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Last updated: [09/01/2020]
- Belize is currently under a State of Emergency with limited internal travel allowed and certain communities with high COVID-19 infection rates on complete lockdown. The international airport, land borders and seaports remain closed. Grocery stores and other stores are currently open with limits on the number of shoppers allowed. Restaurants are only open for delivery services with no inside dining allowed. Churches, social events, and private parties that would include guests outside of the immediate family who are living together are not allowed.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No, U.S. citizen tourists are currently not allowed to enter Belize. The government is planning to re-open the airport and land borders on October 1, 2020 with restrictions. See details at Government of Belize links below
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? S. citizen tourists are currently not allowed to enter Belize. The government is planning to re-open the airport and land borders on October 1, 2020 and may require COVID-19 testing for all travelers.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes, plans for opening the airport and borders will include mandatory Health screening and COVID-19 testing.
- All Department of Immigration offices are currently open throughout the country and all U.S. citizens are required to maintain their immigration status in Belize at all times. Please see the Belize Ministry of Immigration website for additional details
- Is a curfew in place? Yes, there is currently a nation-wide curfew between 21:00 pm and 05:00 am.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes, there are restrictions on travel to certain communities that are experiencing large COVID-19 outbreaks. Please visit the Government of Belize website for details on which areas are affected.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? S. citizen tourists are currently not allowed to enter Belize. The government is planning to re-open the airport and land borders on October 1, 2020 with restrictions.
- At this time COVID-19 testing is only being done people who have been identified through Ministry of Health contact mapping or present themselves with COVID-19 symptoms. Any American citizen in Belize who believes they may have symptoms of COVID-19 should contact the Ministry of health at the contact numbers listed on the following website:
- Are commercial flights operating? No, the international airport remains closed and no commercial flights are currently operating.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes, public transportation is currently operating within Belize. All passengers are required to wear masks.
Fines for Non-Compliance: (if applicable)
- There is a BLZ $5,000 fine and possible two-year prison sentence, for non-compliance with host country rules regarding social distancing, movement restrictions, mask mandates, etc.
- U.S. Embassy Belmopan is currently only providing emergency American citizen services. Please contact ACSBelize@state.gov for additional information and questions.
- U.S. Embassy Belmopan is currently only providing emergency Nonimmigrant visa services and limited Immigrant visa services. Please contact ConsulBelize@state.gov for additional information and questions.