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Belize requires all visitors to carry travel health insurance

By on January 15, 2022 0

The rules for traveling to Belize are becoming stricter as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. From February 15, travelers will need to purchase travel insurance to enter the Central American country.

What the insurance covers

Belize Travel Health Insurance will cost $18 and provides coverage for up to 21 days and $50,000 of expenses related to a positive COVID-19 test. Belize government officials say the new requirement will help anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 while visiting and is therefore unable to return home. Specifically, the required coverage will include up to $2,000 for accommodation costs, as well as all expenses related to an extended stay. Emergency situations, such as air evacuation, will also be covered.

Belize Travel Health Insurance will soon be available on the country’s health website. Health officials are encouraging all visitors to purchase insurance online before travel to speed up the entry process. However, insurance can be purchased in person at Philip Goldson International Airport or at the border if traveling by car.

There are very few exemptions to the new compulsory health insurance. They include permanent residents, flight crew, and travelers with what’s called long-stay status (meaning travelers allowed to stay in the country longer than the standard 30 days).

Additional Entry Requirements

Even with the new insurance requirements, visitors will still need to present a negative COVID-19 test no later than 96 hours prior to arrival for a PCR test and 48 hours for a rapid test. This testing requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of their vaccination status. If you are unable to obtain a test before travelling, you will need to obtain one when you land (or cross the border) at a cost of $50 per person. The only exception to the testing rule is for children under 5 years old. All visitors must also take a COVID-19 test before traveling to one of the country’s approved testing sites.

Customers must also book accommodation through the country’s Gold Standard program and provide documentation confirming those reservations. Belize has implemented the program to ensure the highest standards of safety and cleanliness to ensure the safety and health of visitors.
Once you’ve booked your trip to Belize, don’t miss the Belize Barrier Reef! And check out this page for more fun activities to do while you’re there.