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Belize Announces Date for Tourism Reopening

Belize has set a date for welcoming back foreign tourists to that Central American nation of jungles, Mayan ruins, and Caribbean beaches (such as at Caye Caulker, pictured above).

According to a government announcement, the country's Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) will reopen on August 15, with flights from the United States expected to resume via United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and other carriers. 

There's a unique aspect to Belize's new entry requirements: Before leaving home, travelers must download the Belize Health app on their phones. Using a unique ID number and geo-tracking technology, the app is designed to monitor visitors' movements while in the country for contact tracing purposes. 

Each incoming traveler will also need a negative result from a Covid-19 test. You can either take the test within 72 hours of departure for Belize or take a test at your own expense upon arrival at the Belize airport. If you test positive in the latter case, you'll be quarantined for 14 days, again at your own expense.

The government's tourism ministry has established a countrywide certification program to establish new health and safety protocols for hotels, restaurants, and tour operators. Required measures include all the stuff you're going to need to get used to if you want to travel during a pandemic: mask-wearing in public places, contactless payment methods, and capacity limits, among others. 

Consult the Belize Tourism Board's Covid-19 updates for more info.

For a thorough guide to the destination, check out Frommer's Belize, available in print or as a downloadable e-book.