Belize is One of Five Countries in Latin America to Reopen for Tourism

belize reopen Latin America

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 tourismreopening 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

beach chair ocean view Royal Belize

Belize will officially reopen for tourism on August 15, 2020, the Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow announced.

Entry Requirements:

  1. Travelers must book flights and hotel with approved Gold Standard Recognized Accommodation
  2. Hotel will inform traveler that the Belize Health app must be downloaded
  3. Complete all required information on health app
  4. Travelers are encouraged to take a COVID PCR test within 72 hours of travel for fast track at airport
  5. Arriving passengers who do not bring a negative test will be tested at the airport at a cost to the traveler
  6. Those who test positive will face a mandatory 14 day quarantine
  7. Passengers who are negative will be allowed instant access to Belize, as long as they are not showing symptoms of COVID-19

See our complete guide and all the information on Belize Reopening For Tourism.

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 Rio de Janeiro reopen Latin America

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

The Latin American country of Costa Rica will reopen its borders to foreign tourists on August 1.

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

Latin America ecuador reopen

Ecuador resumed international flights with limited capacity on June 1st, 2020. Since this Latin American country’s reopening, the following is required.

Entry Requirements

  • 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

The Guatemalan government has closed its borders to most non-Guatemalans. Travel within the country is also restricted, and a curfew is being enforced. At the moment, the current travel ban is in place until August 15.

Guyana: Not Open for Tourism*

With the recent spike in coronavirus cases locally, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has delayed* the phased reopening of the country’s international airports.

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

Mexico Latin America reopenMost major destinations including Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos have reopened for tourism. However, some areas of the country are seeing widespread outbreaks of Covid-19. Airports are open to travelers from all countries with no testing or quarantine requirements. The land border between the U.S. and Mexico is still closed.

Read everything you need to know about Mexico’s Reopening for Tourism.

Nicaragua: Not Open for Tourism

 The land borders and international airports are closed, although there was never a shutdown within the country.

Panama: Not Open for Tourism

 On March 22, all international and domestic travel was banned and is still prohibited. Additionally, flights are still banned until at least August 22, 2020.

Paraguay: Not Open for Tourism

All commercial flights have been suspended until further notice.

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

All borders are closed to foreign travelers until at least August 14th.

Uruguay: Not Open for Tourism

All borders are closed to foreign travelers until further notice.

Venezuela: Not Open for Tourism

All borders are closed to foreign travelers. Not to mention, only Venezuela citizens are able to travel into the country at this time.
Although countries in Latin America reopen, news and entry requirements are ever-changing. This list of countries to reopen in Latin America originally appeared on


Related Articles