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Beginning Monday, August 9, 2021, Belize will now not be making exceptions for vaccinated passengers to skip testing and would require a destructive 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 nearly 6 months of permitting totally vaccinated passengers to skip all testing, they’re eradicating the exception on account of issues over Delta variants.
The brand new testing rule comes as a shock, as Belize has not seen a substantial variety of new instances, hospitalizations, or deaths on account 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 elevated dangers posed by latest variants of the Covid-19 virus and in an effort to guard each worldwide guests and the native inhabitants.”
The newest knowledge exhibits solely 13% of the inhabitants is totally vaccinated and 20% having acquired at the very least the primary shot.
No extra exemptions for vaccinated vacationers
As of August 9th, all passengers will probably be required to submit proof of a destructive 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. Kids beneath the age of 5 will probably be exempt from testing.
If for some purpose the take a look at is just not legitimate, passengers will probably be examined on the airport at their very own expense of $50 USD.
Crossing into Belize through open land borders (Northern and Western borders) would require testing completed in real-time. Antigen-type speedy assessments will probably be administered to all land border passengers over the age of 5 at a price of approx. $50 USD. PCR or antigen assessments already carried out earlier than crossing the land border will probably be accepted.
Different entry necessities into Belize stay unchanged, just like the requirement for vacationers to solely keep at Gold Customary Licensed resorts and lodging.
Not the primary nation to take away exceptions for vaccinated vacationers
All all through the spring, we noticed the record of nations making exceptions for vaccinated vacationers develop, however now as of August 2021, the record is slowly retracting on account of Delta issues.
The Maldives and French Polynesia have each lately made amendments to their entry necessities, eradicating the straightforward entry they as soon as had for totally vaccinated vacationers. Now all passengers, no matter vaccination standing, should additionally present a destructive take a look at for entry.
As many international locations predict third and fourth waves into fall 2021, extra backtracking on exemptions for vaccinated passengers could also be on the horizon.
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