Belize is open for tourism to all countries (including the USA). Downloading a health tracking app and submitting a negative COVID test on arrival is required.
Most passengers should take an additional test upon arrival. Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 will be placed in mandatory quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. The government recommends purchasing international health insurance that covers COVID-19 before arrival.
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Belize Reopening to Tourism – Latest Update
May 11 – Belize has just joined the exclusive list of the safest countries in the world according to CDC
With more than 40,000 vaccinated people (10% of its inhabitants) and less than 400 active COVID-19 cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recently dropped its travel alert, making it one of the 15 countries in the world at Level 2 risk.
Back in March, Belize became the first Caribbean country to waive entry restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers. Now visitors can enjoy their natural beauties in a CDC-approved safe environment.
April 22 – Belize is lifting internal restrictions but won’t reopen land borders with Mexico and Guatemala yet
Prime Minister of Belize John Briceno, lifted a series of internal restrictions on April 16. From last week, Casinos -which employs hundreds of local people- reopened for business. Additionally, the Corozal Free Zone, the street side vending and other working and tourist activities have been reopened under strict biosecurity measures such as social distancing and mask wearing.
According to Briceno, the Cabinet has talked about the necessity to reopen their land borders with Mexico and Guatemala but they “feel” neither of these countries have taken the pandemic as seriously and effectively as Belize has, and the government wants to keep their figures under control.
In an attempt to boost their economy, the Belize government has decided to waive all travel restrictions to vaccinated travelers. Authorities specifically mentioned that travelers from America (United States) just need a vaccination certification issued 2 weeks prior to arrival, but all vaccinated travelers can have access to the same benefit.
“…This card [must] include medical information about the vaccine you received, the date of vaccination, and where you were vaccinated,” said the authorities.
Belize has been open to international tourists since October 2020. As of today, The Government does not have any travel bans in place, so all travelers are welcomed. No self-isolation is required as long as you can produce a negative COVID-19 test.
Visitors will be required to:
- Stay in selected hotels and resorts (check the list)
- Download the Belize Health App
- Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test (taken max 72 hours before the flight)
What flights to Belize are available during a pandemic?
The Philip Goldson International airport (BZE) is now open but travel to Belize is available by air only. All land borders and sea ports will remain closed until further notice.
COVID-19 cases in Belize
Belize is a very safe country. As of May 11, it has reported 12,700 COVID cases and 323 deaths caused by the virus. There are only between 0-2 cases of new daily cases.
What are the required safety measures for traveling to Belize?
The following stringent safety measures will be required when Belize re-opens:
- All those entering the country must have taken a Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Philip Goldson International Airport.
- Upon arrival, shoes will be sanitized and temperatures checked.
- Most passengers will have to take an additional test upon arrival. If their results return positive, they must undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine at their own expense.
These measures are in addition to the common-sense precautions all travelers should be taking such as wearing masks and washing their hands.
For the most up to date information, please visit the Ministry of Health Belize website or contact your embassy in Belize.
Belize imposes rigorous safety procedures on local businesses
The government of Belize has imposed rigorous safety procedures on local businesses to keep both its citizens and travelers safe.
Tourists will find that hotels, bars, and restaurants will have strict new sanitation regimens. Guided tours will allow fewer people. This will help to maintain social distancing guidelines.
To find out the latest information regarding local safety procedures, check this advisory before your visit.
Top reasons to visit Belize
Belize is a haven for water sports. You can go deep-sea fishing, sailing, and kayaking. Shark Ray Alley near Ambergris Caye allows you to swim with sharks and rays.
Then, there is scuba diving. The Belize Barrier Reef system is part of the second largest barrier reef in the world. One of its attractions is the Great Blue Hole, which was made famous by Jacques Cousteau.
Belize is also a haven for nature-lovers. There are lush rainforests. The Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary has a jaguar preserve. Visitors here may not see these elusive cats but they will find tapirs, howler monkeys, and tropical birds galore as well as other wildlife.
The Maya mountains provide many hiking trails to climb and lovely waterfalls to swim under.
Zipline tours appeal to adrenaline junkies while cave tubing provides a different type of adventure. Tourists relax on an inner tube as they float through magnificent underground caverns.
History buffs will enjoy visiting the many Mayan ruins. They can learn how to make chocolate the way the Maya did or visit the Belize Spice Farm for a culinary adventure.
The open-air markets in most towns are fun places to shop. Mingling with locals and bargaining are easy because the official language is English and the currency is pegged to the US dollar.
For those who enjoy music, Belize has a unique musical genre thanks to the Garifuna. Their music blends Afro-Caribbean and traditional Mayan influences.
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