Belize Requiring All Visitors to Purchase Travel Insurance

belize resorts private islandCayo Espanto in Belize.

Belize has announced new entry requirements for travelers, set to take effect Feb. 15, Caribbean Journal has learned. 

The centerpiece is a requirement for an application for Belize Travel Health Insurance, a mandatory health insurance that “helps protect travelers against incurred medical and non-medical expenses, if they test positive for COVID-19 during their stay in Belize,” according to the Belize Tourism Board. 

The cost is $18, providing coverage for up to $50,000 in medical expenses related to Covid treatment for a period of up to 21 days. 

Travelers will also be covered for emergency assistance like air evacuation and emergency expenses related to pre-existing conditions, the BTB said. 

A cottage at Francis Ford Coppola’s Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize.

Belize says travelers should purchase the insurance prior to traveling to Belize; visitors also have the option of buying the insurance upon arrival at Philip Goldson International Airport or land borders. 

The country’s other protocols are anchored by a testing requirement: all travelers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, must show proof of a negative test, either a PCR taken within 96 hours of arrival, or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival. 

If visitors do not present a test, they must pay $50 for a test at the airport. 

Children under 5 are exempt from the testing requirement. 

For more, visit Belize Tourism

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