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Belize Reopening Border For Tourism On October 1

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Belize will officially begin reopening its borders for tourism on October 1st, 2020, Prime Minister, Dean Barrow announced. 

Belize dock

The reopening was originally planned for August 15th, 2020 but was delayed after a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Belize ocean island

Entry Requirements

  1. Travelers must book flights and hotel
  2. Hotel will inform traveler that the Belize Health app must be downloaded
  3. Complete all required information on health app
  4. Travelers are encouraged to take a COVID PCR test within 72 hours of travel for fast track at airport
  5. Passengers who do not bring a negative test will be tested at the airport at the travelers own cost
  6. Passengers who test positive will face a 14 day quarantine
  7. Passengers who are negative will be allowed instant access to Belize as long as they are not showing symptoms of Covid-19
belize arrival process

Which Countries Can Enter Belize?

Belize will accept travelers from all countries as long as they follow the procedures. YES the USA too. 

Regular immigration rules will apply to all foreigners. 

old boat on belize beach

What is Belize Doing to Protect Travelers?

According to Karen Bevan, the Director of Tourism for Belize the following protocols have been issued:

  • All luggage will be sanitized after being removed from the plane, and then placed on the carousel
  • Passengers will then be able to pick up their bags and place it on new luggage scanners that are being procured to minimize contact between the passenger and customs officers
  • Visitors will travel by approved vans to their destination hotels where they are more or less supposed to stay
  • The first hotels reopening will be those that have achieved the Tourism Gold Standard Certificate of Recognition and provide full service to guests

“This means that these hotels are able to provide all amenities, so as to contain the guest on the property, and minimize opportunities for guest interaction within the local community. These amenities include having transportation to offer pick-up/drop-off services from the airport; having access to a Restaurant on property, have a Pool or access to beach front and to be able to provide isolated tours, limited to guests of the property only,” explained Bevan.

hotel in Belize

Are beaches open in Belize?

Beaches are open in Belize but guests are encouraged to stay at their hotels and not interact with locals. 

What is open in Belize?

Hotel with full services will open first as guest are encouraged to stay at their resorts to limit interaction with the community. 

Everything within resorts including restaurants, pools and beaches will be open. 

belize beach at resort

Important traveler information

To ensure there’s limited interaction with the community and general population, there’s a Belize travel tracking app that will monitor the movement and activities of tourists:

Belize beach with purgola

See the countries open to American tourists

See the countries open to Canadian tourists

Disclaimer: Belize's reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.

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Francesc font

Wednesday 29th of December 2021

Do you need to ve vax to enter restaurants and other públic places???

Mohseen moti Muhammad

Friday 13th of November 2020

As A South African citizen can I travel Belize city from Panama city

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 14th of November 2020

Yes, with the information we have, Belize is accepting all nations as long as all the entry requirements are fulfilled


Monday 2nd of November 2020

What do you know about the land borders atm?

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 2nd of November 2020

Personally, nothing at the moment, sorry :(

abigail cantwell

Monday 27th of July 2020

Hi there! Do you know if you can stay in an air bnb in belize :)

Ben Arzu

Friday 11th of September 2020

Can you stay at a friend's house rather than a hotel when in Belize? I have no relatives of family members in Bize, however I made friends and kept contact when I visited Belize in 2016. Thank you.

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 27th of July 2020

I would assume so, but I really don't know at this point :) They could change rules before the reopening date