The Latin American Travel Association (LATA) is a membership association that aims to promote Latin America as a tourist destination and encourage travel to the region. LATA members represent an ever-growing travel community with unrivalled passion for and knowledge of Latin America.
The association comprises more than 360 organisations including tourism boards, airlines, hotels, tour operators, representation companies and the travel press.
Can British travellers go to Latin America?
At the moment, the situation is different across Latin America.
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela are on the UK government’s red list, which means only British and Irish nationals and UK residents are allowed to enter the UK from those countries. All arrivals should quarantine in a managed hotel and take a Covid-19 test on or before day two, and on or after day eight.
On May 17, the Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas) were added to the UK’s green list, so those arriving back from the islands will not need to quarantine on their return, but will still need to book a PCR test on, or after day two, of arrival into the UK. However, if the return journey requires transiting through a red list country in the past 10 days, the red list rules will need to be followed.
All other countries in Latin America are on England’s amber list. The current advice says you should not travel to amber list countries for holidays. Those returning from amber list countries need to quarantine at home or in the place they are staying for 10 days, taking a Covid-19 test before day two and on or after day eight.
In terms of arrival into Latin America, different countries have different rules. Here are the current entry requirements across the region.
Only Chileans, permanent residents and people arriving from countries without community transmission, as defined by the WHO, are allowed to enter the country. All non-resident foreign nationals who have been in the UK during the last 14 days are not currently permitted to enter Chile.
All those entering Chile have to show proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before travel, complete a declaration form, and carry health or travel insurance that covers Covid-related medical care up to a minimum of $30,000 for the duration of their visit. Travellers will also need to quarantine for five days in a transit hotel, where a new PCR test will be performed.
If the test is negative, travellers can complete their 10-day quarantine period at their destination. If the test is positive, travellers will be transferred to a health residence. Visitors will need to fill out a follow-up form daily by email in the first 14 days after entering the country.
Learn more about travel to Chile here.
Travellers whose journey started in the UK will not be permitted to enter Colombia, with limited exceptions.
International travellers who enter Colombia must present a negative PCR test carried out within 96 hours before the flight, and must fill out a form between 24 hours and one hour before departure. If they cannot obtain a PCR test prior to departing, they must take the test upon arrival and self-isolate for 14 days or until they receive a negative result.
Travellers from the UK are required to isolate for 14 days regardless of presenting a negative PCR test. To avoid this measure, passengers can travel to a third country for at least 14 days before arriving to Colombia and prevent mandatory isolation.
Learn more about travel to Colombia here.
Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas)
The Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas) were placed on the UK’s green list on May 17. However, tourists are currently not permitted to visit the islands.
Any arrivals into the Falkland Islands are expected to self-isolate for a period of 14 days after arrival.
Learn more about travel to the Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas) here.
There’s a ban on foreign travellers who have started their trip in, or transited through, the UK, Brazil or South Africa in the past 14 days, and those who have will not be allowed to board Guatemala-bound flights.
Travellers visiting Guatemala must carry a negative antigen or PCR test result, taken no more than 72 hours before boarding. Any test should be carried out in a laboratory certified by the country of origin. If the passenger has recovered from Covid-19 in the past three months, they can present a medical certificate with the date of the diagnosis and date of recovery.
If the passenger has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, they can present a valid certificate showing the last dose was administered more than two weeks before starting the trip. All arrivals must also register and fill out a form. Mask wearing is mandatory for everyone over the age of two, except for passengers who have a certified medical reason not to.
Learn more about travel to Guatemala here.
There are no direct routes into Guyana from the UK and so travel to Guyana depends on the restrictions put in place by other nations.
Passengers arriving in Guyana must obtain a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within seven days prior to their arrival. If travellers arrive with a test completed within 72 hours, they will be allowed immediate entry into Guyana without restrictions. Passengers with tests within four to seven days prior to arrival in Guyana should take a second PCR test at the point of entry, then self-isolate in their hotel or home until they get a negative result.
Travellers will not be allowed on the aircraft at the point of departure if their test is more than seven days old. The test on arrival costs GY$16,000 (about £54).
Learn more about travel to Guyana here.
Honduras has been open since August 2020. Borders are currently open for all international travel and tourism, but restrictions are in place for passengers travelling from the UK and South Africa, or people who have stayed or travelled in these countries in the last 21 days.
Visitors to Honduras need to show proof of a negative antigen or PCR Covid-19 test, taken no more than 72 hours before boarding.
All travellers must also complete the immigration pre-check form, prior to arrival into the country, and prior to departure. Travellers will receive a confirmation email, which they should print and carry with them. The form can be found here.
Learn more about travel to Honduras here.
The country is open to international travellers and has no restrictions for foreign visitors. Land and air borders are open, and Nicaragua is prepared to receive tourists with safety protocols based on scientific advice. Most restaurants and hotels are open.
Travellers must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test performed no more than 72 hours before entering the country. Tourists do not have to quarantine when entering the country; they will receive a follow-up by phone to check their health situation.
Learn more about travel to Nicaragua here.
Panama has temporarily suspended the arrival of non-residents who have started their journey, or transited through, the UK or South Africa within the past 20 days.
Visitors who have not spent time in the UK, South Africa or South America in the 20 days prior to travelling to Panama must show a negative Covid-19 PCR test on arrival, taken no more than 48 hours before. If this isn’t possible, a test can be taken at the airport on arrival for $50.
Learn more about travel to Panama here.
Travellers who begin their journey, or transit through, India, South Africa and Brazil, and who aren’t residents of Peru are not allowed to enter the country due to the new variants of the virus. Peru is still fighting Covid-19 and a State of National Emergency is in force.
Travellers must carry a negative Covid-19 PCR test, taken no more than 72 hours prior to check in. Upon arrival in Peru, visitors can take an antigen test (at their own expense) at the Jorge Chávez International Airport. If the result is negative, they will not need to quarantine.
Learn more about travel to Peru here.
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Last updated May 25, 2021
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