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October 21, 2021

By: SA Explorer

Countries open for North American travelers

Last updated: October 21, 2021


The world is open to travel again!

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

As the preventative measures surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve, many countries have opened 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. Please note, all information is subject to change.

As of January 26, 2021, the USA requires 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 & The Galapagos Islands International arrivals to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands 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).  Testing is available on the ground in Ecuador in case more than 72 hours elapses between any traveler's original PCR test (used for entry to Ecuador) and their arrival to the Galapagos. Travel insurance is also required for entry to the Galapagos Islands. 
  • Panama International arrivals to Panama must show either a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before entry  or a completed vaccine card. 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 an overnight curfew in parts of Panama (from 9pm to 4am) and general movement and tourism is restricted on Sundays.

Countries requiring a completed vaccine sequence for entry

  • Argentina 
    1) As of October 01, Argentina will allow entry to residents of neighboring countries (Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay).
    Requirements include a completed vaccine sequence AND one of the two following testing options: either a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to boarding, or a negative Antigen test taken upon arrival in Argentina. Depending on Argentina's general population vaccination rates, there may be an additional PCR test required 5-7 days after entry; subject to change.
    2) Beginning November 01, Argentina will allow entry to all international travelers.
    Requirements include a completed vaccine sequence AND one of the two following testing options: either a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to boarding, or a negative Antigen test taken upon arrival in Argentina. Depending on Argentina's general population vaccination rates, there may be an additional PCR test required 5-7 days after entry; subject to change.

     
  • Chile As of November 01, international travelers can enter Chile as long as they show proof of the following requirements:
    1) A completed vaccine card, validated on the official Chilean Vaccination website (mevacuno.gob.cl). Important: the validation process may take up to a full month, so advance planning is required.
    2) A completed electronic sworn statement, submitted at least 48 hours prior to boarding
    3) 02 negative PCR tests:
          - First test: taken max. 72 hours before travel, shown prior to boarding
          - Second test: taken upon arrival. Passengers must agree to quarantine (at a hotel or other establishment) until a negative result is obtained (est. time 12-24 hours)
    4) Medical travel insurance with a minimum coverage of USD $30,000
    Note: Any travelers to Chile who do not have a completed vaccine sequence must quarantine for a full seven days upon arrival. All other steps above still required. The Chilean goverment will also enforce a 10-day monitoring period for international arrivals, during which travelers must report on their locations and health status even after showing their second negative PCR result.

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 (if PCR, it must be taken within 72 hours prior to boarding, if Antigen, it must be taken within 24 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). All travelers must also show proof of a health insurance policy with coverage over USD $30,000. Note: main tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, such as the Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain, as well as clubs, stadiums, museums, and galleries, require proof of vaccination for entry.
  • 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.
  • Peru International arrivals to Peru age 02 and older must show a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival (as of September 08, 2021, antigen tests are no longer accepted for entry). Children ages 2-11yrs can provide a medical certificate confirming good health in place of a PCR test result, if preferred.  All travelers must also complete the following electronic "Affidavit of Health" prior to arrival. In Peru it is common that airports, grocery stores, and other public areas request the use of two masks simultaneously. 

Countries with no Covid-19 testing or vaccine 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, though everyone entering Costa Rica must complete a "Health Pass" form in the 72 hours prior to arrival. Fully-vaccinated visitors (having received a final dose of Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, or J&J at least 14 days before arriving to Costa Rica) are excempt from needing travel insurance when visiting Costa Rica; unvaccinated visitors must provide proof of travel insurance that covers medical expenses, including a minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for extended lodging expenses.
  • Mexico No COVID-19 test is required for entry to Mexico.

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: October 21, 2021. All information subject to change without prior notice.