One in 4 American Adults Fully Vaccinated—And Can Skip Entry Testing in Belize

by Carolee Chanona
itzana sunrise by Carolee Chanona

The U.S. reached a milestone in its vaccination efforts on Wednesday, with new data showing that close to 25 percent of adults in the country have been fully vaccinated. With one in four U.S. adults now vaccinated, more and more Americans are in search of destinations that cater to vaccinated tourists. Some countries, like Belize, are now allowing vaccinated American travelers to enter without even needing the pre-diagnostic COVID test. Full vaccinated against COVID-19? Here’s what to keep in mind when visiting Belize.

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Bring Along An Official Vaccine Card & Side Step Pre-Diagnostic Testing

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For those fully vaccinated against COVID-19, travelers just need their official vaccine card reflecting the receipt of the dual or single dose vaccine; vaccine must be administered two weeks prior to arriving in Belize. What to do if you’re not? If you can’t bring along proof of immunization, you’ll either need a negative RT-PCR Test within 96 hours of travel OR a Rapid Antigen, Sofia, SD Biosensor, ABBOTT (Panbio) test no more than 48 hours prior to travel. Didn’t get results in time? Not to worry. Belize also offers COVID-19 testing upon arrival inside its airport clinic; children younger than 5 are not required to be tested.

 Where To Get Tested in Belize for CDC’s Entry Requirement 

Caring Hands Clinic is one of the largest private provider of COVID testing in Belize and the largest provider of tests for travel.

As of January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mandated a negative COVID-19 test for all air passengers over 2 years old entering the U.S. This applies for everyone entering—regardless of nationality, origin or vaccination status. Travelers, like Americans, departing Belize can get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel at various locations across the country, including private and public clinics. As Caribbean destinations scrambled to meet new CDC requirements, innovation also arose, too. Take Maya Island Air: with air travel down, the domestic airline partnered with Caring Hands Clinic to convert terminals into testing centers.

Not flying with Maya? Not to worry, anyone can get a test—regardless if citizen or tourist; the facility is a contribution to the benefit of the aviation & tourism industry, including all licensed air carriers, all hotels, and all resorts. Besides being compliant with CDC requirements and boarding requirements for international air carriers, each clinic (and tests used) are authorized by Belize’s Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW). Book an appointment (or walk-in) to any Caring Hands Clinic, available in Ambergris Caye, Dangriga, Belize City, Placencia, and Hopkins. Additionally, concierge service is available at an extra fee.

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