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July 20, 2021

By: SA Explorer

Countries open for North American travelers

Last updated: July 20, 2021


The world is gradually beginning to welcome travel again!

Are you asking yourself, "Where can I go?" Are you curious what countries are open for travel? 

As the preventative measures surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve, a number of countries are now opening their borders while maintaining safety protocols to contain the spread of the virus. For you to have the safest possible journey, we've compiled a list of countries that are open for travelers from North America and included their basic entry requirements.

As of January 26, 2021, the USA will require proof of a negative COVID-19 test for re-entry to the country regardless of vaccination status; anyone over the age of 2 traveling internationally to the below destinations will need to provide a negative test, taken within 72 hours prior to the flight, before boarding their return flight to the USA. Your Destination Expert will be glad to provide more information.

 

Countries requiring a completed vaccine sequence OR negative Covid-19 test for entry

  • Ecuador International arrivals to Ecuador age 2 and older must show either a completed vaccine card or a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours (antigen tests are no longer accepted for entry). 
  • The Galapagos Islands Travelers to the Galapagos Islands age 2 and older must show either a completed vaccine card or a negative PCR COVID-19 test. Travel insurance is also required for entry to the Galapagos Islands.
     

Countries requiring a negative Covid-19 test for entry

  • Belize A negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours is required for entry to Belize.
  • Bolivia Bolivia is open for air travel, however land borders remain closed at the time of writing. A negative COVID-19 test  is required (maximum amount of time permitted for negative test depends on country of origin - ask your Destination Expert for more details) and as of April 28, 2021, there is a mandatory 10-day quarantine period for all international arrivals though this is not actively being enforced.
  • Brazil All travelers arriving by air must show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding and complete a Traveler's Health Declaration agreeing to comply with national sanitary measures (link to the declaration here - this can be completed digitally or provided as a physical copy to the airline).
  • Guatemala A negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before entry to Guatemala is required for travelers ages 10 and older. PCR or Antigen tests are accepted, however testing on arrival is no longer available and must be carried out before boarding your international flight to the country.
  • Honduras A negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours is required for entry to Honduras.
  • Nicaragua A negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours is required for entry to Nicaragua.
  • Panama A negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours before entry to Panama is required, and there are additional restrictions for anyone arriving from Britain, India, South Africa, and Brazil - please speak with your Destination Expert to learn more. As of mid-May 2021, there is currently an overnight curfew in parts of Panama (from 9pm to 4am) and general movement and tourism is restricted on Sundays.
  • Peru Travelers must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test for entry (either antigen or PCR), issued within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to Peru. Please be sure to travel with a face shield in addition to a mask, as face shields are required to be worn in the Lima airport.
     

Countries with no current entry requirements

  • Colombia No COVID-19 test is required for entry to Colombia.
  • Costa Rica Costa Rica welcomes travelers from all countries. No COVID-19 test is required for entry. Effective August 1st, fully vaccinated travelers will not need to show proof of travel insurance.
  • Mexico No COVID-19 test is required for entry to Mexico.
     

Countries not currently open for international tourism

  • Argentina For the time being, Argentina is only allowing international travelers who are residents of neighboring countries (Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay) to enter through the Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport, requiring both a negative COVID-19 test and travel insurance. Other international travelers are not yet allowed entry though there are rumblings afoot that Argentina will try to reopen by October 2021.
  • Chile In early April, Chile closed international borders for a indeterminate period as the country continues its vaccination programs. When borders reopen, it is expected that travelers will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before entry, as well as travel insurance.

 

Reach out to a Destination Expert for the most up-to-date information to assist you with any travel questions. Contact us now to start planning your next expedition. Safe travels!

Last updated: July 20, 2021