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Do I need to arrange a visa before I travel to South America?

Visa requirements vary from country to country below you will find details of the visa requirements for each of our South America destinations. Please note that visa requirements are subject to change so we recommend that you double check with the embassy of the country that you are traveling to in good time before your departure.

Argentina Visa Requirements

US Citizens, Canadians, Europeans, New Zealanders and South Africans require a passport, but no tourist visa is required for stays of up to 90 days in Argentina.

Reciprocity fees
Travelers from the US, Canada and Australia entering Argentina via Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires are required to pay a fee: Citizens from the USA: USD 160 (payable with credit card before entering Argentina)
Canadians: USD 70
Australians: USD 100
How can I pay the Reciprocity Rate?

  1. The traveler must enter the web site of Provincia Pagos www.provinciapagos.com.ar  and register to start de process
  2. Complete the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information. The information provided by the traveler and the income code is sent to the DNM online.
  3. Print the payment receipt
  4. On arrival in Argentine territory, this printed receipt must be presented at the Immigration Control
  5. The receipt will be scanned by the DNM staff; the data are validated and you are allowed to enter the country

Furthermore is it necessary that your passport is valid, with at least six months remaining, upon entry to Argentina.

Bolivia Visa Requirements

All fees are payable only in cash or USD.
United States
US nationals must have a passport and a visa to enter Bolivia. A visa is obtainable on arrival for a fee of US 135, along with a visa application form, hotel reservation or letter of invitation, return or onward ticket, sufficient funds and all documents needed for next destination
Canada
Canadians require a valid passport, but a visa is not necessary for touristic stays of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
Europe
UK Nationals holding valid passports do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days in Bolivia if the cover states ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’, ‘Jersey’, or ‘Guernsey and its Dependencies’. Other types of British passports require a visa.
Australia
Australians need a passport, but do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
New Zealand
New Zealanders need a passport, but do not require a visa for a touristic stay of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
South Africa
South Africans require a passport valid for six months and a visa to enter Bolivia. Visas can be issued on arrival for a fee of US$52.
Passport/Visa Note: All visitors that require a visa must hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond the length of stay; if no visa is required then only a passport valid on entry to Bolivia is necessary. All visitors travelling by air should also have return tickets and all required documents for next destination as well as sufficient funds to see them through their stay. All travelers arriving from Brazil or Paraguay must show valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificates on entry to Bolivia.

Brazil Visa Requirements

United States
A valid passport and a visa are required by US nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
Canada
A valid passport and a visa are required by Canadian nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
Europe
UK passport holders do not require a visa for either business or holiday travel to Brazil for stays of up to 90 days from date of issue. A valid passport is required.
Australia
A valid passport and a visa are required by Australian nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
New Zealand
New Zealanders need a valid passport to enter Brazil, but no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days from date of issue, for touristic or business purposes.
South Africa
A valid passport is needed, but no visa is required by South African nationals to enter Brazil if travelling on holiday or business for up to 90 days from date of issue.

Passport/Visa Note: All visitors require passports that are valid for at least the period of intended stay in Brazil. Sufficient funds to cover their stay in Brazil, as well as a return or onward ticket and documentation required for further travel, are necessary for all travelers.

Passport/Visa Note: Visa Waiver from June 1st, 2016 to September 18th, 2016 – Nationals of United States, Australia, Canada and Japan who are planning to travel to Brazil will benefit from the visa waiver for tourism from June 1st to September 18th, 2016. Proof of ticket purchase to the Olympic Games is not required in order to benefit from the visa waiver program. After entering Brazil, tourists can stay without a visa for a maximum of 90 days. From September 19, 2016 onwards, the visa regime for the countries mentioned above will become valid again.
Chile Visa Requirements

United States
No visa is required by US nationals for visits of up to 90 days to Chile, but a US 131 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged upon arrival. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid until the passport expires. A passport is required for travel to Chile.
Canada
No visa is required by Canadians for visits to Chile of up to 90 days, but a US 125 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged for tourists. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid until expiry of passport. A passport is required for travel to Chile.
Europe
UK nationals do not require a visa for visits of up to 90 days to Chile. A passport is required.
Australia
No visa is required by Australians for visits to Chile of up to 90 days, but a US 95 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged for tourists. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid for three months. A passport is required. New Zealand
New Zealand nationals must hold a passport. A visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days.
South Africa
South African nationals must hold a passport to enter Chile. A visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days.

Passport/Visa Note: Passengers must hold a Tourist Card (issued free of charge on arrival for 90 days) and sufficient funds to cover intended period of stay. A return or onward ticket is not required if holding a credit card or sufficient funds to purchase a ticket. Passengers with a passport from Australia, Canada, United States or Mexico are required to pay a reciprocity tax on entering Santiago airport before passing through Customs. Fees are US 61 for Australians, US 132 for Canadians, US 131 for US nationals and US 23 for Mexican passport holders. This tax must be paid in US dollars cash; it is paid once and remains valid until the passport expires (for Canadians and Americans) or for three months (for Mexicans and Australians).

Costa Rica Visa Requirements
Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are permitted to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days without a visa:
Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Australia*, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark*, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, United States*, Estonia, Finland, France*, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, México, Montenegro, Norway*, New Zealand*,Netherlands*, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Principality Of Monaco, San Marino, Puerto Rico, Serbia, South Africa, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland **, Czech Republic, Republic Of South Korea, Hellenic Republic (Greece), Romania, Vatican City, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Republic Of China (Taiwan), Trinidad And Tobago and Uruguay.

