Which South American Countries Are Open to U.S. Tourists?
Which South American countries are open to U.S. tourists? Several announcements have been made in recent weeks regarding further re-opening of countries to eligible (read: fully vaccinated) international travelers. As the amount of fully vaccinated people around the world begins to rise, borders are starting to open up and the promise of international tourism continues to grow.
South America in particular has seen a lot of activity of late. The arrival of the Spring season has also brought lower case numbers, continued vaccine rollout, and an overall optimistic panorama.
If you're wondering which South American countries are open to visitors from the U.S., read on. And as always, respect all local and international health mandates, including social distancing, mask requirements, and other measures that intend to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Which South American Countries Recently Announced Re-Opening?
This information could change depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 situation both in the U.S. and abroad. Be sure to check with both the U.S. State Department website as well as your airline regarding travel updates and requirements.
Argentina just announced that its borders will finally re-open to fully vaccinated travelers from neighboring countries on October 1. Starting November 1, travelers from the rest of the world that have been fully vaccinated will also be permitted to enter.
Fully vaccinated travelers must present negative PCR taken 72 hours before departure or an antigen test taken upon arrival, followed by another PCR taken between 5-7 days after arrival. Any traveler that isn't fully vaccinated – including children – will have to quarantine in addition to the testing requirements.
Once Argentina has fully vaccinated 50% of its population, the antigen test and second PCR test requirement will be lifted. Currently 43% of the country has received both doses.
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Starting October 1, Chile will allow entry to all citizens, foreign residents, and non-resident tourists. Passengers will need to verify their personal details with a mobility pass, which will allow them to digitally validate their vaccination status.
Fully vaccinated international travelers will need to complete a mandatory five-day quarantine upon arrival, however. A negative PCR (taken 72 hours before departure) is also required, as is an official C19 travel document and travel insurance with a minimum of $30,000.
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On September 20, travelers from any country (except South Africa) were eligible for entry into Peru. To be eligible, they will need to present a negative PCR taken 72 hours before departure, valid proof of full vaccination, and a completed health form available on the Peruvian immigration authority website. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from these requirements but are required to present a medical certificate that verifies a clean bill of health.
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Starting on November 1, all foreign visitors that are fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter Uruguay. Visitors must present a negative PCR and valid proof of full vaccination to be granted entry. At this time, quarantine mandates have been lifted.
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Other South American Countries Open to Tourists
Bolivia is open to U.S. travelers, though a mandatory 10-day quarantine remains in place, regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, travelers must present a negative PCR taken 72 hours before departure, valid health insurance with COVID-19 coverage, and a sworn statement of location of stay for their trip. On the seventh day of quarantine, another PCR test is required; travelers are responsible for the cost.
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Brazil has been open almost completely throughout the duration of the pandemic. Travelers from abroad, with a few exceptions (the U.K., India, and South Africa), are allowed entry with no quarantine mandates in place. Passengers must present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before departure, however.
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Travelers are allowed to enter Colombia from the U.S. and do not need to present a negative PCR test to do so. Passengers from abroad only need to complete a "Check-Mig" registration form 24 hours before their flight departs.
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Ecuador is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers from the U.S.. However those that are not fully vaccinated must present a negative COVID-19 test to be granted entry. These requirements are not necessary for fully vaccinated tourists that present valid proof of immunization. All travelers must complete a health declaration form provided by their airline.
Paraguay is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors from the U.S. with some restrictions. Those that are not fully vaccinated must quarantine for five days upon entry. All tourists must present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure, regardless of vaccine status.
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