Current COVID Travel Restrictions and Testing Requirements – Updated 9/12/21

It’s possible for US citizens to travel to most countries in Latin America at this time, but please keep in mind that all of the requirements are subject to change at any time with little to no warning.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has lots of recommendations for international travel during COVID, for both travelers who are fully vaccinated and those who are not.

Entry Restrictions By Country: The info below is for US citizens, and is only a brief summary. More details are in the links to the US Embassy page for each country. If you’re traveling from elsewhere, the requirements may be different for you. Please check with your country’s embassy in each country.

Argentina: Borders are currently closed to all international travelers (unless you are a citizen or foreign resident of Argentina).

Belize: A negative PCR COVID test is required for entry into Belize. The test must be administered within 72 hours before you board your flight to Belize. You’ll need to travel with Gold Standard approved trip operators and accommodations.

Brazil: A negative PCR COVID test is required for entry into Brazil. The test must be administered within 72 hours before you board your flight to Brazil. You must fill out a traveler’s health declaration before arriving.

Chile: Borders are currently closed to all international travelers (unless you are a citizen or foreign resident of Chile).

Colombia: Entry is by flight only, not by land or sea. A COVID test is not required for entry, but you will fill out a health/migration form before arrival.

Costa Rica: Entry is by flight only, directly from the US, or by land at designated border crossings. Unvaccinated travelers must provide proof of medical insurance to cover any COVID related medical treatment or possible quarantine while in Costa Rica, for their entire length of stay. Vaccinated travelers are not required to have proof of medical insurance. A negative COVID test is not required, but you must complete a Health Pass.

Ecuador: There are different requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

Unvaccinated Travelers: A negative RT-PCR COVID test is required for entry into Ecuador. The test must be administered within 72 hours (3 days) before you arrive in Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador. You will need to fill out a health form stating you are in good health.

Vaccinated Travelers: You can bring your vaccination certificate instead of getting the COVID test. The last vaccine dose must have been issued at least 14 days prior to the flight.

Travel to the Galapagos Islands: Only vaccinated travelers will be allowed to go to the islands. Your last vaccine dose must have been issued at least 14 days prior to the flight. Vaccinated travelers will also be required RT-PCR COVID test that must be administered within 72 hours (3 days) before you board your flight from Quito or Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands.

Mexico: A COVID test or vaccination are not required for entry into Mexico. 

Peru: All travelers need to complete an affidavit of health within 72 hours before traveling to Peru.There are different testing requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

Unvaccinated Travelers or Single Dose Vaccinations: A negative PCR COVID test is required for entry into Peru. The test must be administered within 72 hours before you board your flight to Peru.

Fully Vaccinated Travelers: Travelers with proof of double vaccination are no longer required to present a negative test on entry to the country. Accepted vaccinations include: Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Oxford/AstraZeneca, Serem Institute of India, Sinopharm, & Sinovac.

There is a curfew in Cusco and Lima (and other areas) from 1am to 4am every day. All Inca ruins (including Machu Picchu), other tourist sites, restaurants, etc are open. A mask is required at all times in outside and public spaces, such as restaurants and Inca sites. Two masks and face shields are required for busier public areas, such as grocery stores, markets, and on flights.

The full Inca Trail is currently open, but with limited permits for each day. Machu Picchu is open at full capacity.

United States: All US citizens returning to the states after traveling must provide a negative COVID viral antigen test taken within 3 days before boarding your flight to the US. 

We can help you arrange for COVID tests to be administered while you’re on your trip, in preparation for traveling from one country to another. The expenses of taking a COVID test are not included in your trip price, and will need to be paid locally.