We know many of you have been anxiously awaiting this announcement. We are excited to share with you that Victoria House Resort & Spa will reopen to international guests starting on September 18, 2020.
As you may already be aware, the Government of Belize plans to reopen the international airport to inbound flights from the United States on August 15th. Under this Phase 3 reopening, all travelers to Belize will be subject to new COVID-19 guidelines and regulations. One of the main aspects of this limited reopening of the country is a requirement that you must book a hotel that meets the qualifications set forth in the Belize Tourism Board’s “Tourism Gold Standard” Recognition Program for hotels and tour operators.
What Victoria House Resort & Spa Is Doing to be Ready for Reopening
During these past few months, we already started incorporating new safety and sanitation measures so you can trust that your stay will be in the safest environment possible. We take these new measures seriously and plan to exceed those guidelines set forth under the new Gold Standards program. Once we finalize all the details, we will post a copy of our new safety, sanitization, and cleaning protocols online.
Phase 3 Travel to Belize Guidelines
You can find the full set of Phase 3 travel guidelines on the Belize Tourism Board’s (BTB) website. Unfortunately, we do not know when Phase 3 will end or when Belize will lift any restrictions. As the situation is fluid, these guidelines could change as well. To help you better understand the most important aspects of the BTB’s Phase 3 Guidelines, we’ve summarized the overall process for you here:
Airport Arrival Guidelines
- All passengers need to download and register on the Belize Health App before departure. With this app, travelers will be asked to register and provide information regarding their health and recent travel; each person will be given a unique entry number (via QR Code) that will help facilitate their movement within the country.
- Guests are urged to take a COVID PCR test within 72 hours of travel Belize. Proof of a negative result will assure passengers an immigration Fast Track on arrival.
- Those who choose not to take the COVID-19 test prior to arrival in Belize must take a rapid test, at their own expense, at the Belize International Airport. Anyone who tests positive will be subject to a 14-day quarantine period in Belize at their own expense.
Departing PGIA to San Pedro
Victoria House Resort and Spa guests will need to take one of the pre-arranged flights directly from Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport to San Pedro and transfer immediately to the resort using our private transportation. We can arrange and book these local flights for you to help expedite your arrival.
Once at Victoria House Resort & Spa
Once you arrive at Victoria House, Gold Standards require that all guests remain on our property for the duration of your stay. In order to reduce interactions, guests won’t be able to visit the island on their own; bars, restaurants, and golf carts will not be available.
We know you want to enjoy your experience with us, so will arrange tours and activities for you that meet Gold Standards and ensure your safety. Under Phase 3 reopening, guests will not be able to arrange tours on their own. However, Victoria House has always worked only with the most professional guides and tour operators, all of whom will have met Gold Standards. We have world-class fishing, snorkeling, and other water sports, along with some fun new activities waiting for you.
During your stay, guidelines require that guests have all meals at the resort. We are working on some new and delightful menu offerings for you, along with some delicious surprises! You’ll have more choices than ever and many ways to enjoy dining with us around our beautiful property.
Palmilla Restaurant and Admiral Nelson’s Beach Bar will be open for the exclusive use of Victoria House Resort guests during Phase 3. To maintain your safety, non-guests will not be able to dine or have drinks at the resort during this phase. However, if you have a friend on the island you want to join you, we can make special arrangements for a private lunch or dinner.
Masks are Required
Please be aware that masks are required by the Belize government in all public places and social distancing is encouraged. Please plan on wearing your mask all the way through the airport, on the flight to the island, and during the transport to the hotel, etc. We suggest you bring a few extra masks just in case.
Once you reach Victoria House, you will need to wear your mask on the property, including at our front desk, walking into the spa or the restaurant/bar, etc. Of course, you can remove your mask once inside the restaurant and seated. You can also forego a mask at the pool or on the beach, as long as you maintain a sufficient distance from anyone not in your family.
Flexible Booking Policies
We understand that these guidelines will affect your vacation experience and we want you to enjoy your time with us. Also, just as in North America, guidelines can change. So, we have created Flexible Booking Policies so that you can book now knowing that, if you like, you can change your dates without a penalty.
Victoria House Resort and Spa is Now Accepting Reservations
With our new flexible booking policy, we are making it easy to plan your future Belize vacation to Victoria House Resort & Spa. Thank you for your support and continued patience as we work through this phased reopening of Belize. We know you are excited to get down here, and we are delighted to have you back — whether that’s later this year or in 2021. For now, continue to stay safe wherever you are. And, remember — stay curious, Belize awaits!