As of Oct. 21, authorities in Belize have relaxed the entry requirements and restrictions on internal movements for travelers, as part of the nation's ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan. Foreign nationals intending to visit Belize no longer need to apply to be permitted entry; however, other revised entry requirements are still in place. All resident and nonresident arriving passengers must download and fill in their details on the Belize Health mobile application within 72 hours before travel. Additional measures are in place for nonresidents:
- Travelers must present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on entry, taken within 72 hours before boarding, or take a test at the airport upon arrival, at the traveler's expense.
- Travelers may be randomly selected for a second test upon arrival at the airport. Any traveler testing positive for COVID-19 must complete a 14-day quarantine at a government-approved quarantine hotel.
- Visitors are still required to stay at Gold Standard hotels, but may now use any means of transport to move around, including car rentals.
- Visitors can move about freely; however, it is recommended that they remain within the Tourism Safe Corridor, comprised of Gold Standard certified restaurants, tour operators, tourism sites and attractions, and gift shops.
Officials have not made any announcements specifically on the reopening of the country's sea and land ports of entry and exit, which were also previously closed as part of the pandemic response.
The following restrictions on businesses, gatherings, and activities are also in place as of Oct. 21:
- All persons over the age of five must wear protective facemasks at all times, except while in private residences, exercising or engaged in any sporting activity, driving alone or with only immediate family members, riding motorcycles or bicycles, or seated at restaurants.
- Gatherings of over 10 people are prohibited, and all persons are also required to adhere to social distancing directives.
- Outdoor exercise is permitted provided social distancing measures are maintained; however, competitive sporting events and recreational contact sports are still prohibited.
- Churches and other places of worship may resume services with no more than 10 people in attendance.
- Restaurants and similar licensed establishments may reopen for dine-in services by reservation only. The 10 person limit has been lifted as of Oct. 21; however, social distancing measures are still in place.
- All bars, rum shops, discotheques, nightclubs, casinos, gymnasiums, and gaming establishments are to remain closed.
- Spas, beauty salons, and barbershops are allowed to operate by appointment only, with only two customers allowed in the establishment at a time.
- Schools are to remain closed but may operate online.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks. Highly targeted localized measures could be enforced in villages and towns with higher disease activity.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.