Editor’s Note: This article was edited on September 14, 2020 to reflect Belize’s new airport reopening date. Read more on Belize’s most recent travel advisory here.
Belize’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) will reopen on October 1, 2020. With the international airport as Belize’s first port of entry to re-open, the airport has made a number of modifications to ensure safety. Belize’s land borders will remain closed until further notice as a part of its phased reopening.
Modifications to the airport started in early June, as plans to expand the waiting areas and enclose sections of the airport where lines will now form to make entry to Belize as comfortable as possible upon entry. As with all airports since COVID-19, there will be additional wait times due to new screening procedures that must be put in place. Social distancing will also be marked every 6 feet within the airport with over 650 markers going into to place so passengers can easily adhere to following the protocols.
Visitor Process at the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE)
The passenger flow process is depicted in the chart above. The Belize Tourism Board introduced the new passenger flow at the airport outlines the steps guests must take from they disembark the plane until they depart from Belize again.
It is strongly advised that passengers take their COVID-19 PCR tests in the 72-hours before arrival to Belize. If passengers do not adhere to this, they will – at their own cost – be required to take the test at Belize’s International Airport. If result is positive, a mandatory quarantine in Belize is required, at their own cost. To avoid all of this, passengers should ensure they have their test results ready.
Lastly, the development of the Belize Health App will make screening, tracing and verification of guests throughout the country much easier. It is a requirement to register on the app before you travel to Belize and will save you time at the airport at reopening. If you have not registered before you arrive, you will have to do it when in Belize. The Belize Health App is currently being developed.