Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow announced that the Central American country’s international airport (BZE), the Philip Goldson International Airport, will be opened on October 1, 2020, as part of a revised five-phase reopening strategy for tourism.
Belize had previously indicated it would reopen August 2020; however, out of an overabundance of caution for both visitors and residents, authorities have postponed the reopening until further notice.
Based on the five-phase reopening strategy, the opening of the international airport will signal Belize’s third phase of the process. During the third phase, the Government will allow for a limited re-opening of international leisure travel with approved hotels only.
As the country gets ready to roll-out its “Tourism Gold Standard” Recognition Program, it has pointed out that enhanced health and safety protocols for hotels, restaurants and tour operators will serve as the foundation for its reopening. This nine-point programme seeks to enhance the tourism industry’s health and safety standards by encouraging changes in behaviour and procedures to ensure both employees and travellers are confident in the cleanliness and safety of Belize’s tourism product.
The Belizean authorities have promised to provide additional details on travel protocols and health and safety precautions in the coming days to prepare travelers for their trip to the destination.