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Covid-19 Travel Information

Here is all the information you might need to plan your travels

Here is all the information you might need to plan your travels

Traveling During the COVID19 Pandemic - Updated January 2022

Belize is open for travelers, and welcoming people each day.  However, there are a few considerations for travel.  All travelers that arrive into Belize, vaccinated or not, require a negative test within 96 hours of travel. If you do not arrive with one, you will need to have a test administered at the airport (at your cost of $50 USD).  Anyone boarding a flight in Canada is required to show proof of full covid-19 vaccination to proceed.

Current rules for travel back to the US or Canada currently require a negative test.  Our staff will work with you to  coordinate your testing prior to your departure from Belize.  

These current rules may change before you travel this winter.  Our staff will keep abreast of the latest requirements, and keep you up to date leading up to your departure in Belize.  

COVID-19 Policies

gold standardProtocols implemented to ensure your safety

Belize is among the safest destinations for international travel due to the swift and responsible measures enacted by the Belizean government. On our part, Island Expeditions has been awarded Gold Standard Tour Operator Certification by the Belize Tourism Board. You can book with confidence knowing that our tours are officially part of Belize's Safe Corridor. Also our staff in Belize are 100% vaccinated. 

Island Expeditions safety and health protocols include:

  • Operations Base disinfected daily
  • High touch areas disinfected several times each day
  • Kayak and snorkel equipment cleaned and disinfected after every paddle trip and snorkel tour
  • Vehicles disinfected before each use
  • Motor charter boats disinfected daily
  • Guests and employees subject to temperature checks at the start of each day and when boarding vehicles or transport boats
  • Guests and employees must use hand sanitizer when entering vehicles or transport boats
  • Social distancing of 6 feet / 2 meters  (except between family members)
  • Masks are required: exceptions are:
    1. On water-based activities guests such as diving, snorkelling, SUP & kayaking. Guests should try to maintain 6ft distances.
    2. Once seated in a restaurant/dining area to eat.
    3. Beach locations once sufficient distance is maintained from other guests.
    4. Family groups may be closer than 6ft.

Suspected Covid-19 Cases

  • In the event of a guest showing any Covid-19 symptoms, we will implement our Covid-19 Response Plan in cooperation with Belize Health Authorities
  • If the Ministry of Health Authorities require you to quarantine, the costs associated with quarantine will need to be paid by the traveller


To protect the health and well-being of both tourists and Belizeans, the Government of Belize has implemented these travel procedures:

Before You Travel to Belize

  • 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.
  • Before you book anything, please go to this link to check the latest requirements https://www.travelbelize.org/health-safety
  • Take a Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Covid-19 test within 96 hours of travel -OR- Rapid Antigen, Sophia, SD Bisensor, ABBOT (Panbio) test results taken no more than 48 hours. If you are unable to bring along a negative covid test, you will be required to take a Covid test upon arrival; the cost is US$50 and takes approximately 25-30 minutes to receive your results.
  • Travellers with proof of covid-19 vaccination are also required to follow testing requirements. 
  • Follow all protocols of airlines and airports
  • Always wear your mask throughout all airports
  • Sanitize often
  • Maintain Social Distancing

Arrival in Belize:

  • Disembark plane and proceed to health screening
  • Sanitize shoes and pass thermal imaging cameras. Temperature must be less than 100℉ to proceed
  • Verify certified covid-19 test results . If your test result is positive, health officials will isolate you and you will be transferred to an approved quarantine facility for a minimum of 14 days, at your own expense

Gold Standard Certificates:

If you are traveling with us and wish to download or print off the certificates of where you are staying your first night, they can be accessed here:

Immigration and Customs:

  • Immigration check. Maintain 6ft social distancing
  • Guests proceed to baggage claim
  • Guests proceed to Customs. Place bags on luggage scanners

Your stay in Belize:

  • Arrival at BTB Gold Standards approved hotel
  • Face masks are mandatory in all public spaces
  • Proof of vaccination or a current negative test is now required to enter public facilities and services.
  • If you're interested in exploring Belize independently you'll need to arrange to stay at Gold Standard approved hotels and travel within designated safe corridors. Contact us for more details if your trip plans involve independent travel. 

Departing Belize:

US and Canadian health authorities require all returning passengers to show a negative covid test for entry.

  • As of December, US passengers are able to get an Antigen Test at the International and Domestic airports in Belize at a cost of $75 USD.  Results are generally available in 1-2 hrs, and must be taken within 24hrs of arrival.  Please allow extra time on your departure day.
  • As of December, Canadian travelers require a PCR test is available through several clinics in Belize, at at cost of $175-200 USD and is generally required 24hrs prior to departure.  Appointments can be scheduled in advance through Helping Hands Clinic www.belizecovidtest.com or other approved testing sites. Our staff in Belize will assist you with making this happen with your schedule.
  • Covid testing is available at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City. Rapid tests are $75 USD and results are immediate.The PCR test costs $175 USD, can be charged to your room and results are emailed to you the same day.  We recommend Canadians finishing their trip in Dangriga, add a one night hotel package at the Belize Biltmore and get your PCR test here, and plan to fly out the following day. 

Current as of December 2021... 

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