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What are the rules for travelling to Latin America?

Last updated 21 June 2022

The changing rules surrounding travel following covid-19 can be confusing, whether it’s border advice, entry requirements, or questions of testing or quarantine. Here at Journey Latin America, we are closely monitoring developments in all our destinations and have put together an overview of the latest information.

This is a summary of the current situation.  The rules continue to evolve, so may well change by the time you begin your trip.  We keep this information under constant review, so please do check back for regularly updated news, and we strongly recommend you click on the links for each country you plan to visit or transit to ensure you have the most up to date official guidelines.

We strongly advise travelling with printed proof of full vaccination* against Covid-19. Even where this is not a requirement for entry, it may be needed to access places of interest, accommodation and restaurants. If you are not fully vaccinated, local restrictions may significantly impact your holiday.  It is also advisable to carry printed details of your travel insurance cover, especially for your arrival.

* Vaccination status is generally based on the most recent dose being received at least 14-days prior.

Regulations continue to evolve, particularly for the non-vaccinated, and changes are likely between time of booking and travel.

Our Flexible Booking Policy allows you to make long term plans with complete confidence, whilst our Safe Journey guidelines ensure we will not operate your holiday unless we are confident we can do so with your safety and enjoyment at the heart of our planning.

Contents:

Transit

If you are flying via another country, such as changing planes in Europe, Latin America or the US, there may be additional requirements for both your outbound and return flights.

See the IATA Travel Centre for details of current transit rules.

Antarctica

There is no direct access from the UK. Travel is usually via Argentina, Chile or the Falkland Islands.

Entry requirements:

  • See the relevant country of departure to Antarctica, below.

Local restrictions:

  • All Antarctica operators require travellers to be fully vaccinated.
  • Antarctica operators may also require travellers to undergo mandatory local testing prior to boarding the ship as well as during the cruise.

For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the relevant country of arrival’s FCDO Travel Advice and the IATA Travel Centre which provides comprehensive information for travellers worldwide.

Due to entry restrictions to Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands until late 2021, there is a limited Antarctic cruise operation in 2021/22.  Hopes are high for a more normal 2022/23 season.

Argentina

Direct flights operate from the UK with British Airways, or via Europe

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination: No*
  • Vaccine expiry period: N/A
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  None required
  • Pre-arrival forms:  Yes (see Argentina Arrival Form and links below)
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance with Covid cover:  Yes

*Travellers who are not fully vaccinated are ‘recommended’ to take a covid test within 24 hours of arrival in Argentina. Proof of vaccination could still be asked for to enter some public venues (age 13+)

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).
For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Argentina FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • Rules on face coverings have been relaxed. However they are required on internal flights as well as some indoor settings, especially in Buenos Aires.
  • A hydrofoil service from Buenos Aires to Montevideo, Uruguay has been reinstated.

Argentina has reopened to visitors arriving via Buenos Aires and most other international airports withing Argentina. The land border with Brazil at Iguazú Falls is open, but many others remain closed or subject to restrictions. British Airways is resuming direct flights.

Belize

Flights operate from the UK via the USA and Central America

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination:  No
  • Vaccine expiry period: N/A
  • Pre-arrival test:  Required for all non-vaccinated travellers within 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (antigen) of departure (from age 5). Arrivals by land must test at the border (approx $50 + $19 border fee, payable locally).
  • Pre-arrival forms:  No (see links below). An immigration form will be provided on your flight or on arrival at land borders.
  • Travel Insurance with Covid cover: For all travellers, mandatory Belize Travel Insurance must be purchased ($18) prior to arrival.

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Belize FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • Whilst face masks are generally no longer required indoors, private establishments may still request that you wear one.
  • Arrivals must show proof of a minimum of a 3-night stay in a certified Belize hotel.

From the outset, Belize has taken a proactive approach to ensuring safe travels for visitors.  Travellers must use ‘Gold Standard’ (Belize government covid-secure approved) hotels, excursions and services, within a designated ‘travel corridor’.

