Chile, Argentina update entry requirements: Here are the travel restrictions across Central and South America due to COVID-19

Latin American map with the country's flag overlaid in each country.
Bailey Schulz
USA TODAY

Thinking about making a trip to Central or South America soon? You may want to get familiar with each country's travel restrictions.

Entry requirements for U.S. travelers vary country by country, with some enforcing strict testing or quarantine mandates while others list very few COVID-19-related rules. Either way, most travelers will have to take at least one coronavirus test during their trip to reenter the United States. 

Travelers can also take a look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's travel recommendations to see the agency's COVID-19 risk assessment for each country. Many of the countries listed below have a "high" or "very high" risk of COVID-19, which means travelers should make sure they are fully vaccinated before visiting or avoid the destination altogether, according to the CDC.

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Argentina

Foreigners who are not residents are prohibited from entering Argentina.

Can U.S. tourists enter?As of Nov. 1, non-resident foreign tourists can enter Argentina. 

Do I need a vaccine or testing? All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, will need to take a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours before arrival. If they are not fully vaccinated, they will be subject to a seven-day quarantine period.

What else do I need to know? All travelers entering or leaving the country must submit an electronic sworn statement within two days before their arrival or departure. Travelers must also have travel insurance that would cover any COVID-related hospitalization or quarantine.

Last updated: Nov. 2

Belize

All travelers 5 and older, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test to enter Belize.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes. 

Do I need a vaccine or testing? All travelers 5 and older, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours to enter. If a traveler is unable to bring along a coronavirus test, they must take a $50 test upon arrival.

What else do I need to know? Travelers who test positive at the airport must quarantine at least 14 days at their own expense. 

Last updated: Sept. 17

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Bolivia

Nonresidents will need health insurance with COVID-19 coverage to enter Bolivia.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Travelers 5 and older must show proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure. 

What else do I need to know? All travelers must quarantine at least 10 days after arrival and must take another coronavirus test seven days after arrival. Visitors must also submit a sworn statement of where they'll be staying. Nonresidents will need health insurance with COVID-19 coverage to enter. 

Last updated: Sept. 17

Brazil

Travelers must show a negative coronavirus test to enter Brazil.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Travelers must show a negative coronavirus test administered by an accredited laboratory and taken 72 hours prior to check-in for international flights. Children under 2 and children under 12 who are accompanied by parents or guardians are exempt. Travelers will also need to submit a health affidavit form. 

What else do I need to know? Travelers cannot stay more than 90 days. 

Last updated: Sept. 17

Chile

Starting Oct. 1, Chile will allow fully vaccinated foreigners who test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to travel.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Chile allows fully vaccinated foreigners who test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to travel. Travelers vaccinated outside of Chile must verify full vaccination through a "mobility pass," which can take two to three weeks to obtain. Travelers with a mobility pass will need to quarantine five days at a private residence or hotel and comply with a 14-day follow-up process that includes self-reporting of their health status and location. The country says it "may" require travelers to test for COVID-19 again on "several occasions," including at the point of entry or during the 14-day follow-up period. 

Starting Dec. 1, travelers with a booster shot will not have to quarantine or take additional PCR tests upon arrival.

What else do I need to know? Visitors must complete an online "travelers' affidavit" form prior to travel. Visitors must also have travel insurance that will cover any medical expenses related to COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of $30,000.   

Last updated: Nov. 24

Colombia

U.S. travelers are allowed in Columbia.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? No, the country does not require any coronavirus testing or vaccinations to enter.   

Last updated: Sept. 17

Costa Rica

Visitors gather to watch the sunset April 19, 2021, in Playa Guiones, a surfing destination located near the town of Nosara, Costa Rica. U.S. travelers need to carry proof of vaccination to enter the country.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes, U.S. citizens can enter via air or land. 

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Unless they are fully vaccinated, adult travelers will need to provide proof of a medical insurance policy that covers COVID-19 related medical treatments or quarantine lodging. All visitors must also complete a health pass online 48 hours prior to arrival.

