Do I Need A Covid Booster Jab For Travel to Belize?

by Carolee Chanona

Having double vaccinated 49 percent in Belize against COVID-19 as of January 10th, the Government of Belize continues to urge everyone eligible for their third booster jab. And at 57 persons vaccinated with at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, Belize is the country with the second-highest vaccination rate in CARICOM according to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). However, while many countries require travelers to be vaccinated before they enter, the booster jab is not yet necessary for travel to Belize – but should you? The extra protection is recommended but not required. Here’s everything we know.

Do I need to be fully vaccinated to enter Belize?

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Touchdown at PGIA. Image via Roeming Belize

No. Belize’s current entry requirements do not list vaccination, although it is recommended. To be considered fully vaccinated, allow 14 days after your last dose of an accepted 2-dose series or single-dose vaccine.

I don’t have access to timely testing. Can I bypass pre-flight testing?

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An American Airlines flight on arrival to the PGIA. Photo courtesy Belize Tourism Board

If you are unable to bring along an approved COVID test, you will be required to test upon arrival in Belize; the cost is US$50.00 per person. Only cash is accepted inside the airport at this time; credit card machines and ATMs are not available in the Health Testing Unit en route to immigration. Also, children under the age of 5 years are not be required to test.

Are home testing kits accepted in Belize?

To date, no approval has been granted by the Ministry of Health for the importation of Antigen Home Tests by any manufacturer. Therefore, results from these tests are not accepted for entry to Belize.

When do I need to get tested for entry into Belize?

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If you’re traveling via air, Belize requires a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel or a negative Rapid Test within 48 hours of travel. If arriving via land borders—open in this phase to leisurely travelers only—then no pre-arrival test will be accepted. Instead, a test will be administered upon arrival at a cost of US$50 per person.

Do I need to test to leave Belize? 

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Testing for COVID-19. Photo via Caring Hands Clinic

Belize has no exit requirements, but a test is required to enter most destinations. For example, to enter the U.S., the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that as of December 6th, 2021, the window for pre-departure coronavirus testing for all international air travelers has been reduced to one (1) day before arriving in the United States. The U.S. also requires all foreign visitors to be fully vaccinated.

CDC compliant and FDA approved, local airline Maya Island Air offers COVID Testing Centers in San Pedro (Ambergris Caye), Placencia, Hopkins, Dangriga, San Ignacio, and Belize City with licensed doctors and certified medical staff to evaluate and administer COVID-19 rapid and PCR tests. Found inside their terminals, get your Rapid Test results within minutes from Maya Island Air’s Caring Hands Clinic for as low as US$75 per person.

Can I be denied boarding without a test?

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The Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) pre-covid.

Yes. Airlines are required to confirm proof of a negative test or documentation of recovery for all passengers prior to boarding flights bound to the US and Canada. Therefore, the airline must deny boarding to any passenger who is unable to show proof of a negative test or refuses to take a test. You won’t have any problem boarding for travel to Belize without your vaccination card, or booster.

Learn what airlines are flying non-stop with direct service to Belize here.

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