Update South America

Updated July 23rd, 2021

Below is the latest update to come out of Peru, Chile, and Argentina relating to everything affecting travel to/from our destinations.


  • Due to a new update in the number of cases registered over the past few weeks, the government has announced new measures from July 12th to August 8th in different regions.
  • This implies reduced capacities in most public spaces throughout the country. Since there are no longer any cities on an ‘extreme level of alert’, it is no longer necessary to have a mandatory quarantine on Sundays.
  • In Arequipa (including the Colca Valley) the use of private transportation on Sundays is restricted and a daily curfew is in place from 10 pm until 4 am. This whilst Lima, Cusco, Puno, Tambopata, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Paracas have a daily curfew from 12 pm to 4 am and no longer have a restriction of private vehicles on Sundays.
  • From June 21st Lima entered a stage of high alert (previously very high alert). This means a higher capacity is allowed in public spaces and there is free movement within and between provinces in the same alert stage.
  • International flights with over 8 hours are permitted (from the US and Europe) with the exception of Brazil, India, and South Africa.
  • You will need to show proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR (molecular), issued no more than 72 hours before boarding the plane to Lima. Alternatively, you can show proof of a negative result from an antigen test, however, it can be issued no more than 24 hours before boarding. It is no longer necessary to go into a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
  • Currently, all land borders are temporarily closed, thus suspending arrival to Peru by land.
  • Peru’s vaccination rate (19.2%) is still behind Argentina (48.3%) and Chile (70.7%). Percentages by Our World in Data from July 15th.
  • On May 6th and May 7th, two batches of 350,000 doses arrived respectively. The minister of health reports that 5 million people should be vaccinated by July 28th.
  • In Peru 67 million doses of vaccines have been guaranteed, 2 million of which have been donated by the United States government.
  • To date (July 12th) 3 million Peruvians have been fully vaccinated and 8 million doses have been given out.
  • The number of new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in Peru due to COVID19 has reduced considerably since the peak recorded in April. The number of daily new cases has been reduced to a third of what they were in April.
  • The use of beaches is allowed in some regions including Lima, Tumbes, and Piura.
  • Take a look at our article ‘Who can Travel To Peru, Chile and Argentina Now‘ for further details on travel restrictions.
  • General elections in Peru were held on April 11th. On July 19th Pedro Castillo was elected as the new Peruvian president.
  • Since the 25th of June, it is again possible to buy permits for the 4 Days and 3 Nights Inca Trail as well as the 6 Days and 5 nights Inca trail. Since the 15th of July, these trails have been open to visitors again.


  • Borders will remain closed to foreigners until further notice.
  • From July 26th, only Chilean citizens and residents are allowed to enter the country but in compliance with the mandatory requirements and a compulsory 10-day quarantine.
  • Chile is made up of 16 regions. Since July 15th some of these regions have a curfew from 10:00 pm to 05:00 and the others from 00:00 am to 05:00 am, depending on the incidence rate of active cases and the number of people vaccinated. A list of the regions and their respective curfews can be found here. Santiago has moved to phase 3 (preparation) which means that there may be unrestricted travel every day respecting the curfew. Furthermore, schools are allowed to offer face-to-face classes again and restaurants may be open every day respecting the measures for closed and open spaces. Protected wild areas and urban parks may be open to the public every day as long as the required distance between visitors can be kept.
  • Chile expects a progressive reduction of the infection rate. According to the government website, from the total population of 18 million, 11,8 million Chileans have already received their second dose and 13 million have received their first jab (as of July 20th).
  • Take a look at our article ‘Who can Travel To Peru, Chile and Argentina Now‘ for further details to enter the country (once borders reopen).
  • The reopening of Easter Island currently has no official date.


  • Borders are to remain closed to tourists until August 6th in order to stem the increase in infection rates which have been coming in at around 20.000 cases daily.
  • The vaccination rate is expected to be improved thanks to the delivery of Pfizer, Sputnik V, and Sinopharm vaccines.

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