Last updated: November 6, 2020. This article will be updated as new information is provided. For more COVID-19 country re-opening and border updates, subscribe to our newsletter here or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Belize opened its borders at the beginning of October, and have joined the growing list of countries to not require guests to enter quarantine.
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Who can visit?
Belize does not have any bans or restrictions on nationals of any countries, and will allow anyone in once they meet the following criteria.
What testing is required?
Guests traveling to Belize will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of entering the country. For those unable to get a PCR test before their flight, a test can be conducted upon arrival for a fee of US $50. It is recommended that travelers be tested before they arrive to be able to use the ‘fast track’ service. Airlines like American Airlines are also working with partners to offer the relevant pre-testing required to enter.
Children under the age of 5 will be not be required to take a COVID-19 test.
Those who test positive at the airport will be required to enter a state-operated quarantine, and will not be allowed to take a return flight until they are cleared of the virus.
Other rules and requirements?
Travelers will also be required to download the ‘Belize Travel Health’ app from either the Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS) and fill in their details no more than 72 hours before entering Belize. For those who are not traveling with a mobile phone, the app also works with tablet devices. Once the forms are filled out via the app, it will generate a unique ID number and QR code. Applicants are advised to take a screenshot of the QR code (in case the app cannot load) so that it can be scanned on arrival.
It appears that filling out this app is mandatory as there is no alternative way to enter your information.
Once in the country, all locals and guests are required by law to wear face masks in public spaces, and are advised to practice safety protocols such as social distancing, washing hands and using sanitizing agents regularly. Travelers who may still feel uneasy can also look for Tourism Gold Standard Program certified establishments (including hotels, restaurants, attractions, tour operators, etc.) as they provide:
- Online check-in/out, contactless payment systems, and automated ordering/booking systems
- Hand sanitizing stations
- Enhanced cleaning and increased sanitization of public spaces and high touch surfaces
- Capacity restrictions for all tourism sites to ensure social distancing can be maintained
- Smaller tour groups to provide a more intimate tour experience
Guests who think they might be infected or are displaying symptoms of the virus should notify their hotel’s front desk staff as soon as possible so that the appropriate response plans could be activated.
Will there be a quarantine period?
Unless travelers present with symptoms on arrival, or test positive at the airport, there will be no quarantine required. This means that guests are free to visit the entire country but are advised to stay within the Tourism Safe Corridor, and should follow any locally required safety protocols.
In the unlikely scenario where a traveler arrives with no test result, and refuses to take the test locally, they will be required to enter a 14-day quarantine.
Coronavirus in Belize
As at November 6, 2020, cases in Belize have started to rise, with a record of 166 daily infections being recorded on November 4. It is unclear at this point what the trend will look like a few weeks from now, but if you must travel, be sure to follow all safely protocols.
[Featured Photo: Gladden Private Island/vrbo]