Map: Latin American Air Travel Rules for Foreigners amid COVID-19

By Paola Nagovitch

Some countries are closed to international air travel. Some countries never closed down air travel at all.  

When it comes to allowing foreigners entry amid a pandemic, each country is bound to take its own approach.  Some countries began loosening air travel restrictions in July, others remain closed, and still others never had restrictions at all. 

While mandatory two-week quarantines for incoming travelers are enforced across much of the region, countries that partially resuming international travel have, by and large, instituted new rules for foreigners. For example, Costa Rica, which restarted some flights with exceptions, requires that passengers present a negative result from a molecular test upon arrival. Brazil, which has reopened some international airports, requires travelers to purchase health insurance for the duration of their stay. Mexico, for its part, has remained open to international travel throughout the pandemic.

On the other hand, countries like Argentina, Colombia, and Peru decided to shut down international air travel for both nationals and foreigners, and although Nicaragua has not issued an official ban on international air travel, its government has at times canceled repatriation flights for citizens. 

Looking at air travel for foreigners specifically, AS/COA Online breaks down which countries and territories are welcoming them, which remain closed, and which ones lie somewhere in the middle.