Belize will reopen Philip Goldson International Airport on October 1 as the third step in a five-phase reopening strategy for tourism said Dean Barrow, the country’s prime minister. Under the move announced by Barrow on August 28, government-approved hotels will also be allowed to reopen, and approved tour operators may offer excursion activities.
The latest reopening phase also features enhanced health and safety protocols for hotels, restaurants and tour operators under Belize’s “Tourism Gold Standard” program. Additional details on travel protocols and health and safety precautions will be released in the coming days to prepare travelers for their trip to Belize, said Belize Tourism Board officials.
The nine-point program is designed to “enhance the tourism industry’s health and safety standards by adapting new behaviors and procedures to ensure employees and travelers are confident in the cleanliness and safety of Belize’s tourism product,” the official announcement said.
Travelers will be screened on arrival and may be randomly selected for secondary screening. Visitors will also be subject to a “double rapid test” if necessary, at the traveler’s expense.