Belize’s Expands Safe Corridor To Include Car Rentals, Tourism Sites, Restaurants

by Carolee Chanona
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Belize’s Tourism Safe Corridor for tourists has been expanded to now include all Gold Standard and Certified entities. This includes the already certified hotels and tour operators, while restaurants, tourism sites, gift shops, car rentals and taxis will now be added. Tourists can therefore move around freely but are highly encouraged to remain within the safe corridor by visiting and using only those entities that are Gold Standard Certified and the certification is displayed and clearly visible.

To be added: Restaurants, Tourism Sites, Gift Shops, Taxis, Car Rentals

restaurant at inky's mini golf sirenian

Play a round of mini-golf then dine at Inky’s Restaurant. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

The Tourism Gold Standard Program that is currently in place for Hotels and Tour Operators will now be offered to other entities within the Tourism Industry including Tourism sites and attractions, Restaurants and Gift shops. In addition, Car Rentals, Taxis and other approved transport providers will be offered a certification under the Tourism Gold Standard program. Details on the application process and requirements for certification will be available this week. At a virtual press conference held on Friday, October 16, further relaxation of the restrictions on movement of visitors were announced by the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow.

Belize’s Entry Requirements

Philip Goldson international airport belize departures

Departures at the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) pre-covid.

Although testing negative for COVID-19 is an entry requirement for Belize, all travelers—now including residents and citizens—have two options. While pre-testing within 72 hours of travel to Belize with a PCR Test is strongly recommended, it is not mandatory. Instead, those without access can test on arrival inside Belize’s airport health clinic; this is a double rapid test, at the traveler’s expense. Travelers arriving with a PCR pre-test can access the ‘fast track’ lane inside the airport; although, rapid test results take roughly 30 minutes to process. If positive, travelers will need to quarantine at their own expense until cleared negative. Additionally, all travelers must download the Belize Travel Health App and tourists must book with a Gold Standard hotel.

Source: The Belize Tourism Board

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