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Traveling to Placencia in 2021 (updated)

Updated: Mar 4

Placencia is open for business- but here's what you need to know when planning your trip to paradise:


Travelers are required to download the Belize Travel Health App available HERE. The app will ask you to answer a few questions about your trip and then provide you with a QR code that can be scanned by a Health Officer upon arrival.


Belize is no longer requiring negative COVID tests for those travelers that provide proof of immunization.


If you cannot provide proof of immunization: Belize requires a negative PCR COVID test dated no more than 96 hours prior to entry, or a negative Rapid Antigen test within 48 prior to travel. If you are unable to acquire the test, you will be administered one upon arrival at a cost of $100 BZD ($50 US). Should you receive a positive result, it will be necessary to quarantine for 14 days at your own expense.


Guests are required to use accommodations that have received a “Gold Standard” designation from the Belize Tourism Board. Tour


operators and other services are also required to receive a Gold Standard rating before operating. You can find a list of approved accommodations/services HERE.


Effective Jan. 26, the US will be requiring a negative COVID test upon entry, too. You have a few options for testing prior to departure from Placencia:

  1. The Placencia Health Center is a local government clinic located in the Village. They will be administering tests from 8:30AM to 9:00AM, Monday thru Friday at a cost of $100 BZD ($50 US).

  2. Emerging in Belize is a local company that offers a 2-3 hour turnover at a cost of $225 BZD ($112.50 US). They are by appointment only, but are available on the weekends.

  3. Our local private doctor (Alexis Caballero, MD) can also administer the test. We are currently trying to get more info about scheduling and cost.

We will be updating this post as more information becomes available.



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