Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2020. 11:08 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Following the go-ahead from Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Belize’s Ministries of Health, Foreign Affairs and Immigration and Nationality are coordinating the repatriation of Belizean citizens stuck abroad since the closure of borders and the international airport at the end of March.
And while many want to come home, the sooner the better, the Government is setting in place protocols to manage that flow.
First, they must fill out a three page application for the government to figure out how to let them into the country in the most orderly and safest manner.
Appearing on GOB webcast Ask the Experts, CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lou-Ann Burns Martinez stated: “At this time we want to look at those most in distress, those who may have economic, health or other particular reasons that they should be prioritized for return home. We have to ensure that the numbers of people coming in are numbers that we can safely approve and ensure that everyone goes into quarantine after arrival. There are quite clear procedures in terms of how that will work when you return and what is expected of each national who seeks to come home. We will definitely keep the numbers low and manageable, because we want to ensure that we put health and safety first and so we have to ask everyone to be patient in this process.”
Burns Martinez further emphasized that because different routes are in place – cruise ships, road and flight – the Government must ensure that the flow is safe and quarantine goes into effect as they cross, the procedure must be developed in place. Returnees must be those ordinarily resident here and further details will be sent when your application is approved (applicants will receive a notice of acknowledgment). Only then can you book your travel back to The Jewel.
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