Those of us who love to travel have had a hard time dealing with the pandemic, but the world is gradually opening up again and air traffic has increased. Yet, while many of us can travel once again, how do we do so responsibly in the age of COVID-19? Here’s what you need to know if you’re a traveler that’s heading to Belize.
Researching potential destinations is essential right now. What countries are open for tourists, and are they safe? If you look at the Caribbean, many destinations have been deemed low-risk.
Talk to the management of your hotel before you book a room. Are you comfortable with their safety procedures? What about the company handling your guided tour, or the instructor who’ll teach you to dive? Ask questions before making reservations. If you have any doubts, choose another service provider.
You should practice social distancing and wear masks in public places, avoid large crowds and either wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often. Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth. If you are feeling sick, stay home. Additionally, there may also be unique procedures in the country or property you are visiting. Learn about these ahead of time so you can be a polite guest and comply when you visit.
It is important that you do not take the virus with you when you visit a new country. Many countries such as Belize require visitors to be tested before or on arrival. Even if the country doesn’t have this requirement, it’s a good idea to be tested before you leave and upon your return.
Even if you normally don’t buy travel insurance, now is the time to do so. As a traveler, you should also bring extra face masks, hand sanitizer and so on to Belize. Understand that there may also be delays due to COVID-19, but that these are often necessary to keep everyone safe.
View this post on Instagram
Looking forward to this view? 🍹 After delaying its original Aug. 15 date, Belize has confirmed its new reopening date: Oct. 1. We’re recapping all you need to know prior to visiting Belize and what to do while in country. 🇧🇿 https://caribbeanlifestyle.com/belize-new-reopening-date-what-to-know/ 📸: @duartedellarole
Following these suggestions will help you travel safely. As you choose your next vacation destination, consider the tropical paradise of Belize. This Caribbean nation offers world class scuba diving, lush rainforests, Maya ruins, and pristine white sand beaches. It also is one of the Caribbean countries that has done a great job in managing the current crisis. Nonetheless, travelers will find Belize to be a great choice for a memorable and safe vacation.
Feature photo courtesy Roeming Belize Travel Agency