As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.
Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Belize. The government of Belize has announced a nationwide state of emergency for the country. This will go into effect at midnight on Wednesday, 1 April and will include a curfew from 8.00pm to 5.00am every day. The state of emergency is to last for 30 days in the first instance. For its duration, people will be advised to stay at home even during daylight hours and only to come out if absolutely necessary for shopping and doing essential business only. Supermarkets, grocery stores, banks and credit unions will all remain open. Cargo and essential imports will also continue to come into the country.
The Belize authorities will be strictly enforcing the state of emergency, physical distancing, self-isolation, quarantining and other such rules. Anyone who violates these may be liable for imprisonment for one year.
The British High Commission in Belmopan remains open and operational but staff are working remotely to comply with local Ministry of Health guidelines. We are committed to supporting British Nationals in Belize for the necessary consular services during this time. If you need urgent assistance, call +501 822 2146. The British High Commission, Belmopan is issuing regular updates on Facebook with the latest available information.
Further information on coronavirus and helping reduce the spread of the virus, is available from Public Health England and on the TravelHealthPro website.