South America Covid Regulations

We know that the (sometimes changing) Covid regulations are a lot to take in, but the Knowmad Adventures team is here to help you navigate them and keep you informed. This page was last updated on 08.30.22 and although we strive to keep it as current as possible, official information can be found on the U.S. Embassy’s site.

Your Trip and Operations Specialist will be sending you reminders to schedule your tests and guides to help fill out forms along the way, but ultimately it is your responsibility to know the regulations and complete all the requirements.

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General Questions

Do I have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel to South America?

Currently most of countries we operate are requiring full vaccination against Covid-19. There are some exceptions, especially for minors. Please see each country’s requirements for specifics.

Ultimately, as requirements can change frequently and shortly before your trip, we recommend anyone planning to travel internationally be vaccinated and boosted to be best prepared for any potential travel requirements.

What are the travel insurance requirements?

See each country’s sections below on their own specific travel insurance requirements. Knowmad Adventures requires each traveler to have travel related medical insurance. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance and will send a pre-built quote for a comprehensive AIG Travel Guard plan. This quote is built to cover your entire land costs and a rough estimate of your air costs.

Not only are there country-specific Covid requirements which may apply, more importantly if prior to your travels you test positive and are not able to travel, insurance is the only way to protect your investment. If purchased within 15 days of booking, you’ll also receive the extra incentive coverages (additional benefits covering cancellation based on ‘pre-existing’ medical conditions for you or immediate family).

This Coronavirus FAQs link on Travel Guard’s website has provided help for frequently asked questions regarding what is, and is not, covered as it relates to Covid.

If you choose not to purchase comprehensive travel insurance you are assuming this and other risks associated with cancellation, trip interruption, etc.

Which countries are easiest to travel to regarding Covid regulations?

Currently all of our South American destinations are requiring very little pre-departure forms and in-country testing currently.

Who can travel Argentina?

Argentina recommends all travelers 12 years of age or older to be vaccinated, however it is no longer a requirement.

Before Departure

Insurance Argentina currently does not have any travel insurance requirements. However, we strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance and if not purchased you are assuming all risks associated with cancellation, trip interruption, etc. due to Covid and otherwise.

Document Checklist for Boarding

Airlines will be checking that you have the correct documents for entry into Argentina when you check-in for the first leg of your journey. We recommend having photos of these documents or digital versions accessible to you on your phone, as well as the originals in your carry-on travel bag.

• Passport
• Original vaccination card, if vaccinated

 

During Your Trip

Masks must be worn when taking public transportation, including flights.

 

Returning to the States

.• Testing Currently there are no Covid testing requirements for re-entry to the U.S.

Who can travel to Chile?

Chile essentially requires all travelers 18 years of age or older to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Although you can technically enter the country with a negative RT-PCR test in lieu of a vaccination card if you are older than 18, you are required to be vaccinated to enter many public outdoor areas and any enclosed spaces; this includes flights, trains, restaurants, museums, etc.

For anyone younger than 18, vaccination is not required.

Before Departure

Complete vaccination (this means 2 doses for Pfizer or Moderna, or 1 dose for Johnson & Johnson) for anyone 18 years or older administered at least 14 days before departure.

Insurance Chile currently does not have any travel insurance requirements. However, we strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance and if not purchased you are assuming all risks associated with cancellation, trip interruption, etc. due to Covid and otherwise.

If traveling to Easter Island:

  • Negative RT-PCR Test Results: Regardless of your vaccinations status. Results must be received 24 hours before boarding. Antigen tests accepted for children 6 and under. Your Operations Specialist will reach out to you if your itinerary requires one with additional information.
  • Single Entry Form (FUI): Fill out before your regional flight to Easter Island https://ingresorapanui.interior.gob.cl/
  • Round Trip Ticket to and from Easter Island
  • Reservations at a tourist service registered in SERNATUR Your Operations Specialist will provide this documentation.
  • 7-day health follow-up

 

Document Checklist for Boarding

Airlines will be checking that you have the correct documents for entry into Chile when you check-in for the first leg of your journey. We recommend having photos of these documents or digital versions accessible to you on your phone, as well as the originals in your carry-on travel bag.

• Passport
• Original vaccination card (if 18 or older)

• Additionally for Onward Travel to Easter Island

  • Negative Covid test results
  • Proof of your round trip Easter Island flight ticket (if not part of your Buen Viaje packet, this document will be provided to you by Knowmad while in-country)
  • Single Entry Form (FUI)
  • Proof of reservations at a registered SERNATUR tourist service
  • Proof of a 7-day health follow-up

During Your Trip

• Airport Arrival Upon your international arrival to Santiago, you will be independently responsible for making your way through customs & immigration, where a Covid test may be administered at random. After exiting the airport, meet your Knowmad Adventures guide & driver who will transfer you to your hotel.

POTENTIAL TRAVELER TO DO: If chosen at random to take a Covid test, you may have to take the following next steps depending on the type of test administered:
– PCR:  You are free to continue traveling, but please see our How to Check Your Santiago Airport PCR Test Results document to help guide you in downloading your test results within 6 to 24 hours after taking the test.
– Rapid antigen: Wait 15 minutes for your results at the airport.

If either test results are positive, reach out to the Knowmad emergency contact in your Buen Viaje document.

Masks In Chile, masks must be worn in all public spaces, on flights, on vehicle transfers and in national parks. It is not necessary to wear your mask when outdoors hiking or biking, but it will be required on the transfers, so please remember to bring it with you. Domestic airlines require KN95 or tri-fold face masks.

