Only One Nation In South America Removed Travel Restrictions
It may seem that the world has finally moved on from the epidemic and that stringent restrictions are a thing of the past after a relatively relaxing summer and the reduction in the pandemic’s severity. However, this is not the case. Although this may be the case in the majority of European nations, such as Mexico and other countries of the same ilk, it is most certainly not yet a reality in South America, where just one nation has eliminated all travel restrictions.
Since more than two years ago, the Southern Hemisphere has enforced a travel ban across the rest of the world in an effort to stop the importation of variants from other parts of the world. In spite of the fact that the area offers a high level of protection, with nations such as Brazil being among the most vaccinated in the world, it continues to refuse entry to certain categories of people.
To begin, the unvaccinated citizens of the United States, with the exception of one:
A significant portion of South America is still off limits to Americans who have not been vaccinated.
Because of its proximity to the United States and its abundance of beautiful landscapes, South America has been a popular vacation destination for people from that country for many years. The continent is enormous and home to a wide variety of ethnic groups. Unfortunately, for the most of the year 2022, the vaccination status of a large number of American citizens approximately 30 percent will determine whether or not they are allowed to return.
At almost all of its international entry points, whether they be land crossings, airports, or cruise terminals, the countries that make up South America continue to demand that travelers provide proof of vaccination. Argentina was the only one of the twelve nations to follow the precedent set by its Central American and European contemporaries when it became the 27th country to revert to the 2020 admission requirements.
The area of French Guiana does not have any restrictions, but it is not taken into consideration since it is not a sovereign body. French Guiana is an essential part of France, despite the fact that it is located in South America.
There is Argentina, which was the first country in MERCOSUR and across South America to relax restrictions during the epidemic that affects tourists from the United States and other countries outside of South America. In April of 2022, the Tango Homeland decided to adopt a far more lenient approach, which resulted in the country being entirely cut off from the rest of the world for a period of time. This decision had been a long time coming.
Argentina is the only nation in South America to have completely removed all limitations.
Up until that point, even those who were legally permitted to roam freely inside the MERCOSUR bloc, of which Argentina is a member and which allows for unrestricted travel, were not allowed to cross the border. It is now possible for any non-Argentine citizen to enter the country, regardless of the reason for their trip, and with no further prerequisites other than a valid passport and/or visa, if one is required.
This in fact implies the following for American citizens:
- It is not mandatory that you be vaccinated.
- Amplifiers are not required in this situation.
- No pre-departure testing
- There will be no examinations after your arrival.
- There is not a quarantine at this time.
On the other hand, according to the map of IATA Covid-19 travel requirements, all of Argentina’s neighboring countries are still considered “somewhat restrictive.” MERCOSUR and its associate countries, much like the EU in the early days of the crisis, have failed to coordinate their activities on the introduction and lifting of pandemic measures, which has resulted in a confused patchwork of laws. This is similar to the situation that existed in the EU.
On the other hand, European nations have gotten over their divisions and are today, for the most part, welcoming of travelers. This degree of transboundary harmonization has not yet been attained at this time below the equator. The differences between Brazil and Argentina, two of South America’s most important neighbors and most popular travel destinations, are most glaring.
There is a lack of clarity on the rules that influence tourism in the area.
While Argentina is welcoming, Brazil requires American visitors to provide documentation that they have been immunized. Negative PCR or fast antigen tests, in addition to recovery certificates, are not considered as acceptable evidence of entrance. However, US residents who have not been vaccinated but have a negative test result within 72 hours after leaving are permitted to enter Uruguay, which is located in southern Brazil and shares a border with that country.
Moving westward, Paraguay acknowledges all of the aforementioned, in addition to positive tests for COVID-19 (antigen, LAMP, NAAT, or PCR) that were provided “minimum 10 days and no more than 90 days before arriving.” Travelers are still subject to screening upon arrival in Chile, despite the fact that the country is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and accepts vaccination and PCR certificates that are less than 48 hours old. This is a contentious policy that was previously implemented in Canada.