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Latest Travel Update: New US testing requirements for entry into the US

15 January 21
In light of the new entry requirements to the USA requiring all visitors, residents and US citizens to show proof of a negative Covid19 test (PCR and Antigen test) within 72 hours of their departure from Belize, we wanted to provide an update. The regulation will take effect on January 26th requiring paper or electronic proof. Those who have tested positive within the past 3 months before travel needs to bring proof that they have recovered from the virus and are cleared to travel by a licensed healthcare provider.

In response to this new requirement, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), after consultation with the Belize Ministry of Health and Wellness has confirmed that testing will be expanded and made available to all passengers departing Belize for the U.S. Further details including cost and testing locations across the country are being determined and we will provide a further update as these elements are clarified.

In the event that a guest tests positive and is unable to travel home, we will work closely with guests to organize the best possible services and care on a case by case basis. Guests may remain in their Gold Standard certified hotel (in isolation) with in-room comforts and room service available.

During these challenging times for travelers and tourism businesses, we are extremely grateful for our visitors and our commitment is to ensure the best travel experience possible. We hope to see you soon!

Belize is Open

21 December 20

The Philip Goldson International Airport has reopened since October 1st, 2020 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 which ensures hotels are rigorously following the 9 Step recognition program with enhanced protocols with regards to cleaning, sanitizing, management of inventory, distancing of staff,  regular monitoring and reporting.

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.

A series of health and safety protocols have been put in place to protect visitors, Belizeans, and our communities from the spread of COVID-19.

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 96 hours  or a rapid test within 48 hours of travel to Belize.

Entry Requirements

  • Passengers that provide certification of a negative test result 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.
  • Proceed to Immigration and Customs, and then exit the airport via the Safe Corridor using an approved Gold Standard transportation service.  You will receive your test results at your Gold Standard hotel via the Ministry of Health.
  • Passengers who test positive for Covid-19 at the Belize International Airport will be placed in mandatory quarantine until the Ministry of Health provides clearance and must test negative prior to departure.

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!

Belize opens soon, what you need to know

7 July 20

Belize Open Soon

We hope you and your close ones are staying safe and well during these extremely turbulent times. Belize recently announced that the airport will reopen to travellers on August 15th.  This is a careful and phased reopening of international travel to Belize and as such, there will also be enhanced health and safety protocols at the airport, hotels, restaurants and all public spaces.

At over 100 days since Belize announced its first case of COVID-19, there has been less than 40 cases country wide, the majority being repatriating Belizeans with almost no community transmission. In order for travellers to enjoy vacationing at minimal risk and at the same time as protecting our local communities, the Government of Belize has implemented health and safety measures including social distancing, hand sanitisation, protective hygiene and the wearing of face masks in public spaces.

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

Visitor Process at Belize International Airport

Pre-Travel Arrangements 

  1. All passengers travelling 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.
  2. Passengers are encouraged to take a Covid PCR test within 72 hours of travel to Belize.

Entry Requirements 

  1. 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.
  2. Passengers that do not provide a negative Covid-19 test, must test upon arrival in Belize, at the passenger’s expense, around $50.  A negative test result will allow entry into Belize.
  3. 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 and will only be released when returning 2 negative PCR tests.

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 appropriate and rapid response from health officials, should Covid-19 symptoms develop.
  • Utilise the sanitising stations to sanitise hands frequently and facilitate other health screening requirements on arrival.

Update on Hotel Openings 

Opening of hotels will be in a phased approach, and the first grouping of hotels that will be allowed to open include properties that:

  1. Have achieved the Tourism “Gold Standard Certification of Recognition” which ensures hotels are rigorously following the 9 Step recognition program with enhanced protocols with regards to cleaning, sanitising, management of inventory, distancing of staff,  regular monitoring and reporting.
  2. Provide full service to guests.  This means that these hotels are able to provide all amenities, so as to contain the guest on the property, and minimise opportunities for 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 beach front; and be able to provide isolated tours, limited to guests of the property only.

 

The Coronavirus situation continues to evolve quickly and we are closely monitoring global developments and following the advice of public health authorities, medical experts and officials in our destination and will keep you informed of any changes.

An update on Booking Terms, Conditions, and Comprehensive Insurance Options

6 July 20

An update on Booking Terms & Conditions

As the entire globe and the world of travel continues to endure the ongoing storm associated with Covid-19, we’ve been working with our travel partners to clarify their updated policies on new bookings, so that you can travel safely and without uncertainty, when it is viable for you to do so.

Your safety is our number one priority, as is 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.

What we do for you at AB is scrutinise all policies on your behalf so we can present you with clear and simple facts for you to make an informed decision, based on your itinerary. We will only recommend itineraries that offer the most flexibility for you and will advise should we identify and red flags. We do the detail work so you can concentrate on preparing for and looking forward to your trip!

Travel Insurance – an essential part of travelling

In a time when there are so many unknowns, we wanted to give our clients an extra boost of confidence when booking their next vacation. Now more than ever we felt it was necessary to provide reliable insurance because in this new era of travel having the right level of travel insurance has become critical.

Absolute Belize has partnered with Atrio Travel Assist to provide our clients with comprehensive travel insurance coverage from full cancellation coverage including pandemics to simple travel insurance which covers medical assistance wherever you are, repatriation if you need to cut your trip short as well as additional upgrades to compensate for flight delays, missed connections and lost luggage.

Contact us for further details

 

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