Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Belize on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Belize.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities. See Healthcare in Belize for further information.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes that may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Belize

Regulations remain in force to tackle the spread of coronavirus. Regular updates are made to the Statutory Instruments that set out the COVID-19 regulations in Belize. Updates to these regulations can be found on the Government of Belize website.

The Belize authorities run contact tracing and enforce COVID-19 regulations, including taking action against those who are not social distancing or wearing masks where they are required to.

Tourism

A Tourism Gold Standard program has been specifically developed for hotels, restaurants, tour operators and other relevant businesses in Belize to enhance their health and safety standards in light of COVID-19.

Before travelling, you must book an approved Gold Standard accommodation and present confirmation on arrival in the country.

Tourists can move around freely in Belize but are highly encouraged to use Gold Standard restaurants, tour sights, gift shops and certified transportation.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms during your stay, you should immediately notify your hotel’s front desk and they will implement their COVID-19 Response Plan. If you test positive, you will be required to enter quarantine at your own expense. Hotels and resorts offer special rates to facilitate guests who must quarantine.

Further information is available from the Belize Tourism Board, Travel Belize or Belize Port Authority.

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Belize. You may need to quarantine, subject to testing, at your own expense.

Public spaces and services

Face masks are mandatory indoors (except in private houses), in closed spaces and on public transport.

Proof of COVID immunisation is required for social gatherings including concerts, sport events, dances, wedding celebrations and wakes. You must also be immunised to take part in competitive sports.

Commercial businesses such as shops, hotels and restaurants have their own protocols to encourage social distancing. Please follow the guidance at each location.

Healthcare in Belize

If you are showing COVID-19 symptoms, you must call one of the following numbers:

  • COVID-19 Hotline: 0800 MOH CARE / 0800 664 2273.
  • COVID-19 Emergency: + 501 613 0787

By District:

  • Corozal: +501 625 6667 / +501 660 1115
  • Orange Walk: +501 614 8091 / +501 677 2839
  • Belize City: +501 615 7973 / +501 223 2722
  • Belmopan: +501 634 2870 /+501 600 2544
  • San Ignacio: +501 600 7506 / +501 621 6687
  • Stann Creek: +501 607 0133 / +501 634 8648
  • Independence: +501 624 0839 / +501 600 8167
  • Toledo: +501 614 1417 / +501 624 7619

For further information on health care services in Belize, visit Belize: medical facilities.

Belize’s Ministry of Health and Wellness has partnered with private healthcare facilities to expand testing capabilities across the country. See the Travel Belize website for a current list of approved COVID-19 testing facilities.

See Health for further details of healthcare in Belize.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Belize

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Government of Belize announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Belize national vaccination programme started in March 2021, and is using the AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Sinopharm and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The Government of Belize has stated that British nationals resident in Belize are eligible for vaccination. You can register for your COVID-19 vaccination appointment online, or call the COVID-19 Hotline: 0800 MOH CARE / 0800 664 2273 or see Healthcare in Belize for more information. Further information on the vaccination programme is also available on the Government of Belize Ministry of Health and Wellness website.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad page.

If you’re a British national living in Belize, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider.

Further information

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.

The British High Commission in Belmopan remains open and operational staff are working a combination of in the office and remotely to comply with local Ministry of Health guidelines. We are committed to supporting British nationals in Belize for the necessary consular services during this time.