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Jan 26, 2022

Borders to Reopen Feb 1; Vaccination May Be Requirement

This week the neighboring state of Quintana Roo, Mexico went to level orange on its five scale COVID-19 alerts. Orange is second highest, just below red, with a number of restrictions in place. That orange will be activated for the next week. But so far, the plan to reopen Belize’s land borders by February first is still in effect. This morning we asked Prime Minister John Briceño for an update. He confirmed that the plan to reopen the land border next week Tuesday is still a go. However, not much has been said about the regulations that will be enforced at the borders for Belizeans. It is possible that only the vaccinated will be allowed to cross the border.


Prime Minster John Briceño

“The border is still set to be open on the first of February, at least if nothing big happens. But the plan is we want to open it the first of February.”


Paul Lopez

“What sort of regulations can we expect there?”


Prime Minister John Briceño

John Briceño

“Well, one of things, and I need to verify. One of the things we want to see is that you must be vaccinated to be able to cross the border. That is one of the things. And, hopefully that will encourage more people to get vaccinated. We need to get vaccinated. That is the only way you can protect yourself, or we can help to protect you. The number of vaccination has been down now to about two hundred per day. We need to do more. If we could get at least to seventy percent, then I think we will be way much better off.”

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