The United States government has dropped its level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’ warning for Belize to a level 3 ‘Reconsider Travel’. The downgrade of the advisory couldn’t have come at a better time as Belize has officially reopened for tourism as of October 1st and is one of the countries allowing American tourists to visit. Back in August, the U.S. removed its global level 4 travel warning but slapped Belize with a level 4 ‘do not travel’ advisory due to COVID-19.
As of October 5th, the United States downgraded the Belize travel advisory to a level 3 ‘reconsider travel’ due to COVID-19. When the original level 4 advisory was first issued at the beginning of August, Belize was seeing its first cases of COVID-19. Although the numbers were relatively low, the U.S. State Department still issued level 4. With the number of COVID-19 cases staying relatively stable with no large increases over the last 2 months, the U.S. has dropped the level 4 for Belize. Now, the United States travel warning says “Reconsider travel to Belize due to COVID-19“.
Belize is Open
Belize received upwards of 350,000 American tourists a year prior to the pandemic and is looking to revive its tourism economy. Beaches, resorts, restaurants, and tourist services have all resumed operations as of October 1st. American tourists are encouraged to limit their interactions with locals and stay within resort areas to help protect the population and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Requirements For U.S. Tourists Visiting Belize During COVID-19
Belize is now welcoming American tourists with new COVID-19 entry protocols. All arriving U.S. citizen must follow the below requirements.
- Travelers are encouraged to take a COVID PCR test within 72 hours of travel; this allows a fast track at the airport.
- Passengers who do not bring a negative test will be tested at the airport at the travelers’ own cost.
- Download the Belize Travel Health App.
- Complete all required information on App.
This article originally appeared on TravelOffPath.com. Header photo of Placencia via Kevin Quischan Photography.