What to know about coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel to Belize

Last Update: July 3, 2020

As the coronavirus situation evolves around the world, we will provide regular updates to help you make informed decisions about your Belize travel plans. 

Travel reopens on August 15! The airport reopens for international travel on August 15. All land borders will remain closed. Face coverings and social distancing are required in all public spaces.

When will the Belize airport reopen?

August 15, 2020 The prime minister of Belize has announced that the Philip Goldson International airport (BZE) will be reopened on August 15th, 2020 to allow travel to Belize. Land borders will remain closed. Certain protocols and guidelines will be in place at the airport to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

What are the procedures for visitors?

New airport guidelines and procedures are being implemented to maintain the health and safety of our visitors and citizens. 
Tip: Download Episode 23 of The Belize Travelcast to learn more about what to expect when you visit Belize.
Pre-travel process
All visitors to Belize must download the Belize Health app on their mobile phone. This will help authorities manage your movement in Belize and provide timely communication to  you. [The app is still in development. Download links will be posted here.]

After you receive your hotel confirmation, you will then register your travel on the Belize Health app. You will then be provided with a unique QR code ID which you will need on arrival in Belize.

Testing
Visitors are also highly encouraged to take a PCR test (not an antibody test) within 72 hours of arrival 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. You will be able to upload your test results via the app.

If you don't have a certified test prior to arrival, you will still be required to take a rapid test at your own expense when you arrive at the airport. If you test positive on arrival, you will be required to enter a 14-day quarantine at an approved facility at your own expense. 

Those who arrive with a valid PCR test showing a negative result within the past 72 hours will likely have minimal restrictions on their movement in the country. If you do not have a test prior to arrival, then you must take a rapid test at the airport and your movement within the country will be restricted to approved facilities only.

All arriving Belizeans nationals, residents, and homeowners are required to take the regular PCR test.

Arrival
Upon arrival at the airport, we will have enhanced health screening, temperature checks, and verification of your unique ID from health app.

During your stay, you must adhere to all health and safety protocols in Belize including social distancing, and wearing of masks in public. You will be required to check in daily via the Belize Health App.

*Additional details are available via the official press release from the Belize Tourism Board. The protocols are subject to change as the situation evolves. All updates will be posted on this site.

What Hotels will be open in Belize?

When travel resumes you are only allowed to stay at approved locations. Hotels are being reopened by phase. The first ones being allowed to open are the ones that have received the Gold Standard Certification. They will also include the ones who can provide full services and amenities for guests including pickup and drop off to airport; provision of isolated tours; in-house restaurants/entertainment.

The Gold Standard Certificate of Recognition means that hotels, resorts, restaurants, and tour operations must develop and maintain sanitization and cleanliness standards before being approved to accept international guests.

*An offical list of approved hotels will be reposted here when it becomes available.

Will I be able to visit all sites and attractions?

Yes, to a certain extent. Further information will be available as we get closer to the reopening date. As of now, you should expect minimal restriction on movements and where you can visit.

Additionally, you will be required to adhere to certain protocols and guidelines such as checking in on the Belize Health app on a daily basis, wearing masks in public, and adhereing to social distancing.

For tours and activities, you must also use an approved tour operator who has received the Gold Standard Certification. Additional information will be provided by your hotel and on this website as it is available.

What is the Belize Health App and where do I get it?

All visitors to Belize must register via the Belize Health App before entering the country. The app is still in development and pending release. The App will be free on your smartphone and will allow for Belize's Ministry of Health to manage your stay, provide timely communication to you, and assist with contact tracing if any new cases arise. We will post the links to download the app here as soon as it is made available.

Are there any cases of Coronavirus in Belize?

Belize currently has 8 active cases! All active cases are from citizens who were part of a controlled repatriation exercise or caught entering illegally and were immediately quarantined. No community spread has been detected in Belize since April and the country was declared COVID-Free since May. There have been 28 positive cases of coronavirus in Belize, with two deaths. The government continues to take action to mitigate the spread including a nationwide state of emergency, curfew, closing of schools, closing ALL borders, and limiting social gatherings.

