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 as and when things unfold
There are guidelines in place for all Latin American countries in regards to their own entry requirements, and in conjunction with this, we are working with the advice and status of the FCO and the UK government.
Our main priority at the current time is contacting those clients who are due to travel in the coming weeks. These are uncertain times, so please bear with us as we contact each client directly to talk through the impact on any forthcoming holiday.
Below is a current update of each country and the latest entry requirements. If a country is not shown below, this is because its borders are still closed.
Panama International Airport has started controlled operations for international flights.
- Scheduled to open for commercial flights October 12th.
- Currently operating for citizens and residents
- Upon arrival a proof of a negative PCR coronavirus test must be presented. The result must have been received within the 48 hours before their travel to Panama.
Costa Rica International Airport is currently opened for tourists from:
- Iberia and Lufthansa already flying in.
- Air Canada resumes flights September 12th.
- Air France resumes flights October 14th.
- Tourists must complete and present an epidemiological survey.
- Tourists must present proof of a negative PCR coronavirus test. The result must have been received within the 48 hours before their travel to Costa Rica.
- Tourists must acquire travel insurance that covers medical care or an unexpected extended hotel stay.Tourists must follow all airport and local health protocols. This includes wearing a mask or face shield in nearly all indoors circumstances
- Travel insurance is required with a minimum coverage of 50,000 USD and expenses of 2,000 USD for lodging and valid through the entire stay in Costa Rica.
Nicaragua is scheduled to open its airport September 4th.
- Aeromexico service suspended until October 1st, 2020
- United Airlines service suspended until October 5th, 2020
- Avianca Airlines service suspended until September 19th, 2020
- Delta Airlines service suspended indefinitely
- American Airlines service suspended until October 7th, 2020
- Copa Airlines service suspended until October 1st, 2020
- Spirit Airlines service suspended until at least September, 2020
- Tourists must present proof of a negative PCR coronavirus test. The result must have been received within the 72 hours before their travel to Nicaragua.
Guatemala is scheduled to open its International Airport September 18th.
- Tourists must follow all airport and local health protocols. This includes wearing a mask or face shield in nearly all indoors circumstances
- A health centre is being installed within the airport facilities for proper handling and attention of tourists.
Belize has rescheduled new opening date for October 1st.
- All travellers must download Belize Health App and complete required information
- Bookings can only be made at approved hotels with the Gold Standard Certification
- Take a PCR test withing 72 hours of boarding flight as a negative result.
All land borders remain closed until further notice and dates are subject to change.
Ecuador has opened
- Official travel restrictions:The US and UK government are still advising against anything other than essential travel to the country.
- Covid-19 negative test result required: Yes. Visitors require proof of a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken up to 7 days prior to departure. If this is not available, visitors must agree to a COVID-19 test at the airport in Ecuador upon arrival.
- 14-day quarantine required: Yes. All arrivals must be subject to mandatory self-quarantine, at their own expense.
- Borders open to international tourists: Yes. Flights are operating from different countries around the globe, although with a reduced frequency.
- Further information:Masks are mandatory in some public spaces and fines are being administered to those who do not comply.
The below links will provide more information about Coronavirus:
World Health Organisation:
The latest Government travel advice: