CDC Drops Travel Warning for Belize

by Carolee Chanona

The travel rush of Spring Break presses on, and Easter (or a late Spring adventure) is just around the corner too. With entry requirements becoming more lenient by the week and a general downward trend in COVID cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) drops its Travel Warning for Belize down to Level 3. After all, Belize doesn’t require pre-arrival testing for fully vaccinated tourists, but a negative test result is necessary for unvaccinated travelers; face masks are no longer required in Belize, and there is no national curfew. These entry requirements expired on April 1, 2022, but Belize still requires all visitors to purchase the $18 Belize Travel Insurance. Overall, the agency reclassified 14 destinations including Belize as “Level 3,” indicating a “high” level of COVID-19 transmission, but not telling people to avoid traveling there altogether. Each of these destinations was previously classified as “Level 4.”

What classifies a destination to be Level 3?

Enjoy an island lunch on Ranguana Caye, a Muy’Ono Resort.

The CDC considers a destination “Level 3” if there are 100 to 500 cases reported per 100,000 people over the past 28 days. The agency recommends people are “vaccinated and up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling” to destinations listed as “Level 3” and “avoid” traveling there if they are not.


Paddle boarding is an easy way to pass the time on South Water Caye. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

While 96 destinations remain classified under “Level 4,” the CDC didn’t add any new places to its highest travel warning this week. Still, all international travelers entering the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to get tested within one day of flying to the country, regardless of their vaccination status.

HMC aerial by Belize Audubon Society 5

Half Moon Caye and a glimpse of Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Image by Belize Audubon Society

Last week, the CDC also dropped its warning against cruise ship travel in the U.S. for the first time in two years. The agency now recommends all travelers are “up to date” with their COVID-19 vaccination before boarding a cruise.

Header image courtesy Casa Al Mar.

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