Update South America

Updated June 22nd, 2022

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

PERU

What’s new:
  • For entry to Peru, travellers are required to show proof that they have completed the vaccination schema required by their country of origin to be considered fully vaccinated. To simplify and quicken the entry process, we recommend either having 3 vaccination doses (the requirement for Peruvians) or bringing a negative result to a PCR test along.
  • Travelers without the required vaccination scheme must present a negative PCR-test result issued no more than 48 hours before boarding.
Entry restrictions & requirements for travelers:
  • It is no longer necessary to go into a 14-day quarantine upon arrival and there is no longer a curfew in Peru.
  • 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 are only required to be symptom-free for boarding the plane to Lima.
  • Peru has reopened its land borders with its neighboring countries, making multi-country journeys to Peru and Bolivia possible again. International travelers can already cross borders to/from Bolivia, Brazil, and Ecuador, taking into consideration the current entry restrictions of each country.
  • For entering Bolivia from Peru it is required to either show proof of complete vaccination (2 doses, completed at least 14 days before entry) or a PCR test result or an antigen test result.
General restrictions:
  • It is compulsory for everyone over the age of 18 years to present proof of complete vaccination (two doses) to enter any closed public space (restaurants, museums, galleries, etc.).
  • It is compulsory for everyone over the age of 12 years to present proof of complete vaccination (two doses) to board interprovincial transportation and domestic flights. In case the vaccination scheme is not complete, a negative result to a PCR test (no older than 48 hours before boarding) will also be accepted. This rule also applies to train journeys between Cusco or Poroy to Machu Picchu (since these journeys qualify as interprovincial transport).
  • Capacity restrictions have been eliminated for airports, restaurants, museums, and touristic attractions.
  • Face masks are optional in all open spaces in cities with a vaccination rate (3 doses) of higher than 80%. This includes Lima, Ica, Áncash and Callao. The use of a face mask is still mandatory in public spaces in cities where the vaccination rate (3 doses) has not reached 80 % yet. You may make use of either a double mask or a single KN-95 mask in closed places, such as airports, shopping centers, banks, supermarkets, among others. It is no longer necessary to wear a face shield aboard the trains or shuttle busses to Machu Picchu. Only a single KN-95 mask or a double mask is required.
  • For the latest rules and regulations regarding a visit to Machu Picchu take a look at the New Rules for Machu Picchu 2022.

CHILE

What’s new:
  • Insurance covering Covid-19 treatment is no longer a requirement to enter Chile, however it is recommended.
  • The reopening of Easter Island has been announced for August 1st, 2022. There will be 2-3 flights per week. More information regarding entry requirements and which weekdays the flights will be on are pending.
Entry restrictions & requirements for travelers:
  • The Chilean government has determined three levels of alert in connection with the coronavirus pandemic (level 1: bajo impacto sanitario, level 2: medio impacto sanitario, level 3: alto impacto sanitario). Currently, there are only areas that are on level 1 or 2. The regions can be seen here. Click on the button called ‘comunas’ and then type in the area you want to visit to find out which level applies to your chosen destination. Areas that are marked green are on level 1.
  • The below table shows the requirements for each alert level:
LevelMask useMobility passPhysical DistanceEvents
L1Mandatory indoors & when physical distance of 1m can not be maintainedNot required for entry, but obligatory for enclosed spacesNo restrictionsNo restrictions
L2Mandatory indoors & when physical distance of 1m can not be maintainedRequired for entryMin. 1m between peopleMax. capacity: 10,000
L3MandatoryRequired for entryMin. 1.5m between peopleMax. capacity: 200
  • Regardless of the alert level a health affidavit is required for travel. Upon arrival, some travelers will be randomly selected to perform a PCR test. The cost of the test is covered by the Chilean authorities. It is not necessary to quarantine while waiting for the results. In case the result is positive, travelers must quarantine for 7 days.
  • 4 international airports are open in Chile including Santiago and Punta Arenas.
  • In order to get a mobility pass, travelers need to have a vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. The certificate must be uploaded under mevacuno.gob.cl to get a mobility pass. Although it is not a requirement to enter the country, it is needed to enter any enclosed spaces such as restaurants and museums.
  • It takes around 3-10 days to get the mobility pass so we recommend that you apply for your mobility pass 2-3 weeks before your scheduled arrival.
  • The health affidavit must be submitted up to 48 hours prior to the estimated time of arrival in Chile (local time).
  • All the land borders between Chile and its neighboring countries have been open since May 1st, 2022.
General Restrictions:
  • For some activities and at some sites, there are reduced capacities.

ARGENTINA

What’s new:
  • To enter Argentina it is no longer necessary to present proof of vaccination or a negative result to a PCR test.
  • However, it is required to present international insurance covering COVID-19 treatment.
  • Furthermore, a health affidavit must be submitted 48 hours prior to arrival in Argentina.
Entry restrictions & requirements for travelers:
  • In order visit the Brazilian side of the Iguazu falls on a day tour from Argentina, it is necessary to present proof of vaccination.

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

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