The 5 Easiest Countries to Visit in South America Right Now

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Like the current Omicron wave is decreasing, a number of countries in the Americas have been relaxation once strict entry regimes which kept most visitors out throughout the pandemic. The trend was particularly marked in South Americawhere a majority of countries remained receptive to international touristseven after the likes of Europe and Asia close again.

As long as there is still a long way to gowhile Covid cases have not yet become negligible and vaccination campaigns are still ongoing, certain destinations on the mainland have more relaxed entry rules compared to others. Here you will find the five easiest countries to visit in South America right now, ranked from most strict to least restrictive:

5. Chile

Santiago Metropolitan Park cable car and aerial view of Santiago de Chile

Since Covid was first declared a pandemic, Chile was one of the first in South America to enact entry bans and powerful brakes on social life. Although he moved to accept limited categories of foreign travelers, its complex set of travel rules still confuses travelers to this day. Currently there is different rules depending on vaccination status.

While the vThe accinees must still respect certain requirementsthe unvaccinated face a Outright ban during a trip to Chile, except in special circumstances. Essentially, visitors must be in possession of some documents before landing in Chile, including one Mobility pass (also called ‘no movement‘), which can be obtained through the MeVacuno website.

Aerial view of Valparaiso with the Lutheran Church from Cerro Carcel Hill in Chile

When applying, travelers will need to submit their vaccination certificates. Travelers are welcome to apply at least 30 days in advance, because each request is treated individually. If the application is accepted, they will receive a QR Code show up at the border. Those who don’t holding a pre-approved Mobility Pass will be entry refused.

In addition to the pass, vaccinated visitors must also submit test at most 72 hours before boarding their flight. Only PCR tests are accepted. Upon their arrival in Chile, they are again subject to Additional PCR or a rapid antigen test, and sent to quarantine until negative result Is obtained. Unvaccinated visitors permitted to enter must remain isolated for seven days regardless of negative test results.

Solo traveler photographer in a mountainous region of Chile

In addition to this, all comers must also complete a health formWhere Jura Declaration, at the earliest 48 hours before travelling. Once the form is completed, travelers will receive a second QR code, other than the Mobility Pass, to present at the border. Then they are required to complete daily self-reports for the first seven days of their stay via another online form.

At last, Chile requires all arrivals to be insured for Covidwith a minimum coverage of $30,000. On this link you will find a list of reliable insurers who also cover cancellation fees and other contingencies, besides Covid. With all these strict rules still in place, Chile is by far the strictest country in South America at present.

4. Argentina

La Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the Argentinian flag in front

Although he is far from having reached a complete state of normality, Argentina has compared easier entry requirements that tastes of chile in the latin american world. Those who are fully vaccinated can enter Argentina without quarantine, although they still have to wear a negative covid test before coming in. PCR tests performed within 72 hours and rapid antigen tests less than 48 hours old are accepted.

Those who have had an infection in the previous 90 days and have spent at least 14 days in a neighboring country, such as BrazilChile, Paraguay, Uruguay are exempt from the trial mandate. Conversely, all those wishing to enter Argentina must present travel insurance covering Covidas well as the costs of self-isolation and “medical transport services”.

Aerial view of the capital of Buenos Aires in Argentina

A online form must also be completed in advance, available here. Unvaccinated Americans and any unvaccinated non-resident alien is not allowed to enter for tourist purposes. Those who fall under an exception must observe quarantine for seven days. For more information on Argentina entry requirementsplease refer to our dedicated page on the subject.

3. Brazil

Aerial view of the colonial city of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Even though it still prohibits entry to some travelers due to vaccination, Brazil has somewhat simpler entry requirements than the first two on this list. For now, only vaccinated people are allowed to board a flight to the country. In addition to a vaccination pass, all arrivals, regardless of nationality, must also present a negative PCR test within 72 hours to fly (or a rapid antigen test within 24 hours).

All travelers are also required to complete a traveler health declaration within the 24 hours prior to their trip. If not vaccinated, a traveler will only be admitted to the national territory if they meet the exemption requirements and can be issued a 14 day quarantine order. Unvaccinated foreigners are advised to contact Consular representation of Brazil in their respective countries.

Tourist in Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil

Recently, Brazil made the decision to welcome cruise ships again. The news was particularly well received by the Brazilian Minister of Tourism, who called it “a very important segment for creating jobs and activating the economy”. The nation has also launched a new Digital Nomad visa, with the aim of welcoming more long-term visitors after two years of restrictions.

2. Colombia

Aerial view of El Penon de Guatape, in Antioquia, near Medellin, Colombia

Unlike their Mercosur and the partners associated with Mercosur appearing on this list, Colombia grants entry to fully vaccinated and partially vaccinated tourists, although with varying degrees of restrictions. While those who present a complete vaccination record can bypass both pre-departure testing and quarantine rules, those who don’t can still enter if undergo a PCR test for up to 72 hours in advance.

This is the case for those who have started their vaccination program, but I haven’t finished it yetor who received their last dose less than two weeks before the date of travel. It should be noted that when arrival by cruise ship to popular destinations in Colombian Caribbeanlike Cartagenavisitors must be fully vaccinated and present a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of docking.

Gate to the clock tower at the Ciudad Amurallada in Cartagena, Colombia

Besides vaccination, the only other entry requirement to Colombia completes the Check-Mig form. There may be additional rules established by the Caribbean archipelagos belonging to the country, such as San Andrés, Providence Where Saint Catalinaincluding the need to purchase a tourist card before flying.

1. Ecuador

Basilica of the National Vow in Quito, Ecuador

After familiarizing yourself with the entry requirements set by Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia, you may be surprised at how it is extremely easy to visit Ecuador at present. Although not as popular as the others, this underrated south american country allows all categories of foreigners to enter, fully vaccinated or not.

Vaccinated AmericansCanadians and British can enter Ecuador without restriction as long as at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of a WHO approved diet. This means no test before departure, testing on arrival or self-isolation. If you are vaccinated, all you need to do is print and complete this form before you fly.

Old colonial style street in Ecuador, South America

Those who are not vaccinated can also visit Ecuadorbut are required to present a negative PCR test up to 72 hours before boarding. Unlike many in the Americas, Ecuador also accepts proof of recovery as proof of entry, as long as a positive Covid lab test dates from more than 14 days agoand it’s no more than a year.

In summary

Silhouette of female traveler carrying backpack at airport

When traveling to the mainland, travelers are advised to keep up to date with ever-changing regulations for some South American countries, and take out travel insurance upstream in order to minimize health risks and disruptions, even if it is not an official requirement to visit their intended destination.

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