The latest travel guidelines

  • International travellers can enter Argentina without quarantining or isolating if they meet the entry requirements.
  • International travellers can enter Chile without quarantining but must isolate until receiving a negative PCR result and meet the entry requirements.

Why travel with Swoop?

The way in which we all travel has changed. The safety of our customers has always been our first priority, now so more than ever. If you book with Swoop:

  • We'll work with you to arrange your perfect adventure, ensuring it stays perfect regardless of the current climate
  • We'll be there to support you at every step of your journey, from the moment you book and during your adventure, to returning home
  • Our Customer Experience Team and our suite of online guides – adapted specially for Covid-19 – will prepare you for your adventure; from entry requirements and travel documentation to packing lists and wildlife tips
  • We'll keep you informed of any significant changes to Patagonia travel; we're in touch daily with our partners and contacts on the ground, and monitor official government websites and the local news
  • You'll be in safe and experienced hands; we have customers (and members of our own team) travelling in Patagonia right now, and many more set to travel this season
Patagonia Travel & Covid-19

Swoop specialist, Sarah, completing the Cerro Torre & Mt. Fitz Roy Trek in Chalten

Visiting Patagonia

Some of Argentina and Chile's borders are currently open to international travellers, but the entry requirements vary, so if you haven't decided on a specific trip just yet, we recommend reading the travel information for both countries. 

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There are currently measures in place for those looking to travel to Chile or Argentina from southern Africa. If you would like more information, please get in touch.

Getting to Argentina

Currently, international travellers can enter Argentina without a mandatory quarantine, if they:

  1. Are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and have received their final vaccination no later than 14 days prior to arrival
  2. Complete a PCR test and receive a negative result 72 hours before boarding their flight to Argentina
  3. Have a travel insurance policy that explicitly covers any expenses relating to Covid-19
  4. Complete an online written declaration (affidavit) within 48 hours of arriving in Argentina
  5. Complete a PCR test between days 3-5 after arrival into the country
9 de Julio Avenue, Buenos Aires, Argentina

9 de Julio Avenue, Buenos Aires

Getting to Chile

Currently, international travellers can enter Chile without a mandatory quarantine, if they:

  1. Are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with an approved vaccine, and have validated their vaccination status online (as far in advance of travelling as possible!)
  2. Complete a PCR test and receive a negative result 72 hours before boarding their flight to Chile
  3. Have a travel insurance policy with a minimum coverage of $30,000 USD, to cover any expenses relating to Covid-19
  4. Complete an online written declaration up to 48 hours before departure from their home country
  5. Complete a mandatory PCR test on arrival and isolate at their final destination until receiving a negative result
  6. Complete a daily follow-up form for 10 days following entry

Dramatic scenery surrounding Santiago

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What our customers think of Patagonia Travel & Covid-19

I think living in a pandemic has made life hard for everyone. This provided our family a time to reunite, bond and have a respite in a most beautiful and gracious country. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Jerry Gold - USA

Swoop has been extremely responsive when it came to any questions that arose and kept us informed on the quickly changing times with Covid. They have been extremely useful. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Rebecca Bradley - USA

We felt very fortunate to be able to visit and we loved that there were fewer visitors on the full circuit of the Torres del Paine Park. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Mark Spykerman - USA

Covid had complicated a lot of things. It was well worth the effort though. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Mark Spykerman - USA

Very helpful through literally ALL of the pandemic, with all the changes we had to make. Excellent suggestions and a treasure trove of knowledge about the places we visited. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Tom Holmes - USA

Was perfect timing for us. Hotels were relatively sparse, trails too. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Tom Holmes - USA

Swoop had continued contact, and were knowledgeable and responsive to change requests and fast changing circumstances. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Hans Van Tartwijk - USA

My detailed questions were answered expertly. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Michael Pellegrino - USA

On the O Circuit we ran into just 4 other people so it was almost a private experience. We ran into more people on the rest of the hike, but they were mostly Chileans. Despite Covid it felt very safe and easy to get to. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2021

