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Belize to require visitors to purchase COVID-19 insurance starting Feb. 15

Belize to require visitors to purchase COVID-19 insurance starting Feb. 15
Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, a protected marine reserve in Belize's Barrier Reef. (Belize Tourism Board)
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The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is introducing a mandatory COVID-19 insurance plan that all visitors will be required to purchase effective Feb. 15, 2022.

Belize Travel Health Insurance, which will cost $18 USD, helps protect travellers against incurred medical and non-medical expenses if they test positive for COVID-19 during their stay in Belize, the BTB said in a release on Thursday (Jan. 13).

The policy provides coverage for up to $50,000 USD in medical expenses related to treatment of COVID-19 for a period of 21 days. It will come online under the country’s public health regulations and also cover quarantine expenses of up to $2,000 USD (max $300/day USD).

It also covers trip cancellations and expenses incurred by COVID-19 positive travellers for extended stays, the BTB said.

“It is recommended that travellers purchase the Belize Travel Health Insurance prior to their travel to Belize. However, purchases can be made upon arrival at the Philip Goldson International Airport or at Belize’s land borders,” the BTB noted.

Exempted from this mandatory insurance are Belizean nationals, permanent residents and travellers with QRP or Long Stay status and flight crews.

Furthermore, all international tourists must book accommodations at a Gold Standard property and present confirmation of this at immigration, the BTB said. 

All travellers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, entering Belize through the Philip Goldson International Airport from other countries will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test (antigen or PCR).

If no test is presented, a COVID-19 test will be administered at the airport for a fee of USD $50 per passenger. Children under the age of five years will not be required to present a negative test.

In the past year, Belize has implemented several traveller protocols to keep visitors feeling safe, including the Tourism Gold Standard Program and Travel Belize app, which enables travellers to seamlessly plan their vacation with certified hotels and tour operators (an entry requirement).

"The new Travel Health Insurance mandate underscores Belize’s commitment to health and safety, enhancing travel confidence and giving visitors peace of mind to schedule that well-deserved vacation for 2022 and beyond," the BTB said. 

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