After many months of strict lockdowns because of COVID-19 pandemic, one by one, countries from Central and South America are starting to reopen their borders for tourism. This is a very good time for American and Canadian tourists as we continue to push through the winter season in the northern hemisphere.
Below is just a list of popular countries from Central and South America that have reopened to tourists. However, you can still check any country’s detailed and up to date information right on our map and home page. In addition, each country on this list has taken a different approach to the reopening restrictions and entry requirements.
Mexico is the world’s 6th most popular tourist destination. As a result, its borders are open for tourism despite its COVID-19 cases that are currently on the rise. Mexico is for the most part open to all travelers from all countries. Mexico is currently implementing a sanitary alert system called the Traffic Light system. Consequently for gradually reopening activities, including the economy in a safe and sustainable manner.
Latest Update – The land borders between Mexico and the United States are currently closed until April 21, 2021, for non-essential travels including tourism; however, travelers may still enter Mexico via air without any requirements for a negative PCR test.
Check out Mexico’s reopening in three processes: Mexico Open For Tourism: What You Need To Know
Known for its active volcanoes, vibrant culture, and majestic ruins, Guatemala has officially reopened its land, sea, and airports of entry to all passenger traffic from September 18, 2020. And who can enter Guatemala? All nation. Guatemala has also removed any COVID-related restrictions on who can enter and has now resumed regular immigration policies.
Face mask is still mandatory while in public, as well as social distancing, and proper hygiene protocols. Establishments such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, clubs, and other commercial businesses outside the mall must close its operations before 21:00. Consumption of alcoholic beverages in public establishments are also prohibited between 21:00-06:00 every day.
The coastlines to the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea of Honduras are now ready to enjoyed by travelers from all around the world again. Honduras has officially reopened its borders for tourism as of August 17, 2020. And that is to say, all visitors from all countries can now travel to Honduras. That is to say, no countries or nations are currently banned to enjoy its paradise; however, a negative Covid-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours of travel date may be needed to allow entry into the country.
For more info please read: Honduras: Reopened For Tourism – COVID-19 Travel Requirements
With El Salvador’s borders being closed for 6 months, the country is eager to reopen its tourism as safely as possible. El Salvador has officially reopened the country’s airports to all international travelers from Sept. 19. Commercial passenger flights will resume gradually, with authorities intending to operate at full capacity from early October. To enter, all passengers must present proof of a negative COVID test, taken no more than 72 hours before travel.
Latest Update – Currently, travelers who have been in the U.K. or South Africa in the last 30 days are prohibited from entering the country.
For more information: El Salvador Plans To Reopen To International Flights on September 19, 2020
The diverse paradise of Colombia is officially reopening its borders for tourism on September 1, 2020. As per the Ministry of Transportation, Colombia’s International Airports are also reopening. That is to say, initially connecting the nation with the USA, Ecuador, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. Foreign tourists from all nation will be able to visit Colombia again starting September 1st. Colombia will also remove any COVID-related entry restrictions and all nations can once again enter the country. However, normal visa requirements are still in place.
Latest Update – As of April 7, 2021, all flights from Brazil and the U.K. are suspended excluding humanitarian flights. Travelers who have been in the said countries or transited will also be denied entry.
Ecuador has recently reopened its borders for tourism. As of August 15th, it will no longer require a 14-day quarantine for all travelers if they bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test result that’s been issued no more than 3 days before arrival, a certificate of complete immunization, or a Covid-19 recovery certificate. The good news is that all countries and nations are welcome to Ecuador. In regards to visa requirements, most countries can enter Ecuador, but you should verify this yourself in regards to the passport you hold.
Special rules continue to apply to visiting the Galapagos islands which are described here: Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Reopening: What You Need To Know
Brazil is known for its big and colorful carnival festivals, some of the best coffee in the world, soccer, and incredible scenery. It has surprised us by announcing a bold move to uplift its travel ban that has been placed since March 2020. The country is reopening to foreign tourists arriving by air, despite their staggering number of COVID-19 cases.
This country rich in biodiversity reopened their borders way faster than the other countries in South America with less severe outbreaks such as Colombia, Argentina, Panama, and Peru which all remained closed to international commercial flights.
For more info, please read the full article: Brazil Reopens To Travelers Arriving By Air