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February 01, 2021

By: SA Explorer

Countries open for North American travelers

Last updated: Feberuary 01, 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; 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.

 

  • Peru began gradually resuming international flights on October 5, with flights from North America resuming on November 1. A negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before entry to the country is required. As of early January 2021, there is a temporary 14-day quarantine required for all international arrivals.
  • Ecuador resumed international flights on June 1, though land and sea borders remain closed until further notice. A negative COVID-19 test taken within 10 days before entry to country is required.
  • The Galapagos Islands require a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours before entry to the Galapagos Province, for travelers ages 17 and older. Travel insurance is also required for entry to the Galapagos Islands.
  • Chile reopened for all travelers on November 23; as of early February, the only point of entry is still Santiago's international airport, and land crossings are still closed. A negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before entry to the country is required, as well as travel insurance.
  • Costa Rica has been gradually opening borders for tourism since August 1, and now welcomes travelers from all countries. No COVID-19 test is required for entry.
  • Guatemala has been open since September 18. A negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before entry to the country is required for travelers ages 10 and older.
  • Panama opened borders for international travelers beginning October 12. A negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours before entry to the country is required.
  • Mexico has gradually opened borders for air travel since June. The U.S.-Mexico land border remains restricted for non-essential travel until November 21. No COVID-19 test is required for entry.
  • Colombia reopened for international flights on September 21. As of early January 2021, a negative COVID-19 test is required for entry, issued a maximum of 96 hours before your international flight.
  • Bolivia opened for international air travel on September 1; 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).
  • Brazil’s borders have been open since July. As of early January 2021, 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 - can be completed digitally or provided as a physical copy to the airline).
  • Argentina is beginning a gradual reopening; 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.
  • Belize opened borders on October 1. A negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before entry to the country is required.
  • Honduras opened borders for international travel beginning August 17. A negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before entry to the country is required.
  • Nicaragua began opening borders in early October. A negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before entry to the country is required.

 

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: February 01, 2021

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