Although Belize remains closed for international travel, the country will not require foreign tourists to apply to visit. However, all inboard residents and citizens are classed as the Belizean diaspora, individuals with permanent residence or as long-stay non-nationals, retirees, or individuals with a valid work permit. Notably, the revised entry requirements for residents includes a mandatory PCR test upon entry at the international airport and a mandatory one-day quarantine at an approved hotel to await results; both at the traveler’s expense.
Additionally, a monitoring bracelet/Geo Fence will be issued to those staying in Belize long-term once testing negative; this is to ensure the required 13-day self-quarantine is done, before being cleared to move freely. A monitoring bracelet will be issued solely to Belizeans and residents, foreign second home owners, qualified retired persons (QRPs), and long-term non-nationals.
Belize has postponed the reopening of its Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. The airport was previously scheduled to reopen on August 15 for chartered flights, private aviation and international leisure travel with approved hotels only. Prime Minister Rt. Dean Barrow, who made the announced at a press conference on Aug. 5, said that although the airport will not reopen, the weekly repatriation flights for Belizean nationals abroad will continue; this includes the 14-day mandatory quarantine and health screening upon arrival.
Upon reopening, Belize will have put in place several new safety measures without the need to apply; that includes a Tourism Gold Standard program and a Health App to give travelers added peace of mind during their vacation.
“As the official destination marketing organization for the country, the safety and comfort of our visitors and residents are of utmost priority for the Belize Tourism Board (BTB). We are continually assessing risks and working with our partners to create protocols; to ensure a safe environment for residents and guests when international visitation resumes.”
– The Belize Tourism Board in a recent statement