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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [09/16/21]

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • Belize is currently experiencing high COVID-19 infection rates and a curfew is currently in effect across the country daily from 19:00 pm to 04:00 am with the exception of tourist areas San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Placencia, and Hopkins where the curfew is from 21:00 pm to 04:00 am.  Persons are not permitted to be in any public space during this time and risk a fine if found in contravention of the regulation. The international airport is open with available flights to many cities in the USA. 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, but only for those who wish to visit Belize for recreation and vacation purposes and are pre-booked at gold standard certified accommodations. Grocery stores and other stores are currently open with limits on the number of shoppers allowed. Restaurants are currently only available for take-out service with the exception of the tourist areas of San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Placencia, and Hopkins. All casinos are closed. All churches are closed for in-person worship. Contact sports are prohibited. Sunday September 26 and Sunday October 3 are considered no movement days except for medical emergencies or for the purchase of fuel, food, or medication.

 

  • 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? Yes
    • On September 19, 2021, a curfew is in place daily from 19:00 pm to 04:00 am except in the tourist areas of San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Placencia, and Hopkins where the curfew hours are 21:00 pm to 04:00 am.  Persons are not permitted to be in any public space during this time and risk a fine if found in contravention of the regulation.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    • Sunday September 26 and Sunday October 3 are no movement days except for medical emergencies or the purchase of food, fuel, or medication.
    • 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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