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Belize Will Reopen It's Borders To International Tourists On October 1st
After announcing a reopening in August, the country of Belize decided it would delay the reopening date to stay on the safe side. However, after much anticipation, Belize’s Tourism Board announced the country would welcome international tourism on October 1st.
You can explore the luscious greenery and take in the beautiful views of this Central American nation next month as long as you follow the new regulations set in place by officials.
Guests will have to book accommodations at a hotel that is approved by the Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program, the island’s 9-point initiative. Travelers will be able to find a hotel through Belize’s tourism site. Hotels will enforce new health and safety standards such as guests and employees being required to wear face masks while in shared spaces, online check-in and check-out and daily health screenings for guests and employees. There will also be designated rooms for those who have to self-isolate or quarantine because of positive COVID-19 test results.
All restaurants and tours on the island will have to enforce these health and safety standards as well.
Tour groups and visiting national parks will have a capacity limit and will require an appointment.
Travelers are required to download the Belize Health App at least 3 days before arriving on the island. This app is used for reporting health symptoms. A negative COVID-19 test result can also have to be shown upon arrival with a test taken 3 days before arrival–but it is not required. Passengers who do not take the test beforehand will be tested upon arrival in Belize, and if the results are positive will have to be quarantined at their own expense.
When arriving at the airport, travelers will have to go through thermal scanners to ensure their temperatures are below 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Facemasks must be worn at all times when going through the airport and travelers will be taken to their hotels by an approved mode of transportation.