Belize Entry Requirements For Tourists

March 2nd, 2021 Belize allows Vaccinated Travelers to enter without Testing. Source

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    Plan Arrival

    1. It is no longer required to download the Belize Health App to enter Belize.
    2. You can now complete entry paperwork upon arrival at the Belize Airport.
    3. Or download the Belize Health App 72 hours prior to arrival on iOS or Android.
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    Prove Immunity

    1. Bring along proof of full covid immunization, completed two weeks or more prior to travel.
    2. Or bring negative rapid test (48 hours prior) or PCR test (96 hours).
    3. Or take a Rapid Test at the Belize Airport for $50.00 USD per passenger, cash only.
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    Follow Protocols

    1. Adhere to protocols including: wearing a mask in public areas and practicing social distancing.
    2. Adhere to current curfew hours.
    3. Take covid-19 test prior to departure if required. Testing areas available throughout Belize.

Belize Land Border Opening

June 17th, 2021 Foreign Tourists are permitted to enter with their own private vehicles for travel within Belize. Source

May 31st, 2021 Belize Reopens Land Borders to Foreign Tourists. Source

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Photo of Belize Western Border by Wesley Rosenblum

The Western Border (Benque Viejo Del Carmen) and Northern Border (Santa Elena) will be open to Foreign Tourists only, effective May 31, 2021.

Entry Requirements For Tourists

  1. Only Foreign Tourists

    Only foreign tourists traveling to Belize using the passport of a country other than Belize shall be eligible for entry.

  2. Gold Standard Accommodation

    Foreign Tourists must show proof of booking for at least three nights at a Belize Tourism Board Gold Standard Certified Hotel or Accommodation.

  3. Transportation In Belize

    Foreign Tourists are permitted to enter with their own private vehicles and utilize their personal transportation for travel within Belize. If not entering with private vehicle, foreign tourists must be transported from the border facilities by a Certified Gold Standard Transport Operator.

Western & Northern Border Opening Hours:
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Monday to Friday)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Saturday and Sunday)

Immunization & Testing Requirements

All Foreign Tourists wishing to enter Belize must provide proof of full covid-19 immunization, via a stamped immunization card issued by the country of origin of the Foreign Tourist.

Foreign Tourists that provide proof of full immunization may be subject to random testing, at their expense, on arrival by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Foreign Tourists that do not provide proof of full immunization will be administered a Rapid Test for covid-19 by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, at their own expense. No external covid-19 PCR or Rapid tests will be accepted.

Any person, upon arrival, presenting flu-like symptoms will be administered a Rapid Test by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, at their own expense.

Accepted Vaccines By The Ministry of Health & Wellness

The following is a listing of accepted covid-19 Vaccines for entering Belize. As per Regulation 60 of 2021 of the Laws of Belize, full immunization means that a person has received the required number of doses for the type of vaccine and the date of the final dose is not less than two weeks prior to arrival in Belize.

Pfizer - Biontech2
AstraZeneca SK Bio2
AstraZeneca SII Covishield2
AstraZeneca Vaxzevria2
Johnson & Johnson I Janssen Cilag1
Sinovac (Coronavac)2

Current Travel Restrictions

May 18th, 2021 Face Masks Not Required on golf cart or similar open air vehicle. Source

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    Wear a Mask

    Mandatory use of face masks in public spaces. Public spaces means anywhere outside private residences.

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    Social Distancing

    It is mandatory for all persons to abide by the six feet (two meters) social distancing rule in all public spaces.

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    Curfew Hours

    Abide by curfew protocols. Anyone in public spaces after curfew hours risk a fine of $500 BZD.

Curfew Hours

June 11th, 2021 Curfew hours relaxed by an hour ending at 4:00 AM Source

Sunday to Wednesday

Curfew Hours: 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM

Thursday to Saturday

Curfew Hours: 12:00 Midnight to 4:00 AM

Belize Health App

May 11th, 2021 Persons entering Belize are no longer required to download and complete the Belize Health App. Source

The Belize Health App is a mobile-based application that is part of Belize's phased reopening plan. It was created to allow for daily health monitoring of arriving passengers and for contact tracing.

Gold Standard Hotels

Despite the heavy marketing push by the Belize Tourism Sector, Gold Standard Hotels are completely optional if coming into Belize by Air.

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Photo of Tropical Paradise Hotel at Caye Caulker

For proof, take a look at these forums where tourists share their experience on hotels and immigration: proof 1, proof 2, proof 3.

In summary, travelers give testimonials of local officials not verifying if you have a Gold Standard Hotel. Belize simply doesn't have the resources and technology to do this at the moment.

If you'd like to play it safe, you can book a Gold Standard Hotel for one night and then cancel it and stay in any hotel you wish after that. To learn more, read Why Gold Standard Hotels are not mandatory in Belize.

Please note that Gold Standard Hotels are mandatory if you are entering through land borders at the moment. This is likely to change as the reopening phases progress.

Tourist Attractions

All tourist attractions in Belize have re-opened, which includes national parks and tours. Unfortunately due to decreased tourism, small businesses like coffee shops, hostels and tour companies may still be closed or working less than 100%.

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Photo of Xunantunich Mayan Ruin by Patricia Eaton

That is subject to change as tourism increases. My suggestion is to get in touch with the businesses to clarify any doubts. In terms of prices, some tours like the famous ATM tour has increased from $85 USD to $125 USD which is a steep increase caused by the new regulations put in place.

But remember, traveling during a pandemic has its perks. You'll likely have an entire Mayan Ruin to yourself, or even snorkel the barrier reef on your own. Talk about privilege!

Public Transportation

Public buses are fully operational but because of an increase in remote work, bus lines have decreased their runs.

For more information, visit the Public Transportation in Belize page.