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

Chile

Brasil

Ecuador

Bolivia

PERU:

Updated: 17/01/2022

  • Current state of the country: State of emergency .
  • Vaccines: 85.5% of the target population vaccinated. A total of 22,654,148 people fully vaccinated (full dosis), and rapidly advancing with the 3rd dose.
  • Borders:
    • Restricted for passengers arriving from or that have had stop overs in South Africa or Botsuana in the last 14 days until January 30, 2022.
    • Open for any other destination (see requirements).
    • Land borders closed until further notice.
  • Entry requirements: All travelers (vaccinated or not vaccinated) over 12 years of age can enter the country presenting:
    1. To enter Peru, regardless of the country of origin, passengers must accredit a COMPLETE VACCINATION SCHEME against COVID-19, completed at least fourteen (14) days before boarding at their point of origin. Unvaccinated passengers can present a negative molecular test taken no more than 48 hours before boarding the flight. Children under twelve years of age only need to be asymptomatic to board. 
    2. COMPLETE AN AFFIDAVIT AVAILABLE AT https://djsaludviajero.minsa.gob.pe/dj-salud/  (72 hours before boarding the flight)
  • NOT VACCINATED PASSENGERS MUST PRESENT A NEGATIVE PCR TEST (MAX. 72 HOURS BEFORE TRAVELING).
  • IMPORTANT: The Peruvian Government has determined that, from December 10, the following regulations for transit will come into force:
  • People over 18 years of age must present their complete vaccination card, in print or digital format, in order to enter closed spaces*. 
  • Passengers over 18 years of age will only be able to travel within the country by air and land transport services, if they meet one of the following requirements: prove of full vaccination (print or digital card); or present a negative molecular test taken maximum 72 hours before. 
  • As of January 23, passengers over 50 years old, they must show they are fully vaccinated and with a booster (that is, three doses). If they don’t have the complete scheme, they need to take a molecular test (PCR) and have a negative result no more than 48 hours before the trip.
    • *Enclosed 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. 
  • Passengers who enter Peru and do not have a complete vaccination scheme, may board domestic flights and / or use domestic land transportation services, following the rules and requirements previously mentioned; but it must be taken into account that activities in closed spaces* will be restricted, as presenting the vaccination card is mandatory for these. For the Machu Picchu train service:
    • The train operator Inca Rail, has informed that they are mandatorily requesting passengers the vaccination card to board their trains.
    • The Peru Rail operator will accept unvaccinated passengers to present a negative molecular test, taken 72 hours before boarding.
  • Please take this into account before your trip.

BRAZIL:

Updated: 15/12/2021

  • Current state of the country: 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: 95% of the adult Brazilian population (72% of the total) vaccinated with the first dose and 66% of the adult population (50% of the total) with the complete scheme. In the main capitals, about 99% of the adult population is vaccinated.
  • Borders:
    • International flights to Brazil coming from, or passing through, the following countries in the last fourteen days ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED: The Republic of South Africa, the Republic of Botswana, Kingdom of Eswatini, Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Namibia, and the Republic of Zimbabwe. 
    • Borders are open for any other international flights.
    • Land borders remain closed to all border countries
  • Entry requirements: All travelers (vaccinated or not vaccinated) over 12 years of age can enter the country presenting:
    1. NEGATIVE COVID TEST: All passengers 12 years of age and above must present a negative RT-PCR taken within 72 hours before boarding, or antigen test taken within 24 hours before boarding. The test must be taken by a laboratory authorized to operate by the local health authorities; and results must be in Portuguese, Spanish, or English. If you are traveling with children under 12 years of age, please click on the official Brazilian information link.
    2. PROOF OF VACCINATION (starting Dec 18th): Certificate (print or digital) accrediting full vaccination against Covid-19, completed at least 14 days prior to trip.* Also, please note that hotels may ask for proof of vaccination to check-in.  
    3. TRAVELER’S HEALTH DECLARATION: Must be completed by all travelers, within 24 hours before boarding. For minors under 18, a legal guardian must complete the declaration.

*Non-vaccinated travelers can enter the country but will be required to make a quarantine of five days and follow the regulations and restrictions accordingly. Passengers who have had Covid-19 in the last 90 days, may enter the country under special regulations.

