The Government of Belize, announced June 25 via virtual press conference, confirmed that Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) will reopen on August 15 to international travellers. The decision to reopen Belize’s international airport, which was closed due to COVID-19 restrictions in early-March, was made in conjunction with Belize’s Ministry of Health and took into consideration the ongoing guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States. To date, Belize has recorded a total of 23 cases of COVID-19 and 2 deaths.
Moreover, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has simultaneously launched their reopening plans for hotels, restaurants and tour operators. The new guidelines outline the enhanced health and safety protocols which are being introduced as part of the Government of Belize, the Belize Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Health, and the BTB’s commitment to keep Belizeans, tourism dependent communities, and visitors safe from the risks related to Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-COV-2) that causes COVID-19. With the release of these protocols, Belize’s tourism industry can prepare for the international arrivals of travellers starting August 15, 2020.
Editor’s Note: Announced August 5, Belize has postponed its the reopening date of its international airport due to a rise in local COVID-19 cases. Read more on Belize postponing its tourism reopening here. (Edited 6/08/2020)
Upon the airport reopening, travelers will be subject to new guidelines set out for entry, which will include a COVID-19 test and some limitations.