Returning to the States

.• Testing Currently there are no Covid testing requirements for re-entry to the U.S.

Who can travel to Ecuador?

Ecuador requires all travelers 3 years of age or older to be vaccinated against Covid-19 OR provide proof of a negative Covid RT-PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of boarding the flight to Ecuador, in lieu of a vaccination card.

Before Departure

Complete Covid-19 Vaccination: (this means 2 doses for Pfizer or Moderna, or 1 dose for Johnson & Johnson) for anyone 3 years or older administered at least 14 days before departure.

• Potential Negative RT-PCR or Antigen Covid-19 Test Results: If unvaccinated you must provide a negative Covid-19 test in lieu of vaccination.

Additionally, although Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands has now waived the requirement of a negative Covid test result to enter the country for vaccinated travelers, some lodges and cruises are requiring them. Your Operations Specialist will reach out to you if your itinerary requires one with additional information.

TRAVELER TO DO – IF APPLICABLE: Schedule an RT-PCR or antigen test so that it is administered less than 72 hours prior to your international flight to Ecuador’s departure time, and ensure you will receive the results in time for travel.

Insurance: Ecuador currently does not have any travel insurance requirements. However, we strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance and if not purchased you are assuming all risks associated with cancellation, trip interruption, etc. due to Covid and otherwise.

TRAVELER TO DO – IF TRAVELING TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: Obtain Proof of Coverage from your insurance carrier.

Traveler Health Declaration Form: On the plane, you will be asked to fill out a Traveler Health Declaration form (one per family).

Document Checklist for Boarding

Airlines will be checking that you have the correct documents for entry into Ecuador when you check-in for the first leg of your journey. We recommend having photos of these documents or digital versions accessible to you on your phone, as well as the originals in your carry-on travel bag.

• Passport
• Original vaccination card if you’re 3 or older & vaccinated
• If applicable, negative RT-PCR test results

Additionally for Onward Travel to the Galapagos Islands
• If applicable, negative RT-PCR test results
• Proof of Insurance coverage
• Proof of your round trip Galapagos flight ticket (if not part of your Buen Viaje packet, this document will be provided to you by Knowmad while in-country)

During Your Trip

Masks must be worn in many indoor public spaces, as well as on flights, and on vehicle transfers. Requirements may vary based on the region and establishment and can change frequently, so please follow the local guidelines.

Potential additional testing If you are unvaccinated and traveling onward to the Galapagos Islands, a negative RT-PCR test administered within 72 hours of your flight to the islands is required.

Additionally, although the Galapagos Islands has now waived the requirement of a negative Covid test result to enter the country for vaccinated travelers, some lodges and cruises are requiring them. Your Operations Specialist will reach out to you if your itinerary requires one with additional information.

TRAVELER TO DO – IF APPLICABLE: With most tests, you will receive your results via email; make sure you have these results accessible on your smartphone & have your hotel’s front desk print the results to show to the air desk before boarding.

For your information, additional rapid antigen testing may also be conducted at random at the airport by the Ministry of Health and if the results are positive, travelers will be required to isolate.

Returning to the States

.• Testing Currently there are no Covid testing requirements for re-entry to the U.S.

Peru

Who can travel to Peru?

Peru essentially requires all travelers 12 years of age or older to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Although you can technically enter the country with a negative RT-PCR test in lieu of a vaccination card, anyone 12 and older is required to be vaccinated to enter many public outdoor areas and any enclosed spaces; this includes flights, trains, restaurants, museums, etc.

For anyone younger than 12, vaccination is not required but they must be asymptomatic.

Before Departure

Complete vaccination (this means 2 doses for Pfizer or Moderna, or 1 dose for Johnson & Johnson) for anyone 12 years or older administered at least 14 days before departure.

For anyone unvaccinated 11 and under, they only must be asymptomatic.

Insurance Peru currently does not have any travel insurance requirements. However, we strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance and if not purchased you are assuming all risks associated with cancellation, trip interruption, etc. due to Covid and otherwise.

Affidavit of Health and Geolocation Authorization form All travelers, regardless of vaccination status or age.

TRAVELER TO DO: Mark your calendar to fill out the affidavit form within 72 hours before departure at this website: https://e-notificacion.migraciones.gob.pe/dj-salud/. See our Peru Health Affidavit Instructions to help guide you.

 

 

Document Checklist for Travel

Airlines will be checking that you have the correct documents for entry into Peru when you check-in for the first leg of your journey. We recommend having photos of these documents or digital versions accessible to you on your phone, as well as the originals in your carry-on travel bag.

• Passport
• Original vaccination card
• If applicable, a Medical Certificate of Good Health
• Affidavit of Health and Geolocation Authorization form

During Your Trip

Masks In most regions, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces, as well as on flights, and on vehicle transfers. Additionally, many establishments including airports require either KN-95 masks or double-masking. Note that mask requirements can fluctuate, so please follow your guide’s instructions.

Vaccination card If you are 12 or older you must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination to enter closed spaces, including flights and trains.

TRAVELER TO DO: Pack KN-95 masks and carry your Covid-19 vaccination card with you at all times.

Returning to the States

.• Testing Currently there are no Covid testing requirements for re-entry to the U.S.

Have a question that you can’t find an answer to on our site? Or if you’d simply like to ask a real, live person your questions instead of browsing through these FAQ sections, we are more than happy to help. Just give us a call at 612-315-2894 or email travel@knowmadadventures.com.