What’s Happening in South America? Here’s What We Know Right Now

06/10/2020

Fitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina


At Southern Explorations, we pride ourselves on our regional expertise and know-how. Our in-destination presence and local awareness are key to the success of our trips. Now, we look to our network of in-country experts and partners to inform and guide us as the world looks to “reopen” in the eventual wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. 
 
What does “reopening” look like for Southern Explorations and our guests? Each country we visit is different and all situations are fluid, so it is with that in mind that we want to provide you with the most current information from our on-the-ground travel experts. 
 
Like you, we want to get back out there to travel and explore again! And we will - as soon as it is safe to do so. Right now, we are solely focused on working towards that goal. As our operations team closely monitors and evaluates the unique situation in each destination, we will share with you all the intel and updates from our team across Central America and South America. 
 
Here’s what we know right now, and please check our website for regular updates:
 
Updated 1/12/21

Argentina 
 
The country is closed to all travelers except those from neighboring countries (Chile, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, and Bolivia). A possible reopening at the end of December 2020 was postponed and re-opening is uncertain for the time being.

Chile 
 
Chile has re-opened to all travelers. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival as well as proof of medical travel insurance is required for entry. Internal travel restrictions and curfews which may affect travel are in place, please contact your adventure travel planner for more details on your specific itienrary. 
 
Antarctica
 
Please refer to the Argentina and Chile information, as these are the two countries that travelers depart from to access Antarctica.
 
Peru 
 
Peru is currently open to international travelers with a mandatory 14 day qurantine upon arrival. A negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival is required for entry.
  
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands
 
Both the Ecuaodrian mainland and Galapagos Islands are open to international visitors. A negative COVID-19 test taken within 10 days of entry is required for Ecuador. A negative COVID-19 test taken within 4 days of entry is required for the Galapagos Islands. 
 
Costa Rica 
 
All travelers are welcome and a COVID-19 test is not currently required for entry. 
 
Panama
 
Borders have reopened and a negative COVID-19 test taken with 48 hours of arrival is required for entry.
 
Colombia
 
All travelers are welcome and a COVID-19 test is not required. 
 
Uruguay
 
Borders are currently open with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken with 72 hours of arrival. A 7-day mandatory qurantine is required, as well as proof of travel medical insurance. 
 
Brazil
 
Brazil is currently open to international travelers. Begining December 30th, 2020, travelers will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.