Update South America

Updated April 9th, 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 the slight decrease in the number of cases registered in the country, the government has announced new measures to be applied from March 15th until April 18th.
  • International flights with over 8 hours have resumed, meaning that flights from Europe can enter the country with the exception of those coming from or who have made a stopover in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil; these will remain suspended until April 11th.
  • Regions will continue to be categorized into one of the four ‘alert levels’ (moderate, high, extremely high, and extreme) based on the degree of infection rates. Measures will differ according to these levels.
  • The new measures involve lifting lockdown at all levels, as well as reopening and increasing the capacity of non-essential and essential businesses, museums, archaeological sites and inter-regional land transport.
  • With Lima housing the main airport hub, flights from Jorge Chavez Airport will still be allowed, you will need to show proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR (molecular) or antigen test, issued no more than 72 hours before your flight.
  • Curfew remains in effect in all regions but the time frames will depend on the current alert level of  the region.
  • As of March 15th, the mandatory 14-day quarantine can be lifted with a negative antigen result test taken upon arrival in Peru. The cost for this test is to be paid by the traveler.
  • Check our article ‘Who can Travel To Peru and Chile Now‘ for further details.
  • With the arrival of 1 million Sinopharm doses in February, the first phase of vaccination began, starting with all frontline medical staff as well as the elderly people over 60 years old.
  • The Peruvian government has signed a contract with Pfizer to purchase 20 million doses. 100 000 doses have already been received, another batch of 150 000 doses are expected before the end of March and 300 000 doses in April.
  • Peru will be one of the first countries to receive the vaccines through the COVAX Facility Alliance with 13.2 million doses. Of these, 400 000 are expected from AstraZeneca in the first quarter of 2021 and 117 000 from Pfizer, which have already arrived in the country.
  • 14 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are set to be delivered in September 2021.


  • Due to the increasing number of infections, the Chilean government has announced that borders will remain close for 30 days effective April 5th.
  • Before the new closure of borders was announced, the Chilean Government laid out the following measures for travelers entering the country from March 31st:
    – All travelers must comply with a mandatory 10-day quarantine, with no possibility of exemption, even with a negative PCR test result.
    – The first 5 days must be spent in a transitory hotel and undergo a PCR test. The transitory hotel will be according to the availability of establishments at the moment of entry to the country. The costs will be provided at the moment of requesting the international sanitary passport from the website www.c19.cl or at the moment of entering the country.
    – If the PCR test is negative, the remaining days of quarantine may be carried out at the hotel.
    – If the PCR test is positive, the quarantine must be carried out in a sanitary residence, which will be provided free of charge.
    – Detailed information on regulations to enter Chile can be found here.
    – It is only permitted to travel between destinations that are under Step 3 (Preparation) or Step 4 (Initial Opening). Please check the status of each neighborhood ‘comuna’ in the Step-by-Step plan (only available in Spanish).
    These measures do not currently apply, but the country may revert to them after the 30-day closure is lifted in May 2021.
  • December 2020 marked the roll-out of mass vaccinations in Chile as doses of the Pfizer- BioNTech vaccines began to arrive.
  • With the arrival of four million Sinovac doses on January 31st, Chile launched its vaccination campaign as of February 3rd, starting with the elderly people over 72 years old as well as personnel in essential customer services positions (pharmacies, laboratories, police and armed forces).
  • The Chilean government have additional contracts with AstraZeneca-Oxford, Johnson & Johnson and the Covax alliance.
  • 35 million doses are planned to be delivered in 2021. Authorities aim to inoculate 80% of Chile’s 19 million people in the first half of the year.
  • From December 22nd, all flights from/to the UK have been suspended.
  • As of December 31st 2020, all travelers, Chileans, foreign residents and foreign travelers must undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Chile.
  • The reopening of Easter Island currently has no official date.


  • Borders continue to be closed to tourism, only residents are allowed to enter to Argentina.
  • Regular flights from UK are still suspended and also flights from Chile, Brazil and México from March 27th.
  • As of March 27th, all travelers must be tested before boarding the plane to Argentina. In addition, they must undergo a test upon arrival in the country and another on the seventh day of entry. The cost for these tests is to be paid by the traveler.
  • If the test is positive, upon entering the country, the person must undergo another genomic sequencing test and, together with their close contacts, comply the quarantine in the place indicated by the authorities. The stay in such places is paid by the traveler.
  • If the test is negative, the mandatory quarantine will be at their homes and can be lifted with a negative test result.
  • The mandatory 10-day quarantine is counted from the first test performed in the country of origin. In addition, visited places in the last 14 days prior entering the country must be reported by the traveler.
  • After being closed for a year due to the pandemic and construction, the Aeroparque Jorge Newbery airport will resume operations on March 15th. This airport is better known as Aeroparque, the second most important airport in Argentina, located in Buenos Aires city (Palermo neighborhood) just 2 km from the downtown. Although only domestic flights will be available initially, it is expected to operate some international flights at a later stage. Meanwhile, international operations remain through the Ezeiza Airport.
  • 2 470 540 Sputnik V doses, 1 million Sinopharm doses, and 580 000 Covishield doses have arrived in the country over the past few months.
  • The government has signed a contract with Sinopharm to purchase 3 million additional doses and is also waiting for a second batch of 580 000 Covishield doses in March.
  • Shipments of Sputnik V vaccines should be regularized as from March with the weekly delivery of 600 000 doses to complete the expected 20 million doses.
  • A health declaration, as well as a COVID-19 test at the airport, will be required (cost for international travelers is $2500 Argentine Peso).
  • Travel insurance has been added as a prerequisite for entering the country.
  • Tourists entering Argentina must install the app ‘CuidAR‘ on their personal devices.

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