The pandemic has had a huge impact on travel, and Latin America is no exception. Many countries in the region have implemented strict travel restrictions, while others have opened their borders with caution. To help you plan your trip, here's a guide to the current travel restrictions in Latin America.
Guatemala: Guatemala sealed its borders at the beginning of the pandemic and has since done so with caution. Citizens can enter, but all other foreign tourists are not allowed.
Costa Rica: Costa Rica has opened up to all of the United States citizens and it is no longer necessary to show a negative test or quarantine.
Unvaccinated travelers must show proof of health insurance and complete an online epidemiological form.
Ecuador and Galapagos: All travelers must have proof of medical insurance and a negative PCR test that is performed within 72 hours prior to the flight, depending on the traveler's origin. Regardless of vaccination status, a minimum 10-day home quarantine is required. All travelers will be required to disclose the location of their quarantine in an affidavit and take a PCR test on the seventh day of the quarantine period.
Falkland Islands: Non-resident foreigners arriving from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini or Mozambique will not be able to enter Chile. All travelers over 18 years of age must be fully vaccinated to enter.
Guyana: All travelers must have proof of a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours prior to boarding or a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19, where the final dose was received at least 14 days before boarding.
They must also complete a health declaration form. In addition, travelers can undergo rapid random antigen tests upon arrival.
Argentina: Citizens can enter Argentina as long as they can show proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours. Another PCR test will be required for all travelers on their fifth day in Argentina. Before flying, travelers must also complete an online affidavit.
Any unvaccinated traveler, including minor children, entering Argentina must be quarantined for seven days. All travelers arriving from any African country will also need to take an antigen test upon arrival and quarantine for 14 days.
Belize: Citizens and all other foreign tourists can enter Belize with different entry requirements for each type of traveler. Everyone traveling to Belize must show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test performed within 96 hours. Tourists will only have the option to use approved Gold Standard hotels and tour operators and transportation will be pre-arranged.
After February 15, all visitors will need to purchase health insurance.
Bolivia: Bolivia's quarantine and travel restrictions vary from city to city. All travelers must have proof of medical insurance and a negative PCR test that is performed within 72 hours prior to the flight, depending on the traveler's origin. All travelers will be required to disclose the location of their quarantine in an affidavit and take a PCR test on the seventh day of the quarantine period.
Brazil: Citizens allowed to fly to Brazil. All travellers will need to show a negative PCR test, however, unvaccinated travelers will need to quarantine for five days and must be retested at the end of the five days.
All travelers must also complete the Traveler's Health Statement before checking in for their flight.
Chile: Chile reopened to foreign tourists in October. All travelers will need to show proof of vaccination, complete the travellers' affidavit and apply for a mobility pass, which could take up to four weeks to process. All travelers will undergo a PCR test upon arrival and must quarantine in a hotel or private residence until they obtain a negative result.
Colombia: All travelers over 18 years of age must be fully vaccinated to enter Colombia, in addition to completing the online health form within 48 hours of boarding. Travellers who are not yet fully vaccinated, but who have received at least one dose, may show a negative PCR test, performed within 72 hours, as an alternative.
Peru: All travelers must have proof of a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of boarding or a negative antigen test within 24 hours of boarding.
They must also complete an Affidavit of Health online. There is no requirement for travelers to quarantine upon arrival in Peru, other than travelers from Brazil, India and South Africa, who must quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Before you travel anywhere in Latin America during this pandemic, it's important that you check what travel insurance covers COVID-19 (testing and treatment abroad). Or buy the Heymondo plan with a 5% discount. In addition, if a country required travelers to have a valid tourist visa prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, that rule still applies.
You can check if you need a visa to travel below.
Important Tips for Travelers During COVID-19
- Check what travel insurance covers COVID-19 (testing and treatment abroad). Or buy the Heymondo plan with a 5% discount.
- Make sure you have proof of medical insurance before traveling.
- Check if you need a valid tourist visa before traveling.
- Complete any necessary health forms before your trip.