Published on : Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Belize has recently reopened its maritime borders to welcome yacht tourism once again. San Pedro, Belize City and Placencia will be the authorised maritime ports of entry. A licensed shipping agent will required for the vessel to enter and only shipping agents with special licenses will be authorised to deal with the non-commercial vessels and to charge a set tariff of no more than US $150 for their service.
The notice to enter has to be made at least 72 hours prior to arrival and it will be mandatory for the crew and passengers of the yacht to must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon entry. Both PCR (taken within 72 hours of arrival) and Rapid Antigen (taken within 48 hours of arrival) tests will be accepted. The Belize Port Authority, the regulatory agency for Belize’s maritime borders, is confident that yacht tourism can be carried out safely by following approved local and international health guidelines along with established boarding procedures and protocols.
Yacht tourism in Belize is a niche market with tremendous potential for further growth. COVID-19 has caused many families to rethink travel and yachting tourism allows for families to vacation safely within a “bubble”. Belize’s pristine waters and pleasant tropical climate offer the ideal setting for yachting vacations where visitors can enjoy fishing, snorkelling, diving and many other attractions safely.