According to Elrington, a statutory instrument would have to be instituted in order to effect a travel ban for passengers entering the country via the P.G.I.A. In that case, he says, all travelers would be barred from arriving in Belize, no matter their country of origin.
Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs
“Unless and until there is some measure taken by Belize either by way of law or statutory instrument or the like to prevent people from coming in at the P.G.I.A., to close the P.G.I.A. down, nobody at the P.G.I.A. would have the authority to turn back anybody. They would only have the authority to turn back somebody if in fact the Government of Belize were to take a decision to close down the P.G.I.A. It doesn‘t matter what nationality the person comes from. Now, if the decision is taken by the government to close the P.G.I.A. then nobody would be able to come in except if there is a waiver officially, and that includes Guatemalans and any other foreigner. I don‘t think we would ever be in a position legitimately to close it to Belizeans, but to others who are not Belizeans that could be done by legislation and then those people would not be able to come in irrespective of where they come from, whether they come from UK, U.S.A. or Guatemala, they will not be able to come in.”