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Updated Belize Travel Protocols, Health App Retired #550071
05/12/21 04:11 AM
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Kindly note the most recently updated entry requirements below.

The retirement of the Belize Travel Health App has been announced by the Belize Tourism Board. Travellers entering the country no longer need to download the app. All travellers entering Belize at the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) will be required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel or a negative result from any approved Antigen Rapid Test taken within 48 hours of travel. If no test is presented, a COVID-19 test will be administered at the airport for a fee of USD $50 per passenger. Children under the age of 5 years will not be required to present a negative test; but children 5 years and older will be required to present a negative test.

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Belize Removes Use of the Belize Travel Health App Prior to Arrival

Belize City, Belize, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) advises that the Government of Belize has taken a decision that travellers entering the country are no longer required to download and complete the Belize Travel Health App prior to arrival in Belize. This recent adjustment to Belize's COVID-19 Prevention Regulations is outlined in Statutory Instrument No.51 of 2021.

Belize still requires that travellers provide either proof of full COVID-19 immunization received at least 2 weeks prior to arrival, or a negative COVID-19 PCR TEST taken within 96 hours of travel, or a negative rapid test (Rapid Antigen, Sofia, SD Biosensor, and ABBOTT) taken within 48 hours of travel. In addition, international tourists must book at a Gold Standard hotel and present confirmation at immigration.

For up to date information on the destination's travel protocols and frequently asked questions, please visit: httos://wsvw.travelbelize.org/health-safety.

The Belize Tourism Board thanks our visitors for choosing Belize and we look forward to welcoming you.

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Belize Requires Negative Covid Test for All Travellers

Effective Monday, August 9th, 2021 all travellers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, entering Belize from other countries will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test.

All travellers entering Belize at the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) will be required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel or a negative result from any approved Antigen Rapid Test taken within 48 hours of travel. If no test is presented, a COVID-19 test will be administered at the airport for a fee of USD $50 per passenger. Children under the age of 5 years will not be required to present a negative test; but children 5 years and older will be required to present a negative test.

All travellers entering Belize through the Northern and Western Borders will be administered a Rapid Test for COVID-19 by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, at their own expense. No external COVID-19 PCR or Rapid Test will be accepted at these points of entry.

These measures are being put in place in view of the increased risks posed by recent variants of the Covid-19 virus and in an effort to protect both international visitors and the local population.

Last edited by Marty; 08/06/21 04:58 AM. Reason: AUGUST 5TH UPDATED ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR BELIZE
Re: Updated Belize Travel Protocols, Health App Retired [Re: Marty] #550770
06/11/21 12:21 PM
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Kindly note the entry requirements for foreign tourists entering Belize through land borders and a list of vaccines accepted by the Ministry of Health & Wellness.

Updated requirements for visitors crossing by land borders into Belize have issued by BTB. Still for foreign tourist visitors only.
- There is no requirement/option for a PCR test within 72 hours any more.
- Vaccinated visitors may be tested and unvaccinated ones will be tested, at their expense at the borders.
- Acceptable vaccines are listed, and must have been completed 14 days prior to entry.
- Border opening hours at weekends are shortened.

UPDATED - June 17th, 2021

ENTERING BELIZE BY FOREIGN TOURIST THROUGH LAND BORDERS & ACCEPTED VACCINES BY THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH & WELLNESS

Transportation within Belize

▪ Foreign Tourists are permitted to enter with their own private vehicles and utilize their personal transportation for travel within Belize.

▪ Foreign Tourists who do not enter with a private vehicle must be transported from the border facilities by a certified Gold Standard transport operator.

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Re: Updated Belize Travel Protocols, Health App Retired [Re: Marty] #552395
09/01/21 04:41 AM
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The BTB's Director of Tourism Evan Tillett shares a reminder of the entry requirements for those wishing to visit Belize.


Re: Updated Belize Travel Protocols, Health App Retired [Re: Marty] #553372
10/17/21 04:05 AM
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SI mandates new policy for tour operators/guides and entry requirements for foreign visitors

The current COVID-19 regulations under Statutory Instrument No. 119 include specific requirements for foreign tourists entering Belize via the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA). The provisions also extend to tour operators and tour guides who must be immunized to provide their services to tourists.

Foreign tourists must make necessary arrangements and reservations with an approved tourism establishment (gold standard hotel) before arriving in the country. Every visitor must produce documentation of such reservations to the immigration officer. If a foreign tourist cannot deliver this documentation, they may be denied entry and required to return to his port of origin at their own expense. If unable to return immediately, they will be put under mandatory quarantine at a government-designated facility at the person’s own expense. This will be for a certain period and at the direction of the current Quarantine Authority and applies to anyone testing positive for the virus as well.

Another requirement is that individuals shall submit to testing regardless of vaccine status against COVID-19 if they do not provide a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours or a rapid test within 48 hours before traveling. However, a child below the age of five is not required to present a PCR or other test for COVID-19 upon arriving in Belize via the PGIA.

