Destinations are updating COVID-19 procedures and protocols as they re-open borders and expand access to more international travelers. This week, tourism officials in Belize and Grenada adjusted their entry and visitation policies for travel to the Caribbean. Meanwhile, major airlines establish new routes while hotels and resorts resume operations. In this article written by Brian Major for TravelPulse, entry protocols are outlined for both Belize and Grenada.
Traveling to Belize
Travelers can now visit Belize via American Airlines’ non-stop departures from Miami and United Airlines’ service from Houston following the October 1 reopening of the country’s borders, said Belize Tourism Board (BTB) officials. Delta Airlines will also resume non-stop service to Belize from Atlanta beginning November 20. Belize has established a “Safe Corridor” for travelers encompassing hotels, restaurants and tour operators that have achieved “Tourism Gold Standard” designation. Organizations that have implemented a nine-point BTB program of health and safety training receive a Gold Seal of Approval.
“We’re confident the Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program and Gold Standard Seal of Approval will allow travelers and the tourism industry to operate safely as COVID-19 restrictions are eased. While visitors will need to adhere to our “new normal” entry requirements and safety protocols, their experience will remain authentic to Belize’s adventurous spirit.”
– Karen Bevans, BTB’s Director of Tourism
Gold Standard Hotels, Tour Operators, and more in Belize’s Tourism Safe Corridor
Gold Standard hotels and resorts are authorized to provide guests with services including roundtrip airport transportation, “isolated” tours and access to on-site restaurants, pool and beachfront. Hotels in the program are required to perform enhanced cleaning of rooms, public spaces and high-touch surfaces, plus daily guest and employee health checks. Properties must also establish online check-in and -out and contactless payment systems.
BTB’s Gold Standard tour operators are required to conduct temperature checks when picking up guests, ensure social distancing among workers and visitors during tours, and provide enhanced tour equipment cleaning. Operators must also have a response plan should there be any suspected COVID-19 cases. BTB personnel continue to process hotel and resort applications for Gold Standard certification and inspect additional hotels, Bevans said. Travelers are advised to visit BTB’s website for approved properties and updated information, including entry requirements and procedures.
Going to Grenada
Grenada this week reopened its borders to travelers from “high-risk” countries including the U.S.as JetBlue Airways and American Airlines are resuming nonstop flights to the destination. Visitors are required to stay in accommodations certified under the Grenada Tourism Authority’s Pure Safe Travels program.
Grenada visitors from the U.S. must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within seven days of travel. This is the case for travel to most Caribbean destinations. Additionally, they must also book a minimum four-day stay for observation and quarantine. Visitors will undergo health screenings, including temperature checks, upon arrival. Travelers are also required to download a mobile app for contact tracing. Guests can spend their entire stay at their approved accommodations or take an additional PCR test to enter the community.
This article by Brian Major originally appeared on TravelPulse.com Header photo of Lamanai Archeological Reserve by Duarte Dellarole