Bolivia

Flights from the UK via Europe or South America

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination:  No longer required (though testing required for non-vaccinated)
  • Vaccine expiry period: None stated
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  If not vaccinated, PCR within 72 hours of departure for Bolivia (from age 5)
  • Pre-arrival forms:  Yes to print and present on arrival (see Bolivia Arrival Form and links below). A Bolivian accommodation form must also be completed prior and during travel (also see local restrictions below).
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance with Covid cover:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Bolivia FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • Visitors must register and update their hotel addresses using the Bolivia accommodation reporting online form as they travel within the country.  Failure to do so may result in a fine on departure.
  • Non-vaccinated travellers must take a further PCR test within 72 hours of arrival and isolate until results are received
  • The use of face masks is expected in public areas and on transport.
  • Vaccination passes are required to enter public buildings and venues, as well as for internal travel.
  • We recommend taking printed copies of all vaccination and testing certificates

Land-locked and with limited airlift, Bolivia has always been one of the more difficult countries to access directly. The country combines well with Peru, Argentina and Chile.

Brazil

Direct flights operate from the UK with British Airways, or via Europe

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination:  Yes (from age 12 entering by air, 5 if entering by land).
  • Vaccine expiry period: Local rules in Rio state 4 months since administered (booster validity ok)
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  None if vaccinated (or under 12 travelling with vaccinated adults).  Otherwise required for travellers entering within 24 hours (PCR or antigen) of departure for Brazil (from age 2).
  • Pre-arrival forms:  Yes within 24 hours of departure (see Brazil Arrival Form and links below)
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance with Covid cover:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Brazil FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • Proof of vaccination (from age 12) is becoming a condition of entry to hospitality venues and visitor attractions across the country.
  • Proof of a booster is also being required for entry to venues across Brazil, for those over 40, or where first doses are over 4 months old
  • You may also be asked for photo ID along with your proof of vaccination.
  • Mask rules have been relaxed, however these are still required during internal flights and may also be requested in certain other settings.
  • Face masks ideally should be a surgical mask or N95/PFF2 type. Fabric masks must be double layered.
  • Visitors (age 7+) to Fernando de Noronha must also present a negative antigen test made within 24hrs of boarding the flight to the island.

Brazil’s sunny shores are once again open to British tourists, and thanks to a boom in domestic tourism it’s as popular as ever. Being a federal republic, rules and regulations often vary from state to state, even between cities and change without notice.

Chile

Direct flights operate from the UK with British Airways, or via Europe

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination:  Yes (except children – under 6 years).
  • Vaccine expiry period: N/A
  • Pre-arrival covid test: Yes, PCR within 72 hours of boarding the final flight for Chile (from age 2). The pre-arrival test is optional if Chile is at alert level 1. However we recommend getting tested anyway in case of a sudden change of alert level before arrival.
  • Random PCR or antigen tests are carried out upon on arrival at Santiago airport (from age 6). Entry is denied (and/or quarantine required) if the result is positive.
  • Pre-arrival forms:  Yes. Visitors must register their vaccination details with the Chilean authorities prior to travel to obtain a ‘mobility pass’ (see Chile Mobility Pass application and links below) which can take up to one month to process. We strongly advise you to get a mobility pass regardless of Chile’s alert level because it may still be required for internal travel.
  • A Chile arrival form must also be completed 48 hours before arriving in Chile (see Chile Arrival Form and links below)
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance with Covid cover:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Chile FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • The use of face masks is expected in public areas and on transport.
  • The Mobility Pass is widely asked for to enter local venues as well (as being required to enter Chile and travel internally).
  • Easter Island remains closed to tourists.

Chile has reopened to visitors arriving via Santiago airport and British Airways is resuming direct flights. After a long period of closure, all land borders have reopened.  As approval for travel can take some time, we recommend planning your trip at least 6 weeks in advance.

Colombia

Direct flights from the UK with Avianca, or via Europe

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination:  No (but recommended as local restrictions may apply from age 12)
  • Vaccine expiry period: None stated
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  None required if vaccinated, otherwise PCR test within 72 hours, or antigen within 48 hours, of departure.
  • Pre-arrival forms:  Yes within 24 hours of departure (see Colombia Arrival Form and links below).  This must also be completed within 24 hours of departure.
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance with Covid cover:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Colombia FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • Proof of being fully vaccinated is required to enter some restaurants, bars, museums and National Parks throughout Colombia (from 12 years of age).
  • Social distancing norms and the rules on the use of face masks vary by region. It is always mandatory in airports and on board aircraft.

