We're happy to inform you that 100% of the Chaa Creek team have already been vaccinated, leading the way in the safe and responsible reopening of travel to Belize.
Chaa Creek is proud to share the latest advisory by the USA Department of State: "The USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Belize due COVID 19, indicating a moderate level of COVID 19 in the country."
It is fair to note that the Government of Belize and the Ministry of Health have worked very hard and obviously efficiently to control the pandemic from Day One. This has earned us the Level 2 status that places our nation well above 80% of the world’s nations categorized by the CDC.
"Belize is reporting 5 new infections on average each day, 1% of the peak — the highest daily average reported on December 8." Realtime statistics from Reuters.
As of Wednesday February 3rd, 2021:
The Lodge at Chaa Creek has established an onsite Wellness Clinic on the north wing of our Front Desk offices for rapid CDC-compliant COVID19 testing. Guests can now book with ease knowing their requirements for COVID19 testing, within 72 hours prior to reentry into the USA, can be administered onsite.
Chaa Creek’s Wellness Clinic has the approval of the Ministry of Health and the Belize Diagnostic Center having met the requirements for safety, cleanliness and aeriation. Hand soap, sanitizer and hand towels are provided before entering the properly ventilated clinic. Doors and windows remain open while the swab testing is being conducted. Swabbing will take 10 seconds per person and guests can expect results within a 20 minute window. After each swabbing interval the clinic is thoroughly sanitized.
With stays of three nights or more, your family or group can receive two tests free of charge. This offer cannot be combined with other offers and is valid on new reservations only.
As of Wednesday January 17th, 2021:
The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a January 12, 2021 notice that all travelers returning to the USA, including citizens, residents and visitors, must show proof of a negative COVID19 test taken within three days prior to arrival effective beginning January 26th, 2021.
From the Belize Tourism Board: "In response to the new CDC requirement, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), after consultation with the Belize Ministry of Health and Wellness, confirmed that testing will be expanded and made available to all passengers departing Belize for the US. Further details including cost and testing locations across the country are being determined. All individuals who plan to visit Belize can, therefore, proceed with their travel plans."
As of January 21st 2021: Chaa Creek has secured the services of a government licensed practitioner to facilitate the rapid tests required for reentry into the United States. The tests will be offered on site at Chaa Creek and the results made available within the 72 hours prior to entry into the USA as required by the CDC. Please contact our reservations team to find out more at [email protected] or TOLL FREE at +1-877-709-8708.
We’ll keep you updated here with the latest information, and please, travel safe.
Read more about the CDC's new policy here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
In the forty years that The Lodge at Chaa Creek has been sharing our rainforest home with thousands of guests from all over the world, we’ve experienced any number of challenges. And, as dramatic as this new global pandemic has been, one thing remains constant – our commitment to ensuring the wellbeing of our guests, staff, and local communities.
The high standards and practices we already had in place made it easy to become certified as a Belize Tourism Board Tourism Gold Standard ecoresort and tour operator. From the moment we greet our guests at the airport, to contactless check ins, enhanced hygienic protocols, specialized staff training and other practices, all overseen by a dedicated Health and Safety Manager on duty 24/7, we’re well prepared to meet any new challenges that may arise.
Set within a 400-acre private nature reserve with the rainforest and Macal River continually refreshing the air, Chaa Creek’s nature-based vacations encourage healthy activities, while our farm-to-table dining and Hilltop Spa contribute to a wholesome visit.
And rest assured that we will continue to liaise with our tourism and travel colleagues, airlines, Belize’s Ministry of Health, the US Center for Disease Control and other authorities to make sure we have the most up-to-date information and resources to offer our guests the safest, most worry-free and enjoyable vacations possible. That’s our commitment to you.
All of us here at Chaa Creek look forward to welcoming you to our rainforest paradise, and please feel free to contact us directly with any questions or concerns you may have.
Sincerely, Mick and Lucy Fleming – Chaa Creek’s Founders
To be a part of the Gold Standard Certification, we have the following in place:
Exceptional circumstances call for exceptional responses, so in addition to taking protective measures as suggested by the World Health Organization, we have amended our travel policy.
We recognize and appreciate your trust in us, and we endeavor – now more than ever - to provide you with peace of mind when you choose The Lodge at Chaa Creek or your stay in Belize.
The following policies only apply to reservations made starting September 2nd 2020 and include stays up to June 15th 2021.
As of March 5th, 2021:
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These are important new changes. We’re confident that the Government of Belize, the Ministry of Health and Belize Tourism Board are doing their best to balance health and safety concerns with your freedom to enjoy a relaxing, carefree Belize vacation.
Thank you for your continued support and patience as we all work through this phased reopening of Belize, and rest assured that we’ll go the extra distance to provide the most enjoyable, exciting and healthy vacation possible.
We appreciate how comforting being surrounded by pristine nature while enjoying casually luxurious lodgings, amenities, activities and dining can be right now, and the Fleming Family, along with Chaa Creek’s managers and staff, are all looking forward to welcoming visitors back to our little slice of paradise.
We’ll continue to provide updates on our website, and invite you to check in regularly for information and inspiration. For now, wherever you are, please look after yourselves and each other, and stay well.
Just like the ancient Maya temples and lush rainforests that surround us, we plan on being around for a long time – and will be here waiting to welcome you.