Official Advisories Booking Cancelations Closures & Event Cancelations

What airlines have service to Belize?

Flights to Belize will resume on August 15 when the airport reopens. The Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport was previously closed effective Monday, March 23rd, after the last scheduled flight departed. This closure remains in effect until August 15th.
If you have an upcoming flight into Belize, please check with your airline. We will post updates here as soon as official announcements are made. As of August 15th, it is expected that at least United, Delta, Avianca, and American Airlines will have flights when the airport reopens.

United Airlines
Flights should be available starting August 15th. There will be a smaller number of flights each week. United currently has repatriation flights planned. 

American Airlines
Flights should be available starting August 18th. American Airlines had previously temporarily suspended all flights since March 26th.

Delta Airlines
Flights should be available starting August 15th.

Avianca
Flights should be available starting August 15th.

Southwest Airlines
All flights suspended from March 23 through the end of 2020. Flights will not resume until 2021.

COPA Airlines
Flights to resume until December at the earliest.

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.

Tropic Air
Flights to Roatan, Honduras and Flores, Guatemala are suspended. Domestic flights have resumed. Check their website for scheduling. Cargo Flights are also available.

*For information about the Belize International Airport, see our official guide.

Official Press Releases

Travel-related releases from the Government of Belize Press Office.

Will I be denied entry into Belize?

Citizens and diplomats may enter for emergencies, but all others will be denied. Read the Official Announcement.

As of April 5th, Belizean Citizens will NOT be allowed to enter the country through any border except for emergencies. As of May 18, some Belizans who have been stranded outside of Belize will be allowed entry through coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Belize Government, through the Ministry of Health, is actively screening everyone coming through all official ports of entry. ALL persons allowed to enter Belize will be subject to a self-isolation or quarantine order at their own expense.

Travel will resume on August 15th.

Are there restrictions for visitors from certain countries?

[Update July 1] All borders remain closed! However, Belizeans who have been stranded outside of Belize are now allowed to return. This will be coordinated through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

The international airport will reopen for international visitors on August 15th. There are no restrictions with regards to the nationality of the visitors. Visitors from all counties are welcomes to visit. Everyone will be required to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test upon arrival. Certain guidelines will be in place.

Will I need a Covid-19 Test to Travel to Belize?

Yes, everyone will be required to take a PCR test and have a negative result to enter Belize. You are encouraged to take a test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. This will also put you on the fast track processing at the airport. If you do not have a valid test before arrival, you will be required to take a rapid test at the airport health screening station. 

Will I be placed in quarantine?

Before August 15: Any national or foreigner arriving in Belize will be viewed as a potential case and ALL such persons, without exception, are required to go into a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
Per the Quarantine Authority, any Belizean entering Belize from any country through any official port of entry or caught attempting to enter via any blind spot will be placed in a mandatory quarantine centre designated by the Quarantine Authority of Belize. Persons will be placed into quarantine at their own cost, which may be up to $110 per day for accommodation and three meals.

Starting August 15: When the airport reopens, a screening process will be in place. If you test positive upon arrival or while in the country, you will be required to enter a 14-day quarantine at your own expense.

If you suspect that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 before traveling to Belize, we ask that you cancel your trip and not attempt to enter the country.

Please continue checking this web page and the official Government Press Office Facebook page for new updates.

Should I cancel my travel plans to Belize?

We hope you do not need to cancel. We're looking forward to sunny days ahead after August 15th when you can visit Belize again. If you are sick or have been in contact with or close proximity to people who are infected, we ask that you please make the most responsible decision and cancel or postpone your travel plans even when our borders are eventually reopened. We encourage you to make the best decision for you and your family, while also considering the wellbeing of those around you, including those in the places you plan to visit.

If you have obvious symptoms on arrival into Belize or arrive from a restricted country, you may be placed in quarantine at your own expense, or denied entry to Belize altogether.