  • Touristic services and attractions: All touristic services are operational under safety protocols and with reduced capacity. 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.

ARGENTINA:

Updated: 27/01/2022

  • 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:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. An affidavit
    4. 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.

ECUADOR:

Updated: 27/01/2022

  • 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 70.03%. 
  • Borders:
    • International flights resumed operations since June 15th  2020. 
    • Until further notice, the entry is restricted to travellers whose point of origin or transit from the following countries: South Africa, Botswana, Egypt, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Eswaitini (Swaziland) and Namibia.
  • Entry requirements:
    • People over 16 years of age must present a vaccination certificate with the complete schedule at least 14 days before arrival in the country; and a negative RT-PCR (nasopharyngeal swab) test, performed up to 72 hours before the trip began.
    • 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

*Travelers from India: All passengers whose origin, stopover or transit is India, must present a negative RT-PCR test result 72 hours prior to boarding their flight, regardless of whether they are already vaccinated. This applies to residents, Ecuadorian citizens or tourists, who must also carry out preventive isolation for 10 days at their homes or at any place of accommodation at the traveler’s free choice and expense. 

  • 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(This provision will enter into force as of October 23th, 2021 at 00h00) :
      • People over 16 years of age must present a vaccination certificate with the complete schedule at least 14 days before arrival in the country; and a negative RT-PCR (nasopharyngeal swab) test, performed up to 72 hours before the trip began.
      • 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.
      • 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.

CHILE:

Updated: 19/01/2021

  • Current state of the country: Health alert status without curfew.
  • Vaccines: 87,20% of the vaccinated population in Chile. Percentage corresponds to people vaccinated with the first and second doses.
  • Borders:
    • As of October 1, 2021, Chile opens its borders.
    • The entry of non-resident foreigners may be made by air through the Arturo Merino Benítez airport in Santiago de Chile, in addition to the airports of Iquique, Antofagasta and Puerto Arenas.
    • The following land borders are enabled:
      • Paso Futaleufú (Los Lagos)
      • Paso Huemeles (Aysén)
      • Paso Jeinimeni (Aysén) 
      • Paso Integración Austral (Magallanes)
      • Los Libertadores (Valparaíso)
  • Other land, sea and air border crossings remain closed.

Entry requirements: 

  • Complete vaccination scheme, which must be validated prior to entering Chile at mevacuno.gob.cl, the approval process can take up to a month so it is recommended to do it in advance of planning a trip and it is necessary to remember that You must wait for the validation of the vaccine approval, iit is not enough just to make the request. Carry out a new PCR test between 5 and 7 days after arrival in the country.
  • Affidavit of travelers at www.c19.cl, at least 48 hours before boarding. 
  • Negative PCR test with a sample collection of no more than 72 hours before shipment. On flights with a stopover, it is considered from the last boarding.
  • Travel medical insurance (minimum coverage for USD 30,000). 
  • All travelers who have their complete vaccination scheme can enter the country and may finish the mandatory quarantine at the time of receiving the negative result of a PCR test taken in Chile. Results can take between 12 and 14 hours, during which time you will need to be isolated. The additional entry requirements are the same as those mentioned above. 
  • Condor Travel will not schedule activities during the mandatory quarantine period. Passengers will be able to carry out activities only after receiving the PCR results, which we estimate may take 24 hours after arrival. 

IMPORTANT:  

In the case of non-resident foreigners who fail to present a negative result of a PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 upon entry to Chile, the health authority may deny entry to the country.  

  • Touristic services and attractions: Operating with their respective protocols.
  • For more information, please find our detailed presentation here  

BOLIVIA:

Updated: 28/10/2021

CURRENT STATE OF THE COUNTRY: High 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:

a) For travelers 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, for nationals or foreigners coming from outside the country by air or land.

b) 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. RT-PCR test after 72 hours after entering the country. Isolation during the first 72 hours until receiving a negative result on the test.

c) Presentation of an affidavit of the place of stay in Bolivian territory.

d) Before entering Bolivian territory, foreign passengers who do not have permanent residence in Bolivia must have health insurance with coverage for COVID-19, for the expenses for their treatment.

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.

TOURISTIC 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.

For more information, please contact your account executive.

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