Update South America

Updated January 20th, 2022

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

PERU

  • New measures in Peru are in effect until January 30th, 2022.
  • Some of the main cities are on a ‘high level of alert’ as Lima, Callao, Cusco, Urubamba, Cajamarcha, Puno, Ica, Chincha, Pisco, Cajamarca, Jaén, Chachapoyas, Trujillo and Chiclayo with a daily curfew from 12 am to 4 am.
  • The use of a mask is mandatory throughout the country, 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. A double mask is still required for all flights within Peru.
  • New rules have been established for the Inca Trail as well as for visits to Machu Picchu. Check out our web page on New Rules for Machu Picchu 2022.
Entry restrictions & requirements for travelers
  • The border to Peru is open.
  • Travelers from South Africa or Botswana or who have made a stopover in these countries in the last 14 days are not allowed to enter Peruvian territory.
  • Travelers must show proof of complete vaccination upon arrival. The last doses must have been received at least 14 days before boarding the plane to Lima. Travelers without a complete vaccination scheme must present a negative PCR-test result issued no more than 48 hours before boarding.
  • 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 are only required to be symptom-free for boarding the plane to Lima.
  • Currently, all land borders to Peru are temporarily closed, thus suspending arrival to Peru by land.
  • It is compulsory for everyone over the age of 18 years to present proof of complete vaccination to board interprovincial transportation. From January 23rd, those over the age of 50, must present proof of having received a booster dose. In case a booster dose has not been received yet, a negative result to a PCR test (no older than 48 hours before boarding) is required. This rule also applies to train journeys between Cusco or Poroy to Machu Picchu (since these journeys qualify as interprovincial transport).
  • It is compulsory for everyone over the age of 12 years to present proof of complete vaccination to board 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. From January 23rd, those over the age of 50, must present proof of complete vaccination including proof of having received a booster dose.
  • It is compulsory for everyone over the age of 18 years to present proof of complete vaccination to enter any closed public space. From January 23rd, those over the age of 50, must present proof of having received a booster dose.

CHILE

  • Since October 1st there has no longer been a curfew in Chile.
  • For some activities and at some sites, there are reduced capacities.
  • Easter Island is reopening in February 2022. In February, 3 flights per week are planned. From March the frequency of flights could increase. To enter Easter Island a PCR test (no older than 48 hours), as well as a mobility pass showing complete vaccination, are needed. It will not be necessary to quarantine upon arrival to Easter Island.
Entry restrictions & requirements for travelers
  • Upon arrival, all travelers from the age of two years are required to present a negative result to a PCR test no older than 72 hours.
  • Exemptions for travelers with a booster dose have been removed because of the Omicron variant.
  • Travelers must get tested upon arrival in Chile. While waiting for the results (which takes on average a couple of hours), travelers must quarantine in a hotel room. Upon receiving a negative test result, travelers may leave.
  • Travelers must bear the cost of the PCR test upon arrival. The cost is 25,000 Chilean pesos (around 30 USD).
  • To enter travelers must get a mobility pass under mevacuno.gob.cl (proof of vaccination) before arriving in Chile.
  • It can take up to 4 weeks to get the mobility pass and the pass is only valid for entry 45 days from its receipt, so we recommend that you apply for your mobility pass 4-5 weeks before your scheduled arrival. Earlier applications are not recommended as you may miss the 45-day validity arrival window of the mobility pass.
  • 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).
  • Travelers who have been in or have made a stopover in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, or Eswatini in the last 14 days are not allowed to enter Chile.
  • 4 international airports are open in Chile including Santiago and Punta Arenas.

ARGENTINA

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

As of October 19th, the following travel regulations are valid:

  • 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.
  • Unvaccinated minors do not need to do a PCR test or antigen test and are exonerated from quarantine.
  • Upon arrival, travelers must show international insurance covering COVID-19 treatment.
  • A health affidavit must be submitted 48 hours prior to arrival in Argentina.
  • A PCR test should be taken between the 3rd and 5th day of arrival in the country.
  • Travelers who have been in or have made a stopover in Africa in the last 14 days must enter quarantine upon arrival in Argentina and perform a PCR test on the tenth day. In addition, complete vaccination is required as well as a PCR test and an antigen test upon arrival.
  • In order to cross the border to Brazil via the Iguazu Falls, it is necessary to present a PCR test (72 hours) or antigen test (24 hours) prior entering Foz do Iguazu (from Puerto Iguazu on the Argentine side). It is also necessary to present proof of vaccination and to fill in a sworn health statement.

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

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