Travel to Central and South America: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country

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October 27. COVID-19 surged in many parts of South and Central America, where borders were closed and most commercial flights to the region were halted. While some countries remain closed indefinitely, others have already reopened for international tourism. American travelers are welcome in most countries, so long as they can meet the testing and quarantine requirements for entry.

  • Argentina: After November 1, U.S. citizens will be allowed to enter as long as they can show proof of vaccination.
  • Belize: U.S. citizens and all other foreign tourists are allowed to enter Belize with different entry requirements for each kind of traveler.
  • Bolivia: All travelers will need to have proof of medical insurance and a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before their flight, depending on the traveler’s origin. Regardless of vaccination status, a minimum 10-day home quarantine is required.
  • Brazil: Foreigners, including U.S. citizens, are allowed to fly to Brazil. Travelers do not have to quarantine but are required to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departing for Brazil and fill out a Traveler’s Health form.
  • Chile: Chile reopened to foreign tourists in October. All travelers will need to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure and show proof of vaccination.
  • Colombia: Foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, are allowed to enter Colombia. Travelers no longer need to show a negative test and there is no requirement to self-isolate.
  • Costa Rica: Costa Rica has opened up to all U.S. citizens and it is no longer necessary to show a negative test or quarantine. Only unvaccinated travelers are required to show proof of medical insurance and complete an online epidemiological form.
  • Ecuador: Ecuador is open for all foreign tourists, but travelers will need to provide a vaccination card, negative PCR test taken within three days before their arrival, or proof of recovery from COVID-19.
  • Guatemala: All foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, will be allowed to enter Guatemala without needing to quarantine so long as they show a negative test taken within 72 hours before their arrival or proof of vaccination.
  • Honduras: U.S. citizens are allowed to enter Honduras but if they are not vaccinated, they will need to show a negative test taken within 72 hours.
  • Nicaragua: U.S. citizens are allowed to enter Nicaragua if they can show a negative test result and do not need to quarantine if they are not showing symptoms.
  • Panama: Vaccinated travelers only need to show proof of vaccination to enter Panama.
  • Peru: Peruvian airports have reopened for international travel between Peru and the U.S. All travelers over the age of 12 will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours of their flight and sign an affidavit of health. U.S.
  • Uruguay: Generally, U.S. citizens are not allowed to enter Uruguay. However, exceptions are being made for some travelers in the case of family reunification or humanitarian efforts.
  • Venezuela: Americans with a visa are allowed to enter without quarantining but will need a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival.

Source: Tripsavvy

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