Belize is reopening its international airport this Fall starting October 1—as long as they test negative for the virus. However, with a negative test result, tourists will not be subject to a 14-day quarantine. On entry, foreign visitors are free to enjoy their Belize vacation without a quarantine by exploring the country’s Safe Corridors. In this initial phase of reopening for international visitation, hotels approved for reopening will operate within a “Tourism Safe Corridor”. Essentially, hotels approved to open within the safe corridor:
- Have achieved the Tourism Gold Standard Certificate of Recognition, and
- Are able to provide full service to guests on-property. This includes access to a restaurant on property; a pool or beach front access; hotel/airport transfer; and be able to provide isolated tours, limited to guests of the property only.
Movement will be limited to Belize’s Safe Corridors, with contact tracing via the Belize Health App which is currently being developed.
At reopening, Belize is requiring a negative PCR Test result taken within 72 hours of travel to Belize. If you have your result, you can use the ‘fast track’ access lane to immigration and customs. If you do not have a negative PCR test result, tourists can take a Rapid Test at the airport’s health clinic for US$50.00 per person. Additionally, the test is at the cost of the traveler.
International travelers without a negative COVID-19 test must undergo rapid testing before being cleared to enter Belize. Results can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes of taking the test, at the cost of the passenger’s expense. The rapid tests reserved for international visitors include a Rapid Antigen Test (nasal swab) and an Antibody IgG/IgM combo test (finger prick blood test). Both take approximately 5 to 15 minutes for the patient to receive their results.
Vacationing tourists testing positive on arrival in Belize must immediately enter quarantine for a minimum of 14 days, at the passenger’s expense. A positive test result, whether citizen or tourist, will require a mandatory quarantine in a government-approved hotel for a total period of 14-days, at the traveler’s expense.