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Where can I travel in Latin America?

Last updated 7 May 2021

Although right now we must stay at home, this is the ideal time to plan your holiday with us and travel later. As destinations across the globe gradually begin to reopen, our once distant dreams of travelling are becoming an increasingly tantalising possibility. Our team of travel experts is ready to help you make these become reality.

With a raft of new rules and regulations in an ever-changing landscape, it can be difficult to make sense of when and how travel will be feasible. Here at Journey Latin America, we are closely monitoring developments in all of our destinations around the clock. Below we’ve put together a snapshot of the latest information regarding travel updates, be that border advice, entry requirements, or questions of quarantine. We keep this vital information under constant review, so please do check back for regularly updated news, or sign up to our newsletter to be among the first to know about changes as they occur.

Of course, this is just a brief summary of the current situation. Most of our travel planning takes place several months in advance, so if you are hoping to start planning to get away, we’d be delighted to help design your perfect trip. 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.

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Argentina

  • Currently on the UK government’s red list for travel
  • The UK FCDO advises against all non-essential travel
  • A negative PCR test is required 72 hours prior to departure for Argentina, with a second test taken at your hotel on arrival

Argentina’s borders have remained closed to international tourism. Argentina had enforced strict lockdowns locally, including no travel between different regions of the country and domestic flights are still limited to essential travel. However, we anticipate this will soon change, subject to government approval.

Belize

  • Currently on the UK government’s amber list for travel
  • The UK FCDO no longer advises against all non-essential travel
  • A negative PCR test is required 72 hours prior to departure for Belize
  • If you can provide proof of having received two full doses of COVID-19 vaccine on arrival at the airport, you will be exempt from any testing on entry

Belize has now opened up for arrivals by air, although land borders remain closed. Air access is limited to indirect routes from the UK. Travellers may visit the country, using ‘Gold Standard’ (Belize government covid-secure approved) hotels, excursions and services, within a designated ‘travel corridor’. Testing is also available on arrival (with results available within the hour).

Bolivia

  • Currently on the UK government’s red list for travel
  • The UK FCDO advises against all non-essential travel
  • A negative PCR test is required prior to arrival in Bolivia

Borders have started to re-open, although Bolivia – land-locked and with limited airlift – has always been one of the more difficult countries to access directly. Bolivia combines well with Peru or Chile and both land borders are closed.

Brazil

  • Currently on the UK government’s red list for travel
  • The UK FCDO advises against all non-essential travel
  • A PCR test is required 72 hours before arrival to Brazil
  • Entry is not currently permitted for people who have visited the UK within 14 days

Borders are open – indeed, Brazil never closed to international arrivals. A negative PCR test is required, and visitors must be able to show proof of suitable travel insurance, with medical cover for Covid-19. Domestic tourism is increasing, although local restrictions may apply in some areas.

Chile

  • Currently on the UK government’s red list for travel
  • The UK FCDO currently advises against all non-essential travel*
  • Chile is not currently accepting visitors who have been in the UK 14 days prior to arrival.
  • A negative PCR test is required 72 hours prior to arrival in Chile

While Chile’s land borders are currently closed, Santiago Airport has reopened to international arrivals. At present, Chile has a range of restrictions in place to try to manage the pandemic and reduce transmission. Some measures are national – for example, the use of face masks in public. Others vary by region. In areas with the very highest level of restriction people have been expected to self-isolate at home. In others, cinemas, restaurants etc have been able to re-open, but with reduced capacity and social distancing in place. Local restrictions are gradually being lifted as the government works to gradually re-open regions in a covid-secure way.

*The UK opened it's first Latin American travel corridor with Chile in Nov 2020 and with a world-leading vaccination program, we are hopeful it will be one of the first to return once the UK travel restrictions ease.

Easter Island remains closed for the time being and there is some reluctance on the island to reopen too soon, so it may be a while longer before travellers can return to this remote Pacific island.

Colombia

  • Currently on the UK government’s red list for travel
  • The UK FCDO advises against all non-essential travel
  • A negative PCR test is required 96 hours prior to departure for Colombia

Colombia has re-opened its borders, and while a number of restrictions remain in place locally, the country has reopened for travellers. Flights from Europe recommenced and some direct flights from London with Avianca did resume, but have been suspended since late December 2020.

Costa Rica

  • Currently on the UK government’s amber list for travel
  • The UK FCDO advises against all non-essential travel
  • A negative PCR test is not required to enter Costa Rica

Costa Rica opened its borders to international arrivals at the beginning of August and has been receiving a small number of visitors since, mainly from North America. Visitors are no longer be required to show a negative Covid-19 test certificate on arrival. Instead, they will have to complete an online health assessment and visitors must have adequate travel insurance, providing cover for any covid-related medical issues or local quarantine. BA is scheduled to re-start its direct service between London and San Jose later in 2021.

Cuba

  • Currently on the UK government’s amber list for travel
  • The UK FCDO does not advise against non-essential travel
  • A negative PCR test is required 72 hours prior to departure to Cuba
  • All travellers arriving in Cuba will be given a PCR test and must stay in their hotel until they receive a negative result (approximately 48 hours)

Cuba was effectively closed to international arrivals, with the exception of a small number of charter flights (none from the UK) to designated resort hotels until November, when flights resumed to Varadero and Havana airports. While a small number of places remain closed to visitors, regional touring is now possible.

