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: 06/11/2022

Current state of the country:

State of emergency.

 

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:
All travelers can enter the country following these requests:

  • To enter Peru, foreign passengers over 12 years old must accredit a complete vaccination scheme following the regulations of their country of origin. Unvaccinated passengers can present a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before boarding the flight. Children under twelve years of age only need to be asymptomatic to board.
  • Complete an affidavit available at https://djsaludviajero.minsa.gob.pe/dj-salud/  72 hours before boarding the flight.

 

IMPORTANT

The use of masks in open spaces is optional in five regions of Peru: Ica, Callao, Ancash, Lima Metropolitan Area, and Lima Province, for having vaccinated more than 80% of their population. In the rest of the country, it is still mandatory.

 

Domestic flights and interprovincial land transportation

All foreign passengers over 12 years of age must present their vaccination card before boarding, showing a full COVID-19 vaccination scheme. Passengers who do not fulfil these requirements will have to present a negative RT-PCR test result, issued no more than 48 hours prior to boarding.

 

Entrance to closed spaces*

To enter closed spaces (restaurants, stores, supermarkets, museums, cultural centers, among others), all passengers 18 years old and over must provide proof of having received a full COVID-19 vaccination scheme.  Only passengers residing in Peru and 40 years of age and older, must also show proof of having the booster dose, if they are qualified to receive it. Non-resident visitors, do not longer need to provide proof of booster dose. In this case, providing proof of vaccination is not substitutable by any tests.

The use of masks is mandatory to enter enclosed spaces nationwide.

*Closed spaces include shopping malls, department stores, general stores, and similar;  stores supplying basic necessities, supermarkets, markets, warehouses and pharmacies; restaurants; cinemas and performing arts; banks and other financial  entities; temples and places of worship; libraries, museums, cultural centers and art galleries; among others. 

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:

The conditions of entry to Brazil are getting more flexible for travelers visiting the country. The government announced on Saturday, April 2, the elimination of the requirement to present a negative COVID test before boarding for vaccinated residents and foreigners.

According to the new update, 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, in Brazil, 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: 01/27/2022

Current state of the country:

Low risk. The use of a face mask is mandatory in closed areas or where there is an agglomeration of people. It is not mandatory to use it while outdoors.

 

Vaccines:

To date there are over 96,000,000 doses in Argentina. More than 35 million people have already received both doses and about three million received booster dose.

 

Borders:

Since November 01 2021, Argentina open for all tourists.

 

Entry requirements:

All travelers (vaccinated or not vaccinated) over 12 years of age can enter the country presenting:

  • Complete COVID-19 vaccination record. You must have received the last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter. If that’s your case, you WON’T be required to quarantine. A complete vaccination record is defined by the vaccination country’s sanitary authorities.
  • Negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival or a negative Antigens Test taken no more than 48 hours before entering the country.
  • An affidavit
  • Health insurance with COVID-19 coverage

Underage travellers who have not completed a vaccination record can enter the country without the need to quarantine.

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

 

Touristic services and attractions: 

Operating with their respective protocols.

 

Updated: 02/10/2022

Current state of the country:

Medium/low Risk. Very few imported cases of Delta Variant.

 

Vaccines 

Ongoing vaccination campaign  for population. 85% of Galapagos Islands population have been fully  vaccinated. Full dosis Ecuador 70.3%. Land and sea borders remain closed.

 

Borders:

International flights resumed operations since June 15th  2020.

 

Entry requirements:

  • Any traveler over 3 years of age must present a mandatory vaccination certificate with QR code or COVID-19 vaccination card valid with at least 14 days of validity after completing the scheme, or the negative result of a qualitative RT-PCR test in real time carried out up to 72 hours prior to boarding to Ecuador. Passengers under 3 years of age will not present these requirements.
  • Any person entering mainland Ecuador by international air must present the Traveler’s Health Declaration, said document will be delivered by the airline and presented to the personnel of the Ministry of Public Health at the point of entry to the country. Health Record. If the platform is not available, the physical form must be submitted at point of entry in Ecuador to the Ministry of Health officials.
  • People from 2 to 15 years old, must present the negative RT-PCR test (nasopharyngeal swab), carried out up to 72 hours before the trip begins

*Children under two years of age are exempt from presenting the negative result of an RT-PCR test, (nasopharyngeal swab) or the vaccination card, upon arrival in continental and insular Ecuador, regardless of your immigration category with the complete schedule of at least 14 days of validity.

