Belize Expands PCR-Test Time Frame For Travel to 96-Hours

by Caribbean Lifestyle Editorial Team
Testing site for COVID-19 in France

Effective December 20 with SI No. 175 of 2020, Belize updates its entry requirements to accept a negative PCR test result taken within 96-hours of arrival, instead of the previous time frame of 72-hours of departure. By bringing a negative test result, travelers to Belize can access the “fast track” through the Philip Goldson International Airport for quicker processing. Although pre-testing is strongly recommended to travel to Belize, it is also optional. You can still land in the country without, but you must test negative for COVID-19 to enter. Updates to Belize’s entry requirements became effective with Statutory Instrument 175.

All The Ways To Fly to Belize

Belize-International-Flight Map 2020

Photo by the Belize Tourism Board

With larger testing windows for travel to Belize and the prospect of three effective vaccines, there is a glimmer of hope for travel next year. Airlines are adding new flights, and in some cases COVID-19 testing programs, for travel to the Caribbean, a region central to carriers’ strategies to tap into pockets of holiday demand before a vaccine makes its way around the world. With travel slowly and cautiously reopening in the wake of COVID-19, flying into Belize via the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport is a developing situation during the 3rd Phase of Belize’s Travel Reopening Plan. Winter travel seems to be marking a slight uptick in arrivals for those comfortable enough to fly, with getting to Belize proving easier and easier. For those ready to trade snow for the Caribbean sun, here’s all the ways to fly to Belize this winter.

All travelers to Belize must:

BTB-Belize Entry requirements


  1. Test negative for COVID-19 to enter
  2. Book and stay with a Gold Standard approved accommodation (list here), if a tourist
  3. Register and complete the Belize Travel Health App 

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