Colombia has remained relatively open throughout the pandemic, with limited regulations for visitors. Proof of full vaccination status is currently needed to fully experience of the country.  Direct flights from the UK resume in March 2022.

Costa Rica

Direct flights from the UK with British Airways, or via the US or Europe

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination:  No (from 1 April 2022)
  • Vaccine expiry period: None stated
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  None required
  • Pre-arrival forms:  The Costa Rica Health Pass Form is no longer required (from 1 April 2022).
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance with Covid cover:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Costa Rica FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • Since 1 April 2022, proof of being fully vaccinated (using Costa Rica Health Pass QR codes) is no longer required to access hotels, restaurants and activities throughout Costa Rica.
  • The use of face masks is expected in public areas and on transport.

Costa Rica opened its borders to international arrivals at a relatively early stage and has been receiving plenty of visitors, mainly from North America and Spain.  Availability is limited, so we recommend booking early to get your preferred itinerary and hotels.

Cuba

Direct flights from the UK have not yet resumed, so access is currently via Europe

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination: No longer needed (from 6 April 2022)
  • Vaccine expiry period: None stated
  • Pre-arrival covid test: No longer needed (from 6 April 2022)
  • Pre-arrival forms: Yes, a completed digital Health Declaration (D’Viajeros Cuba Sanitary & Customs Declaration form) should be completed within 72 hours prior to travel.  Once completed, a PDF with a QR code will be emailed to you, to present on arrival in Cuba.  A paper copy of this form should also be available on your flight or at the airport, if needed, until the end of 2021 (see links below for more details).
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance with Covid cover:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Cuba FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • Travellers remain subject to random testing at points of entry.
  • The use of face masks is mandatory in the airport and expected in public areas and on transport.

Cuba was closed for travellers for much of the pandemic and has now reopened to visitors.

Ecuador and Galápagos

Flights from the UK via Europe or South America

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination:  Yes (from age 12) due to local restrictions (see below)
  • Vaccine expiry period: None stated
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  Not required for vaccinated travellers.  Unvaccinated visitors (from age 3) must take a PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure for Ecuador.
  • Pre-arrival forms:  Yes, a printed Ecuador Health Declaration Form must be presented on arrival (one per family); or a digital Ecuador Health Declaration may be completed on line (one per person). Also see links below
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance with Covid cover:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Ecuador FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • Galapagos: Proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR taken within 72 hours of departure for the Galapagos (from age 3). Testing is available locally, if needed.
  • Face coverings may be recommended but are no longer mandatory in most settings.
  • Proof of vaccination status is required to use restaurants, shops, banks, local transport and airports (from age 12).

Throughout the pandemic, Ecuador has been extremely proactive in preparing to offer enjoyable and safe covid-conscious holidays.  The entire adult population of Galapagos, as well as everyone on the mainland working in tourism, were vaccinated as an initial priority, and the overall vaccination take-up is good.

El Salvador

Flights from the UK via Europe and the US

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination:  No (although local restrictions may apply to non-vaccinated travellers – see below)
  • Vaccine expiry period: None stated
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  No
  • Pre-arrival forms: No (also see links below)
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance with Covid cover:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the El Salvador FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • We advise travelling with proof of full vaccination, as local restrictions are subject to change without notice
  • Evidence of full vaccination status is is required to visit some archaeological sites and museums (eg Joya de Ceren)
  • The use of face masks is expected in public areas and on transport
  • Land borders to Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua are open

With the reopening of flights via the US to UK travellers, access is becoming much easier to this magical – and often overlooked – Central American gem.

The Falkland Islands

Covid-related entry restrictions were lifted in May 2022 and the islands are once again open for tourists.

Entry requirements (for holders of a UK Passport):

  • Full vaccination:  No
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  No
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance with Covid cover:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Falkland Islands FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Access to these wildlife-filled, far-flung South Atlantic outposts has been improving in recent years with commercial flights from Santiago and Sao Paulo (as well as the MOD-operated flight from Brize Norton). We expect air links from Latin America to resume during the course of 2022.