* Their dependencies receive the same treatment
** Include England, Wales and Scotland
*** Starting on July 30, 2007, the Costa Rican authorities will demand that all travelers coming from the following countries (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador as well as the Republic of Guyana) have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are exempt from all visa requirements for stays of 30 days in Costa Rica, though once inside the country, they can apply for extension from the Immigration office, for an authorized period of stay of 90 days:
Antigua and Barbuda, Belice, Bolivia, Dominica, El Salvador, Russian Federation, Phillipines, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Maldives, Mauritius, Federated States Of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Kingdom Of Tonga, Samoa, Saint Kitts And Nevis, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome And Principe, Seychelles, Suriname, Tuvalu, Turkey, Vanuatu and Venezuela.

Citizens of all countries not listed above are required a visa from a Costa Rican embassy or consulate before traveling.
As in most of the countries, in order to visit Costa Rica, the traveler must show his or her passport. The passport must be valid during the following 6 months from the entry date to Costa Rica.

Clients need to carry their (photocopy of) their passport and entry stamp with them at all times.

Ecuador Visa Requirements
United States
US citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Canada
Canadian citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Europe
British citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days, irrespective of the endorsement with regard to national status contained in the visitor’s passport. Australia
Australian citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
New Zealand
New Zealand citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
South Africa
South African citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Passport/Visa Note: Passports should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of arrival in Ecuador. All visitors should hold an onward or return ticket, and must demonstrate proof of sufficient funds for their stay in the country. Extensions are possible for travelers who do not need a visa to enter Ecuador. It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity

Citizens from China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia. must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival and a 12-X visa. This special visa for tourism has to be required in each Ecuador Embassy.

Peru Visa Requirements

United States
US nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Canada
Canadian nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Europe
British nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Australia
Australian nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. Holders of APEC Business Travel Card do not require visa provided the back of the card states that it is valid for travel to Peru.
New Zealand
New Zealand nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. Holders of APEC Business Travel Card do not require visa provided the back of the card states that it is valid for travel to Peru.
South Africa
South African nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Passport/Visa Note: All travelers require return or onward tickets, all documents required for onward travel and proof of funds. If traveling for business purposes, a visa is required. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination.

Uruguay Visa Requirements

United States
US citizens require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Canada
Canadians require a passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Europe
All British nationals require a passport for travel to Uruguay. A visa is not required for a stay of up to three months for all British passport holders.
Australia
Australians require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
New Zealand
New Zealand nationals require a passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
South Africa
South Africans require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Passport/Visa Note: All visitors to Uruguay must hold an onward or return ticket and documents for next destination. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

 

Is it easy to change money in South America?

Official exchange houses are generally easy to find in large cities and areas frequented by tourists. However, the exchange rate at such places will not be the best. We advise you not to exchange money in the street so as to avoid any scams. If you do need to change money in the street, only exchange the minimum amount that you need for immediate use.

Are US dollars accepted in South America and should I bring Travelers Cheques?

US dollars are widely accepted in most locations and currency exchange bureaus are easy to find. Travelers Cheques tend to receive much lower exchange rates than US Dollars, meaning you lose money in the exchange. In many destinations in South America one may also find that exchange centers are unwilling to change Travelers Cheques.

Should I bring my credit/debit card to South America?

We advise you to bring both credit and debit cards. Many restaurants across South America have Visa and MasterCard capabilities and welcome you to pay for your meal with a credit card. Credit/debit cards should otherwise only be used to withdraw money.
ATMs are widely distributed throughout most South American countries, however in rural areas they can be hard to come by, so please bear this in mind. Otherwise they are a quick and easy way to withdraw local currency.

How much money should I bring on my South America trip?

CAT Travel tours, especially in Premium Service are quite inclusive. However, extra money is needed for the occasional meal (where we have left this out of the itinerary to give you more dining options) and for souvenirs, snacks, drinks and any extra items. Tips are not included within the overall price of the tour and so, should you wish to tip, you’re advised to bring a little extra cash.

Are meals included in the tour packages?

Many meals are included in CAT Travel tour packages, though in order to give you more flexibility, some lunch and evening meals are not included. Breakfasts are almost always served at your hotel and lunch and dinner are provided within the package where indicated.

All meals included within CAT Travel tour packages are served at carefully selected restaurants offering the very best dining experiences available.

What are the differences among the Comfort, Superior & Luxury Packages?

Comfort hotels are usually unique boutique stays handpicked for their value, location and charm (generally 3* options). Comfort packages usually include tours with a small group of fellow international travelers and the flexibility to include optional additional tours as well.

Superior hotels are distinguished properties offering excellent service levels and facilities (generally 4* options). With the Superior packages, private tours to the South American highlights are included, as well as some special excursions.

Luxury hotels are the finest hotels available, providing exceptional amenities and impeccable service (generally 5* options). Tours in the Luxury packages are exclusively in private, as are unique experiences designed especially for this level.

What are the payment methods?

Payments can be made in three ways:

  1. ACH debit (preferred) – Bank to bank transfer in the United States – bank details below.
  2. Wire transfer (preferred) to our bank in the United States – bank details below.
  3. Credit card via Paypal

What does the booking processes involve?

After requesting your quote one of our travel specialists will contact you with a preliminary itinerary. From this point on you will work directly with your travel specialist.

