South America

Travel to South America: Travel Restrictions Update

Tara Sutherland

Tara Sutherland  |  26 October 2021

Where can I travel to now? This guide will give you an overview of the travel restrictions currently in place in South America.

As South American destination specialists we have contacts on the ground throughout South America and we can give you up to date advice on where to travel in South America. With 24-hour support on the ground, we also help you to travel with confidence.

As more and more of the world is getting vaccinated against COVID, borders are starting to reopen to travel again. Be sure to check our destinations below, and the current travel restrictions in place to see where you can travel now.

And don’t forget: Please make sure your passport is up to day with at least 6 months validity!

If you are looking for information on Mexico, Cuba & Central America, please see here

Peru

Status:  OPEN for travel

Peru opened its international borders again in March 2021, and travel to the amazing sites in Peru is once again possible, including Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Peruvian Amazon. Come prepared, double facemasks are required to enter many establishments, including shopping centers, markets, supermarkets, department stores, and other crowded places.

Current entry requirements:

  • Peruvians, resident foreigners and non-resident foreigners aged 12 years and older, must prove that they have completed the COVID-19 vaccine dose fourteen (14) days before boarding at their point of origin; otherwise, they can present a negative molecular test with a result date no more than 72 hours before boarding at their point of origin. Children under twelve years of age are only required to be asymptomatic for boarding. 

  • All passengers must also complete an affidavit of health here.  These requirements may change, so we advise you to contact your airline days prior your flight to gather the proper documentation and regularly consult the airport website for the latest guidance.

Visit the Peru tourism website for further information and updates.

 

Ecuador and the Galapagos

Status:  OPEN for travel

Ecuador reopened its borders for international travel earlier this year, and since then visitors have been enjoying the Andes, the Amazon and in particular the Galapagos Islands.

As for December 1st, 2021, entry is prohibited to people whose points of origin or transit are: South Arica, Botswana, Egypt, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbawe, Eswatini (Swaziland) and Namibia.

Passengers that are not fully vaccinated will not be allowed to enter to Ecuador and  the Galapagos Islands. 

Entry to mainland Ecuador:

All travellers over the age of 16 years old, regardless of their migratory category, must present:

  • A negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test result, taken within 72 hours before boarding your flight

  •  A COVID-19 vaccination certificate, valid for at least 14 days in advance

  • Everybody entering mainland Ecuador by international air must submit the Travellers Health Declaration, which can be downloaded here. 

Children between 2-15 years, 11 months and 29 days of age must present A negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test result, taken within 72 hours before boarding your flight to the Ecuador

Travel to the Galapagos Islands:

  • A negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test result, taken within 72 hours before boarding your flight to the Galapagos (there are testing centres available in Quito and Guayaquil, please as your consultant for more detail)

  • A transit control card (again, please ask your travel consultant to assist you with this)

Visit the Ecuador tourism website for further information and updates.

 

Chile

Status:  OPEN for travel from 1 November 2021

The majority of the population of Chile has been vaccinated against Covid, and travel is set to commence again throughout the country.

Current entry requirements:

  • All foreigners who enter Chile must be fully vaccinated against COVID with their vaccination scheme validated on the website mevacuno.gob.cl  **this takes approx 30 days at present** This should not be completed more than 454 days prior to arrival

  • You must present and affidavit at least 48 hours before boarding on the website www.c19.cl and have:

  • Negative PCR up to 72 hours before flight departure time.

  • Medical insurance with a minimum coverage of US dollars $30,000.

  • Upon entering the country: maintain isolation until receiving a negative PCR test result, performed upon arrival in Chile

  • If you are traveling to Magallanes Region (Torres del Paine National Park, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Navarino), you will need a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours before arriving in the Region.

 

The following airports can be used for entry into Chile from December 1st, 2021, provided that the vaccinations received have been validated in advance via https://mevacuno.gob.cl/:
• Santiago (SCL)
• Iquique (IQQ)
• Antofagasta (ANF)
• Punta Arenas (PUQ)

Open land border crossings from December 1st, 2021:
• Chacalluta - Border between Chile and Peru
• Colchane - Border between Chile and Bolivia
• Pino Hachado - Border between Chile (Araucania) and Argentina

Open land border crossings between Chile and Argentina from January 1st, 2022:
• Los Libertadores (Crossing to Mendoza)
• Cardenal Samoré (Crossing to Bariloche/Villa Angostura)
• Río Don Guillermo (Crossing to El Calafate)

Easter Island (Rapa Nui) from 3rd Feb 2022 with the following:

  • All travellers must be fully vaccinated against COVID 

  • You must present a valid mobility pass

  • Negative PCR taken no more than 48 hours before flight

Regulation on PCR tests for travellers from December 1st, 2021:
• All persons who have received a booster vaccination (3rd dose) in the last six months prior to travel and this has been validated and consequently entered in the Chilean mobility pass will be exempted from the PCR tests and isolation upon entry into the country.

