Update South America

Updated October 13th, 2021

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


  • The Peruvian government has extended the validity of the current measures until October 17th.
  • All cities are on a ‘moderate level of alert’. The daily curfew from 1 am to 4 am.
  • The use of a mask is mandatory throughout the country, as well as the use of double masks in closed places, such as airports, shopping centers, banks, supermarkets, among others.
  • The use of beaches is allowed in some regions including Lima, Tumbes, and Piura.
  • Since July 15th, 2021, it is again possible to buy permits for the 4/3 and 5/4 Inca trail. Since October 11th it is again possible to buy permits for 2022. For more information on the new rules for the Inca trail as well as visits to Machu Picchu check out our page on New Rules for Machu Picchu 2021.
Entry restrictions & requirements for travelers:
  • The border to Peru is open.
  • Travelers from South Africa or who have made a stopover in South Africa in the last 14 days are still not allowed to enter Peruvian territory until October 17th.
  • You will need to show a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test, issued no more than 72 hours before boarding the plane to Lima. We recommend double-checking the entry requirements with your airline before flying.
  • Full vaccination no longer waives the need to get a PCR test (as was previously announced). It is necessary for all travelers over the age of 12 to present a negative result from a PCR test.
  • It is no longer necessary to go into a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
  • Travelers are required to fill in an online sworn health declaration before entry to the plane will be granted.
  • Children under the age of 12 only need to present a medical certificate of good health upon arrival in Peru.
  • Currently, all land borders are temporarily closed, thus suspending arrival to Peru by land.


  • Since October 1st there has no longer been a curfew in Chile.
  • For some activities and at some sites, there are reduced capacities.
  • The reopening of Easter Island currently has no official date.
Entry restrictions & requirements for travelers:
  • From November 1st the entry restrictions are eased, allowing a shorter quarantine period. Upon arrival, travelers will still require a negative result to a PCR test no older than 72 hours.
  • While waiting for the results (which takes in average a couple of hours), travelers must quarantine in a hotel room. Upon receiving a negative test result, travelers may leave.
  • To enter travelers must get a mobility pass under mevacuno.gob.cl (proof of vaccination) before arriving in Chile.
  • It can take around a month to get the mobility pass, so we recommend applying for your pass well in advance of your trip.
  • Upon arrival, travelers must show international insurance covering COVID-19 treatment, emergency medical expenses, and evacuation/repatriation.
  • A minimum coverage of USD 30,000 is required.
  • A health affidavit submitted up to 48 hours prior to the estimated time of arrival in Chile (local time).


  • The vaccination rate is expected to be improved thanks to the delivery of Moderna and Astra Zeneca vaccines.
Entry restrictions & requirements for travelers:
  • Since October 1st, Argentina has reopened its borders to travelers from neighboring countries.
  • From November 1st, Argentina plans to reopen its borders to the rest of the world.

The following travel regulations will be valid after the borders reopen on November 1st:

  • Travelers must show proof of complete vaccination upon arrival. The last dose must have been received at least 14 days before entering the country.
  • Travelers must show proof of a negative result from a COVID19 PCR test performed up to 72 hours before boarding the plane. Alternatively, an antigen test can be taken upon arrival in Argentina.
  • It is required for all travelers to perform a PCR test from 5 to 7 days after arriving in Argentina.
  • Those who cannot present valid proof of complete vaccination (as well as minors) must enter quarantine upon arrival. An antigen test upon landing in Argentina as well as a PCR test on day 7 of quarantine is required.

Check out the current share of people vaccinated against COVID-19 at: https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations

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