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Maya Island Air Donates Airport Terminal for Testing Clinic #547697
01/23/21 05:57 AM
01/23/21 05:57 AM
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Contact Information: 226-FAST , 671-TEST , 672-TEST , US 305-420-6203

Tourism officials in Belize are moving rapidly to expand COVID-19 testing, responding to the recent CDC  requirement that international air travelers entering the United States produce a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of travel. The most notable, however, is the recent announcement of Maya Island Air as they announce their partnership with Caring Hands Clinic in Ambergris Caye to offer on-site COVID-19 testing for both locals and tourists in Belize. The not-for-profit initiative, spearheaded by Maya Island Air , includes their volunteered and renovated stand-alone Terminal 1 in San Pedro Town to facilitate antigen testing. Compliant with CDC requirements and boarding requirements for international air carriers, the Rapid COVID-19 tests at Caring Hands Clinic start at US$65 per person.

The Caring Hands Clinic Antigen Test Center To Launch Jan. 23

In essence, Maya Island Air took this unique opportunity to reach out to the Ministry of Health & Wellness and private medical facilities to provide this test to all US-bound passengers from Belize.

“We have sourced all FDA, CDC and Ministry of Heath & Wellness compliant tests”

– Dr. Shanna Pott

However, services are not exclusive to passengers of Maya Island Air only; the facility is a contribution to the benefit of the aviation & tourism industry, including all licensed air carriers, all hotels, and all resorts.

“It is better to have an appointment, due to the COVID-19 restrictions. However, I do believe there is the possibility for us to take walk-ins as well.”

– Cora Guillen, RN

The clinic will house three main areas. A general area for client information, a consultation room for access to a licensed doctor if need be, and a separating testing area retrofitted with a booth/curtain. Plus, a covered deck seating for queueing. The clinic also benefits from electrostatic cleaners, FDA approved chemicals, and UV cleaners to sterilize and maintain a safe environment.

To make an appointment via U.S. direct line, local phone lines, or even WhatsApp:

“The idea is to be open on Saturday [January 23] in San Pedro, and by next week, we intend to have two renovated mobile facilities to be placed on properties in Dangriga and Placencia for use of travelers and hotel partners.”

– Cris Sosa, Chief Executive Officer at Maya Island Air 

The new CDC requirements go into effect on January 26 and apply to all passengers two years and older, as well as U.S. citizens returning to America. For those that previously tested positive, they must show documentation of recovery, with airlines being responsible for verifying the negative test results and post-COVID paperwork.

Re: Maya Island Air Donates Airport Terminal for Testing Clinic [Re: Marty] #547698
01/23/21 05:57 AM
01/23/21 05:57 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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Maya Island Air Donates Airport Terminal for Air Travel Testing Clinic
In response to the CDC's expanding travel requirements all air passengers entering the USA must provide a negative Covid-19 test within 3 days of travel. Belize and its tourism industry stakeholders are adequately preparing to offer easy and convenient, FDA & CDC qualified testing to leisure travelers. Here's where you can get tested in Belize if you are a tourist.

Contact Information: 226-FAST , 671-TEST , 672-TEST , US 305-420-6203

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Re: Maya Island Air Donates Airport Terminal for Testing Clinic [Re: Marty] #547769
01/26/21 06:11 AM
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Maya Island Air turns stand-alone terminal into COVID-19 rapid testing facility in San Pedro Town

Belize has seen an expansion of approved antigen testing centers to meet the recent requirements from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that international air travellers need a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before traveling to the United States of America (USA). The most recent center launched in San Pedro Town on Saturday, January 23rd, and is a joint effort between Maya Island Air and Caring Hands Clinic, offering rapid COVID-19 testing at their stand-alone terminal 1, which has been transformed into an equipped health facility. It’s open daily from 9AM to 5PM but hours can be flexible depending on the demand of the customers/patients. Tests start at US$65 per traveller flying with the airline.

The service is also available to non-Maya Island Air passengers (walk-ins) for US$75 and test results are provided in 10 minutes. The clinic counts with a testing area and a doctor onsite for consultations in the case there is a positive case. The facility also has a fully stocked pharmacy and a covered deck seating/waiting area. The clinic also guarantees a safe and sterilized environment. According to Maya’s Chief Executive Officer Cris Sosa, the airline reached out to the leading professionals in the national COVID-19 response. They were able to make contact with a team of qualified health professionals led by Belizean Dr. Shanna Pott. This team was quick to put together a response program for the island but had no facility to safely test travellers.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun


Maya Island Air Installs COVID Testing Clinic at San Pedro Location
With the new U.S. travel regulations that came into effect on January twenty-sixth, all persons entering the United States must present negative test results. Local airline Maya Island Air has taken up the challenge of installing COVID-19 Testing Clinics at its locations across the country. Over the weekend, the Caring Hands Clinic – Antigen Test Center was officially opened for services on Ambergris Caye.

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