Using Itereo™, our unique real-time travel planning tool, they will log you into a shared web environment where you’ll be able to collaborate on creating your perfect itinerary via email, instant chat and/or telephone. Your travel itinerary will be instantly updated on screen with detailed information and imagery.

Your specialist will keep working with you on the details until you’re entirely satisfied, and we will then proceed to book your tour and arrange payment of the deposit.

Once the deposit has cleared we can begin to book your travel services and hotels, and we will send you a first update within 72 hours.

Your final program will be available for download one week before your departure. Your full itinerary along with a welcome pack containing country guides and your travel vouchers and tickets will be presented to you upon arrival.

Do I need any vaccinations for my South America trip?

Vaccination requirements differ from country to country and it is important to make sure you know the necessary vaccination requirements for your trip well before traveling. We recommend that you always check with your physician. Below follows a table of vaccination advice for each of CAT Travel’s South America destinations or read the blog article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healty. However, please consult your doctor well before you travel.

Argentina Vaccination Advice

There are no obligatory vaccinations for Argentina, but the following vaccinations are recommended:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with chloroquine, Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), doxycyline, or primaquine is recommended for rural areas of Salta and Jujuy province (along border with Bolivia) and Misiones and Corrientes province (along border with Paraguay)
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all travelers older than nine months who are going to the northern and northeastern forested areas of Argentina, including Iguazu Falls and all areas bordering Paraguay and Brazil
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRevaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Bolivia Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas below 2500 m (8202 ft) in the departments of Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Pando, Santa Cruz, and Tarija, except the city of La Paz.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverHighly recommended for all travelers older than one year of age
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk of animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Brazil Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Travelers
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for the states of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Maranhao (western part), Mato Grosso (northern part), Para (except Belem City), Rondonia, Roraima, and Tocantins, and for urban areas within these states, including the cities of Porto Velho, Boa Vista, Macapa, Manaus, Santarem, and Maraba.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all areas of Acre, Amapa¡, Amazonas, Distrito Federal (including the capital city of Brasilia), Goia¡s, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para¡, Ronda´nia, Roraima, Tocantins, and designated areas of the following states: northwest and west Bahia, central and west Parana¡, southwest Piaua­, northwest and west central Rio Grande do Sul (including Porto Alegre), far west Santa Catarina, and north and south central Sao Paulo. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Chile Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Chile, these are:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Costa Rica Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission in the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname & Venezuela) or Africa (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan & the Republic of Guyana). You’re REQUIRED to have a valid yellow fever International Vaccination Certificate at least 12 days prior to entering Costa Rica. Please check before you travel about the specific requirements and possible changes. Other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for rural areas of Costa Rica.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverThere is no risk of yellow fever in Costa Rica. The government of Costa Rica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, you should check to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats.
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Ecuador Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except the cities of Guayaquil and Quito, the central highland tourist areas, the Galapagos Islands, and altitudes greater than 1500 m (4921 ft).
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for the following provinces in the Amazon Basin – Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbios, and Zamora-Chinchipe – and for all areas along the eastern slopes and to the east of the Andes Mountains. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Peru Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Peru or read the article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healthy on our blog. An overview of the recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except Lima and its vicinity, the coastal areas south of Lima, the highland tourist areas (Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca), and the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverRecommended for areas east of the Andes mountains. Not needed for Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Uruguay Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years
Yellow feverRequired for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas
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Do I need to arrange a visa before I travel to South America?

Visa requirements vary from country to country below you will find details of the visa requirements for each of our South America destinations. Please note that visa requirements are subject to change so we recommend that you double check with the embassy of the country that you are traveling to in good time before your departure.

Argentina Visa Requirements

US Citizens, Canadians, Europeans, New Zealanders and South Africans require a passport, but no tourist visa is required for stays of up to 90 days in Argentina.

Reciprocity fees
Travelers from the US, Canada and Australia entering Argentina via Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires are required to pay a fee: Citizens from the USA: USD 160 (payable with credit card before entering Argentina)
Canadians: USD 70
Australians: USD 100
How can I pay the Reciprocity Rate?

  1. The traveler must enter the web site of Provincia Pagos www.provinciapagos.com.ar  and register to start de process
  2. Complete the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information. The information provided by the traveler and the income code is sent to the DNM online.
  3. Print the payment receipt
  4. On arrival in Argentine territory, this printed receipt must be presented at the Immigration Control
  5. The receipt will be scanned by the DNM staff; the data are validated and you are allowed to enter the country

Furthermore is it necessary that your passport is valid, with at least six months remaining, upon entry to Argentina.

Bolivia Visa Requirements

All fees are payable only in cash or USD.
United States
US nationals must have a passport and a visa to enter Bolivia. A visa is obtainable on arrival for a fee of US 135, along with a visa application form, hotel reservation or letter of invitation, return or onward ticket, sufficient funds and all documents needed for next destination
Canada
Canadians require a valid passport, but a visa is not necessary for touristic stays of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
Europe
UK Nationals holding valid passports do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days in Bolivia if the cover states ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’, ‘Jersey’, or ‘Guernsey and its Dependencies’. Other types of British passports require a visa.
Australia
Australians need a passport, but do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
New Zealand
New Zealanders need a passport, but do not require a visa for a touristic stay of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
South Africa
South Africans require a passport valid for six months and a visa to enter Bolivia. Visas can be issued on arrival for a fee of US$52.
Passport/Visa Note: All visitors that require a visa must hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond the length of stay; if no visa is required then only a passport valid on entry to Bolivia is necessary. All visitors travelling by air should also have return tickets and all required documents for next destination as well as sufficient funds to see them through their stay. All travelers arriving from Brazil or Paraguay must show valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificates on entry to Bolivia.

