Belize Will Reopen Its International Airport on October 1st, 2020

by Carolee Chanona

Announced in a virtual press conference on August 28, Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow confirms that Belize will reopen its international airport for tourism as of October 1, 2020. Flights expected to resume include American Airlines on October 1st with a 5x weekly schedule; United Airlines has also indicated a daily return as of October 1st. At this moment, Delta has indicated a return on November 22.

Read more on the flights expected to return to Belize at reopening here.

What you need to know about coming to Belize starting October 1

For more information on the new protocols and entry requirements to enter Belize since COVID-19, please refer to the Belize Gold Book: Travel and Tourism Safety for all the details. Alternatively, feel free to visit our Belize Travel Advisory page, which is kept updated in order to keep you informed if something changes.

A delayed August 15 tourism reopening

Belize initially postponed the reopening of its Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. The airport was previously scheduled to reopen on August 15 for chartered flights, private aviation, and international leisure travel with approved hotels only. Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, who made the announcement at a press conference on Aug. 5, said that although the airport will not reopen, the weekly repatriation flights for Belizean nationals abroad will continue; this includes the 14-day mandatory quarantine and health screening upon arrival.

Upon reopening, Belize will have put in place several new safety measures without the need to apply; that includes a Tourism Gold Standard program and a Health App to give travelers added peace of mind during their Belize vacation.

“As the official destination marketing organization for the country, the safety and comfort of our visitors and residents are of utmost priority for the Belize Tourism Board (BTB). We are continually assessing risks and working with our partners to create protocols; to ensure a safe environment for residents and guests when international visitation resumes.”

– The Belize Tourism Board in a recent statement 

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