The Hottest Hotel Amenity with these Belize Resorts? Free Stays If You Get COVID.

by Carolee Chanona
hopkins bay muyono @withlai

Last month, the U.S.travel requirement of a negative test prior to entry for those traveling to stateside went into effect, with many scrambling to provide accordingly. If traveling to the Caribbean, passengers will now need to test both ways, with many questions to fill the gap in between. What happens if a test comes back positive? Where would one quarantine? Well, this resort group in Belize has you all the way covered, offering to cover your 14-day quarantine stay for free if you test positive en-route stateside. In the unlikely case, Muy’Ono Resorts now offer complimentary stays at their resorts for up to 14 days to international guests if testing positive for their COVID-19 antigen test upon departure of Belize provided on the property.

On-Site Testing

Have you been to Hopkins? Photo courtesy Dylan Hetelle

As a result of the latest round of restrictions, many Belize-based resorts are now offering return COVID tests on location to all guests as an added amenity. This is a move they hope will pacify incoming travelers wary of more entry requirements to return while continuing to keep the tourism in the region afloat.

Beach chairs await on Ranguana Caye.

Muy’Ono Resorts — parent company to nine (9) individual resorts in Belize — is now offering not only on-site antigen testing but will also cover the cost of quarantine at the property for up to 14 days for any guest hailing from a country with post-international-travel testing regulations if they happen to test positive during their stay, too. All nine properties of Muy’Ono Resorts have achieved Gold Standard certification and would cover your accommodations.

Negative To Go In, Negative To Go Out

I would be remiss here not to commend these resorts’ commitment to hospitality at a time that has practically decimated leisurely travel and the hospitality industry. After all, aside from the very real threat of COVID, the economic woes of the Caribbean’s lost tourism is a dire second act, which is empathetic to traveling and supporting the economy. It’s also worth noting that many Caribbean countries, Belize included, are requiring their own proof of negative testing from international travelers upon entry. Among a slew of other safety precautions to protect citizens and guests. After all, this isn’t exactly an open invitation to the COVID-positive to come to ride out the storm in the tropics. Belize requires a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, a negative Rapid Test within 48 hours of arrival, or offers a swab-and-go inside its airport on arrival. premier treehouse jungle sweet songs lodge muyono belize

As the New York Times says, “Going could mean bringing coronavirus to places ill-prepared to deal with it. Not going could mean deepening economic woes. How do you choose?” So while travel remains, now more than ever, an intensely personal decision — for ethical reasons — I implore you to do your due diligence before booking your next trip. You don’t want to be the one to bring COVID to a popular tourist destination and its residents, even if there’s an extended vacation on the other end of it waiting for you. However, this assurance is certainly one less thing to worry about on your Belize vacation.

Header photo courtesy via Instagram @withlai. All other photos not captioned courtesy Muy’Ono Resorts.

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