COVID-19 Update for Travellers
In an effort to keep all travellers to Belize informed, we are providing the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 below. We do invite you to consider postponing, rather than cancelling your vacation, and visiting our beautiful jewel in the near future when these restrictions are reduced.
Kindly take note of our Frequently Asked Questions and all official updates from our Ministry of Health below to keep updated.
FAQs on Travel to Belize during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Updated March 26, 2020
The Coronavirus (COVID -19) pandemic continues to be a rapidly evolving situation. Recognizing that tourism industry stakeholders and travelers are looking for answers, the BTB has compiled the following list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) aimed at responding to some of the most relevant questions with regards to the COVID-19 situation in Belize and its effects on travel.
- WHAT IS COVID-19?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It’s part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after being infected. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
- HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF AND FAMILY?
It’s still cold and flu season, and the same practices that stop the spread of these common illnesses are recommended.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands with soap and water regularly for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you’re sick (except to get medical care). Keep sick children home from school or day care.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. Wash your hands afterward.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress.
- Cover your mouth when you cough so you’re not exposing other people.
- If you are sick yourself, stay away from others. Contact your health-care provider ahead of time so you can be safely assessed.
- WHAT IS THE STATUS OF COVID -19 IN BELIZE?
To date, there are 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belize.
- ARE THERE ANY CURRENT RESTRICTIONS TO ENTER BELIZE?
- At present Belize’s borders are closed. However, Belizeans, diplomats residing in Belize, and foreigners with legal residency in Belize are allowed to enter. Please be aware that those seeking entry to Belize may be subject to a period of 14 days in quarantine. Those allowed to return are asked to take seriously the instructions to isolate themselves for 14 days to prevent possible transmission of COVID-19.
- The Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport is closed.
- No restrictions have been placed on incoming or outgoing freight and cargo at the borders or at the Belize Seaports.
- All cruise lines have paused operations for 30 days.
- WHERE CAN I GET OFFICIAL INFORMATION ON COVID -19 IN BELIZE?
Belize’s Ministry of Health is the official source of information. Any questions, concerns, information or clarification on rumors should be channeled through 0-800-MOH-CARE. Persons can also contact the Ministry via its Facebook Page Ministry of Health Belize or visit www.covid19.bz.
- SHOULD I STILL PLAN A VACATION TO BELIZE?
Belize is a beautiful country with a vibrant kaleidoscope of natural attractions and friendly people that captivate the hearts of our visitors from around the globe. If you are looking for great fun, relaxation, lots of adventure, visits to historical Mayan sites, great food, friendly people and more, then Belize is your perfect vacation destination.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments across the globe have enacted a multitude of travel restrictions for their citizens, making travel to Belize difficult. We do invite you to consider postponing, rather than cancelling your vacation, and visiting our beautiful shores in the near future when these restrictions are reduced. We look forward to sharing all that our ‘Jewel’ has to offer with you!