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Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2020. 4:21 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Government of Belize today issued a statement reminding that  Belize’s land and seaports of entry remain closed to travelers at this time.

Belizeans are being strongly advised against leaving the country unless it is a case of a bona fide emergency. 

Persons needing to depart Belize via Benque Viejo del Carmen or Corozal must continue to obtain clearance by sending an e-mail to director@ins.gov.bz and copied to protocol@mfa.gov.bz. If your departure is for medical reasons, you must also include dhs@health.gov.bz

In your email, include: 

a copy of the biodata page of your passport; 

purpose of travel (include a copy of a medical letter or student ID if applicable); 

date of travel; 

if you need a PCR test for your departure, send your name, address, telephone number, and copy of Social Security Card via email to dhsoffice@health.gov.bzor WhatsApp to 614-566. Please note that swabbing is done every Wednesday with results on Thursday. 

Those seeking to re-enter the country via Benque Viejo del Carmen or Corozal must continue to coordinate their entry by emailing repatriation@mfa.gov.bz and including the following:

a copy of the bio-data page of your passport;

expected date of entry;

home address and telephone number;

evidence of payment for your hotel quarantine if you are not in possession of a PCR test taken 72 hours before entry.

Arrivals through the Corozal Port of Entry may quarantine at the Hok’ol K’in Guesthouse in Corozal or Lamanai Landings Resort in Orange Walk.

Arrivals via the Benque Viejo del Carmen Port of Entry can quarantine at the Clarissa’s Falls Resort. 

Returning Belizeans may be allowed to home quarantine provided they arrive with a valid negative PCR SARS-CoV-2 test (NOT A RAPID TEST) taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. 

COVID-19 test results should include the name of a person, date, and PCR SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 negative result signed by a certified medical laboratory or public health authority from a given country. 

Persons seeking to enter by a land port of entry who does not have a 72-hour PCR test and cannot pay for hotel quarantine will be tested and accommodated at the D’Silva Quarantine Center until they receive a negative test result. 

These coordinated returns are ONLY from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Government strongly encourages returnees to quarantine for a period of 10 days and to adhere to health protocols.

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