Updated: July 13, 2023
All listed travel programs are schedule to run.
We have been running programs continuously since summer of 2021. We continue to provide the excellent experiences our students have come to expect from us while maintaining excellent health and safety standards.
HOW WE ARE KEEPING YOU SAFE
We are implementing the following safety standards:
- Requiring all students test negative within 2 calendar days of departing for Belize
- Recommending that all students and faculty be vaccinated for COVID-19
- Following US CDC protocols for testing students or staff who show COVID-like symptoms, isolating students who test positive, and testing those who have been exposed
- Adhering to local health requirements related to masking, testing, and isolating in each program country and at each program site
COVID VACCINES RECOMMENDED – NOT REQUIRED – STARTING AUG 20, 2023
For programs with start dates before August 20, 2023, we continue to require all participants and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19. We have had this requirement since January 1, 2022 and are unable to offer any exceptions to it.
For programs starting after August 20, 2023, COVID-19 vaccinations are still recommended but they will no longer be required.
WHAT IF I TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 RIGHT BEFORE MY PROGRAM?
First, you must report your test results to CELA Belize. You won’t be able to join your program until 5 full days from the day of the positive test. That may mean changing your flight and making new in-country travel arrangements to get to your program site at your own expense.
We encourage participants to purchase travel insurance that would cover these costs and/or cancellation for medical reasons, including COVID. These policies can be very affordable and can help you to recover your lost travel costs in such a case.
If you are not well enough to travel or you do not want to join the group late, you will not be able to attend your program. If you need to cancel within 35 days of your program start because you contract COVID, you would not be eligible for a tuition refund. Travel insurance that covers cancellation in the case of a medical emergency is strongly recommended.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET SICK ABROAD?
Every program has 24/7 staff to help you get medical attention if you get sick.
If you test positive for COVID during your program (and you don’t have proof of recent recovery), you will need to isolate for 5 full days and then mask for 5 days after that. There may be additional requirements based on the rules of your host organization.
Please note that COVID-19 regulations continue to change and could change again before your program begins. It’s important that you have appropriate medical insurance in case you need medical treatment abroad.
WHAT IF SOMEONE IN MY GROUP TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 DURING THE PROGRAM?
If someone in your group tests positive for COVID, you also would need to test if you have any COVID symptoms. If you don’t have symptoms, you would need to wear a mask whenever you are inside for the next 10 days. If you begin to have symptoms you’ll need to test right away. On Day 6, you’ll need to do a self-test even if you remain asymptomatic. There may be additional requirements based on the rules of your program country or host.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact [email protected] any time.