What else do I need to know? Tourists cannot stay in Costa Rica more than 90 days.  

Last updated: Sept. 17

Ecuador

Visitors to Ecuador must provide a negative coronavirus 72 hours prior to travel or proof of full vaccination.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Visitors must provide a negative coronavirus test 72 hours prior to travel or proof of full vaccination. 

Last updated: Sept. 17

El Salvador

El Salvador offers over 186 miles of coastline.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? As of Nov. 17, travelers do not need to show proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test to enter. 

Last updated: Nov. 19

Guatemala

Travelers 10 and older who are not fully vaccinated must show a negative coronavirus test or proof of recovery to enter Guatemala. Pictured here is the Casa Palopo hotel in Guatemala.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Travelers 10 and older who are not fully vaccinated must show a negative coronavirus test or proof of recovery to enter. 

Last updated: Sept. 17

Guyana

Vaccinated travelers who have a negative PCR test may enter Guyana.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes. 

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Vaccinated travelers who have a negative PCR test taken within  72 hours of their scheduled flight may enter. 

What else do I need to know? All travelers must also submit a passenger locator form 24 hours prior to travel.

Last updated: Sept. 17

Honduras

All travelers must complete an immigration precheck form to enter Honduras.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes. 

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Travelers must show proof of full vaccination or carry proof of a negative PCR or rapid test result taken less than 72 hours before entry. 

What else do I need to know? All travelers must complete an immigration precheck form to enter and should carry a printout of the confirmation email during their trip. 

Last updated: Sept. 17

Nicaragua

U.S. travelers to Nicaragua must fill out an online form and submit it at least seven days prior to arrival.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes. 

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Yes. Travelers must show a negative test at the airport taken less than 72 hours prior to entry. Test results should also be sent to the airline electronically before the travel date. Land borders also require a negative coronavirus test. 

What else do I need to know? Travelers must fill out an online form and submit it at least seven days prior to arrival.  

Last updated: Sept. 17

Panama

Visitors must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter Panama.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Visitors must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter. Unvaccinated tourists will be subject to at least 72 hours of quarantine. 

What else do I need to know? All travelers must show a completed health affidavit to their airline or carrier before boarding.

Last updated: Sept. 17

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Paraguay

Visitors older than 12 must show a negative coronavirus test result prior to entering Paraguay, regardless of vaccination status.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes. 

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Visitors older than 12 must show a negative coronavirus test result prior to entering, regardless of vaccination status. Visitors who have recently recovered from COVID-19 are exempt from the testing requirement. 

Visitors older than 12 who cannot show proof of full vaccination must also quarantine five days after the date of their pre-departure test and take another test on the fifth day. If the test is positive, they must quarantine another seven days.

What else do I need to know? All air travelers should complete a health declaration form within 24 hours of entering the country. 

Last updated: Sept. 17

Peru

Visitors must complete an electronic health statement and offer a negative coronavirus test to enter Peru.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Visitors must complete a health form and offer a negative coronavirus test to enter, if they cannot present proof of v. 

What else do I need to know? Children under 12 can show a medical certificate of good health in lieu of a negative test. 

Last updated: Sept. 17

Suriname

A sloth rests at the banks of the Blommestein Lake, about 100 miles south of Paramaribo, Suriname, on Aug. 14, 2010.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing?Fully vaccinated people may enter without a quarantine period as long as they show proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old and valid travel documents. Unvaccinated visitors can only enter for essential purposes and must show a negative coronavirus test and undergo a seven-day quarantine.

Last updated: Sept. 17

Uruguay

Uruguay’s airports and borders are currently closed to foreigners.

Can U.S. tourists enter? As of Nov. 1, foreign travelers who are fully vaccinated and present a negative PCR test can enter the country, according to the Embassy of Uruguay in the U.S. 

Last updated: Nov. 2

Venezuela

Venezuela

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Travelers must show a negative PCR test taken less than 48 hours before arrival to enter.

What else do I need to know? U.S. citizens must apply for a visa to enter.

Last updated: Sept. 17

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