Home to the Great Blue Hole, the second largest barrier reef, and lush tropical landscape, Belize's natural beauty made it a popular destination for those looking to get outdoors. 

Now the Central American country, selected as one of Lonely Planet's 2022 Best in Travel destinations, has lifted many of its internal COVID-19 restrictions, though if you're planning to visit, there are several entry requirements that remain in place. 

As of April 1, masks are no longer mandatory in indoor and outdoor establishments. Clubs, bars, restaurants and casinos are allowed to return to full capacity and the country has sunset its curfews. 

“Thanks to the steady decrease in COVID-19 cases at both the district and national levels, there is no longer a threat of community spread due to the virus,” said Kevin Bernard, Minister of Health and Wellness for Belize.

On April 4, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention downgraded its advisory on Belize to Level 4 status, indicating high levels of COVID-19 cases but removing its advisory against travel to the country. The agency advises travelers be fully vaccinated before going to Belize. 

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Entry requirements to Belize

Travel to Belize has become easier but there are still several boxes to check before you depart. 

To enter Belize, all travelers must fill out the Customs and Immigration form and purchase Belize Travel Health Insurance. The policy can be purchased online and costs $18 USD for 21 days worth of coverage. The policy covers medical treatment as well as the cost of accommodation expenses to quarantine if you receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

Fully vaccinated travelers who can show proof of a COVID-19 test are no longer required to show proof of a negative pre-arrival COVID-19 test.

Scuba diver at Joe's Wall Dive Site, Belize Barrier Reef
Belize Barrier Reef draws in divers from around the world © Getty Images/Design Pics RF

However, unvaccinated air passengers and those who cannot show proof of vaccinations must show proof of a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. They can also provide a negative rapid Antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival. Unvaccinated visitors can also opt to take a test upon arrival at a cost of $50 USD. The amount must be paid in cash. Credit cards are not accepted. 

Unvaccinated travelers crossing over the border by land or entering by sea port must undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing. Belize will not accept pre-arrival test results from anyone arriving through land and sea entry points. 

The testing requirement also applies to children who are unvaccinated and are over the age of 5.

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