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 COVID viral test (such at RT-PCR or Antigen) taken within 1 day of boarding your flight. Southern Explorations will assist with the testing either at your hotel, local health clinic, or the airport before your international flight home. More details on US entry requirements can be found here

 

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 1/19/21):

Argentina

Argentina is open for international tourism.

The following requirements have been announced but are subject to change:

  • Full vaccination with proof is required.
  • Negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding your final flight to Argentina. The 72 hour window begins when the test is administered, not when results are received. 
  • You must obtain, and provide evidence of, medical travel insurance that includes hospitalization, quarantine, and transportation coverage of COVID-19.
  • All travelers entering or exiting Argentina must submit an electronic sworn statement within 48 hours of their arrival/departure. The form is available here.
  • A Covid-19 test will be required on the third to fifth day after arrival to reconfirm your negative status. 
  • Upon exiting Argentina you must also complete a sworn statement, found here

Vaccination Progress: 87% of the population has received at least one dose, 75% have received two doses, and 22% have received 3 doses. 

View our Argentina trips here.

Chile

Chile is open for international tourism.

The following requirements have been announced but are subject to change:

  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is required. 
  • All travelers 18+ who had their second Covid shot more than 6 months before entry must present proof of a third (booster) shot.
  • Negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding your final flight into Chile. The 72 hour window begins when the test is administered, not when results are received. 
  • Fully vaccinated travelers must take a PCR test upon arrival in Chile and quarantine at a hotel until the results are returned, which average 5 to 12 hours. Travelers may use private transport, taxi, or transfer (private van) to reach their final destination for quarantine.
  • Proof of medical insurance covering at least $30,000 USD.
  • Verification of vaccination card on the official Chilean Vaccination website (mevacuno.gob.cl). This process can take up to two weeks, but cannot be started earlier than 45 days prior to arrival, so please start early.
  • A completed electronic sworn statement, submitted within 48 hours of boarding your flight to Chile. 
  • Travelers will receive a daily health survey from the Ministry of Health for 10 days after arrival. The completion of this daily survey is mandatory.

All arrivals into Chile must come through the Santiago airport until further notice. 

Vaccination Progress: 92% of the population has received at least one dose, 89% have received two doses, and 64% have received 3 doses. 

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:

  • All travelers 12 and older must show proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination (completed at least 14 days prior to boarding) OR a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
  • Travelers under 12 are only required to show no symptoms before boarding.
  • 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 KN95 or double face mask on flights, while inside airports, on the train to Machu Picchu, and in public spaces in general. This is mandatory and travelers who do not comply will be denied boarding or entry.
  • KN95 masks are preferred, if you do not have a KN95, double masking is mandatory, with one of the masks being a surgical mask, the other can either be cloth or surgical as well.
  • Proof of complete vaccination is required to enter any enclosed spaces such as museums, restaurants, bars, etc.

Vaccination Progress: 76% of the population has received at least one dose, 69% have received two doses, and 19% have received 3 doses. 

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 AND 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:
  • Proof of vaccination AND 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.

Vaccination Progress (Ecuador mainland): 83% of the population has received at least one dose, 75% have received two doses, and 11% have received 3 doses. 
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.

  • Beginning January 8, 2021, all commercial establishments in Costa Rica will only admit people who are fully vaccinated. This includes all hotels, restaurants, national parks, tours, bars, casinos, shops, museums, gyms, spas and adventure tourism. This requirement applies to all individuals 12 years and older. Proof of vaccination can be shown by QR code or printed vaccination certificate.
  • A COVID test is not required, however, you will need to complete a "Health Pass" 72 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: 79% of the population has received at least one dose, 72% have received two doses, and 10% have received 3 doses. 

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: 72% of the population has received at least one dose, 59% have received two doses, and 17% have received 3 doses. 

 

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.

Vaccination Progress: 78% of the population has received at least one dose, 59% have received two doses, and 9% have received 3 doses. 

View our Colombia tours here.

 

Uruguay

Uruguay's borders reopened for general tourism on November 1st, 2021 with the following protocols:

  • Proof of full vaccination will be required for all travelers 18 and older. 
  • A negative PCR test will be required for all travelers 6 years and older within 72 hours of arrival. 
  • A signed health form is required: https://bpmgob.msp.gub.uy/etapas/ejecutar/5717198
  • Travel medical insurance is required. 

Vaccination Progress: 82% of the population has received at least one dose, 78% have received two doses, and 49% have received 3 doses. 

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: 79% of the population has received at least one dose, 70% have received two doses, and 18% have received 3 doses. 

View our Brazil tours here