Update South America

Updated January 15th, 2021

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

With mass vaccinations begin throughout Europe, the US, and a number of countries in South America, glimmers of hope for the tourism industry can be seen and felt worldwide.

PERU

  • Boris and Celio, from our team in Cusco, visited Machu Picchu at the end of November. Thanks to their report we have updated our ‘Machu Picchu’s Biosafety Protocols’.
  • The president has announced the securing of contracts with Sinopharm (currently carrying out phase 3 trials in Peru) and AstraZeneca for distribution of their vaccines.
  • On December 15th, international flights to Europe (Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, and London) were resumed.
  • Although, flights from Europe or with a duration of more than 8 hours have been suspended as of December 21st after the UK reported a new Coronavirus variant. This measure has been extended until January 31st.
  • As of January 1st, residents, foreign residents and foreign travelers must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Perú. The quarantine can be lifted with a negative PCR result based on a test taken from the sixth day of quarantine onwards.
  • Good news for children younger than 12 – restrictions to visit archaeological sites, museums, etc. have been lifted!
  • Currently, only 1116 visitors are allowed to enter Machu Picchu daily. Please check the NEW RULES for visits to MACHU PICCHU here.
  • Almost 10 months later we attended our first group as they enjoyed the archaelogical site of Machu Picchu on December 31st.
  • Whilst always following the biosecurity protocols during the journey, the pictures below were taken during their visit.

CHILE

  • Mass vaccinations have begun to be rolled out with the first of many receiving their first dose.
  • Borders for tourists have been open since November 23rd.
  • From December 22nd all direct flights from/to the UK have been suspended.
  • As of December 31st, all travelers, Chileans, foreign residents and foreign travelers must undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Chile. The quarantine can be lifted with a negative PCR result based on a test taken from the seventh day of quarantine onwards.
  • Regulations to enter Chile set in place before the restriction of December 31st 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).
  • The travel time from the airport to the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park has been drastically shortened with the new JetSmart flight!  Instead of the usual 4.5 hours driving time, you now only need about 2 hours to arrive.
  • As of February 2nd, Lan will resume their flights from Santiago to Puerto Natales and vice-versa on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
  • The reopening of Easter Island is expected in April 2021.

ARGENTINA

  • Countrywide vaccinations have begun to be rolled out with the first of many receiving their first dose.
  • Borders to Argentina have reopened to travelers from Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Paraguay.
  • 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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