COVID 19 Updates - Book a Trip Worry Free & Flexible Bookings

Our favorite South American travel destinations are once again welcoming visitors! We understand there is still some uncertainty with international travel so we want to make things as easy as possible. Our more flexible terms & conditions have been extended through March 2022 and our team of travel planners are here to help you navigate each country's COVID protocols. You'll find country-specific details below and you're always welcome to call us at 877-784-5400.
 
It's important to note that the CDC requires ALL air passengers two years of age or older coming back to the United States from Latin America to present a negative PCR or antigen COVID-19 test conducted no more than 3 days before your flight's departure. Southern Explorations will assist with the testing either at your hotel, local health clinic, or the airport before your international flight home.

 

Southern Explorations Cancellation Policy -- **COVID Terms & Conditions – Currently applied through March, 2022**:

All cancellations by the Customer are subject to a cancellation fee. Cancellation fees are per person and calculated based on the Tour Start Date. If you cancel,
 
46 or more days before...      $200 per person if you cancel, or re-booking at no charge
31 to 45 days before...50% of the Trip Cost if you cancel, or re-booking at no charge
Less than 30 days before...100% of the Trip Cost if you cancel






*Many Galapagos, Antarctica and Amazon vessels and lodges apply a different cancellation schedule. In this case, the vessel or lodge's cancellation policy is in addition to Southern Explorations’ cancellation policy.


Here’s what we know as of today (updated 9/20/21):

Argentina

The country is closed to all travelers except those from neighboring countries (Chile, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, and Bolivia). November 2021 has been mentioned as a potential opening date but nothing official has been announced. 

Vaccination Progress: 65% of the population has received at least one dose and 44% are fully vaccinated. 

View our Argentina trips here.

Chile

Chile's borders will open to all travelers on October 1st, 2021.

The following requirements have been announced but subject to change in the coming weeks:

  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is required. 
  • Negative PCR test taken with 72 hours of entry into Chile.
  • Proof of medical insurance covering at least $30,000 USD.
  • Online verification of vaccination card and medical declaration; link to online system TBA.
  • Five day quaratine at a local hotel.

Vaccination Progress: 77% of the population has received at least one dose and 74% are fully vaccinated. 

View our Chile trips here

Antarctica

The two points of departure for Antarctica cruises are Argentina and Chile. We are awaiting offical confirmation from both countries on opening dates, which will determine when Antarctica ships can sail. Chile is expected to open somtime before October 2021 and Argentina is expected to open sometime in November 2021.

View our Antarctica trips here

Peru

Peru is currently open to international travelers with the following requirements:

  • Travelers must show a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival or a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours is required for entry.
  • Travelers must complete an online Sworn Declaration of Health and Geolocation Authorisation at least 72 hours prior to departure and store the confirmation QR code on their phone.
  • All travelers are required to use a double face mask on flights, at all times while inside airports, as well as on the train to Machu Picchu. This is mandatory and travelers who do not comply will be denied boarding.

Vaccination Progress: 43% of the population has received at least one dose and 29% are fully vaccinated. 

View our Peru trips here

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

Both the Ecuadorian mainland and Galapagos Islands are open to international visitors. The requirements to enter Ecuador are as follows:

  • Proof of vaccination OR a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of entry is required for Ecuador. You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your last dose.
  • Please print and complete the Health Declaration Form, found here. You will present this form when you arrive into Ecuador. You may need to present it while boarding your international flight to Ecuador, so please complete it in advance.
  • Masks are mandatory in all public spaces.
  • Travelers and residents arriving from India or Brazil, including those with a stopover or layover, are subject to a mandatory 10 day quarantine and must present a negative PCR test even if they have been vaccinated.
The Galapagos Islands have additional requirements:
  •  A negative RT-PCR test issued within 72 hours of arrival is required.

Vaccination Progress (Ecuador mainland): 62% of the population has received at least one dose and 56% are fully vaccinated.
Vaccination Progress (Galapagos Islands): The population over 16 is 100% vaccinated. 

View our Galapagos Islands cruises and land tours here and our Ecuador mainland tours here

 

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is open and accepting visitors.

  • A COVID test is not required, however, you will need to complete a "Health Pass" 48 hours prior to arrival (form found here: https://salud.go.cr/step1).
  • Unvaccinated adults are required to purchase travel medical insurance with the following requirements, as detailed by the Tourism Board:
    • Valid for the entire stay in Costa Rica.
    • $50,000 USD for medical expenses, including those from COVID-19.
    • $2,000 USD for lodging expenses in the event of a COVID-related quarantine.
  • You are welcome to arrange your own travel insurance that meets the above requirements. If you don't have a preferred insurance provider the below options are registered and authorized by the government of Costa Rica. The plans average about $10 per day.


Vaccination Progress: 62% of the population has received at least one dose and 34% are fully vaccinated. 

View our Costa Rica tours here

 

Panama

Panama is open to international tourism with the following restrictions:

  • Travelers with proof of full Covid vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to arrival may enter the country without testing or quarantine. Travelers must present an official digital or physical vaccination card showing all required doses of a vaccine approved by the WHO, FDA, or EMA have been administered.
  • Unvaccinated travelers may enter Panama with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. As of September 16th, 2021, travelers from high risk countries, including the USA, must ALSO quarantine at an approved hotel for 72 hours. A second PCR test will be given at the end of qurantine. If this test is negative travel is permitted, if it is positive then a 14 day quarantine will be required. 
  • All travelers must complete an electronic signed affidavit, found here
  • Children under the age of 12 are exempt from all testing and quarantine requirements to enter Panama, as long as their parents or legal guardians comply with the above requirements.

Vaccination Progress: 68% of the population has received at least one dose and 51% are fully vaccinated. 

 

Colombia

Colombia is open to international visitors. Travelers are required to fill out an online form before arrival and must adhere to mask and social distancing mandates. No COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination is required for entry.

Vaccination Progress: 50% of the population has received at least one dose and 32% are fully vaccinated. 
 

View our Colombia tours here.
 

Uruguay

Uruguay's borders will reopen for general tourism on November 1st, 2021. Full COVID protocols are still pending but the following has been announced:

  • Proof of full vaccination will be required for entry.
  • A negative PCR test will be required for entry.

Vaccination Progress: 78% of the population has received at least one dose and 74% are fully vaccinated. 

View our Uruguay tours here
 

Brazil

Brazil is currently open to international travelers with the following requirements:

  • All travelers must have a negative RT-PCR test taken with 72 hours of boarding their international arrival flight. 
  • A Traveler's Health Declaration must be completed (link to form). You can present this form to the airline digitally or print a copy. 
  • Children under the age of twelve are exempt from the COVID-19 test requirement. 
  • Rio de Janiero has instituted a vaccine passport program and proof of full vaccination will be required to visit major tourist sites and museums. Please contact us to discuss the particular details of your trip as we expect more cities and towns to adopt some sort of vaccine requirement for major tourist sites.
Vaccination Progress: 69% of the population has received at least one dose and 38% are fully vaccinated. 

View our Brazil tours here