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Latin America - Reopening’s and Entry Update

Latin America – Reopening’s and Entry Update

Latin America – Reopening’s and Entry Update: Our VIP Journeys Co-Founder Michael Eiseman has been monitoring the updates of the region and has the following information to share which are current and updated on 3/31/2021: 

“As Americans are getting vaccinated and studies show post Coronavirus travel is ready to take-off with a lot of pent-up demand for leisure and business travelers. Before going, travelers should know the latest Latin America Coronavirus travel restrictions by country. 

Many Latin American nations are struggling to get shots-in-arms at the same pace the USA & UK are achieving; Except for Chile – who is way ahead in the region at doses delivered (Chinese/Sinovac vaccine / 50% efficiency).  Sinovac does has the lowest  efficacy rates for the original L strain of the virus but still an amazing achievement and Chile may see herd immunity this summer.

The EU and Latin America region will take longer as they ordered and planned on the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine which is considerably cheaper and easier to distribute than either Pfizer’s or Moderna’s, however stumbled with delivery setbacks and some reports of a rare clotting disorder clouding the world’s hopes for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, although now back on track, they lost months in limbo and are now in the very back of the line finding others to deliver at the same quantities.  We think the European tourist will not make it to Latin America this Summer as many countries in Europe are still on lockdown and tough to reenter upon return.  To top it off, dose distribution is sparking a kind of vaccine Cold War, given that Beijing and Moscow are making large-scale vaccine pledges to several Latin American countries and putting pressure on Washington to share its supply as well.”

VIP Journeys will provide a follow up report this week on a Timeline Tracking Latin America’s Road to Vaccination.  Call our Trip Designers with any questions about Travel to Latin America at (800) 772-9188. 

 

Argentina

All data shown below is for U.S. passengers travelling from the U.S. (14-day clean travel history). Travelers from variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

 

Bolivia

All data shown below is for U.S. passengers travelling from the U.S. (14-day clean travel history). Travelers from variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

  • Accessible to U.S. passengers: No. Awaiting information
  • Types of flights allowed: Business, Repatriation, Tech Stops
  • Pre-Approval for Entry Required: Awaiting information
  • COVID-19 Pre-Testing for Arrival Required: Yes, negative PCR COVID-19 test 72 hours before travel for persons traveling from border countries, no more than seven days if traveling from South America, Central America, and the Caribbean, and no more than 10 days for persons traveling from North America, Europe (where allowed), Asia, and Oceania.
  • Assuming No Symptoms, COVID-19 Testing Upon/After Arrival (if so, what time, type, age, etc.): Awaiting information
  • Assuming No Symptoms, Quarantine Required: Returning nationals from Europe must complete a 14-day self-quarantine.
  • Country website resources:

 

Brazil

All data shown below is for U.S. passengers travelling from the U.S. (14-day clean travel history). Travelers from variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

  • Accessible to U.S. passengers: Yes
  • Types of flights allowed: Business, Tourism, Tech Stops.
  • Pre-Approval for Entry Required: Yes
  • COVID-19 Pre-Testing for Arrival Required: Yes, negative PCR COVID-19 test  must be taken within 72 hours prior to boarding flight. The test must be in English, Portuguese or Spanish to be accepted upon arrival.
  • Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Required? No
  • Health / Entry Forms Required for Crew/Pax: Yes, Traveler Health Declaration https://formulario.anvisa.gov.br/
  • Health Insurance: No
  • Assuming No Symptoms, Quarantine Required:  No
  • Country website resources:

 

Chile

All data shown below is for U.S. passengers travelling from the U.S. (14-day clean travel history). Travelers from variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

  • Accessible to U.S. passengers: Yes
  • Types of flights allowed include: All flights are allowed
  • Pre-Approval for Entry Required: No
  • COVID-19 Pre-testing Required: Yes, negative PCR COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Rapid test no longer valid or allowed.
  • Assuming No Symptoms, COVID-19 Testing Upon / After Arrival: No-however travelers maybe, randomly selected by the Authorities at the time of arrival to take an exam for SARS-CoV-2 determined by the Health Authority. Less likely at the FBO.
  • Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Required?
  • In Country COVID-19 PCR Test available? Yes-PCR COVID-19 test can be arranged at FBO Aviasur or home address though handling agent. Test results available generally between 24-48 hours after test.
  • Health / Entry Forms Required: Yes-On line form available at www.c19.cl  to be completed prior to arrival. There will also be also be forms on arrival.
  • Health Insurance Required: Yes –
    • Poof of health insurance with specific clause for COVID-19 coverage including an amount of more than 30,000 USD coverage.
    • The policy must show that the insurance is either worldwide or Chilean coverage.
    • The insurance card alone is not accepted.
  • Assuming No Symptoms, Quarantine Required: Yes –All international passengers must complete 10 days quarantine. Quarantine can be shortened by taking a PCR test in Chile, no earlier than 6 days after arrival and with a negative result.​
  • Country website resources:

