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

Last Update: March 26, 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. 

Are there any cases of Coronavirus in Belize?

As of March 26, 2020, there have been TWO reported cases of coronavirus in San Pedro Town, Belize. The government continues to take action to mitigate the spread including the closing of schools, closing ALL borders, and limiting social gatherings to no more than 10 people.

Official Advisories Booking Cancelations Closures & Event Cancelations

State of Emergency for Ambergris Caye! On March 23, a 72-hour state of emergency was declared in Ambergris Caye. This was later extended to 30 days and remains in effect.

Are there still flights into Belize?

The Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport will be closed effective Monday, March 23rd, after the last scheduled flight departs. This will last for at least 30 days.
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.

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

Southwest Airlines
All flights suspended from March 23 to May 3

American Airlines
American Airlines temporarily suspending all flights from March 26th to April 30th, 2020

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. Westjet has a tentative repatriation flight on March 25 for Canadians who need to go home.

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. In addition, all flights to Orange Walk (Tower Hill), San Ignacio, and Belmopan are suspended. Flights between Belize and Cancun are suspended from March 23 to May 3. On March 23, flights to/from San Pedro Town have been suspended for 72 hours due to the first confirmed case of COVID-19. Flights are still available to the International Airport for foreign nationals who are departing the country.

Will I be denied entry into Belize?

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

The Belize Government, through the Ministry of Health, is actively screening everyone coming through all official ports of entry. You WILL be denied entry if you are coming from a restricted country (see below). You WILL be denied entry unless you are a Belizean citizen, resident, diplomat, or have special permission from relevant authorities. ALL persons entering Belize may be subject to a self-isolation or quarantine order.

ALL Border Entries Closed!. This does not apply to cargo. 

What countries are restricted?

Residents or visitors within the last 30 days to the following countries WILL be denied entry:
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • European Countries including...
    • United Kingdom
    • France
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Spain
An official list of restricted countries has not been published, but these have been mentioned in previous official press releases from the government of Belize. In addition, the press releases advise that residents of "cities with documented community spread" of COVID-19 may be quarantined at their own expense upon arrival in Belize. 

Will I be placed in quarantine?

Yes! As of March 21, 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 self-isolation upon arrival.
If you are a Belizean returning from one of the restricted countries, or anywhere that has documented community spread (including some US cities), you will be placed in self-isolation. If you suspect that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 before traveling to Belize, we ask that you cancel your trip.

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. 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. 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 25 or less. As of March 23, The Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History (IA/NICH) announced that ALL archaeological reserves are closed 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. Тhе Міnіѕtrу оf Тоurіѕm аnd Сіvіl Аvіаtіоn ѕаіd thаt іt rесеіvеd соnfоrmаtіоn thаt Nоrwеgіаn Сruіѕе Lіnеѕ аnd Rоуаl Саrіbbеаn Сruіѕе Lіnеѕ аrе ѕuѕреndіng glоbаl ѕеrvісеѕ fоr 30 dауѕ.

Official Press Releases

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

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!

  • ALL Archeological Sites are CLOSED for visitation as of March 23.

  • ALL bars, clubs, lounges, and casinos countrywide are closed.

  • Goff's Caye closed to the general public until April 17th

  • Goff’s Caye Easter Beach Excursion (April 11th) has been canceled

  • Corozal Coconut Festival (March 26-27) postponed (new date TBA)

  • Caye Caulker Lion Fish Derby (March 21st) postponed (new date TBA)

  • San Ignacio Annual Easter Fair is Postponed

  • All San Pedro Easter Events & Activities are canceled

  • San Pedro Mother's Day Extravaganza is canceled

  • San Pedro Teacher's Day is canceled

  • International Costa Maya Festival is Canceled

  • National Agriculture & Trade Show is Postponed until October

  • World Water Day 2020 Celebration Events postponed

  • Taste of Belize 2020 has been postponed

  • All schools closed until after Easter break

  • All Football Federation of Belize ongoing tournaments postponed
*Find the most current press releases via the official Government of Belize Press Office Facebook page.

Important Links