COVID-19 Travel Restrictions in South America (January 2022)

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Updated every few days. Last update: 20th January 2022.

What is the situation like with COVID-19 in South America? Like you, we are desperate to grab our backpacks and return to the road – but is that possible right now?

We strive to regularly update this article with the latest travel restrictions across South America to keep you up to date with where you can and can’t travel, and what entry requirements are in place (quarantine, PCR tests, mask-wearing etc.).

For more information on a country, follow the jump links in the summary. 


Where can you travel in South America – Quick Answers

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  • Argentina – Open to vaccinated tourists without quarantine, although some restrictions do apply.
  • Bolivia – Open to all tourists. Unvaccinated travellers are required to quarantine for 10-days upon arrival.
  • Brazil – Open to vaccinated tourists without quarantine.
  • Chile – Open to vaccinated tourists. You must quarantine until you get the results of your COVID-19 test taken upon arrival.
  • Colombia – Open to vaccinated tourists without quarantine.
  • Ecuador – Open to all tourists. Unvaccinated travellers will be required to take a PCR test on arrival. Unvaccinated travellers will not be permitted to visit the Galapagos.
  • Paraguay – Most travellers require proof of vaccination to enter Paraguay. However, there are some exceptions. Read on to find out more.
  • Peru – Open to all travellers. Unvaccinated travellers are required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 48 hours before boarding their flight.
  • Uruguay – Open to fully vaccinated travellers.

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COVID-19 Travel Restrictions South America (Countries A-Z)


Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing every day and the following information reflects South America Backpacker’s understanding of the current entry rules. We update this article regularly to ensure the information is as current as possible but we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.


Argentina Travel Restrictions Summary

  • Open to international travellers: Open to fully vaccinated tourists, quarantine free.
  • Visa on arrival: Available for certain nationalities.
  • Requirements before departure: 
    • Have proof of vaccination via the App Mi Argentina or an official document from your national health body.
    • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken no longer than 72 hours before your flight.
    • You must also fill in the electronic sworn statement form within 48 hours of arriving in Argentina.
    • You must also take a PCR test upon arrival.
  • Quarantine: Vaccinated travellers do not need to quarantine. However, they must avoid large gatherings until the result of their PCR test (taken on arrival) comes back negative. If travelling from Africa, you must quarantine for 10-days and take a PCR test on the final day – you will only be released from quarantine if this test is negative. Unvaccinated residents or Argentinian nationals must quarantine for 7-days, then take a PCR test on day 7 to end their quarantine.
  • Extra costs: Ensure your insurance covers COVID-19 related treatment and isolation.
  • Current internal travel restrictions: Travel restrictions vary and can change rapidly across the country. Public transport can generally be used by anyone but in areas with high COVID cases, it may be reserved for essential workers only. You may be required to show a tourism certificate when travelling between provinces.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings are mandatory in all public spaces – indoor and outdoor.
  • Border crossings: The borders are currently open but this can change quickly.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: Argentina Travel Restrictions.


Bolivia Travel Restrictions Summary

  • Open to international travellers: Bolivia is open to travellers regardless of vaccination status.
  • Visa on arrival: Available for certain nationalities.
  • Requirements before departure: 
    • Proof of vaccination is required to avoid a 10-day quarantine.
    • Proof of travel insurance that covers COVID-19.
    • A PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before arriving in Bolivia.
    • You’ll also need to provide accommodation addresses for the duration of your stay. This can be updated as you travel around the country.
  • Quarantine: 10-days for unvaccinated travellers. There will also be another PCR test on day 3 of the quarantine period.
  • Extra costs: Ensure your travel insurance covers treatment and isolation for COVID-19.
  • Current internal travel restrictions: There are no restrictions on movement around Bolivia as long as everyone adheres to social distancing, mask-wearing and can prove vaccination status.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings should be worn in all public spaces – indoors and outdoors.
  • Border crossings: All Bolivia’s land borders are open but not all neighbours have opened their side of the border.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: Bolivia Travel Restrictions.


Brazil Travel Restrictions Summary

  • Open to international travellers: Open to vaccinated travellers without quarantine. Unvaccinated travellers may not enter Brazil unless they can prove vaccine exemption.
  • Visa on arrival: No. Unless you’re from a visa-exempt country, you need to apply for your Brazilian visa in advance.
  • Requirements before departure: 
  • Quarantine: Vaccinated travellers do not need to quarantine. Vaccine exempt travellers may need to quarantine for up to 14-days.
  • Extra costs: Some hospitals in Brazil have stopped taking uninsured patients. Even credit cards are no longer accepted in some locations. Ensure you have adequate health insurance.
  • Current internal travel restrictions: Most internal travel is up and running. Some guesthouses and hotels may only be open to Brazilian residents at this time. Check before arriving.
  • Face coverings: Masks are required in all public spaces – indoors and outdoors.
  • Border crossings: Brazil’s land borders are open. The same restrictions apply as when arriving by air.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: Brazil Travel Restrictions.


Chile Travel Restrictions Summary

  • Open to international travellers: Open to vaccinated travellers.
  • Visa on arrival: No. If a visa for Chile is required, you need to arrange it in advance.
  • Requirements before departure: 
    • Proof of vaccination. You need to get your vaccination status validated by Chilean authorities. You will then be given a Mobility Pass – Apply here.
    • A completed affidavit filled in up to 48 hours before boarding.
    • Proof of travel insurance that includes at least $30,000USD of COVID-19 cover.
    • Proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
    • There will also be a further PCR or antigen test upon arrival.
  • Quarantine: All travellers must quarantine until the results of their test upon arrival come back. Chilean nationals without a Mobility Pass must quarantine for 7-days.
  • Extra costs: Ensure your travel insurance covers you for COVID-19 related expenses.
  • Current internal travel restrictions: Rules change quickly in Chile but travel is possible. Keep an eye on what restriction tier each communa is in to give you a better idea of restrictions. A Mobility Pass is required for interregional travel.
  • Face coverings: Face masks are required in all public spaces.
  • Border crossings: Some of Chile’s land borders are open for tourists. Check before attempting to cross.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: Chile Travel Restrictions.