Brazil Visa Requirements

United States
A valid passport and a visa are required by US nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
Canada
A valid passport and a visa are required by Canadian nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
Europe
UK passport holders do not require a visa for either business or holiday travel to Brazil for stays of up to 90 days from date of issue. A valid passport is required.
Australia
A valid passport and a visa are required by Australian nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
New Zealand
New Zealanders need a valid passport to enter Brazil, but no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days from date of issue, for touristic or business purposes.
South Africa
A valid passport is needed, but no visa is required by South African nationals to enter Brazil if travelling on holiday or business for up to 90 days from date of issue.

Passport/Visa Note: All visitors require passports that are valid for at least the period of intended stay in Brazil. Sufficient funds to cover their stay in Brazil, as well as a return or onward ticket and documentation required for further travel, are necessary for all travelers.

Passport/Visa Note: Visa Waiver from June 1st, 2016 to September 18th, 2016 – Nationals of United States, Australia, Canada and Japan who are planning to travel to Brazil will benefit from the visa waiver for tourism from June 1st to September 18th, 2016. Proof of ticket purchase to the Olympic Games is not required in order to benefit from the visa waiver program. After entering Brazil, tourists can stay without a visa for a maximum of 90 days. From September 19, 2016 onwards, the visa regime for the countries mentioned above will become valid again.
Chile Visa Requirements

United States
No visa is required by US nationals for visits of up to 90 days to Chile, but a US 131 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged upon arrival. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid until the passport expires. A passport is required for travel to Chile.
Canada
No visa is required by Canadians for visits to Chile of up to 90 days, but a US 125 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged for tourists. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid until expiry of passport. A passport is required for travel to Chile.
Europe
UK nationals do not require a visa for visits of up to 90 days to Chile. A passport is required.
Australia
No visa is required by Australians for visits to Chile of up to 90 days, but a US 95 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged for tourists. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid for three months. A passport is required. New Zealand
New Zealand nationals must hold a passport. A visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days.
South Africa
South African nationals must hold a passport to enter Chile. A visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days.

Passport/Visa Note: Passengers must hold a Tourist Card (issued free of charge on arrival for 90 days) and sufficient funds to cover intended period of stay. A return or onward ticket is not required if holding a credit card or sufficient funds to purchase a ticket. Passengers with a passport from Australia, Canada, United States or Mexico are required to pay a reciprocity tax on entering Santiago airport before passing through Customs. Fees are US 61 for Australians, US 132 for Canadians, US 131 for US nationals and US 23 for Mexican passport holders. This tax must be paid in US dollars cash; it is paid once and remains valid until the passport expires (for Canadians and Americans) or for three months (for Mexicans and Australians).

Costa Rica Visa Requirements
Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are permitted to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days without a visa:
Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Australia*, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark*, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, United States*, Estonia, Finland, France*, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, México, Montenegro, Norway*, New Zealand*,Netherlands*, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Principality Of Monaco, San Marino, Puerto Rico, Serbia, South Africa, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland **, Czech Republic, Republic Of South Korea, Hellenic Republic (Greece), Romania, Vatican City, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Republic Of China (Taiwan), Trinidad And Tobago and Uruguay.

* Their dependencies receive the same treatment
** Include England, Wales and Scotland
*** Starting on July 30, 2007, the Costa Rican authorities will demand that all travelers coming from the following countries (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador as well as the Republic of Guyana) have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are exempt from all visa requirements for stays of 30 days in Costa Rica, though once inside the country, they can apply for extension from the Immigration office, for an authorized period of stay of 90 days:
Antigua and Barbuda, Belice, Bolivia, Dominica, El Salvador, Russian Federation, Phillipines, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Maldives, Mauritius, Federated States Of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Kingdom Of Tonga, Samoa, Saint Kitts And Nevis, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome And Principe, Seychelles, Suriname, Tuvalu, Turkey, Vanuatu and Venezuela.

Citizens of all countries not listed above are required a visa from a Costa Rican embassy or consulate before traveling.
As in most of the countries, in order to visit Costa Rica, the traveler must show his or her passport. The passport must be valid during the following 6 months from the entry date to Costa Rica.

Clients need to carry their (photocopy of) their passport and entry stamp with them at all times.

Ecuador Visa Requirements
United States
US citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Canada
Canadian citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Europe
British citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days, irrespective of the endorsement with regard to national status contained in the visitor’s passport. Australia
Australian citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
New Zealand
New Zealand citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
South Africa
South African citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Passport/Visa Note: Passports should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of arrival in Ecuador. All visitors should hold an onward or return ticket, and must demonstrate proof of sufficient funds for their stay in the country. Extensions are possible for travelers who do not need a visa to enter Ecuador. It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity

Citizens from China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia. must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival and a 12-X visa. This special visa for tourism has to be required in each Ecuador Embassy.

