Compulsory health insurance for visitors is now available online

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce that the travel health insurance required of all visitors upon entry to Belize as of February 15, 2022 is now available for purchase online.

Belize travel insurance is mandatory and will help protect travelers against medical and non-medical expenses incurred, if they test positive for COVID-19 while in Belize.

The insurance plan provides coverage for up to USD 50,000 of medical expenses related to the treatment of COVID-19 for a period of 21 days, including accommodation costs due to quarantine up to USD 2,000 (max 300USD/day). Travelers will also be covered for emergency assistance services such as air evacuation and emergency expenses related to pre-existing conditions. Additionally, it will also cover trip cancellations and expenses incurred by COVID-19 positive travelers for extended stays.

Some important highlights of the entry are listed below:

• Belize Travel Insurance is available for purchase online at www.belizetravelinsurance.com. This link is also available on BTB’s websites.

• Airlines are not required to verify that a traveler has taken out an insurance policy at check-in. Traveler screening will take place at Belize’s Phillip Goldson International Airport by the Belize Immigration Department.

• Travelers are recommended to purchase Belize Travel Health Insurance prior to their trip to Belize. However, purchases can be made upon arrival at Philip Goldson International Airport or Belize land borders.

• Exempt from purchasing insurance are QRPs, Belizeans and Permanent Residents, Foreign Homeowners, Long-Term Non-Nationals, Peace Corps, Military Personnel, Airline Crews and Persons Belize for less than 24 hours are exempt.

Over the past year, Belize has implemented several traveler protocols to make visitors feel safe, including the Tourism Gold Standard program which allows travelers to plan their vacations seamlessly with hotels and certified tour operators (a requirement for entry). The new travel health insurance mandate underscores Belize’s commitment to health and safety, boosts traveler confidence and gives visitors the peace of mind to plan that well-deserved vacation for 2022 and beyond.

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