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Jan 14, 2021

B.H.A. Reacts to C.D.C.’s New Travel Guidelines

Ted Tejada

The U.S. Government will now require travelers to present negative COVID test results when entering their country. This is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, which has ordered that all travelers flying to the U.S. from abroad will have to show proof of negative COVID-19 tests before boarding their flight starting January twenty-sixth.  Travelers will be required to show proof of a negative viral test, and this applies to everyone, including American citizens.  The test must be taken within three days of their scheduled departure.  The travel industry reacted to the C.D.C.’s new guideline, praising the safety strategy, but expressing concern that the mandate could further hinder travel and ultimately delay the industry’s recovery.  President of the Belize Hotels Association, Ted Tejada says that stakeholders have taken a proactive approach. Several mechanisms are being put in place to ensure that Belize is at the forefront.

 

Ted Tejada, President, Belize Hotels Association

“We immediately went into action last week when we were advised that it could be a possibility. The only concerned we had was if it was a PCR test or a rapid test. Yesterday we understand that it is a rapid test. We contacted the airlines, American Airlines, United and they informed us that it is going to be a negative rapid test. It is good that the government as soon as they took over they started to give some approve licenses to private entities to be able to do the testing. As you are aware prior to it, it was only the government institution or the laboratory that had the technology to do it. As this moment we are aware of several private entities who had the permit to do the testing.   So what we are look is how can the stakeholders partner with some of these private entities and be able to have them come to the hotel to do the testing rather than having the tourist, let’s say leave San Pedro, have to come to Belize City, go to the polyclinic or the hospital three days prior to leaving to do the test so he can get the results. We don’t want that.”


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