Belize is unfurling the welcome mat. On June 25, the government of Belize announced that Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) will reopen to international travelers on August 15.
Tourism In a Post-Pandemic World
Life is slowly returning to normal after the COVID-19 crisis. Many Caribbean countries are looking for ways to balance the needs of tourists and the safety of their own citizens. The Belize government has developed a comprehensive plan to keep Belizeans, tourism-dependent communities and visitors safe.
Belize has had 23 cases of the virus and two deaths.
New Requirements and Restrictions
Belize is using guidelines developed by the Belize Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). All travelers must must pass a two-step test before they can enter the country.
A traveler can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or take the test at the airport. In addition, every visitor must pass through the electronic thermostat scanners.
See below rules you need to follow when you visit Belize on August 15th and beyond
Tourism Board Launches Recognition Program
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB)has also taken steps to ensure the return of safe travel to Belize. To keep Belizeans and visitors safe in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BTB has instituted the Gold Standard Recognition Program.
This program recognizes hotels and restaurants that follow the highest levels of safety and sanitation in cleaning practices, social interactions, workplace policies and standard operating procedures with only a slight impact on the guest experience. It is part of the government’s Nine-Point Checklist for Tourism Stakeholders that will allow Belize to reopen for tourism in a safe, responsible way.
What to Expect
If you plan to visit Belize, you must follow these requirements.
- Social distancing and other requirements will add to your wait times at the airport. Be prepared to be patient.
- Get a negative COVID-19 test in the 72 hours before you travel. If your test is positive at the airport, you will be forced to spend two weeks in quarantine at your expense. Avoid problems by getting the test ahead of time.
- Book your stay at government-approved hotels only.
- All visitors must register with the Belize Ministry of Health through its app. Do this before you travel.
Belize is an ideal place to visit once travel restrictions start to lift. If you can meet the safety measures, we welcome you to our warm and beautiful country.
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