Continued Border Closures Restrict Travel to South America

Taylor Stephan | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Valle Nevado, Chile. Photo Credit: Valle Nevado

South America instituted some of the world’s strictest lockdowns due to Covid-19. International travel was completely shut off when several countries instituted border closures. Popular ski resorts such as Portillo, Chile, Valle Nevado, Chile, and Las Lenas, Argentina never opened due to restrictions or announced before the season started they wouldn’t open for the South American winter season. While most countries that implemented the strict border closure were due for their restrictions to expire August 31, 2020, several extended or amended the regulations.

Cerro Catedral, Argentina. Photo Credit: Bariloche


  • Closed to tourism
  • Expected reopening plan announced early September for October 1, 2020 reopening


  • Extended border closure and state of emergency through September 30, 2020
  • Humanitarian repatriation flights allowed
  • 10:00 pm to 4:00 am curfew Monday – Saturday, all day quarantine Sunday
  • No social gatherings of any kind, including family


  • Border reopening for international flights starting September 1, 2020
  • Must have negative PCR (nasal swab) Covid-19 test no older than 7 days prior to arrival
  • General tourism not allowed


  • Closed to tourism
  • Borders will be closed through at least October 1, 2020


  • Border closure extended indefinitely
  • Nationwide curfew and quarantine extended until at least September 20, 2020


  • Open for limited tourism as of June 1, 2020
  • Negative PCR Covid-19 test required within 10 days of travel


  • Open for tourism (opened international border July 29, 2020)
  • Valid visa and proof of travel insurance covering Covid-19 required

French Guiana

  • Closed for international flights/tourism (reopening unknown)


  • Closed for international flights/tourism (reopening unknown)


  • Closed for international flights/tourism (reopening unknown)


  • Closed for international flights/tourism(reopening unknown)


  • Closed for international flights/tourism(reopening unknown)


  • Closed for international flights/tourism(reopening unknown)

South America was off to a banner year snow wise. For the locals lucky enough to be safe and healthy, cheers to you having your own powder paradise for the season!

Portillo, Chile. Photo Credit: Ski Portillo

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