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New Safety Protocols for Visitors: New Visitor Entry Infographic #545641
10/20/20 04:30 AM
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The Government of Belize has revised its safety phase and protocols for our visitors. Today, our visitors to Belize can be more relaxed and enjoyed Belize. However, it is still recommended that you adhere to our safety protocols and and encourage to use establishments and tour services with Gold Standards Certifcations.

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10/20/20 11:04 AM
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Tourists must stay at Gold Standard hotels. It’s a requirement and is stated in the quarantine SI so it’s mandatory.

The following are the updated protocols that are now in effect for the tourism idustry:

• The Safe Corridor for tourists has been expanded to include all Gold Standard and Certified entities including hotels, tour operators, restaurants, tourism sites, gift shops, car rentals and taxis. While Tourists can therefore move around freely. they are highly encouraged to remain within the safe corridor by visiting and using only those entities that are Gold Standard Certified and the certification is displayed and clearly visible.

• Tourists are to reserve and stay only at Gold Standard hotels. Therefore, only hotels that are Gold Standard certified are included on the Belize Health App for Tourists to select. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) will only be promoting and partnering with these properties that have implemented the recommended health and safety protocols to protect guests and have therefore attained Tourism Gold Standard Certification.

• The Tourism Gold Standard Program that is currently in place for Hotels and Tour Operators will now be offered to other entities within the Tourism Industry including Tourism sites and attractions, Restaurants and Gift shops. In addition, Car Rentals, Taxis and other approved transport providers will continue to be offered a Certification under the Tourism Gold Standard program.

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It has been twenty days since the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport. In that time, the day to day movements have (for the most part) been smooth and without major incident. In a press conference held last Friday, the Prime Minister declared that the Safe Corridor is now a “recommendation” as opposed to a mandate. Freedom of movement to other properties that are Gold Standard as well as rental of private motor transport by tourists is now allowed. Effective as of October 19th, 2020, these laxer restrictions will promote a freer Belize experience for travellers. Returning Belizeans are now exempt for quarantining upon arrival granted they are COVID-19 negative. Fortunately, even restaurants are now allowed to serve more than ten persons at a time as long as social distancing protocols are observed.

To date, a negative PCR test is still an entry requirement, however, it is no longer mandatory to bring a negative 72-hour pre-test. Travellers may arrive without a negative PCR but are subject to taking a rapid test inside the airport’s health clinic at their own expense. As a rapid test takes approximately half an hour to process, it's still recommended to bring a negative pre-test to skip the wait time. The Belize Travel Health App remains necessary for entry as is booking accommodation at a Gold Standard Hotel.

Gold standard tour guides are no longer required. You can go on a sailing trip with 20 people if there is sufficient space on the vessel. Boats fall under the same restrictions that they have been using for all transportation. Mask required and only limited to the seating capacity of the vessel.

Tourists can go on any tour they want. BTB will only promote and recommend gold standard.

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Belize announces relaxed Travel Restrictions!

It was announced on Friday, October 16th that tourists visiting Belize would no longer be confined only to their Gold Standard Hotels. This order also relaxed certain restrictions on the number of customers restaurants will be allowed to cater to. Seating arrangements still must allow for social distancing. The requirement to download the Belize Health App and to bring proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure is still required. If this is not obtained visitors are allowed to take a rapid test at Philip Goldson International Airport at a cost of $50 US.

The relaxation of some of these requirements will allow all visitors to Ambergris Caye now to move freely throughout the island. Flights are also being added with the anticipation of increased tourism levels including United Airlines recent announcement of the addition of direct flights from Denver, CO.

Re: New Safety Protocols for Visitors: New Visitor Entry Infographic [Re: Marty] #545669
10/21/20 04:27 AM
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As Belize moves forward to fully reopen and rebuild our tourism industry, the health and safety protocols for tourists continue to be reviewed and updated. At a press conference held on Friday, October 16, 2020 further relaxation of the restrictions on movement of visitors were announced by the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow.  The following are the updated protocols that are now in effect for the tourism industry:

  •     The Safe Corridor for tourists has been expanded to include all Gold Standard and Certified entities including hotels, tour operators, restaurants, tourism sites, gift shops, car rentals and taxis.  While Tourists can therefore move around freely, they are highly encouraged to remain within the safe corridor by visiting and using only those entities that are Gold Standard Certified and the certification is displayed and clearly visible.  
  •     Tourists are to reserve and stay only at Gold Standard hotels. Therefore, only hotels that are Gold Standard certified are included on the Belize Health App for Tourists to select. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) will only be promoting and partnering with these properties that have implemented the recommended health and safety protocols to protect guests and have therefore attained Tourism Gold Standard Certification.
  •     The Tourism Gold Standard Program that is currently in place for Hotels and Tour Operators will now be offered to other entities within the Tourism Industry including Tourism sites and attractions, Restaurants and Gift shops. In addition, Car Rentals, Taxis and other approved transport providers will continue to be offered a Certification under the Tourism Gold Standard program.

