Delta Air Lines announced it has proactively issued a fare difference waiver for customers who booked international tickets on or before January 12. The waiver will apply to travelers originally scheduled to fly internationally to the U.S. through February 9 and choose to rebook their journey to begin on or before January 25. The waived fees come as a result of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcing it would start requiring a negative COVID-19 test from all air passengers who are entering the U.S., beginning January 26.
All Change Fees Waived
In December, Delta Air Lines announced all change fees would be waived on tickets purchased for flights in the United States through March 30. The carrier is also permanently eliminating change fees for international travel originating from North America on Delta flights or service provided by joint venture and codeshare partners, excluding Basic Economy. Last week, Delta joined several other airlines aligning with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on their stance against emotional support animals on flights. Starting on January 11, the carrier will no longer accept emotional support animal bookings on any flights.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Jan. 12 that all air passengers entering the United States will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight. This new rule, which requires a negative viral test result within 72 hours of travel, will go into effect on January 26, 2021. Nonetheless, testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19; Belize’s entry requirements also include a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival, either as a 96-hour PCR result or a 48-hour Rapid Test result.
1. Belize Medical Associates (Belize City)
BMA offers COVID-19 rapid testing for BZD$200 and results are available after 2 hours. Rapid tests are conducted between 8 am- 4:30 pm on weekdays, and between 8 am – 1:30 pm on Saturdays. Although testing is available on Sundays through the hospital portion, the cost will be higher. Belize Medical Associations is a private hospital. BMA is located at 5791 St. Thomas Street in Belize City.
2. Belize Medical Associates’ San Pedro Polyclinic (San Pedro, Ambergris Caye)
The San Pedro Polyclinic now offers COVID-19 approved SD Biosensor Test. Results are available within one hour, or less. The BMA Polyclinic is the newest member of Caribeville at Grand Caribe Resort. At a cost of BZD$250, results are delivered in 30 minutes via email or in person. Additionally, Dr. Dan Gonzalez’s clinic in San Pedro town is doing the rapid test for BZD$190, as reported by SanPedroScoop.com.
3. Belize Health Care Partners (Belize City)
The Lab at Belize Health Care Partners offers the COVID-19 rapid test at a cost of BZD$150. Testing is recommended between 7 am – 3:30 pm; testing outside that window may include additional fees, including a consultation fee, lab call out fee, or other. Results are available in 30-60 minutes, depending on volume of tests. BHCP is located at the Corner of Blue Marlin & Chancellor Avenue in Belize City.
4. Belmopan Medical Centre (City of Belmopan)
Appointments must be scheduled for the Antigen testing for SARS-COV-2 (Covid-19). Here, the use of the Abbott Pan-bio Ag test kit is equivalent to the Binax Now, which is being used in the U.S. At a cost of BZD$150, results are available within 60 minutes. The Belmopan Medical Centre is located at Garbutt Creek Street, City of Belmopan.