French Guiana

Flights from the UK via Europe or via Guyana

Entry requirements:

  • Travel to the French Guiana for tourism purposes is currently not permitted.

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the French Guiana FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • The use of face masks is expected in public areas and on transport
  • Travel across the border to Suriname is currently restricted

Access to tiny French Guiana is currently restricted.  When the country reopens, it combines well with Guyana and Suriname.

Guatemala

Flights from the UK via Europe and the US

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination:  Yes (from 12 years) to avoid testing on arrival
  • Vaccine expiry period: None stated
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  Non-vaccinated travellers must take a PCR or Antigen within 72 hours of departure for Guatemala (from age 10)
  • Pre-arrival forms: No (also see links below)
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance with Covid cover:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Guatemala FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • The use of face masks is expected in public areas and on transport
  • Land borders to Belize, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico are open

Guatemala sealed its borders early in the pandemic and has since cautiously reopened them.  Travel around the country has become possible again and flights have resumed, with regular connections via Madrid and the US.

Guyana

Flights from the UK via Europe, the Caribbean or Central & South America

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination:  Yes (from 12 years)
  • Vaccine expiry period: None stated
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  Not required if fully vaccinated.
  • Pre-arrival forms: No (also see links below)
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance with Covid cover:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Guyana FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • The use of face masks is expected in public areas and on transport.

Guyana was one of the earliest countries in Latin America to reopen for international flights and by its very nature offers off-the-beaten-track experiences. All our partners in Guyana have been vaccinated and our lodges have been certified as Safe to Travel by the Guyana Tourism Authority.

Honduras

Flights from the UK via Europe and the US

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination:  No – although unvaccinated travellers require a pre-arrival PCR or antigen test
  • Vaccine expiry period: None stated
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  None if fully vaccinated.  Unvaccinated arrivals require a PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of departure for Honduras (age not specified).
  • Pre-arrival forms: Yes – all travellers entering or exiting must complete the Honduras immigration pre-check form (also see links below)
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance with Covid cover:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Honduras FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • The use of face masks is expected in public areas and on transport
  • Land borders to Belize, El Salvador Guatemala and Nicaragua are open (may be subject to restrictions).

Mexico

Direct flights from the UK

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination:  No
  • Vaccine expiry period: N/A
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  No
  • Pre-arrival forms: No. From March 2022 registration on the Mexico pre-flight security platform is no longer required (also see links below)
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance with Covid cover:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Mexico FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • The use of face masks may be required in some public areas and transport
  • Land borders are reopening, though may be subject to restrictions.

Mexico has not had the strict lockdowns and closures seen elsewhere in the world, indeed many of the more popular tourist destinations along the Riviera Maya have remained busy throughout the pandemic.  Throughout this period, Mexico has been one of the least restrictive countries for travellers, although local rules are occasionally put into place that vary by region.

Nicaragua

Flights from the UK via Europe, Central America and the US

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination:  No
  • Vaccine expiry period: N/A
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  Not required if fully vaccinated. Otherwise, PCR within 72 hours of arrival in Nicaragua (including unvaccinated minors). The 72-hour time-frame starts at the time your test is taken.
  • Pre-arrival forms: Yes, if arriving by air you may be required to complete a form electronically. Check with your airline at least a week in advance of departure.
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance with Covid cover:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Nicaragua FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • Full vaccination is considered minimum 2 doses (except for single-dose vaccines).
  • The use of face masks may be required in some public areas and transport
  • Land borders with Costa Rica and El Salvador have reopened, though specific procedures apply to foreigners entering Nicaragua by land.

Managua airport and Nicaragua’s land borders are open, and travellers are beginning to return.  Entry rules and procedures can be particularly unclear, and differ for entry by air or land. Check requirements carefully, well in advance of your arrival.

Panama

Flights from the UK via Europe and the US

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination:  No (although non-vaccinated travellers require a pre-arrival test).
  • Vaccine expiry period: None stated
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  None if vaccinated, otherwise a PCR or antigen test within 72 hours of arrival in Panama (from age 12)
  • Pre-arrival forms:  Yes within 72 hours of departure (see Panama Health Form and links below).
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance with Covid cover:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Panama FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • The use of face masks may be required in some public areas and transport
  • Land borders with Costa Rica have reopened, with some limitations, and may be subject to restrictions.

