After a previous two postponements, Belize has re-set its reopening date for tourists after eager anticipation. With local coronavirus cases causing the country to delay its original Aug. 15 reopening date, Belize confirmed it will welcome tourists once again via Philip Goldson International Airport starting Oct. 1. However, visitors seeking the Belizean sun, sand, scuba, and eco-adventures can expect the utmost precautions. After all, Belize isn’t taking chances when it comes to coronavirus. As the reopening reintroduces international travelers to the Central American destination, it will also introduce the government’s new Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program and a handy Belize Health App.
According to the Belize Tourism Board, travelers heading to Belize will need to download the new Belize Health app and, within 72 hours of their flight, fill out the required information via the app. On arrival, travelers will undergo a health screening; you’ll either need to provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours or pay US$50 for a rapid test inside Belize’s airport clinic. Anyone without evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or with a positive double rapid test will then proceed to a government-approved quarantine hotel for a mandatory 14-day quarantine, all at their own expense. Though these entry requirements were given with the original Aug. 15 date, Belize is expected to keep the same protocols with the new Oct 1 reopening date.
During Your Belize Vacation
While in Belize, travelers will receive daily health check-ins through the app to assess their current symptoms. If you begin displaying symptoms, you will be given a COVID-19 test and must quarantine if positive. Additionally, visitors will also be expected to wear masks in public spaces, maintain six feet of social distance, and practice enhanced hygiene while in Belize. Furthermore, all movement through the country must be through what is being called the ‘tourism safety corridor’—a network of Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program certified hotels, restaurants, and tour operators.
During this initial reopening phase for tourism, only official Gold Standard hotels, restaurants, and tour operators can reopen for business. The goal? To create a level of trust and confidence in cleanliness while in Belize; by enhancing the tourism industry’s health and safety standards, Belize is creating safer travel during the pandemic.
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