Air Forces Southern Commander Major General Barry Cornish visits Belize

Belmopan – U.S. Embassy Belmopan welcomed the official visit of Major General Barry Cornish, the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander to Belize from January 25-27. Gen. Cornish is the highest-ranking U.S. military official to visit Belize since 2019. During his visit, Gen. Cornish met with senior officials from Belize’s Ministry of National Defense …

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Special Election in Louisiana’s 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts

The State of Louisiana will conduct two special primary elections on Tuesday, March 20, 2021, to fill a vacancy for the 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts. Congressional District 2 includes nearly all of the city of New Orleans and stretches west and north to Baton Rouge. Congressional District 5 includes rural northeastern Louisiana and much …

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U.S. Embassy Belize and Government of Belize Jointly Host Forum on Strengthening Belize’s Medicolegal Death Investigation System

U.S. Embassy Belmopan and the Government of Belize today hosted a high-level roundtable discussion on ways to improve Belize’s Medicolegal Death Investigation System (MLDI), which is responsible for conducting death investigations for all cases of sudden, unexpected, unexplained, suspicious, or violent deaths.  The participants discussed the benefits of transitioning from Belize’s current coroner system to …

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Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize

Location: Belize Belize Travel Advisory: UPDATED 22-Jan-2021 Availability of COVID-19 Testing for Travelers to the United States ** Please see updated and corrected list below of private and public COVID-19 rapid testing facilities in Belize. Please contact the clinics directly for opening hours, appointment scheduling, and specific cost for testing Testing will be available for …

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Statement on the Inauguration of Joseph Biden as the 46th President of the United States

January 20, 2021 Press Release Belmopan – U.S. Embassy Belmopan is pleased to announce today’s inauguration of Joseph R. Biden as President of the United States and Kamala Harris as Vice President, on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and laws. President Biden …

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CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

Media Statement Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Contact: CDC Media Relations (404) 639-3286 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy …

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U.S. Government Delivers Two Fire Trucks to Placencia Fire Station

Belmopan – U.S. Embassy Belmopan facilitated the delivery of two fire trucks from South Carolina to Belize in collaboration with U.S. Southern Command and the Denton Program. Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Jones, the Senior Defense Official for U.S Embassy Belize, along with Fire Chief Colin Gillet and Mr. David Fafka received the U.S. Air Force C5 …

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U.S. Embassy Belmopan and the Government of Belize Host Virtual Roundtable Discussion on Witness Protection and Victim Care

U.S. Embassy Belmopan and the Government of Belize hosted the second high-level Virtual Roundtable Discussion on Witness Protection and Victim Care today.  The event’s discussion focused on the feasibility of implementing a witness protection program in Belize as well as addressing gaps in current legislation protecting crime victims and witnesses. The roundtable was attended by …

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Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges on the Events at the Capitol

Belize City – Throughout American history, our democracy has been tested. It was tested again yesterday by the assault on the Capitol. The U.S. Congress carried out its duties as enshrined in the Constitution to certify the results of the U.S. presidential election. Our institutions have stood strong in support of our democratic principles. In …

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U.S. Embassy Announces the 2021 Cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellowship Program

Press Release December 30, 2020 Belmopan – The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the 2021 cohort from Belize for the U.S. Department of State’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellowship Program. This program will begin in January 2021 and close in April 2021, bringing together 263 young leaders from 37 countries in …

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U.S. Embassy Delivers Personal Protective Equipment to Central Medical Lab

Belize City – On December 22, U.S. Embassy Belmopan delivered personal protective equipment (PPE) to Central Medical Lab (CML) staff in Belize City. The PPE, valued at over $47,500 USD, was donated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and was initiated by the CDC Central America Regional Team based at U.S. …

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U.S. Embassy Delivers Medical Equipment to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital

Belize City – On December 20, the U.S. Embassy delivered more than 8,000 pounds of medical equipment to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City. The equipment, worth over $10,000 USD, was a donation from Heineman Medical Outreach, Inc. (HMO), a nonprofit based in Charlotte, N.C. The equipment was transported to Belize on a …

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Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize (17-Dec-2020) Location:  Belize U.S. Embassy Belmopan Returning To Reduced American Citizen Services Starting on Monday December 21, 2020 the U.S. Embassy Belmopan Consular Section will be offering only emergency services for American Citizens. Regular passport, notarial and reports of birth are suspended due to the current escalating COVID-19 …

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U.S. Embassy, Love Foundation, and Kolbe Foundation Launch Community Resource Hub in St. Martins

