I trust all’s well with you and yours.
Just a few updates this month, including very minimal Covid cases down here in Belize.
Міnіѕtеr оf Неаlth аnd Wеllnеѕѕ, Місhеl Сhеbаt, confirmed that Belize will secure uр tо 200,000 vассіnеѕ within the first quаrtеr оf 2021.
Front line healthcare workers are first in line, then it’ll filter down to the elderly, teachers, government workers, tourism sector, and so on.
Our Caricom neighbour Barbados donated 1,000 AstraZeneca vaccines on 24th February, which were given to health care workers.
Russia has donated 20,000 of their Covid vaccine Sputnik via Panama, 100,000 of the AstraZeneca vaccine are secured via India, and under the Covax programme, as well as over 80,000 frоm thе Аfrісаn Pаrtnеrѕhір.
Веlіzе wіll роtеntіаllу hаvе еnоugh vассіnеѕ tо іnосulаtе аbоut hаlf thе рорulаtіоn, and most of the Slickrock family have had their first vaccine, or will be having it shortly.
We’re looking towards December 2021 to re-start properly but remain open from now until June for private charters of 15 (minimum) for US$2,000 per person.
For new bookings, we have reduced our pre-Covid price by 18%, and have included airport shuttles, dinner, breakfast, and accommodation on both the Friday night and Saturday night stays at Best Western. It used to exclude the shuttles, dinner, and breakfast on Saturday night.
As part of the recovery from a 95% drop in business since March 2020, the only change going forward is discontinuing the 10% discount for repeat guests due to the extra costs incurred. We will be keeping this price for all of 2021 and 2022.
We will honour the 10% discount on private charters exceeding 20 guests and under 12’s, only.
We will have selective dates next season for general bookings for US$2,000 per person, including Christmas 2021, New Year 2022, Valentine’s 2022, the last two weeks of March, and the first week of April for Spring Break 2022. Otherwise, we will shift towards private charters for 2021 and 2022 to catch up with the almost two-year hiatus and 95% contraction in business since March 2020.
Covid-19 Travel Update
With regards to Covid-19, we became a government-approved Gold Standard Hotel (Long Caye Adventure Camp), and Gold Standard Tour Operator (Slickrock Adventures), implementing extra sanitisation and safety measures that won’t dampen the experience. Prevention and minimising risks, even without Covid-19 on the scene has been our priority. This is for your peace of mind, as well as our Slickrock team.
The Belize government’s requirement at this moment in time is simply a negative Rapid Antigen test 48 hours before arrival, or a negative PCR test 96 hours* before arrival, as well as downloading the travel app.
*The Belize government has followed the US government and CDC, with a negative PCR test changing from 72 hours, to 96 hours, then 72, now back up to 96 hours before arrival.
As of March, you won’t require a Covid test to enter Belize, if you have had both vaccinations and bring proof of this upon entry.https://belizetourismboard.org/belize-covid-19-update-for-travellers/
In accordance with CDC to re-enter the States, we have arranged a Rapid Antigen test for US$75 per person. They will come to Best Western as you arrive back from the island and you’ll get results within 30 minutes.
Covid-19 Cancellation Policy
If you are unable to travel due to restrictions placed on your home country or Belize by the government(s) or airlines, or if the resort is unable to open due to government restrictions, any paid bookings are eligible for rebooking for future dates of up to a year from your original check-in date. Guests will receive full credit for the amount paid to apply to the future rebooking dates, subject to availability.
As with previous terms, all cancellations are subject to a minimum US$100 administration fee, if not re-booked for an alternative date.
Thanks for your support in the past, present, or future.
Should you want to get away from it all for nine days this year, or next, you know where we are.
Please feel free to call anytime between 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday Belize time (Central Time).
On behalf of the Slickrock family, we look forward to welcoming you to the island sometime.
CEO – Slickrock Adventures