COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [03/03/22]

*** Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

All air passengers 2 years or older with a flight departing to the U.S. from a foreign country on or after December 6, 2021, are required to show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

*** Effective February 7, 2022, land and sea borders re-opened to all persons qualified to enter Belize. All travelers entering Belize through land and sea borders must take a Rapid Test for COVID-19, administered by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, at their own expense. No externally obtained COVID-19 PCR or Rapid Test will be accepted at these points of entry. Travelers exiting and returning to Belize the same day do not require testing unless exhibiting flu-like symptoms. Land borders are now open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. More information on entry and exit requirements is available at the Belize Tourism Board website.

*** Effective February 15, 2022, all foreign tourists entering Belize must present evidence to Belizean immigration officials of Belize Travel Insurance coverage (in addition to any travel insurance a traveler may elect to purchase independently).  The cost of the required insurance is US $18.00 for a period of 21 days (extendable), effective on the day of arrival. Insurance may be purchased in advance at www.belizetravelinsurance.com or upon arrival at the port of entry.

The insurance requirement does not apply to Belizean citizens, Qualified Retired Persons, permanent residents, long-stay non-nationals, diplomats, military personnel on orders, Peace Corps Volunteers, airline crew, or persons in Belize for less than 24 hours. Please consult the Belize Tourism Board for additional program details and FAQs.

Country-Specific Information

  • The international airport is open with available flights to many cities in the United States. Land borders at Santa Elena (Mexico) and Benque Viejo del Carmen (Guatemala), as well as sea borders at Corozal, San Pedro, and Punta Gorda are open to all persons. Foreign tourists must still present evidence of pre-booked reservations at gold standard certified accommodations and adhere to health and safety protocols. Grocery stores and other stores are currently open with limits on the number of shoppers allowed.  Restaurants and bars may continue dining-in services, with a reservation where feasible, operating at 50% capacity for indoors and 75% for outdoors for fully vaccinated persons only. Casinos and churches are open with COVID-19 mitigation measures in effect.  Individuals must carry proof of vaccination status and be prepared to present such proof upon entry into public buildings. Please consult the Belize Tourism Board for additional program details and FAQs.
  • Q: What measures do you recommend U.S. citizens who do travel take to protect themselves? A: Beyond following the requirements and recommendations of local health services overseas, we urge U.S. citizens to review the CDC’s travel testing and self-quarantine recommendations for U.S. citizens and to acquire medical insurance with overseas coverage for expenses related to COVID-19 testing and treatment.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Belize? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes

The following are vetted private labs currently offering same-day results for a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test that can be used for travel purposes:

Belize District:

  • Central Health Region: +501 223-2722
  • Cleopatra White Polyclinic: +501 223-5213 or +501 223-0131
  • Otto Rodriquez Polyclinic (San Pedro): +501 226-2536
  • Caye Caulker Health Center: +501 226-0166 or +501 600-9539
  • rhmcentral@health.gov.bz

Corozal District:

Orange Walk District:

Cayo District:

Stann Creek District:

  • Southern Regional Hospital: +501 522-3832 or +501 522-3835
  • Independence Polyclinic: +501 523-2167
  • rhmsouth@health.gov.bz

Toledo District:

  • Punta Gorda Hospital: +501 722-2026 or +501 722-2161

Approved Covid-19 Testing Facilities: Private

Belize City:

Belmopan:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Belize approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Belize for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes, vaccines are available for foreign residents in Belize including U.S. citizens age 12 and older.
  • Which vaccines are available in Belize? At this time the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and the Pfizer-BioNTech are available in Belize.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccinesin the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Please visit the information page of the Belize Tourism Bureau for the latest information on entry requirements in Belize.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
  • Tourists visiting Belize can normally move about freely, however it is recommended that they remain within the Tourism Safe Corridor.  The Safe Corridor includes Gold Standard certified accommodations, tour operators, tourism transportation providers, restaurants, tourism sites and attractions, and gift shops.  These Gold Standard and certified entities have all been trained and have implemented enhanced health and safety measures.

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No, unless you have a positive COVID-19 test.
  • All arriving passengers who test positive at the international airport will be placed in mandatory quarantine for a minimum of 14 days at the passengers’ expense.  It is therefore recommended that you obtain travel insurance prior to your trip to Belize.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • All passengers are required to wear a facemask and observe social distancing

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

  • All persons who do not comply with host country rules regarding social distancing, movement restrictions, mask mandates, quarantine requirements or curfew hours may face penalties including fines or arrests.

Consular Operations

  • What ACS services are being offered? Appointments for all ACS services are currently available. Please contact the ACS Unit if you have any questions.
  • What visa services are being offered? Regular Nonimmigrant visa services are currently available for all Belize citizens and third country national residents in Belize. We are able to accept interview waiver visa renewals via Speedit/DHL. EMERGENCY VISAS: Please submit an expedited appointment request if you have emergency travel to the USA and need a visa interview

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