December 15, 2020 U.S. Embassy, Love Foundation, and Kolbe Foundation Launch Community Resource Hub in St. Martins Belmopan – On December 15, U.S. Embassy Belmopan, alongside project partners the Love Foundation and the Kolbe Foundation, formally launched its second community resource hub in St. Martins under the “Empowering Communities to Empower Themselves” (ECTET) initiative. These …

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U.S. Government Delivers COVID-19 Response Supplies to NEMO

Belize City – On December 14, the U.S. Embassy delivered COVID-19 response equipment and supplies valued at over U.S. $37,000 to Belize’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) at the Price Barracks in Ladyville, Belize.  Major Matthew Adams, U.S. Embassy Belmopan Office of Security Cooperation Chief, represented the U.S. Embassy when handing over the items. Emphasizing …

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U.S. Government Provides Curriculum Advisor and Equipment to Improve Training for Belize’s Police Department

Belmopan – The United States Embassy introduced the Curriculum Development Advisor Dr. Priscilla Brown and initiated the handover of Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) – Connect training equipment at the ceremony on December 10 at the Police Training Academy. U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges welcomed Dr. Priscilla Brown and presented the equipment to the …

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U.S. Government Coordinates with UNICEF, National Emergency Management Organization and Belize Red Cross on Joint Emergency Response to COVID-19

Belmopan, Cayo – In a ceremony today at the San Ignacio Town Council Hall, U.S. Embassy Belmopan and its implementing partner UNICEF handed over emergency response kits to Belize’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and the Belize Red Cross. These kits were purchased through an ongoing $300,000 United States Agency for International Development (USAID) grant …

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U.S. Government Delivers Fire Truck to Ladyville Fire Station

Belmopan – The United States Embassy delivered a Fire Truck to Belize’s Ladyville Village Council and Fire Station at a November 23 handover ceremony in Ladyville. U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges presented the fire truck to Fire Chief Colin Gillett, of Belize’s National Fire Service. “By providing transport to ensure that today’s donation is …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize

Location:  Belize Event:  Hurricane Iota to make landfall in Central America            Monday November 16 at 10:00 am Note:  The National Meteorological Services of Belize and NEMO hereby inform the general public that Tropical Storm IOTA is now Hurricane IOTA. The Hurricane was centered near latitude 13.3N longitude 78.5W or about 335 miles east-southeast of Cabo Gracias …

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United States Congratulates Belize on Successful Elections

Belmopan – The United States congratulates John Briceño and his team on their success in yesterday’s elections. The U.S. Embassy stands ready to work with the Prime Minister and his new government on shared priorities. We commend the Belizean people on their open and transparent national elections, which serve as a model for the region. …

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U.S. grants support good governance initiatives in Belize

Belmopan—The U.S. Embassy announces the recipients of the 2020 Central America Regional Security Initiative, Economic Support Fund (CARSI ESF) grants.  The four grants, totaling U.S. $866,000, support good governance, using civil society engagement to strengthen government effectiveness.  The United States has invested more than U.S. $44 million since 2008 through CARSI to fund programs to …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize

Location: Belize Event: Possible Tropical Storm for Northern Belize and Yucatan Peninsula Friday October 2, 2020 at 08:00 am Satellite imagery indicates that shower activity associated with the broad low pressure area over the northwestern Caribbean Sea continues to become better organized.  Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for a tropical depression or a …

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Secretary of State Pompeo’s Statement on Belize’s 39th Independence Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I congratulate the people of Belize on the 39th anniversary of your independence. Belize is a valued friend and partner with whom we have robust economic, cultural, and familial ties.  We thank Belize for its cooperation in addressing the common challenge of border …

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Media Literacy Forum hosted by U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Government of Belize, and Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

Belmopan. September 15, 2020. 6:50 p.m. A media literacy virtual forum is being held today, September 15th, by the Government of Belize Press Office in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the U.S.  Embassy in Belize under the theme Navigating the Changing Media Landscape in Democracies: Fake news vs. Facts. …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize

Location:  Belize Event: Voting reminder for the 2020 U.S. Elections  Register to vote and request your absentee ballot at FVAP.gov now for this year’s elections: The following states have elections in the next 90 days: P- Presidential Primary; S- State Primary; D- District Primary; T- Territory Primary Note: This information is current as of September 9, 2020. Election dates …

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Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize (20-AUG-2020) Location:  Belize Event:  ADVISORY # 1: POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE DEVELOPMENT IN THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN            THURSDAY, 20TH AUGUST 2020 as at 10:00 a.m. The National Meteorological Service (NMS) of Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) hereby advises the general public that the tropical front that is approaching …

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U.S. Government Delivers Disaster Response Supplies to NEMO

