Belize Travel Advisory on COVID-19

by McNab Editorial Team
Belize Travel Advisory on COVID-19

With Belize’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) to reopen October 1 as Phase 3 of Belize’s Travel Reopening Plan, be sure to stay informed of the new rules and regulations required to enter Belize. This page will constantly be updated as new information is released. Currently, Belize’s international airport remains closed until October 1, with the exception of repatriation flights.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about travel to Belize during COVID-19

When will Belize reopen?

The Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) will reopen on October 1, 2020. Land and Marine borders remain closed until further notice.

What is Belize’s Travel Reopening Plan?

Belize enters Phase 3 on October 1, 2020 with the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE). Phase 4, Belize’s land and maritime borders along with a full reopening of the overnight tourism sector, is currently listed for January 2021. Finally, Phase 5 to welcome back Cruise Tourism is to be determined (TBD). Learn more about Belize’s Travel Reopening Plan here

Can Belizean citizens travel to Belize right now?

Belize is currently accepting entry for returning citizens and residents by repatriation only, as Phase 2 of its Travel Reopening Plan. The Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) is functioning for all repatriation flights alongside entry of Belizean citizens via land borders. 

Can tourists and foreign nationals travel to Belize?

Tourists and foreign nationals will be able to visit Belize starting October 1, 2020. Belize’s international airport (BZE) will reopen for both commercial flights and private flight charters. Learn more about Belize’s entry requirements here

What are the travel requirements and classifications for Belize?

There are 4 types of traveler classifications for Belize, each with varying requirements.  Read all the details by clicking here.

What international airlines are flying to Belize?

To date, American Airlines, United Airlines and Avianca are scheduled to return in October – for more details on other airlines and schedules click here.

Are there any travel bans on specific countries?

No. Belize currently does not have any travel bans on countries to visit Belize at this time.  

What is the Belize Travel Health app and its role in visitors coming to Belize?

Starting October 1st, 2020, all travelers to Belize must download and register in the Belize Travel Health app before entering the country. The app is available to download from the App Store hereThrough the app, the Belize Ministry of Health requires guests fill out information and provide certain health information and to check-in throughout your length of stay. In the event a Covid-19 case arises while a visitor is on holiday, contact tracing and notification of others within his/her party will be quick and efficient.  

The Belize Travel Health app is required to be downloaded within 72 hours of your travel to Belize, despite your length of stay. Additionally, pre-registration on the Belize Travel App will allow travelers in Belize to access the fast track lane inside the International Airport (BZE). 

Are COVID-19 tests required to enter Belize?

Yes. In order to enter Belize, every single visitor – no matter your nationality – must test negative to be cleared for entry into the country. Tourists may bring a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours of travel to Belize, and is subject to a Covid-19 test at the airport if one is not provided. All tests are at the traveler’s expense. 

What happens if I don’t have a negative test upon arrival?

If an arriving passenger does not provide proof of a negative test results within 72 hours prior to traveling to Belize, they will be immediately required (at their own cost) to take a test, issued by Belize’s Ministry of Health, at the BZE airport.

As a Foreign Tourist, will I need to quarantine on arrival in Belize? 

No. Once cleared by the Ministry of Health and verified as testing negative for COVID-19 on arrival, foreign tourists may proceed to approved Gold Standard accommodation. A positive test result, whether citizen or tourist, will require a mandatory quarantine in a government-approved facility for a total period of 14-days or until cleared, at the traveler’s expense. 

What is the cost of a rapid Covid-19 test upon arrival in Belize?

The cost of a COVID-19 test administered in Belize is US$50.00 per person. 

How does the Covid-19 rapid test work for international guests?

International travelers without a negative COVID-19 test must undergo rapid testing before being cleared to enter Belize. Results can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes of taking the test, at the cost of the passenger’s expense. The rapid tests reserved for international visitors include a Rapid Antigen Test (nasal swab) and an Antibody IgG/IgM combo test (finger prick blood test). Both take approximately 5 to 15 minutes for the patient to receive their results. 


What happens if I test positive for Covid-19 when in Belize?

Visitors who test positive will be immediately moved to a mandatory quarantine at an approved hotel at their own expense until cleared as negative. This mandatory 14-day quarantine following a positive test applies to both tourists and Belizeans. For more information, visit www.travebelize.org/travel-safety.

What is Belize’s Safe Corridor?

Belize’s Safe Corridors will include the approved accommodations that have achieved the Tourism Gold Standard Certificate of Recognition. You can find a full list of hotels and accommodations that are part of the safe corridor by clicking here.

Do I need to wear a face mask in Belize?

Face masks are required in all public places and should be worn during the entire flight landing, deplaning, throughout the arrival process and in the airport. Read more on face masks while on vacation here.

Is public transportation open in Belize?

Yes. Public transportation in Belize is operating via buses, water taxis and domestic airlines. Social distancing is required to queue, and a face mask is required for the entirety of your journey. However, international guests may only travel outside of their resort’s property via approved Gold Standard tour operator/accommodation. 

What is a Gold Standard Hotel or Tour Operator?

Part of Belize’s reopening plan is to ensure that properties in Belize have met certain safety criteria in order to safely welcome back guests and to ensure the well being of our citizens and team members. The Belize Tourism Board has launched the “Tourism Gold Standard” Recognition Program for hotels in the country.   This 9-point program seeks to enhance the tourism industry’s health and safety standards by adapting new behaviours and procedures to ensure both employees and travellers are confident in the cleanliness and safety of Belize’s tourism product.

Are all hotels open in Belize?

No. All hotels are not yet open in Belize but are in the process of going through Belize’s Gold Standard Certification Program in order to ensure they are reopening safely and with the proper protocols in place. It’s important to check with the hotel you plan on staying at in advance to ensure they are certified and open by your travel dates.  Haven’t chosen a hotel yet? Here’s a list of Belize hotels recognized to reopen as a ‘Safe Corridor’.

Are food service establishments open in Belize?

Yes. Restaurants are open, though require reservations with limited capacities or encourage take-out or delivery only. At this time, all bars, casinos, discotheques, gaming establishments, rum shops and nightclubs are not open. 

Are businesses and tourism attractions open in Belize?

Yes. While open, social distancing is required. As in any public space, or activity, you are required to wear a mask. There are new capacity restrictions that have been identified for all tourism sites to ensure social distancing can be maintained and smaller groups will provide a more intimate tour experience. Until further notice, international travelers will only be able to visit tourism attractions with Gold Standard Tour Operators. Please check with your Gold Standard recognized hotel for details.

What important contact numbers should I have when traveling to Belize in case of an emergency?

Ministry of Health Hotline: 0-800-MOH-CARE (664-2273)
Belize Tourism Board Information Line: 1-800-624-0686

District’s Focal Point Contacts

  • Corozal: 675 6667  |  670 9469  |  670 9468
  • Orange Walk: 670 9367  |  670 9375
  • San Pedro: 672 0911  |  671 0911
  • Caye Caulker: 668 2547
  • Belize City: 613 0787  |  223 2722
  • Belmopan: 822 1815  |  663 0691
  • San Ignacio: 664 2694  |  824 4804
  • Dangriga: 522 2494  |  629 7439  |  601 1045
  • Independence: 632 4702  |  603 5123
  • Toledo: 722 0410  |  625 6415  |  637 6497
 
 

Read more on our blog below for the latest Belize's COVID-19 Travel Updates

Haven’t chosen a hotel yet? Here’s a list of Belize Gold Standard hotels recognized to reopen as a ‘Safe Corridor’.

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