COVID 19 Updates

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. You'll find country-specific details below and you're always welcome to call us at 877-784-5400.
 
As of June 12, 2022, the USA does not require a Covid test to re-enter the country. More details on US entry requirements can be found here

 

Here’s what we know as of today (updated 10/28/22):

Argentina

Argentina is open for international tourism and all Covid-related entry requirements have been lifted. 

  • Covid vaccination is not required, although it is highly recommended.
    • If you have proof of vaccination it is advised to travel with a copy.
  • Covid tests are no longer required for entry into the country.
    • Some trips, specifically Antarctica expeditions, do require PCR test in order to board. Please contact your trip specialist for details.
  • Proof of insurance is not required but highly recommended. 


View our Argentina trips here.

Chile

Chile is open for international tourism with these requirements:

  • Vaccinated travelers must show their certificate of vaccination issued by their country of origin along with their identity documents (passport).  
  • OR, if you are unvaccinated, you must show a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours from your final flight into Chile. 
  • There are no requirements for travelers under the age of 18. 
  • Travel insurance is not mandatory but highly recommended. 

Easter Island is gradually reopening with limited flights and the following entry requirements:
  • ​Negative PCR test taken 24 hours before boarding. 
  • Active Mobility Pass.
    • Proof of vaccination must be verified on the official Chilean vaccination website (mevacuno.gob.cl) and you'll receive a digital "Mobility Pass" that you can use for travel within Chile.
    • To be considered fully vaccinated you will need a booster no older than 6 months before entry.
    • This process should take 48 hours but it is advised to submit your information as soon as possible.
  • Single Entry Form (FUI) - https://ingresorapanui.interior.gob.cl/
  • Round-trip ticket. 
  • Reservation at a hotel registered with the SERNATUR tourism agency. 
  • Online health follow-up 7 days after entering Easter Island. 
  • You may receive an antigen test upon arrival on Easter Island. Random tests between day 1 and day 5 of your trip may be requested. 

View our Chile trips here

Antarctica

The two points of departure for Antarctica cruises are Argentina and Chile. Depending on your specific trip you will need to follow the protocols of one or both countries. Also, some Antarctica cruises use charter flights to reach their port of embarkation so please contact your trip planner for exact details.

View our Antarctica trips here

Peru

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

  • Upon your international arrival into Peru, you must present one of the following: Proof of Covid vaccination (original, no copies) *OR* a printed copy of your negative Covid PCR test results taken within 48 hours of your departure flight time to Lima. Your airline may also request this information at check in.
  • Peru requires tourists to be fully vaccinated (according their home country’s definition), and present proof in the form of original vaccination card or official QR code.
  • Masks are required on all trains and public transportation, including the train to Machi Picchu, so please pack masks for the trip.

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 NOT mandatory in public spaces, however, private establishments may require them and the Ministry of Public Health encourages their use.
  • 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:
  • Proof of vaccination OR a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of entry is required for the Galapagos Islands. You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your last dose.

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

 

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is open and accepting visitors.

  • Travelers to Costa Rica are not required to show proof of vaccination status or proof of a medical insurance policy to cover an COVID-19 related illness.

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.
  • 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.
 

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.

Proof of complete vaccination is required to enter Colombia. Two exceptions:

  1. Travelers with just one shot may enter as long as they present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight departure. 
  2. Travelers who completed their vaccination, but within 14 days of entry, may enter with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight departure.  

Proof of vaccination will be required to enter any location with concentrated gatherings, including bars and restaurants.

View our Colombia tours here.

 

Uruguay

Uruguay is open to international visitors with the following protocols:

  • Covid vaccination is not required, although it is highly reccommended.
    • Unvaccinated travelers will need to present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to boarding their final flight into Uruguay.
    • Vaccinated travelers will not need to take a covid test for entry, but they will need to provide proof of complete vaccination.
  • Proof of health insurance effective in Uruguay for the duration of your stay is required for all foreign travelers entering Uruguay.

View our Uruguay tours here
 

Brazil

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

  • Fully vaccinated travelers will only need to show their vaccine card upon check-in at the airport for their international flight to Brazil.
    • Applies to travelers 12+ years old only.
    • To be considered fully vaccinated, the traveler must have received the final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days prior to boarding.
  • Unvaccinated, or partially vaccinated, travelers must show a neagtive covid test (PCR or antigen) taken within one day of boarding their first flight enroute to Brazil.
    • Test must be lab certified; no self-tests allowed.

View our Brazil tours here