– Argentina is now beginning to open up. They are coming out of lockdown and some international flights are now arriving, but tourists are not yet allowed to enter. On 1st December domestic tourism will resume and visitors from neighbouring countries (Chile, Brazil, Peru and Uruguay) will be allowed to enter. These visitors can only arrive by plane to Buenos Aires as land and ferry borders remain closed. Visitors must present a negative PCR test for covid19 taken within 72 hours of their flight. They must also hold adequate insurance to cover hospitalization and isolation due to covid. As long as these conditions are met there will be no quarantine required on arrival. LATAM airlines will no longer be operating domestic flights in Argentina, leaving Aerolineas Argentinas as the only operator of domestic flights. Infection rates are stable or going down across the country. Buenos Aires has the vast majority of cases with the virus either not present or barely present in many other areas of the country.
– Since 29th July borders have re-opened and international air travel into Brazil has resumed. There is no quarantine on arrival for international tourists. The only requirement for entry is proof of health insurance that covers covid treatment. The main cities of Rio, São Paulo, Recife, Fortaleza and Manaus are in advance stages of reopening. Most hotels are now open. Regional flights have started operating at greater frequency.
– Chile has been placed on the UK government’s travel corridor list. This means there is no longer FCO advice against travel to Chile for UK citizens and you DO NOT have to quarantine for 14 days when you return to the UK. The Chilean border is due to open on 23rd November. The airport in Santiago will be the only entry point, all land and sea borders will remain closed. In order to enter Chile you will need to present a negative PCR test result for covid19 taken within 72 hours of your flight to Chile. As long as you can present this at the border there will be no quarantine required. You will also need adequate travel insurance with covid specific cover, plus you will need to fill out a health questionnaire on arrival. Please keep in mind that for UK citizens all non-essential international travel is banned until the current lockdown ends on 2nd December. Chile currently holds the record for the highest amount of COVID tests and the lowest cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Latin America. Rates of infection have been falling the most rapidly in Chile and continue to trend downward.
– Costa Rica’s borders are now open to UK and EU tourists and there will be no mandatory quarantine on arrival, however you will need to present a certificate showing a negative result for a covid test taken within 72 hours of your flight departure time. Tourists must also complete a health questionnaire and have adequate insurance during their stay that includes cover for possible covid19 related expenses. The only way to obtain this is to purchase local insurance, which we can assist you with. The cost is about USD $10 per person per day. Costa Rica has so far been highly effective in managing the pandemic and is one of the least affected destinations in Latin America. Beaches and hotels are now open. International flights have resumed from Europe and the United States.
– Ecuador borders are now open and international flights are now arriving. All arrivals to Ecuador must present a negative PCR covid test taken within the last 10 days. A further test is required to enter Galapagos and can be obtained in Ecuador. We can assist with this and the test will be taken at your hotel, then the result emailed to you. Over 90% of the confirmed cases in Ecuador are confined to the two major cities. There are very few cases in most other areas of the country and in some regions there are zero cases.
– Galapagos currently with under 10 active cases with Isabela Island covid free. Only 3% of the Galapagos is inhabited, the remaining 97% is protected national park. Galapagos has re-opened to international tourists with new safety protocols for flights and cruises in place. There will be no quarantine for arrivals to Galapagos, but every arrival will have to present a negative covid test certificate taken within 96 hours before arrival. This test will be taken on Ecuador mainland.
– On 1st November Peru opened it’s borders to most of Latin America and some US states as part of a phased re-opening. A negative PCR COVID test taken within 72 hours of the flight to Peru will be required for entry. A new customs app launched by the government will allow for contact free arrivals. Visits to Machu Picchu will be limited to 675 people a day compared to 5000 a day previously! Group sizes will be no more than 8 people and they will be staggered throughout the day. The most affected regions are northern Peru and the outer districts of Lima. The Andes region (where you will find Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca) has only seen a relatively small number of cases.