• All persons without receiving booster vaccination (3rd dose) 6 months before departure still have to take a PCR test upon entry and need to isolate. As soon as they receive a negative test result, the mobility pass will be activated.

• People who arrive in Santiago (SCL) and have a connecting flight will take the PCR test in Santiago airport, but no longer have to stay in Santiago, but can wait for the PCR test result at their final destination.

All visitors must use private transport and go directly from entering the country to the declared address to carry out quarantine until obtaining the negative PCR test result.

Visit the Chile travel website for more information.

 

Argentina

Status:  OPEN for travel from 1 November 2021

Current requirements to travel to Argentina:

  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – all doses administered at least 14 days before your arrival.

  • Present a negative PCR result – taken within 72 hours of departure, and an antigen test at the point of entry.

  • Sworn declaration completed 48hrs prior to arriving in Argentina. It can be obtained at  https://ddjj.migraciones.gob.ar/app/home.php

  • COVID Insurance (that will cover the possible events of isolation, hospitalization, sanitary transfers and any related expense)

Children who have not completed the vaccination scheme, will be able to enter the territory and will not be required to quarantine if traveling with their parents.

Adults who have not been vaccinated may also enter the country, but they must undergo a 7-day quarantine and take an additional PCR test on the 7th day. 

Visit the Argentina travel website for more information.

 

Bolivia

Status:  OPEN for travel

Land and air borders have just opened. Quarantine is no longer mandatory.

Current requirements to travel to Bolivia:

  • Present a certified negative COVID-19 PCR test – taken 72 hours prior to departure.

  • Travellers need to be fully vaccinated

  • Submit a sworn statement of the location of stay within Bolivia.

  • A second RT-PCR test is to be taken 72 hours after arrival, while remaining on a preventive isolation. The cost of the second test must be covered by travelers

  • All passengers must have insurance to cover COVID-19 care and treatment should they fall ill

 

Brazil

Status:  OPEN for travel

While Brazil has been hit hard by COVID, the situation has greatly improved and international travel is possible. Covid vaccination certificates are not required to enter Brazil.

Current requirements to travel to Brazil:

  • A negative COVID-19 test – either an antigen test taken within 24 hours before departure or a PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

  • All passengers, vaccinated and non-vaccinated, must complete a Travellers Health Declaration, which can be found here.

 

Colombia

Status:  OPEN for travel

It is possible to travel to Colombia by land, sea or air, borders are open.

Current requirements to travel to Colombia:

  • Complete a Check-Mig registration 24 hours before departure.

  • Travellers are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test.

  • No vaccines are required to enter the country. However, vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory for some regions.

For more information, head to the Colombia Travel Website.

 

Uruguay

Status:  OPEN for travel

Uruguay has just opened its borders in November 2021.

Current requirements to travel to Uruguay - arrivals no NOT need to quarantine if they comply with the following:

  • Proof of vaccination (with the corresponding doses according to each vaccine) during the last 9 months prior to arrival and having fulfilled the respective waiting periods to achieve effective immunity. (Accepted vaccines include Coronavac and Sputnik as well as those available in the EU and USA).

  • Foreigners who have had COVID-19 within the last 90 (ninety) days prior to arrival in the country and have either a positive PCR-RT test result or a detection test of antigens, carried out between a maximum of 90 (ninety) days and up to 20 (twenty) days prior to arrival in the country.

  • Foreigners under 18 (eighteen) years of age regardless if they are vaccinated or not.

The following will need to be provided:

  • Provide a negative PCR-RT test result of the SARS CoV-2 virus, carried out no more than 72 (seventy-two) hours before the beginning of their trip (In the event that the entry to the country is through a means of commercial passenger transport the result has to be presented prior to boarding with the corresponding company). Children under 6 (six) years of age are exempt from the obligation to present a PCR-RT test result.

  • Provide a sworn statement up to 48 hours prior to embarkation confirming the absence of symptoms and contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases in the 14 days prior to admission. You can find the form here: https://www.gub.uy/ingreso-uruguay

  • Have health insurance that covers COVID-19

  • Take a further PCR test seven days after having taken the first arrival PCR-RT test.

 

*This information is changing on a weekly basis, so please be sure to check with us before you travel. 

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