COVID-19 and South American travel

Entry requirements

Detailed information by country

Dear friends and colleagues, as you know, the situation and preventive measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic are being constantly and rapidly being modified.

 

In this blog we seek to give you the details and updates of the latest travel  measures  and requirements in each of the countries where we operate and we hope that its content can answer any questions you may have. We hope that its content is useful and that it answers any questions you may have.

Peru

Argentina

Brazil

Chile

Ecuador

Bolivia

Updated: 11/01/2022

Vaccines:

Almost 90% of the population nationwide has been fully vaccinated with two doses. 63% has three doses.

 

Borders:

Aerial and land borders are open for all passengers.

 

Entry requirements:

To enter Peru, foreign passengers must accredit a complete vaccination scheme following the regulations of their country of origin. Unvaccinated passengers must have a negative RT-PCR test.

 

IMPORTANT

The mask use is optional.

 

Updated: 04/07/2022

Current state of the country:

Brazil maintain protocols on arrival to travellers and keeps its borders open, no curfews. Universal Health System reports very low occupation by COVID cases currently and Covid numbers in general have been steadily declining 20% daily for over 60 days.

 

Vaccines:

Brazil has administered at least 418,081,276 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 99% of the country’s population.

 

Borders:

The borders are open for international flights.

 

Entry requirements:

To enter Brazil, it will only be necessary to present the vaccination card certifying that the passenger has all the doses (2), issued at least 14 days before arrival in Brazil. It is not necessary to fill out the traveler’s health declaration (DSV) anymore.

Brazilians and foreigners who didn’t complete their immunization schedule must show a negative antigen or RT-PCR test performed one day before arrival.

 

Touristic services and attractions: 

The cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo will require proof of vaccination against Covid-19 to enter their main tourist attractions, including museums, the Christ the Redeemer statue, and Sugarloaf Mountain. 

 

Domestic Air Service:

All domestic Airlines are working normally with biosecurity protocols. 

Updated: 04/24/2022

Current state of the country:

The use of a face mask is no longer mandatory while outdoors nor in closed areas, except for a few places that still require it such as theatres or Shopping malls.

 

Vaccines:

To date, Argentina had applied over 98,000,000 doses. More than 37 million people have already received two doses and about 17 million received booster doses.

 

Borders:

Argentina is open to all tourists.

 

Entry requirements:

  • An affidavit
  • Health insurance with COVID-19 coverage

 

Touristic services and attractions: 

Operating with their respective protocols.

 

Up-to-date information on the vaccination plan: https://www.argentina.gob.ar/coronavirus/vacuna/aplicadas

 

Official information on the entry requirements: https://visitargentina.site/en/si-abrimos-la-fronteras-a-todo-el-mundo/

Updated: 11/23/2022

Current state of the country:

Ongoing vaccination campaign for the population

 

Vaccines 

85% of the Galapagos Islands population have been fully vaccinated. Full doses applied in Ecuador: 80.3%.

 

Borders:

International flights resumed operations on June 15th, 2020. Land and sea borders are open.

 

Entry requirements to Quito and Guayaquil:

  • All travelers will no longer need a negative COVID test or a vaccination certificate.
  • Any person who enters mainland Ecuador by international flight must submit the Traveler’s Health Declaration (Health Record). It will be delivered by the airline and presented to the Ministry of Public Health’s staff at the point of entry into the country. If the platform is not available, passengers can present a printed copy.

 

Requirements to enter Galapagos:

  • All travelers will no longer need a negative COVID test or a vaccination certificate.
  • Additionally, for national or foreign tourists entrance, authorities will request the traffic control card issued by the Government Council of the Special Regime of Galapagos. It eliminates the need for the safe pass (salvo conducto) issued by a tour operator or by an accommodation regulated by the Ministry of Tourism (except the safe pass for tour leader established in article 12 of the Tourist Guidance Regulations for the Special Regime of the Province of Galapagos).

 

It is mandatory to wear a mask in some closed public spaces, as well as on flights and when traveling by vehicle. Requirements may vary by region and property, so follow your guide’s instructions.

 

Touristic services and attractions:

National Parks are open to the public, including Galapagos Islands, protected areas, archaeological sites, and zoos.

 

Updated: 08/19/2022

Current state of the country:

The authorities updated the Protected Borders Plan, implementing a new scale of alerts that will determine what can be done in terms of international travel depending on the health situation. The new measure consists of 3 alert levels: Alert 1, Alert 2, Alert 3. 

Depending on the alert phase in which the country is, the entry requirements may change. 

