The Government of Belize is bending over backwards in an effort to stimulate increased tourism in these times of pandemic. In a new infographic (above) posted today on social media the Belize Tourism Board outlines its latest protocols. In its 1 2 3 strategy, They say that visiting Belize is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Step 1, a traveler has to download the Belize health App and complete the required information within 72 hours of his or her flight to Belize.
Step 2, if a tourist enters Belize through the airport and can provide proof of COVID-19 immunization, that tourist is no longer required to present a negative test for entry. Belize will accept an official vaccine card reflecting the receipt of the two-dose vaccine or the single-dose vaccine at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.
If the tourist cannot provide proof of immunization, he or she has to take a PCR Test within 96 hours of travel – it’s no longer 72 hours.
Step 3, the tourist has to wear his or her mask, practice physical distancing protocols and enjoy the Belize experience.
In a nutshell, Belize has put itself in a position that it is now telling travellers that the country has waived the entry testing requirement to make access easier, if they have proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
Any visitor arriving in Belize with proof of a two shot or one shot COVID19 vaccine taken two weeks prior to arrival, will be waved through the Belize International Airport without much scrutiny. The infographic refers to a “vaccine card” but does not provide any information as to the validity or verification for said card.
The requirement to download and install the Belize Health Tracking App on a cell phone is still a requirement as is the requirement to book at Belize Gold Standard Hotels.
Visitors with no COVID19 vaccine, now have an extended window of four days to take a PCR test before arriving in Belize. Rapid Antigen tests remain with a two day window before arrival in Belize. Individuals with no vaccines but with negative tests, may be selected at random for a test at the airport.
The sweetest deal however is that visitors with no vaccine and no COVID19 tests are allowed to board commercial aircraft and still be welcomed to Belize, but have to cough up U.S.$50. for a rapid test administered by the government from its pool of donated or commercially acquired rapid antigen tests.
Tourists visiting Belize are now allowed to move freely around the country, but “encouraged” to stay in safe corridors and use Gold Standard providers.
This latest information comes on the heels of government seeking to reopen mass cruise tourism as quickly as possible.
Anthony Mahler Minister of Tourism: “Cruise tourism is important for the Belize district and down south. Just recently I had a discussion with Michelle Paige and the F.C.C.A. and initially they were looking at somewhere around October/November to begin cruising to Belize and this part of the world. I have good news; they are now talking about the end of May and early June to begin cruising in this part again. So we are working on the protocols with the Port Authority, the Ministry of Health and other partners to ensure that we are a safe destination when cruising starts again. From my discussion with the F.C.C.A., they are saying that it is going to be a phased approached.”