Covid-19 AND eL pESCADOR


Thank you for your continued support, friendship and patience during this pandemic. Destination angling and international adventures have always been about so much more than simply catching fish. Travel is about connecting people and places, and never has this been more important. We look forward to having you safely return to the lodge.

We are an approved Gold Standard hotel and we look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful country.  In addition to the usual requirements to enter the Belize international airport (BZE) such as a valid passport, Belize is also currently requiring a negative COVID19 test (regardless of vaccine status). All travelers entering Belize at the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) are required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel or a negative result from any approved Antigen Rapid Test taken within 48 hours of travel. If no test is presented, a COVID-19 test will be administered at the airport for a fee of USD $50 per passenger. Children under the age of 5 years will not be required to present a negative test; but everyone 5 years and older will be required to present a negative test regardless of vaccine status.

Effective February 15, 2022 the Belize Tourism Board is requiring all international visitors to purchase Belize Travel Health Insurance – a mandatory insurance that costs $18 USD to help protect travelers against incurred medical and non-medical expenses if they test positive for COVID-19 during their stay in Belize. It may be purchased online or upon arrival at the international airport. Please click this link for more details.

Upon arrival at the Belize International Airport (BZE) please note:

  1. You will disembark the plane wearing a face mask and proceed to health screening.
  2. If you brought a negative Covid-19 test, and are cleared by Health Officials during your health screening, you will proceed immediately to Immigration & Customs.
  3. If you did not bring a negative Covid-19 test, you may take a rapid test at the airport for US$50 payable in CASH only (no credit cards and no ATM machine available).

During your stay in Belize please note:

  1. Wear your face mask at all times when in public.
  2. Practice social distancing.
  3. Practice proper hand hygiene by washing hands regularly with soap & water or use hand sanitizer.
  4. Use Gold Standard certified accommodations, tour operators and transportation providers; visit Gold Standard restaurants, gift shops, and tourism sites all of whom have implemented enhanced health and safety protocols for your protection.

US Travelers - COVID Test Required Prior to Departure

Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs if they are fully vaccinated or within 1 day before if they are not fully vaccinated, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.

The easiest option available to meet the CDC requirement for testing prior to departure is to take a rapid test from the Belize Diagnostic Center right at the lodge. They are open 7 days per week from 7am – 6pm. The test costs BZD$155 if using a Visa or Mastercard, or USD$75 if using cash. Call 613-TEST (8378) to schedule an appointment, or ask the front desk to call for you.  

They also have PCR testing available to meet requirements for countries such as Canada

While at El Pescador, please note:

We have adjusted our operations to meet social distancing and protective gear measures, while at the same time maintaining our quality guest experience.  This includes distancing our dining tables and seating options, as well as requiring a face covering of all employees and guests when indoors (excluding your hotel rooms and villas), and when in public places (excluding while eating, drinking, swimming or exercising).  Signage in public spaces will remind our guests to maintain social distancing.

We have enhanced our cleaning and sanitation procedures to minimize virus transmission through high contact surfaces and person-to-person contacts. We are committed to providing you with a safe environment that aligns with expert protocols for working to defeat COVID-19. Starting with our public spaces and more-trafficked areas, we are going above and beyond our normal protocols. We are cleaning surfaces with increased frequency, dedicated staff, and recommended cleaning agents. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the property. We have added a partition at check-in to provide an extra level of precaution for our guests and our front desk team. In guest rooms, we have elevated our rigorous protocols to thoroughly clean all surfaces with government approved disinfectants. We have rolled out enhanced technologies including misting foggers to sanitize surfaces throughout the property.

We are supporting health screening of all employees, guides and guests to aid in early detection and contact tracing. We are required to provide daily temperature checks for guests (twice daily for employees). We are conducting these screenings for guests every morning - either at breakfast or prior to your daily activity (such as fishing).

In an effort to make flats fishing as safe as possible for our anglers as well as our guides we are requiring everyone on the boat to wear a face covering (buff or mask) throughout the entire fishing day. All fishing boats are sanitized before and after each day of fishing. Each boat provides hand sanitizer; anglers are asked to sanitize their hands prior to boarding. All borrowed rods and reels are cleaned immediately upon your return to the lodge.  We are required to manage queuing in an effort to ensure social distancing and avoid bottle-necks specifically around the fly shop and on the dock.  Therefore, we have instituted a rotating daily schedule for fishing departures at 20 minute intervals between 6am – 7am. For example, if 8 boats are going out we will coordinate two to go at 6:00am, 2 to go at 6:20am, 2 to go at 6:40am and 2 to go at 7:00am.  The departures will rotate to ensure fairness to everyone.

We have implemented technology to offer contactless services.  We, therefore, invite you to visit  Please click on “Guests” in the top right hand corner. You will find the site is organized into 3 sections based on when your trip occurs:

    Part 1 is for Pre Trip information

    Part 2 is information needed During your stay and

    Part 3 is entitled After your Stay

Please help us keep you safe by supporting our efforts. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your travel agent or

Thank you very much!  

Wishing you and yours the very best,

The El Pescador Family

To access the detailed health and safety protocols, we invite you to visit: Belize COVID-19 Update | BTB (