 

Colombia

All data shown below is for U.S. passengers travelling from the U.S. (14-day clean travel history). Travelers from variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

  • Accessible to U.S. passengers: Yes
  • Types of flights allowed include: Business, Repatriation, Humanitarian, Cargo, Tourism, Tech Stops
  • Pre-testing Required: Yes, negative PCR COVID-19 test taken 96 hours prior to arrival
  • Testing Upon/After Arrival*: No
  • Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Required? No
  • In Country COVID-19 PCR Test available? FBO will arrange local labs approved by the health department. Home, hotel and airport test available in most cities
  • Health Insurance: social security coverage or health insurance to cover their expenses while in Colombia.
  • Assuming No Symptoms, Quarantine Required: No quarantine required with negative test.

 

Costa Rica

All data shown below is for U.S. passengers travelling from the U.S. (14-day clean travel history). Travelers from variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

  • Can US Passengers operate: Yes, but with exceptions.
    • 1. Travelers may enter Costa Rica by air through direct flights from any state or countries, or by connecting/transit via airports in other state or countries.
    • 2. A maximum connection/transit time between airports of 18 hours shall be allowed during that period passengers cannot leave the airports where they are transiting or connecting.
    • 3. Each passenger shall be prepared to demonstrate that he/she is in connection/transit and that his/her flight originated in one of the authorized states or countries, either by presenting his/her boarding passes or an air ticket.
    • 4. US travelers are required to complete an online health declaration form prior to arrival and have proof of health insurance, adequate accommodation in Costa Rica in case of quarantine, and ability to cover medical expenses.
    • Passengers must prove their residency in one of those states using their driver’s license. This requirement excludes children travelling with their family. US travelers must submit online health declaration form prior to arrival and have proof of health insurance, adequate accommodation in Costa Rica in case of quarantine.
    • US pax from a non-authorized U.S. state that would like to enter the Costa Rica via private jet must have approval from the minister of health.
  • COVID-19 Test Requirements: Passengers no longer must obtain a negative PCR-RT test within 72 hours of their flight, but must purchase a travel-insurance plan that covers COVID-19. (This can be a pre-approved Costa Rican plan, or a foreign one that meets the actual requirements for insurance. Face masks are required.

 

Ecuador

All data shown below is for U.S. passengers travelling from the U.S. (14-day clean travel history).  Travelers from variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

  • Accessible to U.S. passengers: Yes
  • Types of flights allowed: Business, Tourism, Leisure, Tech Stop, Humanitarian / Cargo flights.
  • Pre-Approval for Entry Required: No
  • COVID-19 Pre-Testing for Arrival Required: Yes, antigen or PCR COVID-19 test with negative result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. From 22Mar21, exempt from mainland test requirement with a COVID-19 vaccination card with 2 doses.
  • Assuming No Symptoms, COVID-19 Testing Upon/After Arrival: Passengers without proof of negative test will be subject to an antigen test upon arrival and face quarantine 5-10 days at a government-regulated hotel or accommodations.
  • Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Required? No
  • In Country COVID-19 PCR Test available? If so, provide testing provider info (i.e., link or contact info): Awaiting information
  • Health / Entry Forms Required for Crew/Pax: Yes
  • Assuming No Symptoms, Quarantine Required: Not with a negative test result prior to flight. Travelers diagnosed with COVID-19, with the onset of symptoms occurring more than a month before travel and who continue to have a positive result in their PCR test, may still enter Ecuador, provided they do not present symptoms and provide a medical certificate confirming their good health.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Required: Not required. From 22Mar21, can be exempt from mainland test requirement with a COVID-19 vaccination card with 2 doses.

