What’s Happening in South America? COVID Entry Requirements

06/10/2020

Updated 4/26/2021


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:

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.

Argentina 
 
The country is closed to all travelers except those from neighboring countries (Chile, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, and Bolivia). Re-opening is scheduled for late summer 2021. 

Chile 
 
Chile is currently closed to international visitors until further notice. Upon reopening, 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. 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. All travelers are required to use a face mask plus a face shield 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.  
  
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands
 
Both the Ecuadorian mainland and Galapagos Islands are open to international visitors. Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR  COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of entry or is required for Ecuador as well as the Galapagos Islands. You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your last dose. Masks are mandatory.

NOTE: 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.
 
Costa Rica 
 
Costa Rica is open and accepting visitors. A COVID test is not required. You will need to complete a "Health Pass" 48 hours prior to arrival (form found here: https://salud.go.cr/step1).
 
Panama
 
Borders have reopened and a negative COVID-19 test taken with 48 hours of arrival is required for entry.
 
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.
 
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.