Chile, Argentina update entry requirements: Here are the travel restrictions across Central and South America due to COVID-19

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Thinking about making a trip to Central or South America soon? You may want to get familiar with each country's travel restrictions.

Entry requirements for U.S. travelers vary country by country, with some enforcing strict testing or quarantine mandates while others list very few COVID-19-related rules. Either way, most travelers will have to take at least one coronavirus test during their trip to reenter the United States.

Travelers can also take a look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's travel recommendations to see the agency's COVID-19 risk assessment for each country. Many of the countries listed below have a "high" or "very high" risk of COVID-19, which means travelers should make sure they are fully vaccinated before visiting or avoid the destination altogether, according to the CDC.

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Argentina

Foreigners who are not residents are prohibited from entering Argentina.
Foreigners who are not residents are prohibited from entering Argentina.

Can U.S. tourists enter? No, most foreigners who are not residents of Argentina are prohibited from entering. However, the Argentine Government announced that non-resident foreign citizens will be permitted to enter starting Nov. 1.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Travelers can show proof of vaccination to enter. If they are not fully vaccinated, they will be subject to a quarantine period and testing, according to a tweet from Carla Vizzotti, Argentina's health minister.

Last updated: Oct. 7

Belize

All travelers 5 and older, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test to enter Belize.
All travelers 5 and older, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test to enter Belize.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? All travelers 5 and older, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours to enter. If a traveler is unable to bring along a coronavirus test, they must take a $50 test upon arrival.

What else do I need to know? Travelers who test positive at the airport must quarantine at least 14 days at their own expense.

Last updated: Sept. 17

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Bolivia

Nonresidents will need health insurance with COVID-19 coverage to enter Bolivia.
Nonresidents will need health insurance with COVID-19 coverage to enter Bolivia.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Travelers 5 and older must show proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure.

What else do I need to know? All travelers must quarantine at least 10 days after arrival and must take another coronavirus test seven days after arrival. Visitors must also submit a sworn statement of where they'll be staying. Nonresidents will need health insurance with COVID-19 coverage to enter.

Last updated: Sept. 17

Brazil

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Travelers must show a negative coronavirus test administered by an accredited laboratory and taken 72 hours prior to check-in for international flights. Children under 2 and children under 12 who are accompanied by parents or guardians are exempt. Travelers will also need to submit a health affidavit form.

What else do I need to know? Travelers cannot stay more than 90 days.

Last updated: Sept. 17

Chile

Starting Oct. 1, Chile will allow fully vaccinated foreigners who test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to travel.
Starting Oct. 1, Chile will allow fully vaccinated foreigners who test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to travel.

Can U.S. tourists enter? As of Oct. 1, yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Starting Oct. 1, Chile allows fully vaccinated foreigners who test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to travel. Travelers will also need to self-isolate five days at a previously declared home, hotel or residence and comply with a 14-day follow-up process that includes daily self-reporting of their health status, location and testing.

On Nov. 1, the five day isolation requirement will be lifted for fully vaccinated travelers who validate their vaccination status and get a negative PCR test when arriving in Chile.

What else do I need to know? Visitors must complete an online "travelers' affidavit" form 72 hours prior to travel. Visitors must also have travel insurance that will cover any medical expenses related to COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of $30,000.

Last updated: Oct. 7

Colombia

U.S. travelers are allowed in Columbia.
U.S. travelers are allowed in Columbia.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? No, the country does not require any coronavirus testing or vaccinations to enter.

Last updated: Sept. 17

Costa Rica

Visitors gather to watch the sunset April 19, 2021, in Playa Guiones, a surfing destination located near the town of Nosara, Costa Rica. U.S. travelers need to carry proof of vaccination to enter the country.
Visitors gather to watch the sunset April 19, 2021, in Playa Guiones, a surfing destination located near the town of Nosara, Costa Rica. U.S. travelers need to carry proof of vaccination to enter the country.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes, U.S. citizens can enter via air or land.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Unless they are fully vaccinated, adult travelers will need to provide proof of a medical insurance policy that covers COVID-19 related medical treatments or quarantine lodging. All visitors must also complete a health pass online 48 hours prior to arrival.

What else do I need to know? Tourists cannot stay in Costa Rica more than 90 days.

