Absolute blog: August 2020

Belize Airport Reopening on October 1st

31 August 20

The Prime Minister of Belize recently announced that the reopen date for the Philip Goldson International Airport, barring any natural disasters, is October 1st, 2020. There will still be a careful and phased reopening with enhanced health and safety protocols at the airport, hotels, restaurants and all public spaces.

In order for establishments to open to tourists “Gold Standard Recognition” certification is required and the first grouping of hotels that will be allowed to open include properties that:

  • Have followed the 9 Step recognition program with enhanced protocols with regards to cleaning, sanitizing, management of inventory, distancing of staff, regular monitoring and reporting.
  • Provide full service to guests.  This means that these hotels are able to provide all amenities, so as to minimize guest interaction within the local community. These amenities include having transportation to offer pick-up/drop-off services from the airport, access to a restaurant on property, have a pool or access to beachfront and provide private tours limited to guests of the property only.

Establishments that have already received their Gold Standard Certification include our sister company Belize Sailing VacationsCayo EspantoChaa CreekNaia Resort & SpaPortofino ResortRay CayeThe Ellysian Boutique Resort and Victoria House among others.

In preparation for the reopening of the airport, a series of new enhanced health and safety protocols have been put in place to protect visitors, Belizeans, and our communities.

Below is an overview of the new procedures for travel to Belize:

  • All passengers traveling to Belize will be required to download the Belize Health App and complete the required information prior to boarding the flight to Belize.  A QR code with a unique ID number will be returned to the passenger and will be used for contact tracing while in Belize.
  • Passengers are encouraged to take a COVID PCR test within 72 hours of travel to Belize.

Entry Requirements

  • Passengers that provide certification of a negative test result from a Covid-19 PCR test done within 72 hours of travel, will be allowed immediate entry into Belize via a ‘fast track’ lane.
  • Passengers that do not provide a negative Covid-19 test must test upon arrival in Belize, at the passenger’s expense. The cost of the test is US$50.00, and it will take about 15-30 minutes to receive your results.
  • Passengers who test positive for Covid-19 at the Belize International Airport will be placed in mandatory quarantine for a minimum period of fourteen (14) days at the passenger’s expense. To be cleared from quarantine you must have two negative tests at the end of this period.

All visitors to Belize will be required to:

  • Wear a mask during the entire landing, deplaning and arrival process, and while inside the airport.
  • Undergo temperature checks using non-contact digital infrared thermometers or Thermal Imaging Cameras.
  • Adhere to social distancing guidelines in all queues for health checks, immigration and customs inspections.
  • Follow and respond to the comprehensive, pro-active contact tracing guidelines to facilitate an appropriate and rapid response from health officials should Covid-19 symptoms develop.
  • Utilize the sanitizing stations to sanitize hands frequently and facilitate other health screening requirements on arrival.

Feel free to visit the Belize Tourism Board’s website for frequently asked questions regarding traveling to Belize. We look forward to welcoming you to Belize soon!

BELIZE POSTPONES TOURISM REOPENING

11 August 20

In a recent press conference the Prime Minister of Belize – Rt. Hon. Dean O. Barrow – announced that due to an increase in local Covid-19 cases it was necessary to delay the re-opening of the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE), which was scheduled for August 15th, 2020.

The health and safety of all international travellers and residents of Belize is of paramount importance.

We are dedicated to safeguarding your trip in the event of circumstances that mean you are unable to travel. There is no global unilateral consensus on travel terms and conditions from hotel to hotel, yacht charter to yacht charter nor airline to airline. In Belize, all of our preferred hotels, boutique retreats, private villas and all-inclusive yacht charters have relaxed cancellation terms and offered more flexibility for rebooking as a whole.

We look forward to welcoming back our guests when it is safe and viable to do so.

In the meantime, stay safe and well, we miss you!

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