Get Your COVID Test On The Beach in Belize

by McNab Editorial Team

On the heels of updated entry requirements for Canada and the U.S. expanding to include a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours travel, Belize resort Grand Caribe adapts to offer on-site testing to all guests. Before embarking on your return flight out of Belize, schedule a COVID test beachside at Grand Caribe’s onsite testing facility. While normal services include General Practice, Specialist Practice, X-Ray & Ultrasound Services and more, the clinic has since expanded to offer on-site testing. In the unfortunate event that a guest tests positive before their return, Grand Caribe offers a greatly reduced package rate; simply mention “quaranteen-cation” in inquiries. With over 30% off last year’s rates, studio rooms start at US$149 per night. Nonetheless, guests can vacation with confidence at Grand Caribe Resort with the option of on-site COVID-19 testing.

What to know as a Canadian

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Vancouver International Airport, Richmond, BC, Canada. Photo via Charles Gao/Unsplash

As a returning Canadian, you’ll need a negative PCR COVID-19 Test result within 72 hours of departure.    According to the website for the Ministry of Transport, the rule takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, and applies to all air passengers over the age of five. Only molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) results will be accepted and the test must have been performed within 72 hours of the traveler’s departure time.

Even with a negative test, Canada-bound passengers will still be required to begin a 14-day quarantine. Travelers must file their quarantine lodging plans and contact information via the ArriveCAN smartphone app or website. If a government official does not approve their quarantine plan, the traveler may be ordered to spend it at a federal facility. However, Canada remains open to residents and relevant family members only.

What to know as an American

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The George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston Texas. Photo by The Jakarta Post

all air passengers entering the United States will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight. The new rule will go into effect January 26, 2021. The CDC will require all passengers to get a test within three days of their departure. Written documentation of negative test results must be provided to the airline before boarding. Previously infected passengers can provide documentation of their recovery, or vaccination record, in lieu of a negative test result.  Airlines won’t let passengers board if they fail to comply.

Header image courtesy Grand Caribe Resort

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