Belize will reopen Philip Goldson International Airport on October 1st as the third step in a five-point reopening strategy for tourism, said the Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Under the move, announced by the Barrow on August 26, government-approved hotels will be allowed to reopen, and approved tour operators can offer travel activities.
The latest reopening phase also includes enhanced health and safety protocols for hotels, restaurants, and tour operators under Belize’s “Tourism Gold Standard” program. Additional details on travel protocols and health and safety precautions to prepare travelers for the Belize trip will be released in the coming days, said Belize Tourism Board officials.
The nine-point program is designed to improve the health and safety standards of the tourism industry by transforming new behaviors and practices for employees and travelers to be confident in the cleanliness and safety of Belize’s tourism products, the official announcement said.
After reopening, international travelers to Belize will need to download a Belize Health Application and complete the required information. Visitors must submit evidence of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their flight. Negative results will provide travelers with a “fast track” incoming process.
Travelers will be screened upon arrival and may be randomly selected for a second screening. Visitors will also be subject to a “twice as fast test” if necessary at the expense of travelers.
Clear visitors will proceed to their hotels via authorized transport and will be allowed to participate in approved tour activities.
After the country announced in August that it would reopen its borders to international visitors, Belize officials suspended the reopening, citing “excessive caution for visitors and residents.”