Peru Visa Requirements

United States
US nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Canada
Canadian nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Europe
British nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Australia
Australian nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. Holders of APEC Business Travel Card do not require visa provided the back of the card states that it is valid for travel to Peru.
New Zealand
New Zealand nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. Holders of APEC Business Travel Card do not require visa provided the back of the card states that it is valid for travel to Peru.
South Africa
South African nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Passport/Visa Note: All travelers require return or onward tickets, all documents required for onward travel and proof of funds. If traveling for business purposes, a visa is required. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination.

Uruguay Visa Requirements

United States
US citizens require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Canada
Canadians require a passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Europe
All British nationals require a passport for travel to Uruguay. A visa is not required for a stay of up to three months for all British passport holders.
Australia
Australians require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
New Zealand
New Zealand nationals require a passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
South Africa
South Africans require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Passport/Visa Note: All visitors to Uruguay must hold an onward or return ticket and documents for next destination. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

 

Is it easy to change money in South America?

Official exchange houses are generally easy to find in large cities and areas frequented by tourists. However, the exchange rate at such places will not be the best. We advise you not to exchange money in the street so as to avoid any scams. If you do need to change money in the street, only exchange the minimum amount that you need for immediate use.

Are US dollars accepted in South America and should I bring Travelers Cheques?

US dollars are widely accepted in most locations and currency exchange bureaus are easy to find. Travelers Cheques tend to receive much lower exchange rates than US Dollars, meaning you lose money in the exchange. In many destinations in South America one may also find that exchange centers are unwilling to change Travelers Cheques.

Should I bring my credit/debit card to South America?

We advise you to bring both credit and debit cards. Many restaurants across South America have Visa and MasterCard capabilities and welcome you to pay for your meal with a credit card. Credit/debit cards should otherwise only be used to withdraw money.
ATMs are widely distributed throughout most South American countries, however in rural areas they can be hard to come by, so please bear this in mind. Otherwise they are a quick and easy way to withdraw local currency.

How much money should I bring on my South America trip?

CAT Travel tours, especially in Premium Service are quite inclusive. However, extra money is needed for the occasional meal (where we have left this out of the itinerary to give you more dining options) and for souvenirs, snacks, drinks and any extra items. Tips are not included within the overall price of the tour and so, should you wish to tip, you’re advised to bring a little extra cash.

Are meals included in the tour packages?

Many meals are included in CAT Travel tour packages, though in order to give you more flexibility, some lunch and evening meals are not included. Breakfasts are almost always served at your hotel and lunch and dinner are provided within the package where indicated.

All meals included within CAT Travel tour packages are served at carefully selected restaurants offering the very best dining experiences available.

What are the differences among the Comfort, Superior & Luxury Packages?

Comfort hotels are usually unique boutique stays handpicked for their value, location and charm (generally 3* options). Comfort packages usually include tours with a small group of fellow international travelers and the flexibility to include optional additional tours as well.

Superior hotels are distinguished properties offering excellent service levels and facilities (generally 4* options). With the Superior packages, private tours to the South American highlights are included, as well as some special excursions.

Luxury hotels are the finest hotels available, providing exceptional amenities and impeccable service (generally 5* options). Tours in the Luxury packages are exclusively in private, as are unique experiences designed especially for this level.

What are the payment methods?

Payments can be made in three ways:

  1. ACH debit (preferred) – Bank to bank transfer in the United States – bank details below.
  2. Wire transfer (preferred) to our bank in the United States – bank details below.
  3. Credit card via Paypal

What does the booking processes involve?

After requesting your quote one of our travel specialists will contact you with a preliminary itinerary. From this point on you will work directly with your travel specialist.

Using Itereo™, our unique real-time travel planning tool, they will log you into a shared web environment where you’ll be able to collaborate on creating your perfect itinerary via email, instant chat and/or telephone. Your travel itinerary will be instantly updated on screen with detailed information and imagery.

Your specialist will keep working with you on the details until you’re entirely satisfied, and we will then proceed to book your tour and arrange payment of the deposit.

Once the deposit has cleared we can begin to book your travel services and hotels, and we will send you a first update within 72 hours.

Your final program will be available for download one week before your departure. Your full itinerary along with a welcome pack containing country guides and your travel vouchers and tickets will be presented to you upon arrival.

Do I need any vaccinations for my South America trip?

Vaccination requirements differ from country to country and it is important to make sure you know the necessary vaccination requirements for your trip well before traveling. We recommend that you always check with your physician. Below follows a table of vaccination advice for each of CAT Travel’s South America destinations or read the blog article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healty. However, please consult your doctor well before you travel.

