Starting Monday, August 9, 2021, Belize will now not be making exceptions for vaccinated passengers to skip testing and would require a detrimental covid take a look at from all arrivals, no matter vaccination standing.
Belize was one of many first international locations worldwide to implement exemptions for vaccinated passengers to skip testing again in February. Now after virtually 6 months of permitting absolutely vaccinated passengers to skip all testing, they’re eradicating the exception because of issues over Delta variants.
The new testing rule comes as a shock, as Belize has not seen a substantial variety of new instances, hospitalizations, or deaths because of Delta, however some say the rule is being put into place as a precautionary measure to make sure that doesn’t occur.
A press launch from the Belize Tourism Board states: “These measures are being put in place in view of the increased risks posed by recent variants of the Covid-19 virus and in an effort to protect both international visitors and the local population.”
The most up-to-date information exhibits solely 13% of the population is fully vaccinated and 20% having obtained not less than the primary shot.
No extra exemptions for vaccinated vacationers
As of August 9th, all passengers might be required to submit proof of a detrimental take a look at. If the take a look at is PCR-based, it must be taken a most of 96-hours earlier than arrival, and if the take a look at is antigen-based, the time-frame is 48 hours. Children underneath the age of 5 might be exempt from testing.
If for some cause the take a look at will not be legitimate, passengers might be examined on the airport at their very own expense of $50 USD.
Crossing into Belize by way of open land borders (Northern and Western borders) would require testing carried out in real-time. Antigen-type fast checks might be administered to all land border passengers over the age of 5 at a value of approx. $50 USD. PCR or antigen checks already carried out earlier than crossing the land border might be accepted.
Other entry requirements into Belize stay unchanged, just like the requirement for vacationers to solely keep at Gold Standard Certified accommodations and lodging.
Not the primary nation to take away exceptions for vaccinated vacationers
All all through the spring, we noticed the list of countries making exceptions for vaccinated travelers develop, however now as of August 2021, the listing is slowly retracting because of Delta issues.
The Maldives and French Polynesia have each just lately made amendments to their entry necessities, eradicating the straightforward entry they as soon as had for absolutely vaccinated vacationers. Now all passengers, no matter vaccination standing, should additionally present a detrimental take a look at for entry.
As many international locations expect third and fourth waves into fall 2021, extra backtracking on exemptions for vaccinated passengers could also be on the horizon.
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