BELIZE CITY, Belize, Jan. 14,
2022 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to further protect
the health and wellbeing of international visitors and Belizeans
from COVID-19, Belize Tourism Board (BTB), the official tourism
organization for Belize, has
released new safe travel standards for any persons entering the
country. Effective Feb. 15, 2022, all
visitors are required to apply for Belize Travel Health Insurance –
a mandatory insurance that helps protect travelers against incurred
medical and non-medical expenses, if they test positive for
COVID-19 during their stay in Belize.
The cost of the policy is $18 USD
and provides coverage for up to $50,000
USD in medical expenses related to treatment of COVID-19 for
a period of 21 days. This insurance plan will come online under the
country's public health regulations and provide
cover for lodging expenses due to quarantine up to $2,000 USD (max $300/day USD). Travelers will also be covered for
emergency assistance services such as air evacuation and emergency
expenses related to pre-existing conditions. Furthermore, it covers
trip cancellations and expenses incurred by COVID-19 positive
travelers for extended stays.
Some important entry highlights are listed below:
- It is recommended that travelers purchase the Belize Travel
Health Insurance prior to their travel to Belize. However, purchases can be made upon
arrival at the Philip Goldson International Airport or at
Belize's land borders.
- Visitors must purchase Belize Travel Health Insurance and are
required to complete the Customs and Immigration form that is
provided on all flights to Belize.
- Exempted from this mandatory insurance are Belizean nationals,
permanent residents and travelers with QRP or Long Stay status and flight crews.
- All international tourists must book their stay in Belize at a Gold Standard property (approved
hotel or accommodation) and present confirmation at
- All travelers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, entering
Belize through the Philip Goldson
International Airport from other countries, will be required to
present a negative COVID-19 test.
- If no test is presented, a COVID-19 test will be administered
at the airport for a fee of USD $50
per passenger. Children under the age of 5 years will not be
required to present a negative test.
In the past year, Belize has
implemented several traveler protocols to keep visitors feeling
safe, including the Tourism Gold Standard Program and Travel Belize
app, which enables travelers to seamlessly plan their vacation with
certified hotels and tour operators (an entry requirement). The new
Travel Health Insurance mandate underscores Belize's commitment to health and safety,
enhancing travel confidence and giving visitors peace of mind to
schedule that well-deserved vacation for 2022 and beyond.
About Belize Tourism Board
The Belize Tourism Board
(BTB) is a statutory body within the Belize Ministry of Tourism and
Diaspora Relations, and it is governed by a Board of Directors
appointed by the Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations.
The BTB works in conjunction with members of the private sector –
including the Belize Hotel Association, Belize Tourism Industry
Association and Belize National Tour Operators Association – and is
dedicated to building tourism in the most economically and
environmentally sustainable manner. As a part of its
responsibilities, the BTB promotes Belize as a premier tourism destination to
both in-country and international consumers. Among its outreach to
the international travel market, the BTB markets the country's
unique attractions to travelers, members of the travel trade
industry and media outlets in key markets. The BTB is also
dedicated to developing and implementing tourism programs that will
help strengthen and grow the Belizean tourism industry; promote
good destination stewardship; and instill high quality standards
for accommodations and travel experiences. For more information on
the BTB and its services, visit www.travelbelize.org.
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