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Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2021. 6:27 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The third phase of re-opening national ports of entry closed last April is a New Year’s gift, according to Cabinet.

In its weekly brief Cabinet said it approved the reopening of land borders effective January 1, 2022. The health conditions applicable to such travel will be published shortly.

All ports of entry including the Philip Goldson International Airport were closed in early April 2020, as COVID-19 took hold.

A few weeks later, there were limited re-entries to Belizeans stranded abroad, some of which brought the virus with them.

The PGIA was re-opened in October 2020 after a false start in August, and the Commercial Free Zone followed at the start of 2021.

At the end of May, land borders were re-opened to welcome tourists, but still kept closed to Belizeans except in emergency situations.

With cases now receding, the borders at Santa Elena, Corozal; Benque Viejo in the West, Punta Gorda, and Jalacte in Toledo will join the busy PGIA in welcoming arrivals, subject perhaps to vaccination requirements and testing on arrival.

Cabinet has previously approved free testing for students returning home and ordered quarantine for visitors from seven South African countries where the Omicron variant is present.

 

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