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USA and South American countries close borders in fighting Covid-19

Since Covid-19 spread across the globe, postponing the Olympics and many major artistic and commercial events, no industry has been as lost as tourism. In the most populous countries in the world, the pandemic curve is still rising. In Asia and Europe, however, the pandemic curve is going down, and borders have slowly started to reopen.

If you are following our blog, you are already aware of European rules for visitors. In this post, we want to share with you the norms for traveling among some of the main tourist destinations in the Americas: the United States, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.


Passengers who have been in the following countries in the previous 14 days cannot enter or transit the USA: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom.

This prohibition does not apply to US citizens, residents, and their spouses, nor to parents, siblings or legal guardians of US citizens or residents under the age of 21. The USA is basically closed for international tourists.


In Argentina, all flights entering the country are suspended until August 2, 2020. Only citizens and residents are allowed entrance in the country, and even those must quarantine for 14 days.


In neighbouring Chile, the rules are similar to those of Argentine's, only the current timeline is different: flights are suspended until July 31, 2020 (this date may change). Authorization to enter the country is only for citizens and residents, also with the mandatory 14-day quarantine. In addition, Chileans are requested to complete a form which can be found here.


Foreign visitors cannot enter the country until August 15, a rule that does not apply to Uruguayan citizens and residents of the country. The Uruguayan rules, however, do not block transit (connections only) to citizens or residents of the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

if you want to plan for when the boarders open, or #travelathome, here are a couple of good suggestions:

On the road by Jack Kerouac

Moon route 66 road trip by Jessica Dunham

The motorcycle diaries: notes on a Latin American journey by Ernesto Che Guevara

The motorcycle diaries by Walter Salles

*Picture: Thanks to Morning Brew at Unsplash

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