With the updated entry requirements for Belize:

1.    An application to enter Belize is no longer necessary. Therefore, all Residents and Tourists are free to travel to Belize at any time.
2.    Residents and Tourists that arrive with their negative PCR test or test negative at the airport, no longer need to quarantine for 10 days.
3.    The requirement to download the Belize Health App and complete the information within 72 hours of arrival in Belize remains mandatory for all incoming passengers - Residents and Tourists.

The BTB reiterates the importance of health and safety measures for residents and visitors and assures you that the destination is committed to ensuring that all health, safety and sanitizing protocols are observed, as we rebuild tourism for Belize. Visitors are  encouraged to visit https://www.travelbelize.org/health-safety for information on the arrival and departure processes. For questions or concerns, kindly contact the Belize Tourism Board at [email protected].

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Re: New Safety Protocols for Visitors: New Visitor Entry Infographic [Re: Marty] #545698
10/22/20 11:05 AM
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Belize's Safe Corridor just got expanded, here's an infographic to explain what that means... expand your browser window or zoom in on the image if you find it hard to read.

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10/27/20 04:37 AM
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Covid-19 Information and FAQ Sheet

Ready for your next trip to Belize? The Belize Tourism Board has created a new Tourism Gold Standard program to keep you safer from arrival to departure. This extensive program is made specifically for hotels, restaurants and tour operators and shops to enhance their health and safety standards. By adapting these new behaviors and procedures, these properties will be able to ensure the safety of all travelers as they enjoy vacationing in Belize. From the new Belize Health App to enhanced cleanliness protocols for hotels, tour operations, and tourist attractions, we’ve re-imagined our travel policies, so you can breathe easy while you explore our curious location.

You can find more information on the following links:
https://www.belizetourismboard.org/news-and-gallery/belize-covid-19-update/
https://www.travelbelize.org/health-safety

Belize is currently in Phase 3 of our re-opening plan.

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During Phase 3 travelers will be visiting Belize and strongly encouraged to stay within the BTB Safe Corridors, which include BTB Gold Standard Certified hotels, shops, restaurants, tourist attractions, etc. Please look for the BTB Gold Standard Certified sticker on any locations you are visiting.

Phase 3 Entry Requirements for International Tourists:

Prior to Arrival
Book an approved Gold Standard property for your stay. Please contact us directly (www.cayemanagement.com) for availability of our Gold Standard certified properties.

Download Belize Health App and complete required information within 72 hours of boarding flight.
(https://www.belizetourismboard.org/news-and-gallery/belize-covid-19-update/)

Take a PCR test within 72 hours of boarding flight as a negative result will provide a “fast track” arrival process. Depending on your health screening results, you may be randomly selected for a secondary testing.

Upon Entry
After disembarking your plane, you will be moved to the Hospitality Meet & Greet. If you arrive with your negative PCR test that was taken within the 72 hours prior to your arrival, you will be cleared to proceed to Immigration & Customs.

If you do not have a negative PCR test that was taken within the 72 hours prior to your arrival or if you are selected for extra screening, you will be moved onto Health Screening & Testing. A test will be given at the traveler’s expense of US$50. Results will be sent to your hotel once they are received.


Movements within the Country
Transported to San Pedro, by approved air transport (Tropic Air or Maya Island Air). You will be met by our approved driver at the airport in San Pedro and transported to your accommodations. During your stay, it is highly recommended that you facilitate Gold Standard Certified businesses on the island. These businesses have been properly trained in best practices for reducing transmission of Covid-19 among their staff and clients.

Positive Test Results
Minimum 14-day mandatory quarantine at approved quarantine hotel at traveler’s expense.

Notes on Positive Tests
The airlines will not allow you to fly if positive, hence the need to quarantine for 14 days. If you have not reached our property, we would refund your stay. If you are at the property and become positive, we would extend your stay as needed. Staying at the property beyond your scheduled dates is subject to availability and must allow for a 4 day buffer between your departure and the arrival of the next guest. If that buffer could not be met, you would be transported to an approved quarantine hotel.
If you are in a group, all persons in the group are required to enter quarantine if a person in that group becomes infected. If you do become positive during your stay we will support and assist you to the fullest.

If anyone in your party presents symptoms, please advise us by phone immediately. Your accommodation will have complete information of what to do if someone presents symptoms. We will arrange for a temperature check and contact the Ministry of Health. You will be asked to isolate in your vacation rental until the Ministry of Health arrives. If anyone in the party presents a temperature exceeding 100 °F, or tests positive for the virus, they will be required to isolate in their accommodation along with all members of their party in the unit until the Ministry of Health arrives to undertake testing for COVID-19. Employees will respond by facilitating medical attention and ensuring sanitation of areas that might have been exposed.

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