Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2020. 5:42 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: A fortnight before the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) in Ladyville re-opens, rain or shine, there is uncertainty as to whether Belize can still safely receive returning nationals and tourists.
Travel and Leisure Magazine reports that COVID-19 has put nearly all international travel for Americans on hold, forcing global travelers to enjoy backyard staycations and road trips instead.
With more than six million cases and close to 200 thousand deaths, the pandemic is far from finished with the U.S. and several countries continue to bar Americans from visiting, or have imposed strict regulations and restrictions.
The U.S. State Department lifted a worldwide level 4 travel advisory in place since March at the beginning of August, returning to determining its advisory levels on a country-by-country basis.
Belize is still individually listed under a Level 4: Do Not Travel alert, as of August 11, both for COVID-19 and increased crime in certain parts of the country.
Visitors must book with a hotel approved under the Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program, listed at the Belize Tourism Board website.
Visitors will need to have downloaded the Belize Health App at least three days before boarding a fight, which can be used for contact tracing and reporting health symptoms. Travelers have the option to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours ahead of departure and will have to verify their negative results when they arrive in Belize or will be tested upon arrival.
If the results are positive, travelers will have to be quarantined at their own expense.
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