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 or isolating if they 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

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Swoop says

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. Have a travel insurance policy that explicitly covers any expenses relating to Covid-19
  2. Complete an online written declaration (affidavit) no more than 48 hours prior to arriving in Argentina
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. Have a travel insurance policy with a minimum coverage of $30,000 USD, to cover any expenses relating to Covid-19
  3. Complete an online written declaration up to 48 hours before departure from their home country
  4. Are prepared to possibly complete a PCR test on arrival (randomised, 50% of travellers will be tested)
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Dramatic scenery surrounding Santiago

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What our customers think of Patagonia Travel & Covid-19

I thought the process of signing up for the trip was super easy and when I had trouble with mevacuno [Covid travel pass] I had a lot of support to get approved. Read the full review

Travelled: April 2022

Lindsay Spadoni - USA

Swoop was great, lots of good advice on the process of traveling to Chile during Covid. Read the full review

Travelled: March 2022

Cristina Gonzalez - USA

Swoop was really great in helping navigate all the Covid restrictions and made me feel comfortable to travel during such a confusing time. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2022

Amy Hoffmann - USA

Everything went smoothly and as planned. Hassle-free and efficient. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Scott Rarick - USA

My coordinator, Sydney was always there to help me through the logistical challenges of traveling during COVID. She was always reassuring; she helped me with details of travel that I couldn't have coordinated, and she just took off a lot of pressure that I was feeling. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Ashley Williams - USA

Felt privileged to be on the first trip to Tierra del Fuego in two years! Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Beverly Reyes Picache - USA

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

You were able to handle any situation that came up. Great job! Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Ken Knara - USA

Thanks to Swoop for working in such a complex travel environment. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Kathie Panfil - USA

We were working with Swoop at a time when everybody wanted to travel, post Covid vaccine. They were quick to respond, even though Swoop, Patagonia and our family were all on different continents. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Kathie Panfil - USA

The requirements to enter Chile must have changed 3-4 times in the 2 months leading up to our trip. The Swoop staff, Carys in particular, was incredibly responsive and helpful in negotiating the ever-changing landscape of entry prerequisites. She gave us confidence that we could travel during these uncertain times! Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Jonathan Staker - 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

When plans are completely disrupted at the last moment, how people and companies respond shows the true value of their services. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2021

Charles Shifflett - USA

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

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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 Specialist

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

As of 12:01 AM ET on June 12, 2022, CDC no longer requires air passengers travelling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative Covid-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from Covid-19 before they board their flight.

For more information, see Rescission: Requirement for Negative Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Result or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 for all Airline or Other Aircraft Passengers Arriving into the United States from Any Foreign Country.

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.

As of 11th February 2022, if you qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to England:

  • You will not need to take a Covid-19 test before you travel
  • You will not need to quarantine when you arrive
  • You will not need to take a Covid-19 test after your arrival

Travelling to the EU

Entry requirements to the European Union vary between member nations. Please review the EU’s country-specific guidance.

Travelling to all other countries

For all other countries, please check your government’s official guidance.


Disclaimer

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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