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Mar 19, 2020

An Update on Border Closures as a Result of COVID-19

Deborah Baptist-Estrada

Estrada also spoke on the official and legal border points. She notes that only two ports of entry remain open for Belize, those are the Philip Goldson International Airport and the northern border.  Estrada says the ban on persons coming from China, Iran, South Korea, Japan and all of Europe, as well as the United Kingdom, to enter Belize for remain in place.  She notes that this ban doesn’t apply to Belizeans returning home from these countries.

 

Deborah Baptist-Estrada, Director, Immigration & Border Management

“Only two of our major ports of entry remain open; the Philip Goldson International Airport, which is operational from six a.m. to six p.m., or until flights have entered and departed, whether scheduled or unscheduled. The Belize northern border station at Santa Elena remains open for twenty-four hours. Those persons that are in the Consejo area who use the sea port must now utilize the land border and no health screening is being done at that area and therefore, those persons using that sea port area need to go to Santa Elena which is the land border. Other ports of entry that are closed are the Belize western border with Guatemala; the Belize southern border station, including Hunting Caye and Jalacte. The Belize City sea port is closed except for cargo vessels. The San Pedro sea port remains closed, the Dangriga sea port as well and the Orange Walk District where we have those informal border crossings. In observance of the Ministry of Health advisory on the fifteenth of March 2020, nationals coming out of China, Iran, Japan, South Korea and all of Europe, including the UK, are prohibited from entering Belize if it is that they are nationals or any person for that matter is coming out of that area, that is endemic, within thirty days of arrival within Belize. I must say that the immigration department definitely will be receiving all our Belizean nationals, no matter where they are coming from, indeed the Belizean nationals will be able to enter at our ports of entry that remain open.”


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