Latest entry requirements for the top 10 destinations in Latin America

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2022 has arrived and travel has yet to return to normal. Omicron has resulted in increased travel restrictions around the world. Nonetheless, many Latin American countries remain open across Omicron.

In fact, some of Latin America’s most popular destinations have no entry restrictions at all. Here are the current entry requirements to popular Latin American destinations:


Brazil has fairly strict entry requirements. Currently, Brazil has banned travelers who are not vaccinated or who cannot show valid proof of vaccination. Vaccinated travelers must present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or antigen test.

COVID-19 RT-PCR must be performed 72 hours before departure for Brazil, and antigen testing must be performed a maximum of 24 hours before departure for Brazil.


Argentina Buenos Aires dawn in the center with rush hour

Argentina has been closed to tourism until early November 2021. Currently, Argentina has banned unvaccinated tourists from entering the country due to the increase in cases of the Omicron variant.

However, all vaccinated travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of departure.


Colombia has been a popular destination for travelers and digital nomads since the start of the pandemic. Colombia has banned unvaccinated travelers who do not hold a permanent resident visa from entering the country as of December 14, 2021.

However, foreign nationals who are not holders of a permanent resident visa who have started their vaccination program or received their final dose less than 14 days before travel, can enter Colombia with proof of a negative PCR test issued no later than 72 hours before departure.


Unlike Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, Peru has not prohibited entry to unvaccinated tourists. However, unvaccinated travelers must have a negative COVID-19 molecular test issued no more than 72 hours before boarding.

Travelers who have not been to South Africa or Botswana in the previous 14 days can enter Peru without a mandatory quarantine.


Chile, along with Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, have banned unvaccinated travelers from entering the country. However, all vaccinated travelers must pass a negative COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers who are Chilean citizens or international diplomats will be required to undergo a mandatory 7-day quarantine.


Mexico has become the most visited country in the world since the start of the pandemic, thanks to its entry restrictions relaxed since the start of the pandemic. Since the appearance of the Omicron variant, Mexico, unlike many other countries, has not changed its entry restrictions.

Travelers can currently enter Mexico without testing, quarantine or vaccination. However, travelers will need to complete a health declaration form before entering.


Lamanai ruins in Belize

Belize, like Mexico, has relaxed entry restrictions since the start of the pandemic. The restrictions have not changed since the emergence of Omicron. However, travelers who arrive in Belize at Philip Goldson International Airport without proof of a negative COVID-19 test must take an arrival test at their own expense.

However, there are no quarantine restrictions or vaccination restrictions for most travelers. However, all travelers who entered Belize through Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe, must undergo a 10-day mandatory quarantine.

Costa Rica

coconut Costa Rica

Costa Rica, like Belize and Mexico, has maintained relatively low entry restrictions since the start of the pandemic. Currently, it is a great destination for travelers as Costa Rica does not require a mandatory test or quarantine.

However, travelers must complete the health record before traveling and have travel insurance covering expenses related to COVID-19 if they are not vaccinated.


Travelers with no travel history to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa can enter Panama. However, unvaccinated tourists must have a negative PCR or COVID-19 antigen test result.

Travelers arriving without a valid COVID-19 test will be required to take one upon arrival at the airport at their own expense.


Travelers who are not fully vaccinated cannot enter Ecuador by air. All travelers aged two years and over, regardless of their vaccination status, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within one day of departure.

Vaccinated travelers who show symptoms of COVID-19 may need to undergo a rapid COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival. If the test is positive, travelers must self-isolate for 10 days. However, travelers can supplement their isolation at a residence of their choice instead of a government hotel.

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