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Visiting Belize: The Caribbean Island Drops All Covid Travel Restrictions
Visiting Belize has become easier this month. The government of Belize has decided to remove all public health measures at every land and sea point of entry to the country. The new policy came into effect immediately after the official announcement, according to the Belize Tourism Board (BTB).
Now, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is no longer required for visiting Belize at all official land and sea border points, regardless of their vaccination status.
Belize Travel Health Insurance also informs that purchasing insurance is now optional, although still encouraged, as a form of protection against incurring medical and non-medical emergency expenses.
“With the emergence of weaker variants of COVID-19 and with the global trend of restrictions being relaxed, the time has come to take the pressure off of our health systems,” said Kevin Bernard, Minister of Health and Wellness for Belize. “We’ve reached a level where it’s now everyone’s personal responsibility to decide whether they want to be vaccinated or not.”
The government of Belize cautions that in light of the presence of the BA.2 and BA.5 sub-variants in Belize, vaccines still remain the best form of protection against the virus. International visitors are also reminded that they must book their stay at a BTB Gold Standard-approved hotel.
Also known as the Jewel in the heart of the Caribbean basin, Belize has much to offer, including a rich, lush terrain. The island boasts several attractions such as untouched jungles, ancient Mayan ruins, and over 500 different species of marine life. Ambergris Caye and Belize City are two of visitors’ favorite spots within the country. Travel Noire has recently nominated Belize among five of 2022’s Most Popular Destinations for African American Travelers.
For more up-to-date health and safety information related to COVID-19 in Belize, you can visit www.travelbelize.org.