The Attorney General clarified that during phase 3 (the reopening of airport on Aug 15 to international travelers), those presenting a negative PCR test within 72 hours (prior to) arrival will be allowed to "roam freely."
Those who don't have one will do the (less reliable) rapid test and will need to stay at one of the approved full-service resorts and are not able to "roam freely".
The Belize Tourism Board will be providing more clarification on Thursday
Ready to visit Belize? Here's what you need to know.
Can Belizean citizens travel back to Belize right now?
Belize is currently only open for citizens and residents trying to return home by the airport only. Belize’s land borders remain closed until further notice, but the (BZE) International Airport is functioning for repatriation flights and will reopen on August 15th, 2020 for leisure travel. There is a mandatory 14-quarantine in place for those entering Belize prior to August 15th, 2020.
When can tourists and foreign nationals travel to Belize again?
Foreign nationals will be able to travel to Belize starting August 15th, 2020 via Belize’s International Aiport (BZE) on commercial flights or private charters. Delta, United and American Airlines are expected to resume service on August 15th, 2020.
Are COVID-19 tests required to travel to Belize?
Yes, in order to travel to Belize, every single visitor no matter your nationality (including Belizeans) must provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test result within 72-hours of your flight to successfully enter the country.
What happens if I don’t have a negative test upon arrival?
If an arriving passenger – citizen, resident or foreign national does not provide proof of a negative test results within 72 hours prior to arrival, they will be immediately required (at their own cost) to take a rapid test given by Belize’s Ministry of Health at the BZE airport. If this test proves a positive result for Covid-19, you will be required to remain quarantine in a government-approved location.
Do I need to wear a face mask in Belize?
Face masks are required in all public places, including transit through Belize's international airport, and travelers are encouraged to wear them throughout the duration of their flight.
Is public transportation open in Belize?
Public transportation in Belize is operating via buses, water taxis and domestic airlines.
Are food service establishments open in Belize?
Yes, Restaurants, Bars and Cafes in Belize are open but are required to practice social distancing among tables and masks upon entry, but not while seated at your private table. Reservations are recommended.
Are businesses and tourism attractions open in Belize?
Yes, they are open but are required to practice social distancing and implement new safety protocols. There are new capacity restrictions that have been identified for all tourism sites to ensure social distancing can be maintained and smaller groups will provide a more intimate tour experience. As in any public space, or activity, you are required to wear a mask. For more details on the rules of using face masks while on vacation in Belize, click here.
What important contact numbers should I have when traveling to Belize in case of an emergency?
Ministry of Health Hotline: 0-800-MOH-CARE (664-2273)
Belize Tourism Board Information Line: 1-800-624-0686
Coronavirus Case Statistics – Belize has some of the lowest cases of Coronavirus throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.
Total Number of Cases: 24
Total Number of Recovered Cases: 19
Total Number of Death: 2