The Prime Minister of Belize made the official announcement that Belize’s International Airport (BZE) will be reopened on August 15, 2020.
The reopening of the airport will open entry for commercial flights, chartered flights, private aviation and yachts, and allow for limited reopening of leisure travel with approved hotels. This is part of a phased approach allowing the travel industry to reopen responsibly, to test new entry protocols, and to make adjustments as necessary to ensure the well-being of Belizeans and visitors.
In addition, the introduction of new Belize Health App is underway and will be mandatory for all travelers to register for in order to come to Belize. This will allow for proper contact tracing in Belize.
Ready to visit Belize? Here’s what you need to know.
When can tourists and foreign nationals travel to Belize again?
Foreign nationals will be able to travel to Belize starting August 15, 2020, via Belize’s International Airport (BZE) on commercial flights or private charters. Delta, United and American Airlines will resume service then.
Are COVID-19 tests required to travel to Belize?
Yes, in order to travel to Belize, all visitors must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72-hours of your flight to successfully enter the country.
What happens if I don’t have a negative test upon arrival?
If an arriving passenger — citizen, resident, or foreign national — does not provide a negative test result within 72 hours prior to arrival, they will be immediately required (at their own cost) to take a rapid test given by Belize’s Ministry of Health at the BZE airport. If this test proves positive for COVID-19, you will be required to remain quarantine in a government-approved location at your own expense.
Do I need to wear a face mask in Belize?
Face masks are required in all public places, including transit through Belize’s international airport, and travelers are encouraged to wear them throughout the duration of their flight.
Are food service establishments open in Belize?
Yes, restaurants, bars and cafes in Belize are open. These establishments are required to practice social distancing among tables for your safety. While masks are required upon entry, they are not required while seated at your private table. Reservations are highly recommended due to limited seating based on social distancing protocols.
Are businesses and tourism attractions open in Belize?
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With these unprecedented times in which we find ourselves due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are making it our utmost priority to look after the health needs of our staff members, our upcoming guests, and our entire Belizean community. Additionally, the Belizean government has declared a state of emergency which will keep our borders closed for the time being. For these reasons, Table Rock will be closed from March 21 – June 30, 2020.
If you have a reservation for a stay with us anytime from March 20-July 31, 2020, we are amending our usual cancellation policy and allowing penalty-free rebookings for stays up to one year from your original reservation date.
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The Mayans believed that chocolate held intense, mystical powers and was associated with the great gods that ruled their culture. And who can blame them? I mean, it’s probably not far from the truth. Chocolate still holds the allure of decadence, romance, and for some serious chocolate lovers a bit of ecstasy. Belize is home to dozens of small cacao farms, where the fruit that is the source of all chocolate is still grown in the traditional organic Mayan way. The best and freshest of all chocolates can be found here at family businesses like Belize Chocolate Company and Ajaw Chocolate, where the chocolate is made by hand with craftsmanship that is still fit for the gods.
2. JUMP INTO A WATERFALL TOGETHER
Is there any image more romantic than you and your favorite person frolicking in a fresh, clear waterfall? How about something a bit more thrilling? A bit more shocking? A bit more adventurous? Don’t just swim in that waterfall together–jump off it hand in hand. Western and southern Belize are peppered with waterfalls off all sizes and intensities. From tiny babbling falls spilling over limestone smoothed by the millennia to gushing behemoths barreling like a freight train into valleys one thousand feet below. And while we wouldn’t recommend taking the plunge off the latter, there are some stunning spots for just this thing throughout Belize. Make the leap at tons of gorgeous locations, like The Showers in Cristo Rey Village (pictured here), or from the big rock at Big Rock Falls. The possibilities for the most exciting type of romance abound!
3. INDULGE IN A PRIVATE CANDLELIGHT DINNER
It has long been held that food is the way to a person’s heart. Add private table service, loads of candles and flowers, and a backdrop that makes you feel as if you’re in a screensaver, and you have the perfect recipe for romance. Whether you’re indulging on the coast, cayes, or the jungles of Belize (pictured here at Table Rock Jungle Lodge), a private dinner will make even the hardest-hearted of us swoon.
4. RELAX WITH A COUPLE’S MASSAGE
Not much needs to be said here. I mean, seriously, experiencing the pleasure of a deep tissue massage in the beauty of Belize side-by-side with your love. . . well, it kind of speaks for itself. In-room and spa massage for couples is available at most well-appointed lodges and resorts throughout the country.
5. SAY “I DO” IN THE RAINFOREST
Destinations weddings continue to grow in popularity, and the romance that surrounds tying the knot in exotic locations such as Belize adds to their allure for both the couple getting married and the family and friends who come to witness their union. With the second largest barrier reef in the world, Mayan temples, and dense jungles, there is a location that is perfect for almost everyone. Whether you plan your wedding through a professional wedding consultant, like Signature Belize Weddings, or the resort you’re staying at, like Table Rock Jungle Lodge, you’re certain to begin your new life together in a setting you will never forget.
The San Ignacio Market in the Cayo District of Belize is a colorful and vibrant outdoor space right on the banks of the Macal River. Full of vendors at stalls selling everything from papaya to natural herbal medicines, there is a little something for everyone. Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are the biggest and most interesting days to visit the market—the place to see and be seen if you’re a local. Although the market is open 7 days a week, your best bet for getting the most out of this unique cultural experience is a Saturday morning visit.
So, what are you likely to see and what are our top picks for a morning at the market? Read on for 5 Cool Things to Do at the San Ignacio Market:
1. EAT SOME PANADES
Similar to what you may know as Empanadas, Belizean Panades (pronounced “puh-NAH-duhs”) are one of the tastiest and most common types of fast food to be found in the country. The name comes from the Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Belizean panades are made by folding corn massa (dough) over a stuffing, which most commonly consists of meat, fish, or refried beans. Or try some of the other delectable Belizean-style fast food fare–rice’n’beans, meat pies, coconut tarts, and garnaches, just to name a few.
2. CHECK OUT HAND CARVINGS ETCHED IN SLATE
Using techniques passed on through the generations, locals artisans retrieve this beautiful black stone from “the bush” and spend painstaking hours carving intricate details by hand depicting Mayan symbols, Belizean cultural icons, and wildlife. You can also find loads of other unique handmade cultural items, like clothing, handbags, beaded jewelry, and wood carvings, from Belize and nearby Guatemala at the market.
3. BURN SOME COPAL
Copal, the traditional Mayan incense made from the cured sap of the fragrant copal tree, is just one of many traditional Mayan items you’ll find for sale at the market. Get yourself a small block and try it out in a handmade clay incense burner.
4. FIND A NATURAL CURE FROM THE RAINFOREST
Traditional cures using homeopathic remedies from the jungle have been in use in the tropics for thousands of years and continue to be widely used and accepted in Belize. From treatments for skin rashes to diabetes, you’re bound to find something to cure whatever ails you.
5. TRY SOMETHING FRESH
Ever eaten a soursop? How about a sapodilla fruit, star fruit, coco yam, or custard apple? Market is the perfect place to try a new tropical fruit or veggie. Get wild and crazy and take a big bite of life!