South America Tourism Update: Guide To International Travel Restrictions


COVID-19 cases across South America have been steadily dropping since mid-2021 as vaccines rolled out across the continent. Across South America, tourism has returned and countries have now reopened their borders to international travellers – without being negatively impacted by COVID.

As every nation has faced its difficulties throughout the pandemic, navigating the complexities of COVID travel restrictions across the globe can be daunting. As South America travel specialists, we have had teams on the ground throughout the past few years reporting on each destination in which we travel. Below is a summary of the government travel restrictions currently in place across South America.

In most countries, mask wearing is no longer mandatory indoors or outdoors, so it’s at your discretion. However, both Peru and Chile still require masks in some situations, more details are below.

Note- All travel requirements are subject to change.


As of April 2022, Argentina’s has officially dropped previous requirements of COVID vaccinations and arrival testing. International travellers to Argentina can enter the country without needing to quarantine.

Current requirements to travel to Argentina:

Visit the Argentina travel website for more information.


Chile boasts one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. Chile recently announced international travellers can return from November 1 and will be able to travel freely throughout the country.

Current requirements to travel to Chile:


Peru opened its international borders in March 2021. International travellers can enter the country, providing they complete an electronic health statement and present either a negative PCR test – taken within 72 hours of departure from the country of origin or evidence of a completed vaccination schedule.

Current requirements to travel to Peru:

Visit the Peru tourism website for further information and updates. Mask wearing is still enforced in Peru, when on public transport or in health or hospital facilities.

The tourism industry in Peru is rebounding, and traveller numbers are increasing. Peru’s borders have been open for some months now, and COVID cases (and deaths) have continued to fall – currently at the lowest levels since the pandemic began.

Chimu Adventures has its own operations on the ground in Peru. For a detailed discussion on the rebound of tourism in Peru, please read our recent Peru Tourism Update.


Ecuador’s borders are open and international travellers are being welcomed back into the country. Travellers must submit a traveller’s health declaration and present a negative result of a COVID-19 RT-PCR test, performed up to 72 hours before boarding the flight, or a complete COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

All travellers to the Galapagos Islands are also required to complete a traffic control card issued by the Galapagos Government Council. You can pick this card up from the Galapagos Government Council counter located in Quito or Guayaquil airports.

Current requirements to travel to Ecuador:

Visit the Ecuador tourism website for further information and updates.

Read our recent Ecuador Tourism Update for a more detailed analysis.


Travel to Bolivia is open again, as long as travellers meet all requirements.

Current requirements to travel to Bolivia:


International travellers can enter Brazil, providing they present a negative COVID-19 test, performed within 72 hours before departure, are vaccinated, and complete an online Traveller’s Health Declaration form.

Brazil has been one of the countries hit hardest by COVID-19. However, the situation has improved significantly in recent months. Read our recent Brazil Tourism Update for a more detailed analysis from our team on the ground in Brazil.

Current requirements to travel to Brazil:


Colombia’s borders are open, with travel into the country via land, sea, or air permitted. Travellers are required to present evidence of a completed vaccination schedule to enter the country. It is possible to enter Colombia with an incomplete vaccination schedule (1 dose), providing you also present a negative PCR test for Covid-19.

Current requirements to travel to Colombia:

We are incredibly excited to get back out there and explore the spectacular destinations South America has to offer. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about planning your South America adventure. Australian travellers are also encouraged to visit the Australian Government travel advice website, Smart Traveller, for up-to-date international travel information.

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