Colombia Travel Restrictions Summary

  • Open to international travellers: Open to fully, or partially vaccinated travellers without quarantine.
  • Visa on arrival: Yes.
  • Requirements before departure: 
    • Travellers must fill out the Check Mig form 1-24 hours before boarding their plane to Colombia. They will need to present the confirmation email upon arrival in Colombia.
    • Those who have started, but not completed, the vaccination schedule (including those who have their final dose less than 14 days before travelling) will be required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding the plane.
  • Quarantine: There is no mandatory quarantine unless you test positive for COVID when in Colombia.
  • Extra costs: Ensure you have travel insurance that covers COVID-19 related treatments and isolation.
  • Current internal travel restrictions: Public transport is up and running as long as you adhere to social distancing and mask-wearing rules. Local and regional authorities may stop travel to or from their area if infection rates get too high. Keep an eye on local news.
  • Face coverings: Masks are mandatory in all public spaces across the country.
  • Border crossings: All Colombia’s land borders are open.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: Colombia Travel Restrictions.


Ecuador Travel Restrictions Summary

  • Open to international travellers: Open to all travellers regardless of vaccination status. However, unvaccinated travellers are not permitted to visit the Galapagos.
  • Visa on arrival: Yes.
  • Requirements before departure: 
    • Fill in a Health Declaration form which includes your itinerary and contact details.
    • Proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
    • Unvaccinated travellers will also have to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival.
  • Quarantine: Quarantine is not necessary unless you’re unvaccinated and test positive for COVID-19 when arriving in Ecuador. Travellers from India are required to quarantine for 10-days
  • Extra costs: Travel insurance is mandatory for entering the Galapagos.
  • Current internal travel restrictions: People can move freely throughout Ecuador as long as they abide by local restrictions.
  • Face coverings: Face masks are mandatory in all public spaces.
  • Border crossings: The land border with Peru is closed. But nationals and residents may be allowed to enter Ecuador via the Huaquillas southern checkpoint. The land border with Colombia is open to all travellers but only through the ‘Rumichaca’ crossing, between 8am and 5pm.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: Ecuador Travel Restrictions.


Paraguay Travel Restrictions Summary

  • Open to international travellers: Open to fully vaccinated travellers. Some unvaccinated individuals may be exempt (see “For More In-Depth” Info for a list of restrictions).
  • Visa on arrival: Only in Asuncion airport. Otherwise, visas (if required) must be obtained in advance.
  • Requirements before departure: 
    • Complete a Travellers Health Declaration Form. This must be completed 24 hours to 30 minutes before boarding your flight.
    • Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no longer than 48 hours before travelling (24 hours for an antigen test).
    • Show proof of travel insurance with COVID-19 cover – this does not apply to Paraguayan nationals or people from any MERCOSUR member or associate country.
    • You will also need to take a COVID-19 test on the 5th day after your pre-travel test.
  • Quarantine: Non-vaccinated travellers must quarantine for 10 days. This can be cut to 5 days if you get a negative COVID-19 test result on day 5 of isolation. If you’re vaccinated and test positive for COVID-19 on the required day 5 test, you must isolate for 7 days.
  • Extra costs: Ensure you have travel insurance that covers treatment and isolation concerning COVID-19
  • Current internal travel restrictions: There are currently no restrictions on travel in Paraguay.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings must be worn in all public spaces.
  • Border crossings: Paraguay’s land borders are open.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: Paraguay Travel Restrictions.


Peru Travel Restrictions Summary

  • Open to international travellers: Open to all travellers regardless of vaccination status.
  • Visa on arrival: Yes but only for certain nationalities.
  • Requirements before departure: 
  • Quarantine: There is no quarantine required in Peru. However, if you test positive for COVID-19 you are legally required to isolate for 14 days.
  • Extra costs: Ensure your travel insurance covers COVID-19 treatment and isolation.
  • Current internal travel restrictions: Peru is operating under a 4 tier restriction system. Generally, travel around the country is almost normal but if infection rates rise fast, this may change. Proof of vaccination is required to use public transport in Peru.
  • Face coverings: Masks must be worn in all public places. When going indoors, two masks are required (one cloth and one surgical). Some indoor venues require a single N95 mask.
  • Border crossings: Officially, land borders are closed to non-resident foreign nationals.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: Peru Travel Restrictions.


Uruguay Travel Restrictions Summary

  • Open to international travellers: Open for vaccinated travellers without quarantine.
  • Visa on arrival: Only for selected countries. Most nations enter visa-free.
  • Requirements before departure: 
    • Proof of vaccination. Your final dose must have been taken 15 days – 9 months prior to travelling.
    • A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travelling.
    • Fill out the health declaration form within 48 hours of travelling.
    • Proof of travel insurance that covers COVID-19 related treatment and isolation costs.
  • Quarantine: Isolation is only required if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or receive a positive test. The quarantine period varies depending on your vaccination status and whether you’re symptomatic. For more information, visit the official Uruguayan Ministry of Public Health website.
  • Extra costs: Ensure your travel insurance covers COVID-19 related treatments and isolation.
  • Current internal travel restrictions: Internal travel is operating almost as normal throughout the country.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings are required in enclosed public spaces.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: Uruguay Travel Restrictions.


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