Argentina Vaccination Advice

There are no obligatory vaccinations for Argentina, but the following vaccinations are recommended:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with chloroquine, Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), doxycyline, or primaquine is recommended for rural areas of Salta and Jujuy province (along border with Bolivia) and Misiones and Corrientes province (along border with Paraguay)
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all travelers older than nine months who are going to the northern and northeastern forested areas of Argentina, including Iguazu Falls and all areas bordering Paraguay and Brazil
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRevaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Bolivia Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas below 2500 m (8202 ft) in the departments of Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Pando, Santa Cruz, and Tarija, except the city of La Paz.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverHighly recommended for all travelers older than one year of age
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk of animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Brazil Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Travelers
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for the states of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Maranhao (western part), Mato Grosso (northern part), Para (except Belem City), Rondonia, Roraima, and Tocantins, and for urban areas within these states, including the cities of Porto Velho, Boa Vista, Macapa, Manaus, Santarem, and Maraba.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all areas of Acre, Amapa¡, Amazonas, Distrito Federal (including the capital city of Brasilia), Goia¡s, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para¡, Ronda´nia, Roraima, Tocantins, and designated areas of the following states: northwest and west Bahia, central and west Parana¡, southwest Piaua­, northwest and west central Rio Grande do Sul (including Porto Alegre), far west Santa Catarina, and north and south central Sao Paulo. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Chile Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Chile, these are:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Costa Rica Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission in the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname & Venezuela) or Africa (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan & the Republic of Guyana). You’re REQUIRED to have a valid yellow fever International Vaccination Certificate at least 12 days prior to entering Costa Rica. Please check before you travel about the specific requirements and possible changes. Other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for rural areas of Costa Rica.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverThere is no risk of yellow fever in Costa Rica. The government of Costa Rica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, you should check to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats.
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Ecuador Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except the cities of Guayaquil and Quito, the central highland tourist areas, the Galapagos Islands, and altitudes greater than 1500 m (4921 ft).
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for the following provinces in the Amazon Basin – Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbios, and Zamora-Chinchipe – and for all areas along the eastern slopes and to the east of the Andes Mountains. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Peru Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Peru or read the article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healthy on our blog. An overview of the recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except Lima and its vicinity, the coastal areas south of Lima, the highland tourist areas (Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca), and the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverRecommended for areas east of the Andes mountains. Not needed for Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Uruguay Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years
Yellow feverRequired for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas
Health

Do I need to arrange a visa before I travel to South America?

Visa requirements vary from country to country below you will find details of the visa requirements for each of our South America destinations. Please note that visa requirements are subject to change so we recommend that you double check with the embassy of the country that you are traveling to in good time before your departure.

Argentina Visa Requirements

US Citizens, Canadians, Europeans, New Zealanders and South Africans require a passport, but no tourist visa is required for stays of up to 90 days in Argentina.

Reciprocity fees
Travelers from the US, Canada and Australia entering Argentina via Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires are required to pay a fee: Citizens from the USA: USD 160 (payable with credit card before entering Argentina)
Canadians: USD 70
Australians: USD 100
How can I pay the Reciprocity Rate?

  1. The traveler must enter the web site of Provincia Pagos www.provinciapagos.com.ar  and register to start de process
  2. Complete the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information. The information provided by the traveler and the income code is sent to the DNM online.
  3. Print the payment receipt
  4. On arrival in Argentine territory, this printed receipt must be presented at the Immigration Control
  5. The receipt will be scanned by the DNM staff; the data are validated and you are allowed to enter the country

Furthermore is it necessary that your passport is valid, with at least six months remaining, upon entry to Argentina.

Bolivia Visa Requirements

All fees are payable only in cash or USD.
United States
US nationals must have a passport and a visa to enter Bolivia. A visa is obtainable on arrival for a fee of US 135, along with a visa application form, hotel reservation or letter of invitation, return or onward ticket, sufficient funds and all documents needed for next destination
Canada
Canadians require a valid passport, but a visa is not necessary for touristic stays of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
Europe
UK Nationals holding valid passports do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days in Bolivia if the cover states ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’, ‘Jersey’, or ‘Guernsey and its Dependencies’. Other types of British passports require a visa.
Australia
Australians need a passport, but do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
New Zealand
New Zealanders need a passport, but do not require a visa for a touristic stay of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
South Africa
South Africans require a passport valid for six months and a visa to enter Bolivia. Visas can be issued on arrival for a fee of US$52.
Passport/Visa Note: All visitors that require a visa must hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond the length of stay; if no visa is required then only a passport valid on entry to Bolivia is necessary. All visitors travelling by air should also have return tickets and all required documents for next destination as well as sufficient funds to see them through their stay. All travelers arriving from Brazil or Paraguay must show valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificates on entry to Bolivia.

Brazil Visa Requirements

United States
A valid passport and a visa are required by US nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
Canada
A valid passport and a visa are required by Canadian nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
Europe
UK passport holders do not require a visa for either business or holiday travel to Brazil for stays of up to 90 days from date of issue. A valid passport is required.
Australia
A valid passport and a visa are required by Australian nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
New Zealand
New Zealanders need a valid passport to enter Brazil, but no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days from date of issue, for touristic or business purposes.
South Africa
A valid passport is needed, but no visa is required by South African nationals to enter Brazil if travelling on holiday or business for up to 90 days from date of issue.

Passport/Visa Note: All visitors require passports that are valid for at least the period of intended stay in Brazil. Sufficient funds to cover their stay in Brazil, as well as a return or onward ticket and documentation required for further travel, are necessary for all travelers.

Passport/Visa Note: Visa Waiver from June 1st, 2016 to September 18th, 2016 – Nationals of United States, Australia, Canada and Japan who are planning to travel to Brazil will benefit from the visa waiver for tourism from June 1st to September 18th, 2016. Proof of ticket purchase to the Olympic Games is not required in order to benefit from the visa waiver program. After entering Brazil, tourists can stay without a visa for a maximum of 90 days. From September 19, 2016 onwards, the visa regime for the countries mentioned above will become valid again.
Chile Visa Requirements

United States
No visa is required by US nationals for visits of up to 90 days to Chile, but a US 131 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged upon arrival. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid until the passport expires. A passport is required for travel to Chile.
Canada
No visa is required by Canadians for visits to Chile of up to 90 days, but a US 125 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged for tourists. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid until expiry of passport. A passport is required for travel to Chile.
Europe
UK nationals do not require a visa for visits of up to 90 days to Chile. A passport is required.
Australia
No visa is required by Australians for visits to Chile of up to 90 days, but a US 95 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged for tourists. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid for three months. A passport is required. New Zealand
New Zealand nationals must hold a passport. A visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days.
South Africa
South African nationals must hold a passport to enter Chile. A visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days.

