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
As of November 2021, Argentina has reopened its borders to all vaccinated travelers from all nations.
Apart from your vaccination certificate, here are the requirements that you would need for entry:
- A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hour prior to boarding.
- A sworn declaration, filled out 48 hours prior to arrival.
- COVID Insurance
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 required to take a COVID PCR test within 96 hours of travel
- 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 Tourist
Bolivia has reopened air borders and is now allowing international flights as of September 1, 2020.
As of November 2021, vaccinated travelers simply need to show their vaccination certificate, a filled out passenger locator form, and a negative 72-hour PCR test upon arrival.
Meanwhile, unvaccinated travelers will need to take another PCR test upon arrival. While waiting for their negative results, they will undergo a quarantine.
Brazil officially reopened its borders for international tourism on July 29, 2020.
Visitors from all countries are allowed to visit, regardless of vaccination status, 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 TourismVistors
Chile announced they will be reopening the borders for tourism in December.
PCR testing (72-hours) and contact tracing will be required.
Update Nov 2021: Only vaccinated visitors will be allowed entry to Chile. They need to have a negative 72-hour PCR test prior to departure, and they will be tested again upon arrival. They will undergo quarantine while waiting for the results.
Colombia closed its borders to foreign travelers in March and international passenger flights, along with tourism, resumed on September 21, 2020.
Update Dec 2021: Starting December 14, 2021 tourists will have to show proof of being fully vaccinated or a 72-hour PCR test, as well as fill out the mandatory pre-registration form.
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 2021, tourists from all nations are allowed entry, regardless of vaccination status.
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 in all public places.
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.
Starting January 1, 2021 ALL passengers will also have to bring a 72-hour negative PCR test.
As of November 2021, only unvaccinated visitors need to bring a negative PCR test. Vaccinated visitors can enter the country freely as long as they have their proof of vaccination, health insurance, and health declaration form.
Ecuador resumed international flights with limited capacity on June 1st, 2020.
- Unvaccinated passengers are required to have the results of a negative PCR or antigen test within the last 3 days prior to arrival.
- Vaccinated travelers need to show their vaccination certificate upon arrival.
Dec 1, 2021 Update: Due to Omicron fears, Ecuador is now requiring all arrivals to show BOTH a negative 72-hour PCR test and proof of full vaccination for entry.
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.
Update Nov 2021: Visitors no longer need to have a negative PCR test, regardless of vaccination status. They can now enter the country freely, but masks are still required for indoor spaces and public places where social distancing is not possible.
Read more on El Salvador Reopening
As of November 2021, tourism has resumed in French Guiana. Only vaccinated travelers are allowed entry.
Visitors need to present a negative 72-hour PCR test from an accepted establishment. They will also undergo another PCR test upon arrival.
Guatemala reopened the international airport for tourists on September 18th, 2020.
Passengers need to have a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hour prior to the flight, or a vaccination certificate.
Read everything we know about Guatemala's Reopening for Tourism here
Airports in Guyana have reopened, and vaccinated visitors can now enter. All they need is to show a negative 72-hour PCR test and proof of vaccination.
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!
Update Nov 2021: Visitors from South Africa will not be allowed entry.
All travelers entering Honduras must present a negative 72-hour PCR test or a vaccination certificate.
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.
Update Nov 2021: ALL visitors are welcome to Nicaragua, provided that they have a negative 72-hour PCR test.
See all details about the reopening of Nicaragua for tourism
Panama has officially reopened for tourism on October 12, 2020.
Unvaccinated travelers arriving in Panama must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate no older than 48 hours before they travel. They will also have to undergo a 72-hour quarantine.
Fully vaccinated travelers can forego these as long as they have their vaccination certificate.
Commercial flights have resumed to Paraguay.
All travelers will need to bring a negative LAMP, PCR or Nucleic Acid test, taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival, take another PCR test upon arrival, and fill out a passenger health declaration form. There is also a mandatory PCR test on day 5 of the trip. If you test positive, you will have to undergo quarantine for 7 days.
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.
Update Nov 2021: Visitors from all nations are welcome, with the exception of South Africa.
72 hour PCR test or vaccination certificate is needed
Read more about Peru Reopening for International Flights October 5
As of November 2021, travelers with a vaccination certificate or a recovery certificate can enter Suriname. They must have a negative 72-hour PCR test, health insurance, a passenger locator form, a health declaration form, and a health questionnaire form.
As of November 1, 2021, travelers with a vaccination certificate or a recovery certificate can enter Uruguay! They need to have health insurance, and they are required to take an additional COVID test on day 7. Those who refuse to take tests will undergo a 14-day quarantine.
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.
As of November 2021, Venezuela is accepting travelers from all countries! The requirements are:
- A PCR test taken at most 48 hours before arrival
- Health declaration form
- PCR test upon arrival
- Wear masks in public places
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