Belize opens for vaccinated travelers without negative Covid test

at 4:03 pm

New Delhi (NVI): Belize has reopened its borders for vaccinated travelers without having to show a negative COVID-19 test report at the arrival to the Caribbean country.

The travelers now only need to do show a vaccination record card at the airport in Belize, with full inoculation completed at least 14 days before their arrival, according to the reports.

They must also download the Belize Health App and fill in their health information within 72 hours prior to landing in the country.

According to the Belize Tourism Board, the decision to ease the restriction on travelers who have received the COVID vaccine has been facilitated by the reduction in daily new cases across the country.

“Belize has been very successful in its efforts to control the transmission of COVID-19 over the past few weeks; presently, there are less than 100 active cases countrywide, and the numbers have been consistently decreasing,” the tourism board had said in a release.

Belize is the first nation in Caribbean to welcome vaccinated travelers. Meanwhile, a non-vaccinated traveler must carry a negative COVID-19 test report while visiting to the country.

A PCR test must be taken within 96 hours of travel or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours is being accepted by the country.

Those traveler fails to present their report will have to undergo a COVID test upon arrival at the airport at a cost of USD 50. If they test positive, they will be put under a mandatory 14-day quarantine, as per the tourism board.

Belize has shut its borders for tourism since April last year, extending the closure multiple times until reopening for first time in October, under mandatory testing requirements and safety protocol.

So far, the country has registered 12,370 coronavirus cases, while the death toll stands at 316 in Belize, the John Hopkins University data shows.