If you cannot travel due to restrictions out of your control, we encourage you to consider putting your bookings on hold for a later date and avoid cancellation or other fees that may be assessed. Contact your accommodation and other service providers for details. At this time, email or other online communication may be most effective due to the high volume of inquiries.

If you made a booking on Belizing.com, see here for more information.


Can I still visit sites and attractions?

Most public venues are closed and public gatherings are limited to 100 or less. As of May 15, The Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History (IA/NICH) announced that most archaeological reserves are open to visitation.

Are cruise calls to Belize canceled?


Thе Gоvеrnmеnt оf Веlіzе оffісіаllу аnnоunсеd on March 13th, 2020, thаt сruіѕе ѕhір саllѕ tо Веlіzе аrе bеіng ѕuѕреndеd аѕ а раrt оf еffоrtѕ tо соntаіn thе ѕрrеаd оf thе соrоnаvіruѕ.  The reopening of cruising to Belize is slated for phase 4 of the reopening plans. No date has been set for phase 4.
  • Carnival Cruise Line - all cruises suspended until June 26, 2020.
  • MSC Cruises - suspension of cruises extended through to May 29, 2020.
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises - suspension of sailings of their global fleet extended to May 12, 2020, with some exceptions.
  • Disney Cruise Lines - suspension of cruises extended through April 28, 2020.
  • Holland America - pause in operations extended for an additional 30 days.
  • Cunard Line - pause in operations extended up to and including May 15, 2020.
  • P&O - pause in operations extended up to and including May 15, 2020.

Cancelation and Refunds

Can I cancel my booking?

Belizing.com enables direct booking with local licensed providers in Belize. Since your booking is direct with each service provider, you may be restricted by their cancelation policy. The main question is whether and how much refund you may get. In most cases, we believe you can get a full refund.

Contact the Service Provider First. We recommend messaging the service provider via your Belizing Inbox before canceling your booking. If YOU cancel the booking, then the refund policy of the service provider applies and no automatic refund may be provided. If the SERVICE PROVIDER cancels the booking, then you will always get a FULL refund. For this reason, we recommend communicating with the service provider first to ask if they agree to a full refund. If yes, ask them to initiate the cancelation from their Belizing Inbox.

Consider Changing your Date. We recommend considering a date change for your travel plans. Some cancelations may incur a fee or 3 to 30% depending on the policy from the service provider. There is no fee to change your travel dates. You must communicate with the service provider to agree on a new date or to hold your booking until you have confirmed new travel dates.

Check your Confirmation Email. Please check your booking confirmation email for the cancelation policy that applies to your booking. The email will include your voucher number, as well as the details of the cancelation timeline and fees that may apply. Check your junkmail folder if you cannot find the email. Please reference your voucher number when communicating with your service provider or Belizing.com staff. 

If you do not agree with any decision by the service provider, then Belizing.com staff can mediate to find a resolution. You can contact us directly at support@belizing.com or message us on Facebook. We are here to help and we understand the frustration that this pandemic is causing to both travelers and tour companies alike.

How will my refund be processed?

All refunds for bookings made on Belizing.com or via Belizing Payments are automatically processed to your original form of payment. Once your refund is processed, it may take 5 to 10 business days for you to see it in your credit card statement. Refunds will show as a credit to your account.

Please do NOT dispute the charges. If you do not see the credit within 10 days, please contact us at accounts@belizing.com

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is always a good idea for international travel. You should also check coverage offered by your credit cards used to pay for your bookings. However, if you’re purchasing it due to concerns related to COVID-19, be sure to read the policy carefully as rules may differ by company. Travel insurance may not widely cover cancellation or offer the travel flexibility you’re seeking. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to determine whether you are covered.

Still have Questions?

Join our Belize Vacation Facebook Group to ask questions or provide answers to questions from other Belize travelers and locals.

Closures & Cancelations

  • ALL borders are closed! The BZE International airport reopens on August 15th, 2020. Land borders will remains closed.

  • MOST Archeological Sites are now OPEN for visitation. Caves remain closed.

  • Domestic travel is now permitted.
*Find the most current press releases via the official Government of Belize Press Office Facebook page.

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