COVID-19 in Belize: Belize Airport Closure, Entry Requirements & More

by McNab Editorial Team
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 The Belize government reminds the public that its borders are closed for entry. It also strongly advised Belizeans to leave the country only in a true, medical or otherwise, emergency. The goal is to protect everyone and prevent the spread of the  COVID-19 virus. 

Information about the Border Closures
In a nutshell, all  Belizeans should remain in country. Here are the specifics:

1. Cargo

As of March 22, there are no restrictions  on incoming or outgoing cargo.

2. Western Border

The western border is closed.  Belizeans, diplomats who live in Belize, and foreigners who are legal residents of Belize may enter. Those who enter, however, may be in quarantine for 14 days to keep from spreading the virus. Guatemalan nationals can leave Belize to return to Guatemala. 

3. Northern Border

The northern border, including the Corozal Free Zone,  is closed. Belizeans nationals, diplomats who live in Belize, and foreigners who are legal residents of Belize may enter. Those who enter, however, may be in quarantine for 14 days to keep from spreading the virus. 

4. Southern Border

The southern border is closed.  Belizeans nationals, diplomats who live in Belize, and foreigners who are legal residents of Belize may enter. Those who enter, however, may be in quarantine for 14 days to keep from spreading the virus.

4. Philip S. Goldson International Airport

Belizeans cannot leave Belize. On March 23, 2020, the airport closed for entry after scheduled flights ended. This does not apply to cargo planes.

5. Belize Seaports

On March 22, there were no restrictions on incoming or outgoing freight and cargo.

The government of Belize reminds people to be calm and avoid fear. The most effective action individuals can take is to keep themselves and their families safe and to practice good hygiene. This includes washing hands with soap and water; using a hand sanitizer if needed covering coughs and sneezes; not touching the eyes, nose or mouth; and safely disposing of tissues. For updates on travel and COVID-19, visit the website for the government’s press office. Updates are also available on the Facebook pages for the Ministry of Health, the Government of Belize Press Office, and the Director of Health Services. The telephone hotline for the Ministry of Health is 0-800-MOH-CARE. The email address is  [email protected]

As of today March 31, Belize has reported three confirmed cases of COVID-19. Travelers from the United States can find additional information and contacts at the U.S. Embassy website. Authorities around the world emphasize the importance of social distancing, disinfecting high-traffic surfaces, and avoiding others when sick. Further information on flights is available at sites for individual airlines. Knowledge of the virus and current events are changing quickly. Authorities recommend using caution and not panicking. 

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