Kendra Barnett - United States Of America

Getting to Chile was a little nerve-wracking because of the changing Covid situation, but the arrival in Chile was ever easy and everything worked well. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2021

Kendra Barnett - United States Of America

It's been nice traveling the past couple years when there are very few people doing it. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2021

Tyler Viernow - USA

Initially, we were a little nervous with all of the paperwork and testing with the potential for a snafu along the way. However, the mobility passes worked well and the tests were all negative. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2021

Sean Johnston - USA

I must say that the logistics of testing in Chile are excellent. Once we were clear to move about, the overwhelming feeling was welcoming, as tourism has clearly suffered. Selfishly I have to say that we benefitted from less crowded trails. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2021

Sean Johnston - USA

We were impressed with the way they are handling the pandemic, while balancing the safety of the population and protecting tourism. We hope they are successful with that and that they will see more visitors in the future including a return visit from the Johnstons. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2021

Sean Johnston - USA

Travelling between Argentina & Chile

Not all of the borders between Argentina and Chile have re-opened, and there is no guarantee that those that have will remain open. As such, we are recommending single country itineraries to anyone looking to travel this season. Alternatively, we can help you plan to visit both Chile and Argentina in the 2022/23 season now, get in touch.

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Sydney says

I travelled to Patagonia in early December 2021 and I was impressed by how easy my journey was. We may be in a new era of international travel, but everything ran like clockwork! It has given me great confidence for the rest of this Patagonia season and beyond.

Sydney Miller Patagonia Sales Consultant

Returning from Patagonia

It's not a bad idea to look ahead and consider what is involved in getting home from Patagonia, including Covid-19 testing. The guidelines differ depending on where travellers are returning to. This guide covers the US and the UK, for all other countries, please check your government’s official guidance.

Patagonia Travel & Covid-19

Travelling to the US

Before you travel

Before boarding a flight to the United States, you are required to show proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel. There is also an option for people who have documented recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Children under 2 years old do not need to test. You should ensure you have your documentation ready to present to your airline at the airport. Learn more about these requirements.

Please be aware that if you are returning from Chile, rapid testing in Santiago airport (SCL) airport is not an option, so you will need to ensure there is time in your travel schedule to get tested at a testing facility. If you are returning home via Argentina, rapid testing is available at both airports in Buenos Aires (AEP and EZE). Find out more about how and where to get tested in Chile or Argentina before you leave.

Please review the Centers for Disease Control’s full guidelines on pre-travel PCR testing.

When you arrive

When you arrive in the US you should:

  1. Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel (find a testing location near you)
  2. Self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms
  3. If you do develop symptoms then isolate and get tested
  4. Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel
  5. If you test positive isolate to protect others (learn what to do)

Please review the Centers for Disease Control’s full guidelines on returning home after international travel.

Travelling to the UK

Entry requirements to the UK vary depending on if you are entering England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. See the specific British Government guidance for details. Travellers should always double-check their situation against the official government guidance and enquire with their airline and/or consular representation in Chile or Argentina.

By means of an example, we have provided the current requirements for England below.

Before you travel

You must book and pay for a Covid-19 test to be taken after you arrive. You must also complete a passenger locator form to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England. If you’re in England for less than two days, you still need to book and pay for a day two Covid-19 test.

When you arrive (fully vaccinated)

After you arrive in England you must take the Covid-19 test that you booked before travel. You can book either a lateral flow test or a PCR test. You can take the test any time after you arrive but before the end of day two at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0. If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate. If your lateral flow test result is positive, you must then take a PCR test.


Information provided by Swoop is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time only, but in this fast-changing environment, we cannot be held responsible for changes not immediately reflected on this website or in information shared with you. Customers should undertake their own research appropriate to their individual circumstances before making final decisions.

Where links to government, operators or other third-party sites are provided, again this information is accurate and up-to-date to the best of our knowledge, but we cannot be held responsible for third-party content.

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