Flights to Belize Being Cancelled. Border Crossings closed

Posted By: Marty

Flights to Belize Being Cancelled. Border Crossings closed - 03/19/20 05:18 PM

On this morning's segment of Ask The Experts, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services, informed that the Copa Airlines flight from Panama to Belize has been canceled. He also said that tomorrow Belize may see the final flight from Canada.

Avianca flights from El Salvador have stopped coming and the Ministry said that next Thursday American Airlines will ground flights t scheduled for Belize. Only two borders entry points are open, the Philip Goldson International Airport and the northern border with Mexico.

Authorities urged Belizeans not to use informal or illegal entry points, they suggested people use the northern land border since there is no screening at the sea port. The western border and southern border are closed including Hunting Caye and Jalacte. The Belize City port is also closed except for cargo. The Dangriga and San Pedro sea ports are also closed.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Flights to Belize Being Cancelled. Border Crossings closed - 03/20/20 11:14 AM

American Airlines Will Suspend Flights to Belize

And while those test kits are coming, there's not going to be much else coming in. That is because American Airlines, the US carrier with the most flights to Belize has announced that it will suspend all services effective next Thursday. It signals something very close to a death knell for tourism interests and employees, but, right now, it's the reality all over the world.

Presently, Belize has closed all ports of entry except the northern border with Mexico and the PGIA, and flights are only trickling in there. Manzanero spoke about shutting down air travel, while the Director of Immigration spoke about the protocol for Belizeans coming home - even those who may have flu-like symptoms:..

Dr. Marvin Manzanero - Director of Health Services

"Flights out of El Salvador Aviacana flight is no longer coming, COPA out of Panama no longer coming. I believe flights coming out of Canada tomorrow may be the last flight there coming in. Even though there are not coming as full, my understanding is they're mostly trying to take out the tourist who are still in Belize, American and US Citizens back home because it seems American Airlines will also ground all flights as of next week Thursday."

Deborah Baptist-Estrada - Dir. Dept of Border Management & Immigration

"I must say that the immigration department definitely will be receiving all our nationals, Belizean nationals, it does not matter where they are coming from. Indeed a Belizean national will be able to enter at our ports of entry, that remains open."

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Flights to Belize Being Cancelled. Border Crossings closed - 03/20/20 12:49 PM

Health Alert U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize

All travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City is currently open however US airlines that provide service are curtailing or cancelling flights in and out of Belize. Below are the customer service numbers and websites to contact major airlines with flights from Belize to the United States.

American Airlines: AA has announced they will cancel all flights in/out of Belize as of March 26, 2020
o 1 800-433-7300 or 1 800-633-3711

Delta Airlines: Delta has announced they will only provide one flight per day in/out of Belize as of April 1, 2020
o 1 800-221-1212

Southwest Airlines:
o 1 800-435-9792

United Airlines: UA has announced they will only provide one flight per day in/out of Belize as of April 1, 2020
o 1 800-864-8331

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Ports of entry:
The Philip Goldson International Airport and the Santa Elena Border (Northern Border with Mexico) remain open. Belize's Western Border with Guatemala will be closed for 15 days effective immediately, as are all other small ports of entry. The border closure does not apply to our sea ports; these remain open for cargo traffic.

Flight Update

United Airlines - Effective April 1st, 2020, United has announced that there will only be one daily afternoon flight from Houston.

Avianca - Effective immediately, Avianca has suspended its operations to Belize at the direction of the Salvadoran government for fifteen (15) days in the first instance.

WestJet - Effective, Sunday March 22nd, 2020 at 11:59pm, WestJet will be suspending flights to the US, Europe, Mexico, Caribbean, and Central America including Belize, for a period of 30 days in the first instance.

Air Canada - Air Canada will be temporarily suspending service from Toronto to Belize City from March 31st - April 30th, 2020.


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Cruise Operations

All cruise lines have paused operations for 30 days with immediate effect.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Flights to Belize Being Cancelled. Border Crossings closed - 03/21/20 06:08 PM

Southwest Airlines will end all international flying on Sunday March 22nd, 2020 as the carrier slashes a quarter of its schedule, its latest reduction in light of the widening coronavirus crisis. This means over 1,000 flights will be cut from the carriers schedule.
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