Belize Travel Advisory on COVID-19

by McNab Editorial Team
Belize Travel Advisory on COVID-19

With Belize’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) set to reopen on August 15, 2020 to leisurely travel, 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.

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

Can Belizean citizens travel to Belize?

Belize is currently only accepting entry for returning citizens and residents by airport repatriation only. The Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) is functioning for all repatriation flights and will reopen on August 15, 2020 for leisurely travel.

Can tourists and foreign nationals travel to Belize?

Tourists and foreign nationals will be able to travel to Belize starting August 15, 2020. This will be only via Belize’s International Aiport (BZE) by commercial flights or private flight charters.

Are there any travel bans on specific countries?

A list of countries that are approved for travel to Belize will be issued in due course by the Government of Belize, and only visitors originating from these countries will be allowed entry into Belize. The list will be evaluated and updated regularly to coincide with the current health status of each country.

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

Starting on August 15th, 2020 all guests coming to Belize will have to register for “The Belize Health” App before entering the country.  The App will be free and will allow for Belize’s Ministry of Health to check-in with guests throughout their stay. In the event a new case arises while a visitor is on holiday, contact tracing will be much easier and notification of other parties who may have been within your vicinity will be quick and efficient enabling us to #stopthespread as best as possible.  The Belize Health App is not yet available in the App Store and is in its testing phases now, but will be released in the weeks prior to August 15th. Travelers have ample time to register.

Are COVID-19 tests required to enter Belize?

Yes. In order to travel to Belize, every single visitor – no matter your nationality, including Belizeans – must provide a negative test result within a 72-hour window of your flight to be granted entry into the country.

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

If an arriving passenger, whether citizen, resident or foreign national does not provide proof of a negative test results within 72 hours prior to travelling to Belize, they will be immediately required (at their own cost) to take a rapid test given by Belize’s Ministry of Health at the BZE airport. If this test proves a positive result for COVID-19, you will be required to remain in quarantine in a government-approved location. The quarantine period will be at the cost of the traveller and for a period of time determined by Belize’s Ministry of Health. 

What is the cost of a rapid Covid-19 test upon arrival in Belize and for the quarantine period if required?

This information has not yet been announced, please check back within at least 2 weeks of your travel date.

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.

Are food service establishments open in Belize?

Yes. Restaurants, Bars and Cafes in Belize are open but are required to practice social distancing among tables and a limited capacity. Individual restaurants may be taking additional measures.

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. 

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

Coronavirus Case Statistics – Belize has recorded low cases numbers of COVID-19, with one of the lowest for the Americas and Caribbean.

  • Total Number of Cases: 30
  • Total Number of Recovered Cases: 19
  • Total Number of Death: 2

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