The Ministry of Tourism has announced the reopening of Belize’s land and sea borders to foreign tourists who wish to visit the country for recreation and vacation purposes. A press release issued by government states that the points of entry will reopen in a phased approach, and in Phase 1, tourists who are booked at Gold Standard hotels, and transferred by Gold Standard taxis or tour operators will be permitted to enter. Tourists will be required to present proof of a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Belize; or a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV2 approved by the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) taken within 24 hours prior to arrival in Belize. All tourists, including those who provide proof of full Covid-19 immunization, may be required to submit to testing at their expense, at the discretion of the MOHW. Foreign travellers testing positive for Covid-19 shall be denied entry.
Santa Elena Border and Belize Western Border stations reopen Monday 31 May 2021, and the time of operations at the borders will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. The San Pedro Ambergris Caye and Punta Gorda border points will also reopen in Phase 1 on a date to be announced.
The re-opening of the Ports of Entry will take place under the following phases: Phase 1: Foreign Tourists Only (or travelers with special permission); Phase 2: Foreign Tourists and Visitors of Friends, Family & Relatives; and Phase 3: Full Re-opening.
Under the first phase, the direct transit of travellers from border to border (in-transit passengers) will not be permitted. Entry or exit by Belizeans, diplomats, military personnel, permanent residents, etc. will continue on a restricted basis and still requires official permission from the relevant agencies.
To ensure the safe entry and departure of travellers, a new set of Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) are being implemented at the points of entry that follow the health and safety protocols that have been implemented at the Phillip Goldson International Airport, to include health and temperature screening, physical distancing, and sanitizing. There is a mandatory requirement for facemasks to be worn in all public spaces while in Belize, and all foreign nationals must abide by the laws of Belize.
The Border Management Agency will be responsible for the coordination and oversight of the SOPs. Its implementation will be the responsibility of all regulatory and management agencies at the respective ports of entry, including the MOHW, Department of Immigration and Nationality, Customs and Excise Department, Belize Agricultural Health Authority, Belize Police Department and the BTB.