Updated Entry Requirements for Belize

by Carolee Chanona

Belize is officially open for tourism, and there’s a handful of entry requirements all travelers should know. Firstly, all arriving passengers to Belize must test negative for COVID-19; either by pre-testing or by testing on arrival. Secondly, all travelers must download and complete the Belize Health App with all required information within 72 hours of arrival. Thirdly, all tourists must book with an approved Gold Standard certified accommodation. All inbound passengers will be screened on arrival to Belize with contact-less technology. In addition to undergoing non-invasive temperature checks and observations, passengers may be subject to additional testing depending on screening results. As a reminder, face masks are required to be worn at all times throughout the entire airport process; from deplaning to exiting the airport.

1-2-3 Entry Requirements to Belize

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1. Pre-Travel Requirements

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Look out for the seal of approval on Gold Standard accommodations. Photo by Las Terrazas Resort & Residencies

All travelers must download and complete the Belize Travel Health app within 72 hours of travel to Belize, regardless of nationality. You can download the Belize Health App by clicking hereOnce information is completed and you are given your unique QR code, save a copy via screenshot for travel to Belize. It is important that this be done prior to arrival for a significant reduction of wait time at the airport; however, completing more than 72 hours in advance results in your QR code expiring and resetting.

Leisurely travelers must also book with a certified Gold Standard Hotel that is approved to accept tourists. This information must be inputted into the App, and may be verified upon entry to Belize.

2. Pre-Travel Testing Requirements

Americans need a passport to travel to Belize and require a negative COVID-19 test result to gain entry. Negative results may be by a PCR Test within 72 hours of travel, a Rapid Test within 48 hours of travel, or a Rapid Test on arrival inside the airport clinic for US$50 per person.

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

While a 96-hour old PCR Test to arrival result was previously accepted, Belize has now tightened that time frame to be 3 days before travel. As of December 20, Belize now accepts a negative PCR test result within 72-hours of departing, or a negative 48-hour Rapid Test result prior to travel. Both results will inherently “fast track” your process through the Philip Goldson International Airport upon arrival, which is the only open port of entry at the moment. Although while COVID-19 pre-testing is strongly recommended to travel to Belize, it is also optional. You can still land in the country without one, but you must test negative for COVID-19 to enter. Updated to Belize’s entry requirements became effective with Statutory Instrument number 175.

3. Vacationing Responsibly in Belize

Photo courtesy Grand Caribe Belize

Travelers to Belize should anticipate enhanced health and safety protocols from the time they step off of the plane, including face mask requirements, COVID-19 result verification, social distancing markers, temperature screenings and hand sanitizing stations. These elevated measures will be omnipresent throughout the trip, with hotels and resorts screening guests for COVID-19 symptoms such as fever and sanitizing their luggage on arrival. In addition to frequent cleaning and capacity limits, many properties are offering contactless features such as mobile room keys and paperless check-in and receipts. Seating areas at beaches, pools and restaurants will also be spaced out to allow for social distancing with QR codes replacing physical menus in many cases.

Tourists can also vacation with peace of mind by remaining inside Belize’s Tourism Safe Corridor. To do so, look out for the Tourism Gold Standard seal of approval at tourism sites, gift shops, restaurants, and more.

What if I test positive? 

Visitors who test positive will need to remain in the mandatory quarantine at their Gold Standard hotel; this is at their own expense until cleared as negative. However, this mandatory 14-day quarantine following a positive test applies to both tourists and Belizeans. For more information, visit belizetourismboard.org.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This blog was originally published on September 12, 2020. The most recent edit reflecting updated requirements has been made February 3, 2021. Header photo courtesy of the Belize Tourism Board.

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