As of Thursday, April 14, all of Chile will be in the Level 1 Alert phase. 

Vaccines:

95.08% of the vaccinated population in Chile. The percentage corresponds to people vaccinated with the first and second doses. Source: Ministry of Health.

 

Borders:

  • Air borders
    The entry of non-resident foreigners may be made exclusively by air through the Arturo Merino Benítez Airport in Santiago de Chile, in addition to the Iquique, Antofagasta, and Punta Arenas airports. 
  • Land borders
    Authorized land border crossings are: Paso Futaleufú (Los Lagos); Huemeles Pass (Aysén), Jeinimeni Pass (Aysén), Austral Integration Pass (Magallanes, Los Libertadores (Valparaíso), also: Peru, Bolivia and Argentina boder crossings are open as well. 

 

Entry requirements: 

As of September 1st, you will have to present the vaccination certificate issued in your country when boarding to Chile. 

  • The vaccination certificate -together with your identity document- will be valid as a Mobility Pass, so you can enter hotels, restaurants or take flights within Chile. 
  • We have improved our border control processes to make them more expeditious, so it will no longer be necessary to fill out the C19 Declaration. 
  • Those who do not have their vaccinations must present a negative result in a PCR test dated less than 48 hours from departure, to enter Chile. 
  • As of September 1st, minors under 18 years old will not be subject to any requirements to enter Chile. 

EASTER ISLAND: 

As of August 04, Easter Island reopens its doors, and the requeriments are: 

  • Negative PCR test result taken 24 hours before boarding. An antigen test from a health center will be allowed in minors under 6 years old. 
  • Mobility Pass (complete vaccination scheme and vaccine standardization) 
  • Single Entry Form (FUI) 
  • Round-trip ticket 
  • Reservation at a tourist service registered in SERNATUR or invitation letter from the Provincial Delegation. 
  • 7-day health follow-up. 

** Along with these requirements, passengers flying from abroad shall be tested with a mandatory antigen test upon their arrival on Rapa Nui. 

Important notes: 

  • The use of a mask inside the National Park is mandatory (Regardless of whether it is outdoors, everyone must wear a mask).  
  • If a person presents a persistent positive result due to having been infected with Covid, two results shall be attached: a PCR or antigen test taken 24 hours before boarding, and a PCR taken more than 10 days before boarding and no older than one month. 
  • All travelers may be tested for Covid between the first and fifth day of arrival. If the passenger refuses or tests positive, this person shall conduct mandatory quarantine for the following 7 days. 
  • If a traveler is classified as close contact, the person shall carry out a 7-day quarantine from the last contact with the confirmed case. 

 

Mobilization within the country: 

As of April 14, 2022, the new Step-by-Step Plan comes into force. This plan consists of the creation of three phases in which the different communes throughout the national territory will advance or regress according to epidemiological criteria and its stages are Low Sanitary Impact, Medium Sanitary Impact, and High Sanitary Impact. 

 It is important to note that each of these phases has certain restrictions that the population must comply with, in one of the phases it is possible not to wear a mask. 

In both Low and Medium health impacts, the use of the mask in outdoors is no longer mandatory. Check the conditions in the following link: https://www.gob.cl/coronavirus/ 

 

Touristic services and attractions:

Operating with their respective protocols.

 

For more information, please find our detailed presentation here.

Updated: 05/01/2022

Current state of the country:

Low risk

 

Borders: 

  • Land and air borders are open. Passengers are allowed to enter Bolivia by complying with legal requirements.
  • Local flights operate normally.

 

Entry requirements:

As of the date, travelers must have one of these three options: 

  • Complete the vaccination scheme against Covid19 (one or two doses) at least 14 days before arrival.
  • PCR test with a negative result for those over 5 years of age:
    • Arrival by air: 72 hours before boarding in the country of origin
    • Arrival by land, lake, or river: 72 hours before entering the country
  • Nasal antigen with a negative result for those older than 5 years:
    • Arrival by air: 48 hours before boarding in the country of origin
    • Arrival by land, lake or river: 48 hours before entering the country
  • Comply with biosafety measures (facemask and hands disinfection or constant washing).

 

Touristic services:

All touristic services are operating under strict bio safety protocols. Safe destinations Uyuni and Lake Titicaca are operating normally.

 

Tourists attractions: 

All attractions are open to the public are operating under strict bio safety protocols. Domestic tourism has also been active in the main destinations in the country, such as Uyuni and Lake Titicaca, where we haven’t had any inconveniences with the operation 

 

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