Guatemala

All data shown below is for U.S. passengers travelling from the U.S. (14-day clean travel history). Travelers from variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

  • Accessible to U.S. passengers: Yes
  • Types of flights allowed include: – Repatriation, Business, Tech Stops, Military, Air Ambulance, Cargo, Humanitarian and Tourism
  • Pre-Approval for Entry Required: Yes
  • COVID-19 Pre-testing Required: Yes, age 10 years and older – proof of negative PCR COVID-19 test or Antigen required for entry with 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Assuming No Symptoms, COVID-19 Testing Upon/After arrival: Yes
  • Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Required: No
  • In Country COVID-19 PCR Test available? Yes, Antigen test can be arranged at the private terminal prior to departure
  • Health Forms Required:  Health Pass must be completed on line prior to arrival and obtain QR code: https://sre.gt/. (Not required for GA)
  • Health Insurance: No
  • Assuming No Symptoms, Quarantine Required: No, Quarantine not required with a negative COVID-19 test result, if required then 14 days at a place of residence during time in the country.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Required: No.  Travelers who have been administered a COVID-19 vaccine may present proof that they have received two doses, the last of which must have been administered 15 days before departure will not have to bring a COVID-19 test.
  • COVID-19 Past Positive:
  • Travelers who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous three months may provide proof of treatment and confirmation of recovery at least 10 days after being diagnose.
  • Country website resources: https://www.guatemala.gob.gt/,  https://sre.gt/

 

Panama

All data shown below is for U.S. passengers travelling from the U.S. (14-day clean travel history). Travelers from variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

  • Accessible to U.S. passengers: Yes
  • Types of flights allowed: Business, Tourism, Tech Stops.
  • Pre-Approval for Entry Required: Yes
  • COVID-19 Pre-Testing for Arrival Required: Yes, PCR or Antigen taken within 48 hours of arrival time
  • Assuming No Symptoms, COVID-19 Testing Upon/After Arrival: No
  • Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Required: No
  • Health/ Entry Forms Required for Crew/Pax: Yes  https://www.panamadigital.gob.pa/Registro?idTramite=2688&TemplateId=277
  • Health Insurance: Not required
  • Assuming No Symptoms, Quarantine Required: Not required with negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival
  • Country website resources:  http://www.minsa.gob.pa/destacado/coronavirus-covin-19 

 

Peru

All data shown below is for U.S. passengers travelling from the U.S. (14-day clean travel history). Travelers from variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

  • Accessible to U.S. passengers: Yes
  • Pre-Approval for Entry Required: Awaiting information
  • COVID-19 Pre-Testing for Arrival Required: Yes, negative PCR COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to arrival
  • Assuming No Symptoms, COVID-19 Testing Upon/After Arrival : If test negative for COVID-19 on arrival, released from quarantine early.​
  • Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Required?: No
  • In Country COVID-19 PCR Test available? If so, provide testing provider info (i.e. link or contact info): Awaiting information
  • Health / Entry Forms Required for Crew/Pax: Yes
    • Health declaration form. A printed copy on arrival is necessary or pdf file on mobile phone. https://e-notificacion.migraciones.gob.pe/dj-salud/
    • Travelers younger than 14 or older than 65 must sign an additional statement swearing they are abiding by the national quarantine measures.
  • Assuming No Symptoms, Quarantine Required: No
    • All interna​tional travelers entering the country must quarantine for 14 days unless they have a negative result from a COVID-19 antigen test taken upon arrival.
  • Country website resources: https://www.gob.pe/coronavirus

 

Uruguay

All data shown below is for U.S. passengers travelling from the U.S. (14-day clean travel history). Travelers from variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

  • Accessible to U.S. passengers: No, unless legal resident
  • Types of flights allowed: Business, Tourism, Tech Stops.
  • Pre-Approval for Entry Required: Yes, negative PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours and take an additional COVID-19 test if they remain in the country for more than seven days.
  • COVID-19 Pre-Testing for Arrival Required: Yes
  • Assuming No Symptoms, COVID-19 Testing Upon/After Arrival: Yes
  • Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Required? No
  • In Country COVID-19 PCR Test available? If so, provide testing provider info (i.e. link or contact info): Awaiting information
  • Health / Entry Forms Required for Crew/Pax: Yes must fill out on arrival.
  • Assuming No Symptoms, Quarantine Required: Yes, 7 days into the quarantine, take a 2nd test.  If negative, exit quarantine.  If positive, quarantine for 14 days.
  • Country website resources: https://www.gub.uy/ministerio-salud-publica/coronavirus

 

Sources:  https://www.in.gov.br, https://www.gub.uy, Universal Weather & Aviation, https://www.gob.pe, http://www.minsa.gob.pa, https://www.guatemala.gob.gt/ , https://sre.gt, https://minrel.gob.cl

 

 

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