 

Touristic services and attractions:

National Parks are open to the public, including Galapagos Islands. Also, Protected Areas, Archaeological Sites and Zoos. To access the Galapagos National Park and the Yanusi National Park, a Negative PCR test result is required.

 

Requirements to enter Galapagos:

  • All travelers entering Galapagos, over 3 years of age, must present a mandatory vaccination certificate with QR code or COVID-19 vaccination card valid with at least 14 days of validity after completing the scheme, or the negative result of a qualitative RT-PCR test in real-time carried out up to 72 hours prior to boarding to the Galapagos province. Any passenger under 3 years of age will not present these requirements.
  • In case of presenting symptoms related to COVID-19, the traveler will NOT be able to enter, it will be considered a suspicious case, therefore, it must be handled based on the protocols established by the National Health Authority and must return to continental Ecuador.
  • Additionally, for the entry of national or foreign tourists, the traffic control card issued by the Government Council of the Special Regime of Galapagos will be requested, eliminating the safe pass (salvoconducto) managed by a tour operator or by an accommodation regulated by the Ministry of Tourism (except the safe-conduct for tour leader established in article 12 of the Tourist Guidance Regulations for the Special Regime of the Province of Galapagos). ”

 

For local flights that arrive to Guayaquil:

Municipality will ask  to fill out epidemiological file.

 

Updated: 04/14/2022

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. 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).

As of May 1, all of the country’s land border crossings with Peru, Bolivia and Argentina will be reopened.

 

Entry requirements: 

  • There is no travel restriction.
  • The requirement of a PCR exam as a requirement to enter Chile from abroad is eliminated. However, the test is recommended before traveling.
  • Mandatory C19 form for travellers from 6 years old. Passenger do not longer need  to auto-report the upcoming days.
  • The vaccine homologation procedure is voluntary for non-resident travelers; however, those who do not have it, will have not access the mobility pass, a requirement to entry to hotels, restaurants, museums and closed sites; for both residents and foreigners.
    Condor Travel recommends carrying out the procedure for travelers 12 years of age and older at https://mevacuno.gob.cl/. For children under 12 years of age, a mobility pass is not requested within the country, so it is not mandatory for them to carry out the procedure.
  • Upon arrival in the country, a random test will be carried out. You do not need to be in quarantine if tested.
  • Confirmed cases and close contacts must be isolated in accordance with general health regulations. Follow-up will be done based on all positive PCR samples from travelers in the last 14 days or close contacts.
  • Mandatory Travel Insurance with Covid coverage up to USD 30,000. This is mandatory for children from 6 years old.

 

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 have 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 impact, 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:

Medium risk

 

Vaccines:

Vaccination opened for persons 18 and older, the percentage of the population fully vaccinated is increasing rapidly. The third dose is being applied.

 

Borders: 

  • Land and air borders are open, people are allowed to enter Bolivia complying with legal requirements.
  • International flights to and from Madrid, Miami, Panama, Bogota, Lima, Santiago, Iquique, Sao Paulo, Asuncion, and connections.
  • Local flights are operating normally within main cities, frequencies to Uyuni have now restarted.
  • Authorities have announced that in the three main International Airports (La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz) there will be a vaccination point for anyone who wishes to receive it.

 

Entry requirements:

  • For travelers fully vaccinated, they need to show proof of vaccination. It is not necessary to have a negative COVID test.
  • For travelers who are not fully vaccinated: Certified negative RT-PCR test for people over 5 years of age, up to 72 hours before boarding in the country of origin, or negative antigen test, up to 48 hours before boarding. RT-PCR test after 72 hours after entering the country and Isolation during the first 72 hours until receiving a negative result on the test is mandatory.
  • Presentation of an affidavit of the place of stay in Bolivian territory.

Quarantine is no longer required.

 

Touristic services:

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

 

Tourists attractions: 

All attractions that are open to the public are operating under strict biosafety 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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