Many countries in Latin American have now officially reopened their borders for tourism.
Latin America has been slower to loosen travel restrictions as Covid-19 outbreaks continue across many countries.
Below we have a list of every country in Latin America, and what their current reopening status is: Not open for tourism, reopening soon, and now open. For the nations that have already reopened, we also include which countries are permitted to visit, plus any entry requirements.
Latin America Countries Reopening Borders for Tourism
Argentina is just started to lift the ban on commercial flights as of late October.
On October 30th, Argentina will reopen for tourists from 5 countries, all neighboring.
PCR tests are needed to enter.
While a few delays happened, Belize has now reopened as of October 1, 2020.
- Travelers must book flights and hotel
- Hotel will inform traveler that the Belize Health app must be downloaded
- Complete all required information on health app
- Travelers are encouraged to take a COVID PCR test within 96 hours of travel for fast track at airport
- Passengers who do not bring a negative test will be tested at the airport at a cost to the traveler
- Passengers who test positive will face a 14 day quarantine
- Passengers who are negative will be allowed instant access to Belize as long as they are not showing symptoms of Covid-19
See our complete guide and all the information on Belize Reopening For Tourism
Bolivia has reopened air borders and is now allowing international flights as of September 1, 2020.
While the country just recently lifted many internal restrictions and lockdowns, foreigners can now enter with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.
Brazil officially reopened its borders for international tourism on July 29, 2020.
All countries are allowed to visit but must meet the following (basic!) entry requirements:
- A valid Visa. (If your country requires a Visa to visit Brazil)
- Arrivals should expect temperature checks, as Brazil has recently been testing new temperature screening systems since May.
- As of Dec 30, a PCR test will also be needed to enter
See our complete guide and all the information regarding Brazil Reopening For Tourism
Chile announced they will be reopening the borders for tourism in December.
PCR testing (72-hours) and contact tracing will be required.
Update Jan 1 2021: Now ALL passengers into Chile will need to quarantine for 10 days, of which a negative PCR test on the 7th day can release them early.
Colombia closed its borders to foreign travelers in March and international passenger flights, along with tourism, resumed on September 21, 2020.
Travelers will need to bring a negative PCR test taken no longer than 96 hours before departure.
See our Colombia Reopening for Tourism guide for all the entry requirement info
Costa Rica will reopen its borders for tourism on August 1, 2020, allowing tourists from select low-risk countries. Tourists from the European Union, Canada, and the UK will be allowed to travel to Costa Rica.
As of November 1, residents of ALL U.S. states will also be permitted entry.
The PCR test requirement has been removed effective Oct 26th.
Entry requirements include:
- Must complete and present an epidemiological survey.
- Travel insurance that covers medical care or an unexpected extended hotel stay.
- Follow all airport and local health protocols. This includes wearing a mask or face shield in nearly all indoors circumstances.
For more information and details, see our guide on Costa Rica Reopening For Tourism
As of December, all areas of Cuba have now reopened for tourism.
Tourists will undergo a FREE test upon arrival at the airport and will be expected to quarantine at their hotel for 24 hours while they await results.
Starting January 1, 2021 ALL passengers will also have to bring a 72-hour negative PCR test in combination with getting tested at the airport.
Ecuador resumed international flights with limited capacity on June 1st, 2020.
- All arriving passengers are required to have the results of a negative PCR or antigen test within the last 3 days prior to arrival.
See all info about Ecuador Reopening
El Salvador reopened the airport and resumed international flights on September 19.
All passengers MUST have a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours prior to boarding.
Read more on El Salvador Reopening
General tourism has not resumed in French Guiana. All foreign arrivals have to be arriving for essential reasons.
Guatemala reopened the international airport for tourists on September 18th, 2020.
All passengers must have a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hour prior to the flight. Antigen tests are also permitted if PCR is not possible.
Read everything we know about Guatemala’s Reopening for Tourism here
Now open for tourism
Honduras has officially reopened airports and is now allowing international tourism to resume in the country as of August 17, 2020.
All countries welcome!
All travelers entering Honduras must present a Covid test that was performed with negative results no older than 72 hours prior to arrival.
Read more about Honduras Reopening For Tourism
Mexico is VERY open for tourism!
Airports are open to travelers from all countries with no testing or quarantine requirements.
The land border between the U.S. and Mexico is still closed for non-essential travel.
Read everything you need to know about Mexico Reopening for Tourism
While Nicaragua never truly closed for tourism, flights were suspended, effectively closing the nation off to tourists.
Starting on October 1, Spirit, Avianca, Aeromexico, United and American Airlines are planning to return their direct flights to Managua.
See all details about the reopening of Nicaragua for tourism
Panama has officially reopened for tourism on October 12, 2020.
All travelers arriving in Panama must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate no older than 48 hours before you travel.
Commercial flights have resumed to Paraguay.
Travelers will need to bring a negative LAMP, PCR or Nucleic Acid test, taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival, and fill out a passenger health declaration form.
Read all about Paraguay’s reopening and entry requirements
Peru reopened borders for international flights on October 5, 2020, allowing only specific cities to land. As of November 1st, more cities will be added.
72 hour PCR test is needed
Read more about Peru Reopening for International Flights October 5
Not Open For Tourists
All borders are closed for tourism at this time.
Not Open For Tourists
The government of Uruguay has made the tough decision to keep international borders closed a little longer, until at least October 31, in part of because the extremely high rates in neighboring nations.
Update: The government of Uruguay has now stated it will be keeping borders closed until at least 2021
Not Open For Tourists
All borders are closed to foreign travelers and only Venezuelan citizens are able to travel into the country at this time. The current border closure is set to expire on February 11, 2021
Disclaimer: Latin America’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.
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Originally Published July 30, 2020, with updates