With lockdown restrictions around the world easing, Belize’s Prime Minister has announced that the country’s Philip Goldson International Airport will reopen on 15 August as part of the country’s five-phase reopening strategy for tourism.
Belize has enjoyed more than 50 days of a COVID-19 free environment and in addition to its low population density and its geographic location just a short flight away from most major US cities, the country is well poised for post-Covid-19 travel. The reopening of the airport will allow for further travel relaxation around the country.
All passengers arriving in Belize will be required to adhere to health and safety measures implemented by the Government of Belize including social distancing, hand sanitisation, proper hygiene and the wearing of face masks in public spaces. They will be required to download the Belize Health App and complete the required information prior to boarding their flight to Belize. A unique ID number will then be allocated to the passenger and will be used for contact tracing while in the country. Passengers are also being encouraged to take a COVID PCR test within 72 hours of travel to Belize. Those who fail to provide a negative COVID-19 test will be tested on arrival and their own expense. Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be placed in mandatory quarantine for at least 14 days.
In addition to government guidelines Philip Goldson Airport has implemented its own additional cleaning and santisation measures. These include: installation of barriers and sneeze guards between passengers and immigration and customs officers. Passenger luggage will also be sanitised prior to being taken inside the terminal.
The reopening of Philip Goldson Airport will also pave the way for the resumption of services at Belize’s regional hubs and airstrips dotted around the country.