Covid 19 - Policy
As of August 9 2021, everyone entering Belize will require a negative COVID -19 test, regardless of vaccination. Book only Gold Standard Accommodations if you are coming on vacation. All travelers returning to the USA must also have a negative COVID-19 test done in Belize, even if vaccinated.
Effective August 1, 2021 daily curfew from 9pm to 4am.
Restaurants – Dine in is now allowed at all restaurants by reservation. Capacity limited to 50% indoors & 75% outdoors.
Face Masks – required at all times in public, including on the beach except when exercising, swimming, or driving in a motor vehicle with members of the same household. Kids under 6 are exempt. You can be ticketed for not having, or not properly wearing a facemask.
Travel Restrictions – Belize is fully opened for Tourism. Visitors may arrive by air, land and cruise. The Philip Goldson International airport (BZE) is open and direct flights to belize are available from the United States.
Belize has attained the Safe Travels Global Protocol Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council.
Pre Travel Process:
Negative Test as of August 9 2021, all travelers, vaccinated and unvaccinated will be required to present a negative covid-19 PCR test, taken within 96 hours of travel, or a negative Rapid Antigen Test, taken within 48 hours of travel, in order to enter Belize.
GOLD STANDARD ACCOMMODATION. Tourists visiting for vacation only must have a booking or reservation at a Gold Standard Accomodation in Belize. Gold standard properties include hotels, resorts, vacation rentals, hostels, and live- aboard yachts as long as they are licensed “tourist accommodations’
TRANSPORTATION. You must make arrangements prior to arrival, for transportation to you golf standard accommodation. You may be asked for proof of transportation arrangements by officials at the airport. Approved transportation include Private Shuttles, hotel transfers, airport rental cars, golf cart rentals, domestic flights and airport taxis.
Health App – this is NO LONGER REQUIRED
DEPARTURE TEST. The US Government now requires all passengers returning to the United States to show proof of negative covid test taken 1-3 days before returning or proof of recovery from Covid in the past 3 months. Pre – book your departure test today to avoid airport delays or severe vacation disruption. Self test kits are not legal in Belize.
Every person who enters Belize will be required to present a negative COVID – 19 PCR test, taken within 96 hours of travel, or a negative rapid antigen test. Taken within 46 hours of travel.
Full immunization means you have received all required doses of the Covid-19 vaccine more than 14 days before arrival. You must bring sufficient proof of having received all required doses. We recommend bringing your vaccine card or other official digital or printed notice from a medical facility.
*You may still be subject to secondary testing, at the discretion of health officers at the airport.
Pre-Testing: Visitors are highly encouraged to take a PCR test within 96 hours (4 days) of your ARRIVAL in Belize which will fast track your entry into the country. A certified negative result will put you on the fast-track arrival lane at the airport. All visitors ages 5+ must present a test result or undergo testing at the airport.
Rapid Test? Yes, some rapid antigen tests are now accepted. Your rapid antigen test must be done no more than 48 hours before your ARRIVAL time in Belize.
**What rapid tests are accepted? Most Rapid Antigen test results are accepted for entry into Belize. The following brands are recommended – Quidel Sofia, SD Biosensor, and Abbott Panbio. Negative results from rapid antigen tests will be accepted if done within 48 hours of your arrival in Belize.
An official email or correspondence from the testing facility will be acceptable. We recommend bringing as much documentation/proof as possible. It is still possible that you will be selected for testing at the airport when you arrive.
Testing on Arrival
If you don’t have a certified negative test result prior to arrival, you will be required to take a rapid test at your own expense when you arrive at the airport. Some visitors who arrive with negative test results may still be required to re-test at the airport.
You MUST undergo a test at the airport for any of the following reasons:
- You do not have a negative PCR test result taken within 96 hours of Arrival.
- You do not have a negative Rapid Antigen test result taken within 48 hours of Arrival.
- Your PCR or rapid test result is not accepted by the health officer at the airport for any other reason.
- You are randomly selected for secondary screening.
- Any other reason as determined by the health officer.
*We do NOT recommend the at-home testing kits or saliva tests. You should get a test done by nasopharyngeal swab from a medical facility. Keep in mind the airport health officers have full discretion to determine whether your test result is accepted.
The cost of the rapid test at the airport is $50 USD. This must be paid in cash. You will be required to wait for your test results at the Philip Goldson International Airport.
If you test positive, you will be required to quarantine at your hotel, and the hotel’s Gold Standard program manager will enact their response plan to ensure your safety and the safety of all staff and other guests.
*Quarantine, if necessary, is at your own expense. Travel insurance is recommended.
Anyone that tests positive on arrival, will be required by law to enter quarantine at their pre-booked hotel or an approved quarantine hotel until cleared by health officials.
Testing on Departure
Per CDC requirements, before traveling back to the United States, you must get tested with a viral test 1–3 days before travel. You may be denied boarding at the Belize airport if you do not have a negative test to depart to the United States. This requirement takes effect on January 26th, 2021.