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PM Briceno Says Land Borders Might be Re-opened Next Year

The land borders may be reopened by early next year. The final decision will be based on the rate of vaccination in Belize and the spread of the Covid virus as the year winds down. The reopening of the Santa Elena border in the north was one of several discussions that Prime Minister Briceno had with Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “Yes we have had that discussion and also we brought it up in Cabinet and we feel that we still have not reached the number of Belizeans that have been vaccinated and we don’t have the exact number. We’re hoping that we could target about 75% but more importantly that the spread goes down. The three month plan that was presented to us last week from the Ministry of Health is showing that we should be able to be below 10% by the end of this month so that then we’ll be able to shorten the curfew and lift up more restrictions but the goal is that by the end of December we have under control the spread of COVID and then to be able to open up the border to people that are fully vaccinated. So if you’re fully vaccinated you’ll be able to cross the border. Of course when you come back if you go more than I think it was seventy two hours obviously you will have to take a COVID test when you come back.”

Belize’s land borders have been officially closed since March 2020.