Panama’s previously strict arrival measures are slowly being relaxed, making it much easier for visitors to return and discover this biodiverse and beautiful country.

Paraguay

Flights operate from the UK via Europe and Latin America

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination: No longer required (though testing required for non-vaccinated)
  • Vaccine expiry period: N/A
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  Required for unvaccinated travellers (age 12 and over) within 72 hours of departure for Paraguay (PCR).
  • Pre-arrival forms: No
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Paraguay FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for all travellers.

Local restrictions:

  • To be considered fully vaccinated you must have received a 2-part vaccine plus booster (or single dose full vaccine plus booster).
  • The use of face masks is recommended in busy indoor public spaces and on transport
  • Main land borders with Argentina and Brazil are re-opening but may still be subject to restrictions

Paraguay, one of South America’s most enigmatic countries is welcoming adventurous travellers once again.

Peru

Flights operate from the UK via Europe, Colombia and the USA

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination:  Yes (from age 12). See local restrictions, below.
  • Vaccine expiry period: None stated
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  No test needed if fully vaccinated as stipulated above.  Otherwise a PCR test is required within 48 hours of departure for Peru (from age 12) and local travel will be restricted
  • Pre-arrival forms:  Yes, the Peruvian Immigration form should be completed within 72 hours of departure (also see links below)
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance:  Yes
  • All passengers must wear two face masks on flights bound for Peru

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Peru FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for all travellers.

Local restrictions:

  • To be considered fully vaccinated, adults age 18 and over must have received 3 doses. Children age 12-17 must have received 2 doses.
  • Proof of being fully vaccinated is required from age 12 to access indoor venues, to board transport between provinces, to travel by train and for entry to Lima airport when leaving Peru.
  • The use of two face masks is required in all indoor public areas (or one KN95) and on transport

Peru, closed to travellers for much of the pandemic, has now reopened and visitors are returning.  With strong covid-safety measures in place throughout the county, Machu Picchu and other places of interest have been welcoming guests at reduced capacity.  These numbers are likely to return to their normal levels again soon.

Suriname

Flights from the UK via Europe, the US or via Guyana

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination:  Yes (from 12 years)
  • Vaccine expiry period: None stated
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  Yes, PCR within 48 hours of departure for Suriname (from age 12)
  • Pre-arrival forms: No (also see links below)
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance with Covid cover:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Suriname FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information for travellers arriving from all countries.

Local restrictions:

  • The use of face masks is required in public areas and on transport
  • A further PCR test must be taken locally on day 3
  • Border crossings between Guyana and French Guiana may be restricted without notice

Suriname is usually combined with Guyana and French Guiana for travellers, so visitors are likely to remain limited until its borders fully reopen.

Uruguay

Flights operate from the UK via Spain and Latin America

Entry requirements:

  • Full vaccination:  Not compulsory
  • Vaccine expiry period: 9 months
  • Pre-arrival covid test:  Not needed if fully vaccinated. If not fully vaccinated, a  PCR or lateral flow test within 72 hours of departure for Uruguay (from age 6).
  • Pre-arrival forms:  The Uruguay Health Declaration form must be completed within 48 hours of boarding (also see links below)
  • Evidence of Travel Insurance:  Yes

If you are flying via another country, additional requirements are likely for both your outbound and return flights (see ‘transit’ above).  For full details of current entry requirements and relevant links to documentation from the UK, see the Uruguay FCDO Travel Advice.  The IATA Travel Centre also provides comprehensive information on entry rules for all travellers.

Local restrictions:

  • The use of face masks may still be required in public areas and on transport
  • Hydrofoil services from Buenos Aires to Colonia and Montevideo, Uruguay are gradually being reinstated.

Uruguay has been one of the world leaders in its vaccination program and was closed to visitors for most of the pandemic. Whilst there are no direct flights from the UK, regular connections operate via Madrid and most visitors arrive over land from Argentina.

 

Due to the changing nature of the pandemic, the above information is subject to change without notice.

 

Other useful resources:

IATA Travel Centre – World Map

Sherpa – travel rules map

 

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