Belize City – On August 20, the U.S. Embassy delivered disaster response equipment and supplies valued at over U.S. $88,000 to Belize’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in a handover ceremony at the NEMO Warehouse in Ladyville. Major Matthew Adams, U.S. Embassy Belmopan Office of Security Cooperation Chief, represented the U.S. Embassy when handing the …

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U.S. Government launches U.S. $300,000 project to fund UNICEF emergency response initiatives for children in Belize affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

Belize City – The United States Government, through the U.S. Embassy and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced the launch today of a U.S. $300,000 project to fund UNICEF’s work to reduce the risk and impact of COVID19 for vulnerable children and adolescents in Belize. During today’s ceremony at the U.S. Ambassador’s …

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United States Donates Vehicles and Equipment to Ministry of National Security to Protect Border Security

Belize City – On August 6, the United States Government donated an ambulance, six vehicles, and aircraft and vehicle parts valued at U.S. $1 million to the Belize Ministry of National Security in a handover ceremony at Force Headquarters on Price Barracks. The donation was funded by U.S. Southern Command’s Building Partner Capacity and Foreign …

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U.S. Government Hands Over Classroom Building in San Isidro to Ministry of Education

San Isidro Village – On July 30, the U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Education held a ceremony to announce the handover to the Ministry of Education of a classroom building constructed through the U.S. Southern Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program in San Isidro Village in Toledo District.  The handover ceremony was attended by the Honorable …

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U.S. Government Delivers Ambulances from U.S. NGO to Belize Fire Department

For Immediate Release June 19, 2020 Press Release Belmopan – On June 19, the United States Government delivered two ambulances donated by the Virginia Emergency Services Program, a U.S. non-governmental organization, to the Belize Fire Department in San Ignacio and Santa Elena. The shipment was transported by the U.S. Department of Defense under the U.S. …

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Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize

Location:  Belize Event:  This is notification of multiple United Airlines repatriation flights from Belize in June.   United Airlines and the Government of Belize are providing repatriation flights from Belize City to Houston, TX during the month of June 2020.  Flights are confirmed for Friday June 12, Friday June 19, and Friday June 26. United …

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Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize (15-MAY-2020) Location:  Belize Event:  This is notification of a possible United Airlines repatriation flight from Belize.   There is an unconfirmed United Airlines flight for Friday May 22, 2020 pending Government of Belize approval. Reservations are being accepted at www.United.com . United Airlines Flight UA 2421 departs Belize City on …

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U.S. Embassy Welcomes Applicants for the 2021-2022 Hubert H. Humphrey Program

The U.S. Embassy invites suitably qualified persons to compete for participation in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.  This distinguished program brings accomplished mid-level professionals to the United States for a year of combined academic (but non-degree) and professional work. Fellows are selected based on potential for leadership and commitment to public service. Fellowships are granted competitively …

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Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize (06-MAY-2020)

Location:  Belize Event:  There are currently two United Airlines repatriation flights from Belize to the United States. The airport and all borders in Belize remain closed. We are grateful to United Airlines and the Government of Belize for providing these flights.  Flight 1 – Thursday May 7, 2020: United Airlines Flight UA3023 departs Belize City …

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U.S. Government to Donate Equipment to Ministry of National Security to Assist Counternarcotic Efforts

Belmopan – On April 23, the United States Government donated over $400,000 USD worth of communications equipment and Boston Whaler sustainment parts to the Belize Ministry of National Security.  The donation is part of the U.S. Southern Command’s continued partnership with Belize and was funded by the U.S. counternarcotics program. The communications equipment is part …

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Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize (08-APR-2020)

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize (08-APR-2020) Location:  Belize Event:  We have a confirmed flight departing Belize. United Airlines Flight UA3024 departing Belize City on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm (noon) and arriving in Houston, TX at 15:28 pm.  United Airlines is providing a repatriation flight for U.S. citizens and family members departing …

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Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize (24-MAR-2020)

Location:  Belize Event:  Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City is now closed for commercial transportation for a minimum of 30 days.  U.S. Embassy Belmopan is compiling a list of persons seeking to leave Belize.  If you are a U.S. citizen who is considering returning to the United States from Belize, please enroll in STEP …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize (March 20, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize (20-MAR-2020) Location:  Belize Event:  The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. The Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. While there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Belize, the COVID-19 National Oversight Committee announced today additional …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize

Location:  Belize Event:  The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United …

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An Unfair, Unfree Vote in Venezuela

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 21, 2018 The United States condemns the fraudulent election that took place in Venezuela on May 20. This so-called “election” is an attack on constitutional order and an affront to Venezuela’s tradition of democracy. Until the Maduro regime restores a democratic path in Venezuela through …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Social Security Services

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States. Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Belize who require social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact the SSA Federal …

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