Belize Covid Travel Update

Covid Safety at Portofino



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We are an approved Gold Standard hotel and we look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful country. Belize has implemented enhanced health and safety protocols to protect you and ensure that you’ll enjoy your vacation.  

For our COVID-19 cancellation policy – click here

The following are some guidelines to help you prepare for your trip and to prepare you for what to expect during your time here. 

Arrival COVID-19 Test Requirement:

All travelers entering Belize at the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) will be required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel or a negative result from any approved Antigen Rapid Test taken within 48 hours of travel.

Negative COVID-19 PCR TEST taken within 96 hours of travel.
Negative rapid test (Rapid Antigen, Sofia, SD Biosensor, and ABBOTT (Panbio) taken within 48 hours of travel.

* Children under the age of 5 are not required to present a negative COVID test; However, children 5 years and older must present a negative COVID test.

*if no test is presented, a COVID-19 test will be administered at the airport. (USD$50 per passenger).

On Arrival in Belize:
  • You will disembark the plane – wearing a face mask – and proceed to health screening.
  • If you brought along your negative Covid-19 test, and you are cleared by Health Officials during your health screening you will be able to proceed immediately for Immigration & Customs processing. Depending on your health screening, you may be randomly selected for secondary testing.  
  • If you were unable to bring the results of a RT-PCR or approved rapid Covid-19 test, you will be required to proceed to the testing area for a COVID-19 test. Testing is at the passengers’ expense and costs US$50.00. Only cash is being accepted at this time; credit card machines and ATMs are not available.
  • Testing at the airport will be done on a “Swab and Go” basis for tourists that will be staying in Gold Standard hotels. 
  • Only positive cases will receive notification from the Ministry of Health within 24 hours. Any positive tourist can quarantine at their Gold Standard hotel; quarantine is at the passengers’ expense and the Ministry of Health must provide clearance for you to leave quarantine. 
  • After being cleared by Health Officials, proceed to Immigration and Customs, and then exit the airport via the Tourism Safe Corridor using Gold Standard or certified air or ground transportation.
During your Stay in Belize Do:
  • Wear your face mask at all times when in public spaces
  • Practice social distancing 
  • Practice proper hand hygiene by washing hands regularly with soap & water or use hand sanitizer 
  • Use Gold Standard certified accommodations, tour operators, tourism transportation providers (car rentals, domestic airlines, taxis), and visit Gold Standard restaurants, gift shops, and tourism sites all of whom have implemented enhanced health and safety protocols for your protection.
  • A complete listing of Gold Standard entities can be found at

For up to date information on the destination’s travel protocols and frequently asked questions, please visit:  


Where to get a COVID-19 Rapid test in Belize upon Departure:
  • Belize Diagnostic Center or Caring Hands  –US$75/85 – Testing to be conducted on site and coordinated via our Frontdesk Team the day prior to departure. 


Thank you for choosing Belize, and we look forward to having you with us!