Belize Covid-19 Travel Restrictions Eased [January 2022]

Traveling as we once knew it has changed, and in Belize, it's no different.

However, the restrictions for visiting Belize are slowly easing, and I'll outline the steps and procedures that are currently in place to visit Belize:

1. Any Traveler can visit Belize at this time

Travelers getting off first flight to Belize post covid

The Government of Belize (GOB) does not currently have any travel bans in place. 

  1. Effective February 15, 2022 visitors are required to apply for Belize Travel Health Insurance which is mandatory to protect travelers against incurred medical and non-medical expenses incase they test positive for COVID-19 During their stay in Belize. The cost of the policy is $18 USD and provides coverage for up to $50,000 USD in medical expenses related to COVID-19 treatment.
  2. Exempted from this mandatory insurance are Belizean nationals, permanent residents and travelers with QRP or long stay status and flight crews.

2. Present a negative COVID-19 PCR Test

Belize airport covid19 screening at international airport

There are several options:

1. Present upon arrival a negative Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Covid-19 test taken within 96 hours of arrival in Belize.

2. Present upon arrival a Rapid Antigen, Sophia, SD Biosensor, ABBOT (Panbio) test results taken no more than 48 hours prior to travel

3. Get tested upon arrival (this will cost US$50). If your test is negative, there is no quarantine necessary.

Children under the age of 5 are not required to present a negative test.

Testing at the airport will be done on a “Swab and Go” basis for tourists that will be staying in Gold Standard hotels. Only positive cases will receive notification from the Ministry of Health within 24 hours. Any positive tourist can quarantine at their Gold Standard hotel.

3. Book your stay in Belize with a Belize Gold Standard Certified Property

Belize gold standard certified hotels and tour operator badge

If you're visiting Belize for tourism purposes only, you will need to book your vacation at a Gold Standard Hotel. The Gold Standard does not mean that the hotel is a one-star or five-star (as per TripAdvisor’s rating). The Tourism Gold Standard is a new designation that is a 9-point program that enhances the tourism industry's health and safety standards with new behaviors and procedures to ensure both employees and travelers are confident in cleanliness and safety.  You can find a list of Gold Standard Hotels on this website.

4. Move around freely with certain restrictions

Tourists can move around freely but must adhere to social distancing protocols and wear a mask. Countrywide curfew is from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday and 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

5. You can rent a car to move around Belize

Tourists can rent a car from approved rental companies at the International Airport, and the company will use GPS tracking for contact tracing purposes. You can also book ground transportation with Gold Standard tour operators only.

6. You can inspect Real Estate properties on your visit to Belize

Finally, yes, you can view properties on your vacation. However, you must have your own transportation and obey all security and safety measures. Check with your Belize Real Estate Agent for more details.

I am excited to see you in Belize! Please send me an email at tiffany@belizerealestateagent.com or give me a call/Whatsapp at +501-678-4000 to schedule viewing properties.

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