Belize Adjusts Entry Requirements Again for 72-Hour Old PCR COVID Test

by Carolee Chanona

Belize remains open to travelers at this time, although there are three overarching entry requirements to abide. While there are also no travel bans in place at this time, the small Caribbean nation amends its entry requirements. As of February 3, all arriving passengers at the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) must:

  • download the Belize Health App and input the required information no more than 72 hours prior to landing in Belize. Prior to arrival, tourist must book a stay at a certified Gold Standard Hotel that is approved to accept tourists. This information must be inputted into the App, and may be verified upon entry to Belize.
  • bring along a negative Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Belize, OR Rapid Antigen, Sophia, SD Bisensor, ABBOT (Panbio) test results taken no more than 48 hours of arrival in Belize.

Results from your test will inherently “fast track” your process through the Philip Goldson International Airport upon arrival, which is the only open port of entry at the moment. Although while COVID-19 pre-testing is strongly recommended to travel to Belize, it is also optional. You can still land in the country without one, but you must test negative for COVID-19 to enter. If you are unable bring along a COVID test, you will be required to test upon arrival; the cost is US$50.00. Only cash is accepted at this time; credit card machines and ATMs are not available in the Health Testing Unit.  Currently, children aged 5 years and older are being tested in Belize.

What if I test positive? 

Visitors who test positive will need to remain in the mandatory quarantine at their Gold Standard hotel; this is at their own expense until cleared as negative. However, this mandatory 14-day quarantine following a positive test applies to both tourists and Belizeans.

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