A long time ago in a reality far, far away — or in other words, early March this year — travel-related hashtags started making the rounds on social media. ‘Postpone don’t cancel’, ‘rebook don’t refund’, ‘defer don’t drop’ were all variations on the clarion call from champions of industry, as countries around the world started shutting down. And with tourism accounting for nearly 45% of its GDP, Belize thanks you for rebooking your vacation. Now, Belize is officially open for leisurely travel, which means you can safely reschedule your trip. Whether that’s for October 2020 or May 2021, having an open airport is one more step in visitor confidence for rebooking your Belize vacation. And with intimate, boutique resorts and beachfront enclaves, Belize offers a pleasing antidote to the Caribbean’s large-scale mass resorts. So who’s allowed to reopen? What if I get sick and need to rebook again?
1. Rebook Directly with your Resort; Ensure they are Certified as a Gold Standard Accommodation
3. Stay Updated
People want a holiday to look forward to and there’s still clearly an appetite for travel. However, please do so responsibly. Regardless of nationality or purpose, all travelers arriving to Belize (via its International Airport) will need to test negative for COVID-19. If you get sick before traveling to Belize, contact your hotel directly to express your concerns and need to rebook your vacation. After all, there is no stigma for protecting yourself and others. As tourism will start to recover, a new kind of traveler will emerge – not necessarily richer in money, but more conscious, more of an explorer and less of a sybarite. Plus, Belize offers a holy trinity of winter sun, no quarantine on arrival, and strict health & safety measures. Belize’s travel industry is under an immense amount of pressure as a result of the pandemic, and we do not want to see it suffer further. With a compassionate approach, if you are healthy then all this (and more) will be waiting in Belize. Until then, be safe.
Travel regulations and requirements are subject to change as new developments in COVID-19 arise. It is important to visit www.travelbelize.org/health-safety before booking travel or visiting Belize.
Header photo of a couple in Placencia, Belize by Kevin Quischan Photography.