Belize is now open for tourism! Belize officially reopens to travelers today, with limited flights on United, American, and Delta entering the country (land borders currently remain closed). All travelers are required to test negative for COVID-19. Travelers have the option to present a PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel to Belize, or be tested at the airport for US$50. Meanwhile, tourists may only stay at certified Gold Standard Hotels (list here) approved inside Belize’s Tourism Safe Corridor. Hotels are reopening in phases, and the first set of approved hotels that will be open October 1 are those that provide full service and amenities for guests; this including airport transport, isolated tours, pool or beach access, and in-house restaurants or food delivery.
Travelers can safely explore popular tourism sites alongside their Gold Standard certified Tour Operator, or visit other Gold Standard Hotels for dining reservations. Social distancing and face masks are required in public. Belizean nationals, residents, homeowners, retirees, and long stay non-nationals do not need to stay at an approved hotel, but will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. If negative, those within the Belizean/long-stay traveler classification are required to self-isolate at home for 10 days after arrival. To track all of the above, Belize is using the Belize Travel Health app (mandatory for all visitors to download within the 72 hours of entering the country). Here, travelers are expected to upload hotel confirmations, test results, and health check-ins. At opening, anyone testing positive on arrival to Belize is required to quarantine for 14 days at the traveler’s expense.
Perched in eastern Central America while facing the Western Caribbean, Belize is a tiny but mighty destination packing adventure. After all, this bite-sized beauty is the only nation in Central America without a Pacific coastline, boasting over 200 islands and the world’s second longest barrier reef. However, an most extraordinary natural wonder to discover on a trip to Belize is the Great Blue Hole, one of the world’s most famous scuba diving sites.
Meanwhile, Belize’s wild jungle interior provides a natural adventure playground; Mayan Ruins concealed within the rainforest offer an insight into a fascinating history. For the adventurous traveler, the mountains, forests, river and canyons of Belize lends themselves perfectly to adrenaline-charged activities; such as caving, rappelling, tubing and trekking. Besides staying in a remote jungle lodge? Enjoy morning coffee off your balcony as the fog rolls over the Maya Mountains. Not to mention, a wholesome breakfast with fresh tropical fruits – you’ll need the fuel for adventures ahead. With 80% of the rainforest under some government protection, much remains unexplored. While Belize is now open for leisurely travel, all this—plus more—await.