Belize’s Land and Sea Borders Fully Reopen Today. Here’s What To Know

by Carolee Chanona

For more than 22 months, Belize’s entry points across its combined 1,084-kilometer land border have largely been closed in an effort to contain further spread of COVID-19. Now, as of February 7, Belize announces the full reopening of its land and seaports, marking the final stage of its phased border reopening. Belize nationals and permanent residents over 12 years old must present proof of immunization and their vaccination status—along with diplomats, Qualified Retired Persons, visitors holding special permits—to exit the country.

It’s a day many Belizeans have been waiting for: the enactment of SI No. 22 of 2022, fully reopening the Belize land border to fully vaccinated Belizeans following a near 22-month shutdown. As of Monday, Belizean residents and citizens are welcomed to travel recreationally once again — as long as those aged 12  years and older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Younger travelers are exempt from the requirement.

Here’s everything you need to know about traveling across the border — and returning home.

When does the border open?

Belize’s land and sea ports of entry are now open, starting February 7, 2022. Both avenues of entry open at 6:00 am, while seaports close at 4:00 pm and land ports close at 10:00 pm. Additionally, the Belize Northern Border is open with access through the Subteniente López II “Chactemal” Bridge only.

Is being tested mandatory?

All travelers, except foreign tourists, entering Belize through any land port or seaport must be tested by the Ministry of Health. However, if you leave and return to Belize within the same day, that mandatory test is waived—unless you’re exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

Do I need to be fully vaccinated to cross the border?

Yes. Belizeans who cross the border on the same day will only pay the regular fees at customs, although only those fully vaccinated will receive permits to travel. Proof of vaccination can be presented through the Health Pass Vaccination App or an immunization card.

Will I need travel insurance?

Starting February 15, 2022, every foreign tourist entering Belize through the airport or through any land port will also be required to purchase travel insurance prior to or upon arrival in Belize. The travel insurance, to be available through the Belize Tourism Board, will cost $18 USD for a coverage of up to 21 days.

As I tourist, what do I need to enter through Belize’s land borders?

Belize’s entry requirements for tourists remain the same: test negative for COVID-19, and have a valid booking at a Belize Tourism Board (BTB) Gold Standard Certified Hotel or Accommodation. Any person testing positive for COVID-19 at the land border shall be denied entry. This may include their traveling party or close contacts.

What are Mexico’s entry requirements?


You must hold a valid passport at the time of entry, with one clear page per stamp. A tourist visa is required if staying more than 180 days. To this day, there are no entry restrictions in Mexico and no obligation to carry a COVID test or to do quarantine.

What are Guatemala’s entry requirements?

Tikal. Image courtesy Duarte Dellarole

Travelers 12 years and older, who are not Guatemalan citizens or residents, will need to be fully vaccinated with the final dose given at least 14 days before beginning your trip to Guatemala. All travelers 10 years and older will also need a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test from a certified lab, conducted no more than three (3) days prior to check-in at the airport or arrival at the land border.

Header image shows Felipe Calderon inaugurates the Subteniente López II “Chactemal” Bridge. (FILE) Image via Mexican Embassy of Belize.

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