After a series of delays, Belize officially opened its borders to international travelers on Oct. 1. 

The welcoming of tourists signals the start of Phase 3 of the country's five-phased Travel Reopening Plan. As part of the country's new health and safety protocols, a "Safe Corridor" was established by implementing  a 9-point program, known as the "Tourism Gold Standard" Recognition. The program is designed to ensure that hotels, restaurants and other tourism-related businesses meet the enhanced health and safety standards. Businesses who adhere to all the requirements are given the "Gold Seal of Approval."

Click here for Gold Standard hotels and here for Gold Standard tour operators. 

“We’re confident the Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program and Gold Standard Seal of Approval will allow travelers and the tourism industry to operate safely as COVID-19 restrictions are eased,” said BTB Director of Tourism, Karen Bevans via a press release. “While visitors will need to adhere to our 'new normal' entry requirements and safety protocols, their experience will remain authentic to Belize’s adventurous spirit.”

A graphic explaining Belize's COVID-19 protocols
Protocols for COVID-19 in Belize © Courtesy of the Government of Belize Press Office

What you need to do when visiting Belize

Before arriving in Belize, there are a series of steps visitors must follow. Immediately after receiving a hotel confirmation, travelers must download the Belize Health app which will allow authorities to monitor movements throughout the country. Visitors must check into the app daily. 

Travelers are encouraged to take a PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival. According to the Belize tourism website, “A certified negative result will put you on the fast track arrival lane at the airport.” 

Those who don’t take a test before arriving will have to take a test at the airport at their own expense. Those who test positive will be quarantined for 14 days at an approved facility and at their own expense. There have been 23 recorded positive results and two deaths in the country due to COVID-19.

Airlines offering nonstop flights to Belize include: American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Airlines. 

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This article was originally published in June 2020 and updated in October 2020. 

This article was first published June 2020 and updated October 2020

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