Ecuador and Galápagos

  • Currently on the UK government’s red list for travel
  • The UK FCDO advises against all non-essential travel
  • A negative PCR test is required up to 3 days prior to departure to Ecuador or a certificate of complete vaccination against the virus.
  • A PCR test is also required 96 hours for all visitors before flights to the Galápagos Islands (available locally).

Ecuador re-opened borders, including access to the Galápagos Islands, in mid-July. Visitors must show evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival to the mainland, or proof of full vaccination. Visitors to the Galápagos must also be able to show a negative test taken within the previous 96 hours. Testing is available locally to ensure travellers are able to comply. Throughout the pandemic, Ecuador has been extremely proactive in preparing to offer enjoyable and safe covid-conscious holidays, and the entire adult population of Galapagos is expected to be vaccinated by the end of May 2021.

El Salvador

  • Currently on the UK government’s amber list for travel
  • The UK FCDO advises against all non-essential travel
  • A negative PCR test is required 72 hours prior to arrival in El Salvador
  • Entry is not currently permtted for people who have visited the UK within 30 days

The borders to El Salvador are open, although flights remain limited. Those planning to arrive by land should check for last minute changes.

The Falkland Islands

  • Currently on the UK government’s green list for travel
  • The UK FCDO does not currently advise against all non-essential travel.
  • 14 days quarantine is required on arrival to the Falklands Islands

The Falklands has remained exempt from the UK travel advisory throughout the pandemic. However visits to the Falkland Islands are unlikely to be possible in practical terms. There are only military flights from the UK (a permit is required for residents) and access routes by air and cruise via Latin America are currently suspended.

Guatemala

  • Currently on the UK government’s amber list for travel
  • The UK FCDO advises against all non-essential travel
  • A negative PCR test is required 72 hours prior to arrival in Guatemala, or evidence that of full vaccination
  • Entry is not permtted for people who have visited the UK within 14 days

International flights resumed in October 2020 and some land borders reopened, though we don’t currently recommend using them due to potential last-minute changes.

Guyana

  • Currently on the UK government’s red list for travel
  • The UK FCDO advises against all non-essential travel
  • A negative PCR test is required 72 hours prior to arrival

Guyana’s borders reopened in October 2020 for international flights.

Honduras

  • Currently on the UK government’s amber list for travel
  • The UK FCDO advises against all non-essential travel
  • A negative PCR test is required 72 hours prior to arrival in Honduras

The borders to Honduras are open, but visitors must show evidence of a negative PCR test and also quarantine for 14 days.

Mexico

  • Currently on the UK government’s amber list for travel
  • The UK FCDO advises against all non-essential travel
  • A negative PCR test is not required to enter Mexico

Mexico is open to international arrivals by air. Some land borders remain closed – for example, with the US, and Belize. There is no requirement to present any evidence of covid-testing prior to arrival. There are some local restrictions in place, which vary by region. BA re-commenced their direct flight between London and Mexico at the end of 2020, and are likely to bring them back again once UK travel restrictions begin to ease.

Nicaragua

  • Currently on the UK government’s amber list for travel
  • The UK FCDO advises against all non-essential travel
  • A negative PCR test is required 72 hours prior to arrival to Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s land borders are open and the international airport in Managua began receiving arrivals in September. A negative PCR test is required, taken within 72 hours of arrival.

Panama

  • Currently on the UK government’s red list for travel
  • The UK FCDO advises against all non-essential travel
  • A negative PCR test is required 48 hours prior to arrival to Panama
  • Entry is not currently permitted for people who have visited the UK within 20 days

Panama’s borders re-opened on 12 October. A negative PCR test is required, taken within 48 hours of arrival. Testing is also available on arrival (cost US$50, with results available within the hour).

Paraguay

  • Currently on the UK government’s red list for travel
  • The UK FCDO advises against all non-essential travel
  • A negative PCR test is required 72 hours prior to arrival

Paraguay’s borders are currently closed and there is no information available regarding possible date of re-opening.

Peru

  • Currently on the UK government’s red list for travel
  • The UK FCDO advises against all non-essential travel
  • A negative PCR test is required within 72 hrs pre-flight and an antigen test on arrival (which we are told can be taken in hotel or airport).– as well as 14 days quarantine on arrival

Peru has reopened Lima airport to most international flights, and  visitors  must provide evidence of a negative covid test (PCR or antigen), taken within 72 hours of arrival. Quarantine is still required on arrival for all travellers. Machu Picchu and other places of interest have reopened with reduced visitor numbers.

Uruguay

  • Currently on the UK government’s red list for travel
  • The UK FCDO advises against all non-essential travel

Uruguay is not allowing tourists to visit at present, with Uruguay’s borders officially closed to tourists. Entry requirements are likely to include evidence of a negative covid test per-arrival and suitable travel insurance, including medical cover for Covid-19.

While Uruguay is one of the world leaders in its vaccination program, visits to the country are potentially complicated by issues of access – there are no direct flights and most travellers arrive overland from Buenos Aires, or by air via European hubs.

 

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

 

For more information on the rules for returning to the UK, read our guide to the UK government's "traffic lights" for travel.

 

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