Coronavirus (COVID-19) in South America

With the emergence of the Coronavirus , more specifically known as COVID-19, we have created a page to keep you updated on the situation of the Coronavirus in South America. At Latin Odyssey, the safety and care of our clients comes before anything else. We are receiving daily updates from our agents on the ground as well as monitoring the situation internationally and will keep you updated here on a daily basis.

There are guidelines in place already for most South American countries (detailed below) and we have listed the countries currently affected by the Coronavirus as well as the number of cases reported. Most countries have entry restrictions in place for those people who are either arriving directly from countries where there have been major outbreaks, or have visited them within the past 14 days.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the following countries, due to travel restrictions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The FCO strongly encourage non-resident British nationals in these countries to consider leaving to avoid difficulties they will face if flights out of the country and the region are further restricted and they are unable to get home

El Salvador

Countries with reported cases

If a country is not shown below, it means there are currently no reported cases in that country

Brazil: 2,433 cases

Argentina: 502 cases

Bolivia: 39 cases

Ecuador & the Galapagos: 1,211 cases

Honduras: 52 cases

Mexico: 475 cases

Chile: 1,306 cases

Panama: 558 cases

Guatemala: 24 cases

Costa Rica: 201 cases

Colombia: 470 cases

Peru: 480 cases

Uruguay: 217 cases

Nicaragua: 2 cases

Country by country update entry requirements


The Chilean Government has decided to close its borders from Wednesday 18th onward. This means that foreigners (those that don’t have a Chilean residence) will be prohibited from entering Chile, whether by air, sea or land. Disembarking from a cruise on the Chilean coasts is also prohibited

Ecuador & the Galapagos
With effect from 13 March, passengers coming from France, China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain and Germany (including transit) will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. With effect from 15 March, this list will be extended to include from the USA (Washington, New York, Massachusetts and California), Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Visitors to Galapagos will be denied entry to the islands if they have not gone through this isolation period.


All of Colombia’s land and sea borders will be closed until May 30 to contain the advance of the coronavirus in the country. This border closure will restrict the entry and exit of the country for all national and foreign citizens. During the closing of borders, the transportation of cargo for the entry and exit of products through the authorised land points will be allowed.


Starting March 23rd and with an initial duration of 30 days the government has restricted access for foreigners from the following countries and regions: Australia, China, European Union, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The flights will not be suspended at the moment.

Costa Rica

We have been advised that the Government of Costa Rica had declared a State of Emergency. As of midnight on Wednesday, March 18th the country will close its borders to all foreigners – only Costa Rican citizens and residents will be able to enter or exit the country, with the exception of diplomats. Everyone who comes in or out will have to attend mandatory preventive isolation for 14 days


We have been advised that only Uruguayan or Uruguay residents are now able to enter the country. In addition to this, flights to and from the USA will be suspended from Wednesday, and flights to and from Europe will be suspended on Friday.


As part of the measures being taken in the country to prevent the spread of COVID-19, President Nito Cortizo informed that starting today, entry into the country of non-nationals and non-residents in Panama is restricted. All Panamanians or foreigners residing in Panama will have mandatory preventive isolation at home for 14 days.

The number of confirmed cases remains extremely low with officials moving quickly to put all in isolation as a precautionary measure. Mexico remains at the very lowest risk level possible for all health issues for travellers, according to the experts at the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Furthermore, there are no travel restrictions to or within Mexico. There are also no closures or restrictions placed on any experiences or activities within Mexico.

On the 12th March the president and Ministry of Health announced new measures to help prevent the entry of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) into the country. Effective March 16th, 2020, passengers from the UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Korea, China & Iran will not be permitted to enter the country, or if not denied entry will be subject to quarantine.


Effective immediately, Belize will be mandating quarantine for travellers from China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Spain. Additionally, anyone coming from cities in the United States that have documented community spread will be placed under quarantine as well.

The Argentine President announced a 30 day suspension of all international flights from the UK (as well as the whole of Europe, the US, China, Japan, South Korea and Iran) to Argentina. This suspension is expected to come into force on 16 March. Those who have already arrived in Argentina (within the last 14 days) must also comply with the self-isolation requirement until they have completed 14 days since arrival without developing symptoms.


Direct Flights to/from Europe were suspended from March 14 to March 31. Prohibition to enter Bolivia of passengers from China, South Korea, Italy and Spain and as of Wednesday March 18th, also included travellers coming from the European Schengen area, United Kingdom, Ireland and Iran.


On March 15th at 20:00hrs Lima time, the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency as a measure against the spread of COVID-19. As a consequence, all international borders will be closed for 15 days starting Monday, March 16th

The below links will provide more information about Coronavirus:
World Health Organisation:

The latest Government travel advice:

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