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Belize 2021: Travel Info

Belize 2021 Travel Adventure

"Like the soft corals in the surge of the ocean, be flexible and just flow with it!"

Hello Happy Travelers!   

We hope you are as excited as we are to share this experience with you! 

Many guest traveling to Belize have traveled with a New England Dive Travel Adventure in the past, for some this will be the first time. Covid19 has changed the world in many ways. As the popularity and ability of International travel resumes, we would like to remind you that the ways the world travels has changed. 

Each country, and sometimes each island within a country, have developed individual practices regarding Covid19 safety protocol. This link to keep you all informed about the who’s, what’s, if’s, and’s, and how’s.

This link will be kept updated as a reference page with date and time stamps for any changes that may occur about your trip. 

Below, you will find the most current information available pertaining to your trip itinerary.

 If any revisions or changes are made, a notation with the date and time will be added to the top of each section. The most important itinerary information will be kept pinned to the top of this link for easy viewing access. 

This page will be used to communicate the most recent and relevant information about your trip to you. 

This link is public and can be shared. We hope this will help you keep others in your life updated about your travel plans. Each time a significant new update is posted, registered guests will receive an email containing a link to this page notifying them. Please look for the update stamp at the top of each section to locate any changes

FAQ (Facts & Questions):

If you have a question about your upcoming travel, please refer to this page. It is likely the answer to your question can be found here. As new queries arise, as they often do, I will be adding and expanding this resource.  (This section can be found at the bottom of this article.)

Trip Itinerary & Important Information:

(Last Updated: 26JUL21) *New posts containing additional informative content will appear first in this section*

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
 
* 7 Nights Accommodation (based on Double OCC. or Single Occupancy free.)
* Breakfast, lunch, dinner
* 17  Boat dives (Valet Diving)
* Roudtrip boat transfers from Belize City
* All taxes 
* Resort Amenities
 
—- Airfare for those who purchased the group itinerary.—  
 
NOT INCLUDED:

* Nitrox (+$175)
* Blue Hole special dive day (+$195)
* $25 Marine Park Fee
* Gratuities
* Personal Incidentals


HOTEL INFORMATION:

Belize Dive Haven

 
Address: Ropewalk Caye Turneffe Island, Belize
 

Phone: (883) 428-7200

HOTEL FOR COVID19 SAFETY PROTOCOL: USE THIS LINK.

Flight Information: 

Please arrive to the airport at least 3 Hours prior to your scheduled flight to allow time for check-in, security and boarding. 

*THERE IS NO GROUP BUS FOR FLIGHTS FROM HARTFORD, CT BDL*

American Airlines
Hartford (BDL) – Miami (MIA) – Belize City (BZE).
 
 

Departing- OCT 16th,2021
AMERICAN #146: Hartford 6:30A Miami 9:40A
AMERICAN #2461: Miami 10:30A -Belize 10:41A


Returning- OCT 23th,2021

AMERICAN #2440: Belize 1:27P -Miami 5:41P
AMERICAN #1272: Miami 8:24P -Hartford 11:30P

Airport Information:

(Last Updated: 26JUL21) *New posts containing additional informative content will appear first in this section*

Note: Due to the early flight, some travelers are choosing to book a hotel room at the Sheraton Hotel on site at BDL. The 1 nights stay would include 7 days of parking in their garage. If you choose to do so, this would be booked independently and is not included as part of the group travel package. 

Bradley International Airport (BDL) Hartford, CT. 

Finding Your New England Dive Group Leader

  • Check in at the American Airlines International counter at BDL airport Hartford, CT. 
  • American Airlines suggests checking-in 3 hours before your departure time.
  • Clear Security Checkpoints(You will need a passport valid within 6mo of the date of return Feb 21th, 2022.)
  •  A lead member from New England Dive will meet you at your departure gate.
  • Download the App Mobile Passport to expedite re-entry into the US.
  • Download  the American Airlines App. in advance for updated flight information and inflight entertainment access.

Luggage & Carry-On Items

American Airlines Baggage Policies:

Belize Travel Restrictions:

(Last Updated: 26JUL21) *New posts containing additional informative content will appear first in this section*

Current Restrictions Entering Belize:

REQUIRED to enter Belize Vaccinated or not:

A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel.

*OR*

A Negative Rapid test taken within 48 hours of travel.

(Updated August 5, 2021)

Visiting Belize is as EASY as 1,2,3! Follow these three simple steps when planning your next trip to Belize.

General FAQs About BELIZE:

Use this link to answer many of the questions you may have about general policy (including covid-policy) in Belize.

How to get a PCR test Prior to Travel:

  • Many have reported getting a test at a YALE testing location seems to have the fasted turn around to obtain results. 
  • It is rumored this is because their testing is completed  in house and not mailed out. 
  • Use this Link to find a YALE COVID TESTING STATION near you.  
  • When asked for the reason for test, the answer “Covid Test” seems to be the correct answer. 
  • You will need a YALE MYCHART ACCOUNT to obtain results. A paper copy MUST be carried with you while traveling. 
  • Currently Results are listed as a 24-48 hour turn-a-round. 
  • Making a back-up 2nd test at an additional company that does testing may be a good option to ensure you have the documentation you need for travel, however you may get billed by your insurance company if you have more than 1 test within a 2-week period. 

Covid Testing Options:

  • YALE- COVID -19 Testing Sites OFFER:

    • Reliable PCR tests
    • Same day, and next day appointments
    • Results typically available in 24-48 hours
    • Convenient self-scheduling
    • Many sites are open seven days 

Current Restrictions Returning to the USA from Belize:

Effective January 26, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days​. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers two years of age and over prior to boarding. ​Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.

Please see CDC’s FAQ for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

How do I get the test required for return to the US in time for my departure?

The resort will arrange a rapid test for groups returning to the US on the day of departure at the marine back on the mainland. Currently the fee is $85+/- please reserve this fee in CASH to be paid at the time of testing. 

The resort Belize Dive Haven is what the Belize now calls a “Gold Standard” resort. The Image below will help explain how this standards keeps the country and toursims safety in mind regaurding Covid19. While the exact specifics of how you will be tested upon return to the USA are not yet obtained, the resort rests a 1-hour boat ride away from the mainland. Its friendly staff will be able to guide us in this experience with required timing in mind.  

Safety Corridor Belize
  • Health Precautions: Read Your Health Abroad and check out recommendations for vaccinations and other health considerations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Money Matters: Before going abroad, notify your bank and credit card companies of your travel, and check exchange rates. For information about using cash, debit/credit cards, and ATMs overseas, read information about your destination.
  • Safeguard Your Documents! Make two copies of all your travel documents in case of emergency. Leave one copy with a trusted friend or relative at home and carry the other separately from your original documents. To help prevent theft, do not carry your passport in your back pocket, and keep it separate from your money.

    • Passport: Apply several months in advance for a new passport. If you already have one, it should be valid for at least six months after you return home and have two or more blank pages, depending on your destination. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter.
      • Children’s passports: Passports issued for children under age 16 are valid for only five years, not 10 years like adult passports. Check passport expiration dates carefully and renew early.  
      • Europe Travel via Canada and UK: Europe’s 26 Schengen countries strictly enforce the six-month validity rule. If you are transiting through Canada or the UK : which do not have that requirement : your passport must be valid at least six months, or airlines may not let you board your onward flight to Europe.
    • Medications: Some prescription drugs, including narcotics and some U.S. over-the-counter medications, are illegal in other countries. Check with the embassy of your destination(s) about regulations and documentation before you travel

Travel Insurance:

(Last Updated: 26JUL21) *New posts containing additional informative content will appear first in this section*

Travel Insurance is not included in your package. If you would like to purchase Travel and/or Dive Accident insurance this would be done independently. You are not require you to purchase these insurances, however they have proven to be useful in situations. Without them there are many situations in which your guide will not be able to assist you if you do not have insurance.

Travel Insurance Is Highly Recommended:


TravelSafe Travel Insurance

GeoBlue Travel insurance

DAN Travel Insurance

 

Any insurance questions should be directed to the insurance company. The group leader and coordinator will not have the answers you may have about these programs. Please contact the companies directly with questions to be clear that the product you purchase covers the specifications you desire. 

Dive Accident Insurance is Highly Recommended:

DAN (Divers Alert Network) 

Dive accident (and equipment insurance) are also highly suggested options. DAN is the diving industry’s largest association dedicated to scuba diving safety. DAN offers insurance programs, and memberships

Dive Accident Insurance information.

Dive Equipment Insurance Coverage.

If you sign up for DAN:                                                                                  Please list New England Dive #2782626 as your referring dive center. 

Please keep a paper copy of any insurance policies with you while traveling, as well as, email a copy to the New England Dive Travel Adventure department to keep on file during travel.  

FAQ & Updates:

(Last Updated: 26JUL21) *New posts containing additional informative content will appear first in this section*

What if I had my own airfare or would like to use an airfare credit I already have?

If you would like to use an airfare credit you already have please notify Jill in the travel department right away that you will be booking your own airfare. Deadline for commitment for group airfare is August 10, 2021.

Please forward a copy of your air travel itinerary to jill@NewEnglandDive.com

If utilizing included transfers arrival & departure times must match or be extremely close timing to the groups planned departures and arrivals.

*Note group airfare is only eligible with a minimum of 12 persons.*

I know someone interested in joining the trip, how can they sign up?

That’s great news! And they are welcomed, there are currently  single & double spaces available that need to be filled.

What add-ons have I purchased?

 Please check your most recent invoice using the email you have on file.  

+$175 Unlimited Nitrox

+ $195 Blue-hole special dive day excursion

+ $300 Single Room Charge

+$195 Unlimited drink/alcohol package

Where can I find out more details about the trip?

You can find additional descriptions and links to information about your trip on the NewEnglandDive.com website under the Trips section. Here you will find a page all about your trip to Belize.

I have read all the details listed here and have more questions. Who should I speak to?

Any additional questions can be directed to Jill@NewEnglandDive.com. Or by phone (203) 284.1880 ext. #210