Passport/Visa Note: Passengers must hold a Tourist Card (issued free of charge on arrival for 90 days) and sufficient funds to cover intended period of stay. A return or onward ticket is not required if holding a credit card or sufficient funds to purchase a ticket. Passengers with a passport from Australia, Canada, United States or Mexico are required to pay a reciprocity tax on entering Santiago airport before passing through Customs. Fees are US 61 for Australians, US 132 for Canadians, US 131 for US nationals and US 23 for Mexican passport holders. This tax must be paid in US dollars cash; it is paid once and remains valid until the passport expires (for Canadians and Americans) or for three months (for Mexicans and Australians).

Costa Rica Visa Requirements
Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are permitted to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days without a visa:
Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Australia*, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark*, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, United States*, Estonia, Finland, France*, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, México, Montenegro, Norway*, New Zealand*,Netherlands*, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Principality Of Monaco, San Marino, Puerto Rico, Serbia, South Africa, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland **, Czech Republic, Republic Of South Korea, Hellenic Republic (Greece), Romania, Vatican City, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Republic Of China (Taiwan), Trinidad And Tobago and Uruguay.

* Their dependencies receive the same treatment
** Include England, Wales and Scotland
*** Starting on July 30, 2007, the Costa Rican authorities will demand that all travelers coming from the following countries (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador as well as the Republic of Guyana) have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are exempt from all visa requirements for stays of 30 days in Costa Rica, though once inside the country, they can apply for extension from the Immigration office, for an authorized period of stay of 90 days:
Antigua and Barbuda, Belice, Bolivia, Dominica, El Salvador, Russian Federation, Phillipines, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Maldives, Mauritius, Federated States Of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Kingdom Of Tonga, Samoa, Saint Kitts And Nevis, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome And Principe, Seychelles, Suriname, Tuvalu, Turkey, Vanuatu and Venezuela.

Citizens of all countries not listed above are required a visa from a Costa Rican embassy or consulate before traveling.
As in most of the countries, in order to visit Costa Rica, the traveler must show his or her passport. The passport must be valid during the following 6 months from the entry date to Costa Rica.

Clients need to carry their (photocopy of) their passport and entry stamp with them at all times.

Ecuador Visa Requirements
United States
US citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Canada
Canadian citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Europe
British citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days, irrespective of the endorsement with regard to national status contained in the visitor’s passport. Australia
Australian citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
New Zealand
New Zealand citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
South Africa
South African citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Passport/Visa Note: Passports should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of arrival in Ecuador. All visitors should hold an onward or return ticket, and must demonstrate proof of sufficient funds for their stay in the country. Extensions are possible for travelers who do not need a visa to enter Ecuador. It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity

Citizens from China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia. must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival and a 12-X visa. This special visa for tourism has to be required in each Ecuador Embassy.

Peru Visa Requirements

United States
US nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Canada
Canadian nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Europe
British nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Australia
Australian nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. Holders of APEC Business Travel Card do not require visa provided the back of the card states that it is valid for travel to Peru.
New Zealand
New Zealand nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. Holders of APEC Business Travel Card do not require visa provided the back of the card states that it is valid for travel to Peru.
South Africa
South African nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Passport/Visa Note: All travelers require return or onward tickets, all documents required for onward travel and proof of funds. If traveling for business purposes, a visa is required. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination.

Uruguay Visa Requirements

United States
US citizens require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Canada
Canadians require a passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Europe
All British nationals require a passport for travel to Uruguay. A visa is not required for a stay of up to three months for all British passport holders.
Australia
Australians require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
New Zealand
New Zealand nationals require a passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
South Africa
South Africans require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Passport/Visa Note: All visitors to Uruguay must hold an onward or return ticket and documents for next destination. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

 

Is it easy to change money in South America?

Official exchange houses are generally easy to find in large cities and areas frequented by tourists. However, the exchange rate at such places will not be the best. We advise you not to exchange money in the street so as to avoid any scams. If you do need to change money in the street, only exchange the minimum amount that you need for immediate use.

Are US dollars accepted in South America and should I bring Travelers Cheques?

US dollars are widely accepted in most locations and currency exchange bureaus are easy to find. Travelers Cheques tend to receive much lower exchange rates than US Dollars, meaning you lose money in the exchange. In many destinations in South America one may also find that exchange centers are unwilling to change Travelers Cheques.

Should I bring my credit/debit card to South America?

We advise you to bring both credit and debit cards. Many restaurants across South America have Visa and MasterCard capabilities and welcome you to pay for your meal with a credit card. Credit/debit cards should otherwise only be used to withdraw money.
ATMs are widely distributed throughout most South American countries, however in rural areas they can be hard to come by, so please bear this in mind. Otherwise they are a quick and easy way to withdraw local currency.

How much money should I bring on my South America trip?

CAT Travel tours, especially in Premium Service are quite inclusive. However, extra money is needed for the occasional meal (where we have left this out of the itinerary to give you more dining options) and for souvenirs, snacks, drinks and any extra items. Tips are not included within the overall price of the tour and so, should you wish to tip, you’re advised to bring a little extra cash.

