Nothing has impacted travel and the lives of the people who work at Cotton Tree Lodge like the Covid-19 pandemic. We don’t know when this pandemic will end and we don’t know what things will look like when “normal” returns. Right now we do know that you can travel in Belize and we feel strongly that we can live safely in the jungles of Belize. This page is set up to answer your questions about Covid-19 and how it might affect a trip to the jungles of Belize.
Getting in and out of Belize
When Belize reopened in late 2020 they immediately instituted a testing process. For a few months you had to get tested to enter Belize but not to enter the US. In January of 2021 that changed. Now you have to get tested going both directions. It is somewhat annoying, but not difficult. It doesn’t matter if you are vaccinated or not, you have to get tested. Here are the current details…
When you go to Belize you have 2 choices. You can take a test up to 72 hours prior to arrival and bring the results or you can get tested at the Belize International Airport. If you decide to get tested in the US get a PCR test. Places like Walgreens make this pretty easy. You can go to a drive in testing center and they will email you your results. Simply print off the test results (assuming they are negative) and bring them with you. When you arrive in Belize you will have to show the test. If you choose to do it in Belize it will cost you $50 USD. They will take a nasal swab and send it off to a lab. They will collect a phone number and email from you and contact you if you test positive.
Leaving the country is a little different. The US keeps changing the regulations. At the moment all international travelers returning to the US must have a negative test in hand within a day of getting on a plane for the US. Prior to Omicron it was 3 days if you are vaccinated. Either way, it isn’t a problem. We can help you get a covid test in Belize.
To get a covid test you have two choices. We can take you to the clinic in Punta Gorda or you can do it at the international airport when you fly home. If you are flying on Tropic Air and have an 11:30 flight it is easy to get tested in Punta Gorda. We take you there in the morning, you pay the $50 USD fee, get swabbed, wait 25 minutes, they print out your test and we take you to the airstrip. If you want to get tested in Punta Gorda you have to fly out on Monday-Friday. Otherwise you can get tested at the airport. Please keep in mind that the Punta Gorda clinic only accepts cash.