Some countries in Latin American have officially started reopening their borders for tourism. Notably, Latin America has been slower to reopen and loosen travel restrictions as COVID-19 outbreaks continue across many of countries. Below, we have a list of every country in Latin America, and what their current reopening status is: Not open for tourism, reopening soon, and now open. For the nations that have already reopened, find any entry requirements also.
Editor’s Note: Announced August 5, Belize has postponed its the reopening date of its international airport due to a rise in local COVID-19 cases. Read more on Belize postponing its tourism reopening here. (Edited 6/08/2020)
Argentina: Not Open for Tourism
Argentina has banned all international commercial flights until September 1, 2020.
Belize: Opening Soon
Belize will officially reopen for tourism on August 15, 2020, the Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow announced.
- Travelers must book flights and hotel with approved Gold Standard Recognized Accommodation
- Hotel will inform traveler that the Belize Health app must be downloaded
- Complete all required information on health app
- Travelers are encouraged to take a COVID PCR test within 72 hours of travel for fast track at airport
- Arriving passengers who do not bring a negative test will be tested at the airport at a cost to the traveler
- Those who test positive will face a mandatory 14 day quarantine
- Passengers who are negative will be allowed instant access to Belize, as long as they are not showing symptoms of COVID-19
Bolivia: Not Open for Tourism
Bolivia is currently closed to tourists. The government announced a total quarantine of the country through July 31.
Brazil: Now Open
Brazil officially reopened its borders for international tourism on July 29, 2020. All countries are allowed to visit but must meet the following entry requirements:
- A valid Visa. (If your country requires a Visa to visit Brazil)
- Proof of travel insurance. You must have proof of travel health insurance that covers covid for the duration of your trip. You will need to show proof of this before departing at the airport, and again upon arrival.
- Arrivals should expect temperature checks, as Brazil has recently been testing new temperature screening systems since May.
See the complete guide and all the information regarding Brazil Reopening For Tourism.
Chile: Not Open for Tourism
Chile is closed to all foreign tourists; in addition, a nationwide curfew is currently in effect.
Colombia: Not Open for Tourism
Colombia closed its borders to foreign travelers in March and no international passenger flights are expected until at least August 31st.
Costa Rica: Opening Soon
Costa Rica reopens its borders for tourism on August 1, 2020, allowing tourists from select low-risk countries. Tourists from the European Union, Canada, and the UK will be allowed to travel to Costa Rica.
Entry requirements include:
- Must complete and present an epidemiological survey.
- Present proof of a negative PCR coronavirus test. The result must have been received within the 48 hours before their travel to Costa Rica.
- Travel insurance that covers medical care or an unexpected extended hotel stay.
- Follow all airport and local health protocols. This includes wearing a mask or face shield in nearly all indoors circumstances.
For more information and details, see the guide on Costa Rica Reopening For Tourism.
Ecuador: Now Open
Ecuador resumed international flights with limited capacity on June 1st, 2020. Since this Latin American country’s reopening, the following is required.
- All arriving passengers are required to have the results of a negative PCR COVID test within the last seven days prior to arrival.
- If testing is not available in your country, you must sign a declaration that you agree to undergo testing in Ecuador upon arrival.
- All arriving passengers are subject to a 14-day quarantine at the individual’s own expense in either hotels or private accommodations.
El Salvador: Not Open for Tourism
No international flights are currently permitted in or out of the country. The current border closure is in place until August 18.
French Guiana: Not Open for Tourism
No international flights are currently permitted to the country.
Guatemala: Not Open for Tourism
Guyana: Not Open for Tourism*
Honduras: Not Open for Tourism
The Government of Honduras announced on March 15th that its borders would close to all foreign tourists, until further notice.
Mexico: Now Open
Nicaragua: Not Open for Tourism
Panama: Not Open for Tourism
Paraguay: Not Open for Tourism
Peru: Not Open for Tourism
Peru is suffering from the largest outbreak of COVID-19 in Latin America, only after Brazil. Additionally, all commercial flights have been suspended until further notice.
Suriname: Not Open for Tourism
Uruguay: Not Open for Tourism
All borders are closed to foreign travelers until further notice.
Venezuela: Not Open for Tourism