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Belize’s land borders soon to re-open to foreign tourists only

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Posted: Friday, May 21, 2021. 10:49 am CST.

By Zoila Palma: Today, the Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations (MTDR), along with the Border Management Agency (BMA), and the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) officially announced the reopening of Belize’s land and sea borders to foreign tourists who wish to visit the country for recreation and vacation purposes only.

The Ministry notes that the points of entry will reopen in a phased approach, and in Phase 1, only tourists who are booked at Gold Standard hotels, and transferred by Gold Standard taxis or tour operators will be permitted to enter.

Tourists will be required to present proof of a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Belize; or a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV2 approved by the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) taken within 24 hours prior to arrival in Belize.

The Ministry also informed that all tourists, including those who provide proof of full Covid-19 immunization, may be required to submit to testing at their expense, at the discretion of the MOHW.

 Foreign travelers testing positive for Covid-19 shall be denied entry.

Santa Elena Border and Belize Western Border stations will reopen on Monday, May 31, 2021, and the time of operations at the borders will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, until further notice.

The San Pedro and Punta Gorda border points will also reopen in Phase 1 on a date to be announced.

The re-opening of the Ports of Entry will take place under the following phases: Phase 1: Foreign Tourists Only (or travelers with special permission); Phase 2: Foreign Tourists and Visitors of Friends, Family & Relatives; and Phase 3: Full Re-opening.

Under the first phase, the direct transit of travelers from border to border (in-transit passengers) will not be permitted.

The Ministry says that a new set of Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) are being implemented at the points of entry that follow the strict health and safety protocols that have been successfully implemented at the Phillip Goldson International Airport, to include health and temperature screening, physical distancing, and sanitizing. There is a mandatory requirement for facemasks to be worn in all public spaces while in Belize, and all foreign nationals must abide by the laws of Belize.

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