Although land borders with Mexico and Guatemala remained closed, visitors entering the country via the land borders will be administered a COVID-19 test at their own expense. The Ministry of Health and Wellness advised that no external PCR or rapid tests will be accepted. Visitors also need to provide proof that they are staying at a gold standard accommodation.

A Belizean returning to Belize at any land port of entry will be allowed entry if that person can prove that they are a Belizean or Belizean permanent resident and is cleared via a COVID-19 test. The person can also be allowed entry if they are returning from abroad with proof of having received urgent medical care, is a Belizean student or permanent resident student, is a resident Belizean diplomat, is a foreign diplomat resident in, and accredited to Belize, is the holder of a valid work permit, is a consultant or specialist technician required to be in Belize to assist in an emergency or on a regular basis, or is a business person with investments in Belize.

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

Re: Updated Belize Travel Protocols, Health App Retired [Re: Marty] #555504
02/09/22 05:22 AM
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With the new Belize Travel Insurance now available for purchase, please see below the most recently updated entry requirements below.

The Belize Travel Insurance is mandatory and will help protect travelers against incurred medical and non-medical expenses, if they test positive for COVID-19 during their stay in Belize.

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NEW TRAVEL HEALTH INSURANCE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce that the travel health insurance required from all visitors upon entry to Belize with effect from Feb. 15, 2022, is now available for purchase online at https://www.belizetravelinsurance.com.

The Belize Travel Insurance is mandatory and will help protect travelers against incurred medical and non-medical expenses, if they test positive for COVID-19 during their stay in Belize.

The Insurance Plan, available for $18.00 US, provides coverage for up to $50,000 USD in medical expenses related to treatment of COVID-19 for a period of 21 days including lodging expenses due to quarantine up to $2,000 USD (max $300/day USD). Travelers will also be covered for emergency assistance services such as air evacuation and emergency expenses related to pre-existing conditions. Furthermore, it will also cover trip cancellations and expenses incurred by COVID-19 positive travelers for extended stays.

Some important entry highlights are listed below:

- The Belize Travel Insurance is available for purchase online at www.belizetravelinsurance.com This link is also available on the BTB websites at www.belizetourismboard.org and www.travelbelize.org

Please click HERE for a list of FAQ’s

- Airlines are not required to verify that a traveler has a purchased insurance policy upon check-in. Verification of travelers will take place at the Phillip Goldson International Airport in Belize by the Immigration Department of Belize.

- It is recommended that travelers purchase the Belize Travel Health Insurance prior to their travel to Belize. However, purchases can be made upon arrival at the Philip Goldson International Airport or at Belize’s land borders.

- Exempted from purchasing the insurance are QRPs, Belizeans & permanent residents, foreign homeowners, long-stay non-nationals, military personnel, Peace Corps, airline crew and persons in Belize for less than 24 hours are exempted.

- Please visit www.travelbelize.org/health-safety/ for more information on the Belize Safe Travel Requirements.

In the past year, Belize has implemented several traveler protocols to keep visitors feeling safe, including the Tourism Gold Standard Program which enables travelers to seamlessly plan their vacation with certified hotels and tour operators (an entry requirement). The new Travel Health Insurance mandate underscores Belize’s commitment to health and safety, enhancing travel confidence and giving visitors peace of mind to schedule that well-deserved vacation for 2022 and beyond.

Re: Updated Belize Travel Protocols, Health App Retired [Re: Marty] #555914
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Visitors to Belize, kindly take note of key changes for entry requirements as of 1 March 2022:
- Covid-19 testing will be limited to those who are not fully vaccinated.

- All fully vaccinated persons will be able to enter via airport, land border or sea port without testing.
- All curfew mandates have been removed.
- Mask wearing is not required for outdoor spaces.
- Children under 5 years are not required to present a test. Proof of a negative Covid-19 test can be presented or the test can be taken upon arrival at the airport.
- Proof of a negative Covid-19 test can be presented or the test can be taken upon arrival at the airport.
- The results of home test kits are currently not accepted for entry to Belize.

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Re: Updated Belize Travel Protocols, Health App Retired [Re: Marty] #556030
03/09/22 06:30 AM
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Kindly take note of our updated entry requirements.

Planning your Belize Vacation? Be sure to purchase the mandatory Belize Travel Insurance. Secure online at www.belizetravelinsurance.com prior to departure for a quick entry process upon arrival. Learn more at https://www.travelbelize.org/health-safety/

Re: Updated Belize Travel Protocols, Health App Retired [Re: Marty] #556545
04/06/22 05:20 AM
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Updated: Visitors to Belize, kindly take note of key changes for entry requirements as of 5 April 2022:

- Covid-19 testing will be limited to those who are not fully vaccinated or cannot show proof of vaccination.
- All fully vaccinated persons will be able to enter via airport, land border, or sea port without testing.
- Children under 5 years will not be required to present a negative Covid-19 test upon entry at the airport, land border or sea port.
- All curfew mandates have been removed.
- Mask wearing is not required for indoor or outdoor spaces.

For more information, visit https://www.travelbelize.org/health-safety/

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