Belize: Travellers arriving from South African nations to undergo 10 days quarantine

The government has announced new COVID-19 travel guidelines for the passengers travelling from the nations, where the new COVID variant - 'Omicron' was found. 

Belmopan, Belize: The government has announced new COVID-19 travel guidelines for the passengers travelling from the nations, where the new COVID variant – ‘Omicron’ was found. 

As per the new guidelines, passengers travelling from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwewhether via flight services, land or water, would be required to present their proof of vaccination and would have to undergo COVID testing and a 10 days quarantine on their arrival in Belize. 

Travellers would be quarantined at the government designated facilities. 

Apart from this, a curfew has also been imposed on the island from 11 pm to 4 am (Sunday to Thursday). While on Friday & Saturday, the curfew will be imposed during the hours of midnight until 4 am.  

The government stated that this decision had been taken in order to curb the spread of the new COVID-19 variant. These new amendments in the COVID-19 measures already came into effect from December 6, 2021. 

With this, the Ministry of Health has encouraged the citizens to strictly abide by the COVID-19 health protocols such as – wearing masks, sanitizing properly and maintaining social distance in order to ensure their safety and loved ones. 

Belize government once again called on the government to remove their vaccine hesitancy and get themselves immunized as soon as possible so that the island can soon return back to normalcy. 

Various other Caribbean states have put a travel ban on the passengers, those who are travelling from the South African nations. 

The recent data reveals that more than fifty countries across the world are now having cases of the Omicron variant, which has been declared as a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organisation – WHO.   

COVID-19 vaccination in Belize: 

Around 57.5 percent of the total population is vaccinated atleast by receiving one jab of the COVID-19 vaccine, while around 49.1 percent population is fully inoculated on the island.