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Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2020. 1:55 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Heading into the teeth of the high season, Belize aims to reignite crucial tourism activity while maintaining a safe visiting experience in the wake of COVID-19. 

Belize’s Director of Tourism, Karen Bevans, spoke with Travel Pulse to discuss how the country has balanced the need to resume international visitor activity with equally crucial public health and safety. 

Bevans told reporter Brian Major, “Since Belize’s international airport reopened on October 1, the entry process has been fairly smooth, with reasonable processing time, resulting in positive feedback from visitors and residents. Travel and entry restrictions have been relaxed. Now to enter visitors only need to download the Belize Health App and complete the information within 72 hours of arriving, and either bring along a negative PCR test result done within 72 hours of travel or be tested upon arrival at the Belize airport at a cost of $50 per person. Once the test is negative, visitors are free to explore the country while utilizing Gold Standard accommodations, tour operators, transport providers, tourism sites, restaurants, and gift shops. These providers have all implemented enhanced health and safety protocols to protect visitors while on vacation in Belize.” 

She added that all regions of Belize have Gold Standard accommodations, tour operators, tourism sites, and certified transportation providers and new safety protocols are similarly applicable to all visitors and residents. 

However, approximately 50 percent of pre-pandemic hotels/resorts are open. 

Nonetheless, she encourages visitors to explore the entire country to experience the reef & rainforest, the adventure, and our culture while here. 

Four new properties will open through the end of 2021, and the boutique properties Naia Resort & Spa, Itz’ana Resort & Residences, and Ka’ana Resort have each undergone significant enhancement. 

In addition, Belize travelers now have a COVID-19 testing option through American Airlines’ partnership with LetsGetChecked, an at-home PCR test for consumers planning to travel to the country. 

 

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