Belize Reopens to International Travelers on August 15

Belize Reopens to International Travelers on August 15

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

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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.

Visit Belize

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.

“Be at Ease at Chabil Mar” – Features of Chabil Mar Resort that provide safety without sacrificing service. Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information & on traveling to Belize, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation.

Belize Has Quietly Become a Caribbean Hot Spot

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Belize is rapidly becoming the Caribbean’s best-kept secret.

Belize welcomed more than 500,000 overnight visitors in 2019, a significant increase from its number in 2018 and twice the number of visitors it had in 2010. The rising tide of tourists points to Belize’s growing position as a Caribbean hotspot.

Charming, Easygoing Belize

Even though our reputation and our crowds are growing, Belize retains a laid-back, easygoing charm. There are no blocks of hotels and motels along the beaches. You won’t find stretches of overdeveloped areas that have choked out the natural surroundings.

On the contrary, we’ve kept our nature pristine. We still have our small-town charm and easygoing lifestyle. You won’t find strip malls or chain restaurants here. You will find family-owned restaurants and hotels where you’ll feel like a welcome visitor.

In most of our towns, you don’t need a car and can get around easily by foot, bicycle or golf cart. Slow down and enjoy the tropical breezes.

 

Respect for Nature

In Belize, respect for nature and our environment has always been our way of life. We know how beautiful our beaches, forests, lagoons, waterfalls, and rivers are. We know we have more tropical birds and exotic wildlife than most people ever dream of seeing. We’re delighted to share our natural beauty with the world.

A lot of our recent tourism comes from a growing recognition that Belize is an ideal destination for eco-tourists and adventurous travelers. Belize is one of the few places where you can enjoy a variety of adventures in a largely pristine, untouched setting.

Variety of Settings

Belize is a small country with a wide diversity of settings. You can stay near San Ignacio Town to explore inland adventures or visit the rural farmland of the Stann Creek District.

Most visitors head to the stunning beaches of the Placencia Peninsula. These are the best-known beaches in Belize. Placencia is also the ideal location for explorations of the Belize Barrier Reef, several wildlife sanctuaries and key Maya temples. 

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Your Belize Getaway Starts at Chabil Mar

Are you ready to discover the secrets that have made Belize a growing magnet for travelers of all kinds? Experience it all at the Chabil Mar.

Our full-service boutique resort is perfectly located on a private beachfront area right on the peninsula. We offer the finest accommodations and the best vacation packages in Placencia Belize. Contact us today to learn more.

Best Time To Visit Belize: When Should I Come?

Best Time To Travel To Belize

Unlike temperature countries farther north like Canada and the United States, there are no change of seasons in Belize. The weather is warm and sunny all year round. The only seasonal variations are denoted in terms of the amount of rainfall, usually divided into the “dry season” and the “green season”.

High and Low Seasons

Because tourism is an important mainstay of the economy, many people in Belize divide the calendar year into the high season and the low season which roughly correspond to the greener and drier months. The high season runs from December to April when the weather is drier and many people from temperature latitudes flock to Belize to escape the icy clutches of wintry weather. Because these are the most popular months to visit, accommodation rates are usually higher during this period.

The low season runs from approximately May to November. Rainfall is higher during this period but it is usually restricted to early morning showers and overnight storms, keeping most days clear and sunny. With fewer crowds to deal with and lower tour and room rates, many travelers prefer to visit Belize during the low season.

Visiting Belize in January – March

One of the most popular times to visit Belize, the first few months of the year are marked by plenty of warm temperatures and sunshine. The fabulous weather makes it easy to enjoy mainland attractions like nature tours or relaxing on the beach as well as trips to the islands and reef to enjoy snorkeling, sailing, fishing, and scuba diving.

Visiting Belize in April and May

This is a transitional period as sunny skies remain dominant while humidity levels begin to climb a bit. Easter is one of the biggest holidays in the country with many lodges, resorts, and beach hotels booked up.

Visiting Belize in June and July

The beginning of the green season when brief afternoon showers and overnight rains replenish nature’s vitality. Lobster fishing is strictly regulated in Belize, so the opening of lobster season in mid-June is celebrated in places like Ambergris Caye and Placencia with lobster festivals.

Visiting Belize in August – October

The height of the green season sees abundant rain overnight and the jungles and rainforests bursting with life. With fewer visitors, this is the best time to take advantage of off-season discounts on accommodations, airfare, and guided tours to the top attractions in the country.

Visiting Belize in November and December

This is the beginning of the dry season with lots of sunny skies and low humidity. One of the most popular times to visit, resorts, beach hotels, and jungle lodges are usually booked several months in advance during the holidays.

Belize Festivals and Events

Belizeans are a fun-loving people and there are plenty of festivals and events throughout the year.

Lobster Festivals – The island of Caye Caulker, the town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye and the Placencia Peninsula each host a popular festival to celebrate the mighty lobster. These events are held in June to coincide with the beginning of the lobster fishing season.

The International Costa Maya Festival – A mixture of a beauty pageant and event to celebrate the cultural heritage of the Maya, this lively week-long celebration is held in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye.

September – Throughout the country, important holidays like Independence Day (Sep 21), St. George’s Caye Day (September 10 in honor of an important naval battle where the British defeated the Spanish on St. George’s Caye) and Carnival (similar to but different than the springtime Carnival held before Easter) keep September lively.

Toledo Chocolate Festival – Held in the heart of the cacao-growing part of Belize, it’s a mouthwatering celebration of all things chocolate (dates vary).

La Ruta Maya River Challenge – Held every March, La Ruta Maya challenges canoe crews to navigate hundreds of miles of river on a four-day race to get to the finish line in Belize City.

Garifuna Settlement Day – Every November 19, the Garifuna people re-enact their perilous boat voyage across the Caribbean to arrive in Belize with plenty of music, dancing, drumming, and food.

Where to Stay in Belize

where to stay in belizeOne of the finest resorts in the country is Chabil Mar on the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. Just a short distance away from the Belize Barrier Reef and the most popular mainland attractions, Chabil Mar offers guests unparalleled luxury with several tastefully appointed villas with a full range of modern amenities, an onsite restaurant, bar, and a gorgeous infinity pool.

Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation.

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