Last updated: Sept. 17

Ecuador

Visitors to Ecuador must provide a negative coronavirus 72 hours prior to travel or proof of full vaccination.
Visitors to Ecuador must provide a negative coronavirus 72 hours prior to travel or proof of full vaccination.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Visitors must provide a negative coronavirus test 72 hours prior to travel or proof of full vaccination.

Last updated: Sept. 17

El Salvador

El Salvador offers over 186 miles of coastline.
El Salvador offers over 186 miles of coastline.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Travelers can present proof of full vaccination or a negative coronavirus test result given 72 hours before arrival to enter.

Last updated: Sept. 17

Guatemala

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Travelers 10 and older who are not fully vaccinated must show a negative coronavirus test or proof of recovery to enter.

Last updated: Sept. 17

Guyana

Vaccinated travelers who have a negative PCR test may enter Guyana.
Vaccinated travelers who have a negative PCR test may enter Guyana.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Vaccinated travelers who have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their scheduled flight may enter.

What else do I need to know? All travelers must also submit a passenger locator form 24 hours prior to travel.

Last updated: Sept. 17

Honduras

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Travelers must show proof of full vaccination or carry proof of a negative PCR or rapid test result taken less than 72 hours before entry.

What else do I need to know? All travelers must complete an immigration precheck form to enter and should carry a printout of the confirmation email during their trip.

Last updated: Sept. 17

Nicaragua

U.S. travelers to Nicaragua must fill out an online form and submit it at least seven days prior to arrival.
U.S. travelers to Nicaragua must fill out an online form and submit it at least seven days prior to arrival.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Yes. Travelers must show a negative test at the airport taken less than 72 hours prior to entry. Test results should also be sent to the airline electronically before the travel date. Land borders also require a negative coronavirus test.

What else do I need to know? Travelers must fill out an online form and submit it at least seven days prior to arrival.

Last updated: Sept. 17

Panama

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Visitors must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter. Unvaccinated tourists will be subject to at least 72 hours of quarantine.

What else do I need to know? All travelers must show a completed health affidavit to their airline or carrier before boarding.

Last updated: Sept. 17

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Paraguay

Visitors older than 12 must show a negative coronavirus test result prior to entering Paraguay, regardless of vaccination status.
Visitors older than 12 must show a negative coronavirus test result prior to entering Paraguay, regardless of vaccination status.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Visitors older than 12 must show a negative coronavirus test result prior to entering, regardless of vaccination status. Visitors who have recently recovered from COVID-19 are exempt from the testing requirement.

Visitors older than 12 who cannot show proof of full vaccination must also quarantine five days after the date of their pre-departure test and take another test on the fifth day. If the test is positive, they must quarantine another seven days.

What else do I need to know? All air travelers should complete a health declaration form within 24 hours of entering the country.

Last updated: Sept. 17

Peru

Visitors must complete an electronic health statement and offer a negative coronavirus test to enter Peru.
Visitors must complete an electronic health statement and offer a negative coronavirus test to enter Peru.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Visitors must complete a health form and offer a negative coronavirus test to enter, if they cannot present proof of v.

What else do I need to know? Children under 12 can show a medical certificate of good health in lieu of a negative test.

Last updated: Sept. 17

Suriname

A sloth rests at the banks of the Blommestein Lake, about 100 miles south of Paramaribo, Suriname, on Aug. 14, 2010.
A sloth rests at the banks of the Blommestein Lake, about 100 miles south of Paramaribo, Suriname, on Aug. 14, 2010.

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Fully vaccinated people may enter without a quarantine period as long as they show proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old and valid travel documents. Unvaccinated visitors can only enter for essential purposes and must show a negative coronavirus test and undergo a seven-day quarantine.

Last updated: Sept. 17

Uruguay

Uruguay’s airports and borders are currently closed to foreigners.
Uruguay’s airports and borders are currently closed to foreigners.

Can U.S. tourists enter? No. Uruguay’s airports and borders are currently closed to nonresident foreigners. Starting Nov. 1, foreign travelers who are fully vaccinated and present a negative PCR test can enter the country, according to the Embassy of Uruguay in the U.S.

Last updated: Oct. 7

Venezuela

Venezuela
Venezuela

Can U.S. tourists enter? Yes.

Do I need a vaccine or testing? Travelers must show a negative PCR test taken less than 48 hours before arrival to enter.

What else do I need to know? U.S. citizens must apply for a visa to enter.

Last updated: Sept. 17

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