If you haven't seen it yet, Channel 5 and some other media are reporting that the Ministry of Home Affairs headed by Ralph Fonseca, of the Belize Government has issued a TRAVEL BAN prohibiting entry into Belize by travelers from Canada and five other countries -- People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore and India.

Belizeans are advised not to travel to these countries, but apparently a ban has not been issued in this respect.

Details are still sketchy. Apparently even the Belize Tourist Board was not informed in advance of this ban.

If true, in my opinion this is one of the most incredibly ill-advised action I've ever seen the Belize Government take. It will have MAJOR impact on tourism to Belize, especially from Canada, which traditionally accounts for around 15% of visitors to Belize.

--Lan Sluder

Lan Sluder/Belize First