miles

Form of Government:
Democratic – Bicameral Legislature

Head of State:
Queen Elizabeth II

Administration Building:

Governor General:
Her Excellency, Froyla Tzalam

Head of Government:
Prime Minister, Hon. John Briceño

Governing Party
People’s United Party (PUP) (2020-Present)

The Belize dollar (BZD) fixed rate of exchange is BZ. $2.00 to US$1.00.


Phone Codes:
Country Code (501)
Belize City (22)or (20)
Belmopan (82)
Benque Viejo (823)
Caye Caulker (226)
Cayo (92)
Dangriga (52)
Ladyville (225)
Orange Walk (32)
Placencia (521)
Punta Gorda (72)
San Pedro (220)

**Plus 5-digit local number.

Major Sea Ports:
Belize City, Big Creek and Dangriga

Entry Requirements:
A valid passport is required of all visitors. Citizens of the United Kingdom, some Commonwealth countries, the European Union and the USA are not required to have a visa, provided they have a return round trip ticket.

Departure Tax:
$35.00BZD for Belizeans and $39.25USD for non-nationals.

Government Working Hours:
8:00AM – 12:00 Noon, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Mondays to Thursdays)
8:00 a.m.- 4:30 PM on (Fridays)

Banking Working Hours

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, (Mondays – Thursdays).
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, on (Fridays)

Normal Working Hours:
8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Chief Products
Citrus, bananas, sugar, marine products, rice, red kidney beans, beef, pork, poultry, honey, garments, aerated beverages, alcoholic beverages, wheat flour and cigarettes

Principal Exports:
Citrus, Petroleum, bananas, sugar, marine products, garments, and timber

Principal Imports:
Machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods, food & beverages, construction materials and fuel & lubricants

Major Trading Partners:
The United States of America, European Union, CARICOM, Mexico and Canada

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Working Hours:
Monday to Thursday
8:00am to 12:00md
1:00pm to 4:00pm

8:00am to 12:00md
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Queen Victoria Avenue, 
Orange Walk Town,
Belize C.A


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