COVID-19 Updates: March 13, 2020

Like you, we are concerned about how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect the health and well-being of our travelers and the people in the local destinations you will visit. We also know many of you have questions about how this pandemic may impact your upcoming trip.

As we all know, this situation is changing rapidly as national and local governments are putting plans in place to try to protect their people and to slow the spread of this virus. We are closely monitoring the situation in all of our destinations and will be sending out updates as we receive information.

We are pleased that we work with a fantastic network of responsible local tour operators and travel companies who are rising to meet the challenges posed by this situation. They are working with national and local governments to ensure the safety of all people, and they are staying abreast of the policy changes that will affect tourism in their countries. They are also in touch with hotels, trains, transportation companies, and specialty operators to try to arrange for new policies for cancellations and postponements to help travelers change travel dates if necessary.  
As this situation is changing rapidly we will need to review each cancellation or postponement on a case by case basis to determine the best solution. But rest assured we are all on the same team and we will be working to provide you with as many options as feasible.

Below you can see the latest from various countries you may be visiting. We will contact you directly if there is a travel ban or any updates that effect your trip specifically.

COVID-19 TRAVEL INFO BY COUNTRY

Argentina: As of March 12th Argentina has decided to cancel all flights to/from the US, UK & Europe, and Schengen countries for the next 30 days. This ban will go into effect on March 16th. There is a mandatory quarantine for all passengers who have arrived in the past 14 days. This starts Friday, March 13th.

Belize: Has no confirmed cases. As of March 12th, all nationals coming from an area with ongoing transmission will be placed under self-isolation upon arrival. There are currently no travel bans.

Brazil: Authorities have introduced measures to limit the spread of the virus. However, there are currently no travel bans.

Chile: Passengers arriving to Chile will fill out a form to document previous travel for the last 30 days and will have their temperature taken upon arrival. Those having been to Italy or Spain within the last 14 days will have a mandatory self-quarantine.

Costa Rica: No travel restrictions. The government has issued a Yellow Alert for travel. This just means authorities have access to additional economic resources for preventative measures and treatment of current confirmed cases.

Ecuador: As of March 10th all passengers arriving to Ecuador will be asked to fill a sworn Declaration of Health. This will be given to you on board your aircraft and will need to be submitted to Ecuador officials upon arrival. You will then undergo a first sanitary control by MPH (Ministry of Public Health). If a passenger is suspected to be with Covid-19 symptoms, they will be taken to the airport’s Sanitary Control Unit for an interview and further examination. Those who do not present symptoms will pass on to Immigration. All passengers traveling to the Galapagos will be reviewed for coronavirus. These controls are taking place in the Guayaquil & Quito airports before taking the flight to the Galapagos. This will involve having your temperature taken with a laser sensor. For this reason we suggest you arrive 2.5 hours prior to your scheduled departure.  

Guatemala: No travel warnings have been issued for Guatemala. The government has announced a quarantine of passengers arriving in Guatemala from Spain, Italy, Germany, China, Iran and South Korea. Effective March 12th.

Peru: On March 12 Peru announced a ban on all flights arriving from Europe and Asia. This will enter full force on Monday, March 15th.