Are meals included in the tour packages?

Many meals are included in CAT Travel tour packages, though in order to give you more flexibility, some lunch and evening meals are not included. Breakfasts are almost always served at your hotel and lunch and dinner are provided within the package where indicated.

All meals included within CAT Travel tour packages are served at carefully selected restaurants offering the very best dining experiences available.

What are the differences among the Comfort, Superior & Luxury Packages?

Comfort hotels are usually unique boutique stays handpicked for their value, location and charm (generally 3* options). Comfort packages usually include tours with a small group of fellow international travelers and the flexibility to include optional additional tours as well.

Superior hotels are distinguished properties offering excellent service levels and facilities (generally 4* options). With the Superior packages, private tours to the South American highlights are included, as well as some special excursions.

Luxury hotels are the finest hotels available, providing exceptional amenities and impeccable service (generally 5* options). Tours in the Luxury packages are exclusively in private, as are unique experiences designed especially for this level.

What are the payment methods?

Payments can be made in three ways:

  1. ACH debit (preferred) – Bank to bank transfer in the United States – bank details below.
  2. Wire transfer (preferred) to our bank in the United States – bank details below.
  3. Credit card via Paypal

What does the booking processes involve?

After requesting your quote one of our travel specialists will contact you with a preliminary itinerary. From this point on you will work directly with your travel specialist.

Using Itereo™, our unique real-time travel planning tool, they will log you into a shared web environment where you’ll be able to collaborate on creating your perfect itinerary via email, instant chat and/or telephone. Your travel itinerary will be instantly updated on screen with detailed information and imagery.

Your specialist will keep working with you on the details until you’re entirely satisfied, and we will then proceed to book your tour and arrange payment of the deposit.

Once the deposit has cleared we can begin to book your travel services and hotels, and we will send you a first update within 72 hours.

Your final program will be available for download one week before your departure. Your full itinerary along with a welcome pack containing country guides and your travel vouchers and tickets will be presented to you upon arrival.

Do I need any vaccinations for my South America trip?

Vaccination requirements differ from country to country and it is important to make sure you know the necessary vaccination requirements for your trip well before traveling. We recommend that you always check with your physician. Below follows a table of vaccination advice for each of CAT Travel’s South America destinations or read the blog article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healty. However, please consult your doctor well before you travel.

Argentina Vaccination Advice

There are no obligatory vaccinations for Argentina, but the following vaccinations are recommended:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with chloroquine, Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), doxycyline, or primaquine is recommended for rural areas of Salta and Jujuy province (along border with Bolivia) and Misiones and Corrientes province (along border with Paraguay)
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all travelers older than nine months who are going to the northern and northeastern forested areas of Argentina, including Iguazu Falls and all areas bordering Paraguay and Brazil
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRevaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Bolivia Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas below 2500 m (8202 ft) in the departments of Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Pando, Santa Cruz, and Tarija, except the city of La Paz.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverHighly recommended for all travelers older than one year of age
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk of animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Brazil Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Travelers
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for the states of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Maranhao (western part), Mato Grosso (northern part), Para (except Belem City), Rondonia, Roraima, and Tocantins, and for urban areas within these states, including the cities of Porto Velho, Boa Vista, Macapa, Manaus, Santarem, and Maraba.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all areas of Acre, Amapa¡, Amazonas, Distrito Federal (including the capital city of Brasilia), Goia¡s, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para¡, Ronda´nia, Roraima, Tocantins, and designated areas of the following states: northwest and west Bahia, central and west Parana¡, southwest Piaua­, northwest and west central Rio Grande do Sul (including Porto Alegre), far west Santa Catarina, and north and south central Sao Paulo. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Chile Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Chile, these are:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Costa Rica Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission in the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname & Venezuela) or Africa (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan & the Republic of Guyana). You’re REQUIRED to have a valid yellow fever International Vaccination Certificate at least 12 days prior to entering Costa Rica. Please check before you travel about the specific requirements and possible changes. Other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for rural areas of Costa Rica.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverThere is no risk of yellow fever in Costa Rica. The government of Costa Rica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, you should check to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats.
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Ecuador Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except the cities of Guayaquil and Quito, the central highland tourist areas, the Galapagos Islands, and altitudes greater than 1500 m (4921 ft).
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for the following provinces in the Amazon Basin – Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbios, and Zamora-Chinchipe – and for all areas along the eastern slopes and to the east of the Andes Mountains. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Peru Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Peru or read the article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healthy on our blog. An overview of the recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except Lima and its vicinity, the coastal areas south of Lima, the highland tourist areas (Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca), and the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverRecommended for areas east of the Andes mountains. Not needed for Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Uruguay Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years
Yellow feverRequired for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas
What To Bring

Do I need to arrange a visa before I travel to South America?

Visa requirements vary from country to country below you will find details of the visa requirements for each of our South America destinations. Please note that visa requirements are subject to change so we recommend that you double check with the embassy of the country that you are traveling to in good time before your departure.

Argentina Visa Requirements

US Citizens, Canadians, Europeans, New Zealanders and South Africans require a passport, but no tourist visa is required for stays of up to 90 days in Argentina.

Reciprocity fees
Travelers from the US, Canada and Australia entering Argentina via Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires are required to pay a fee: Citizens from the USA: USD 160 (payable with credit card before entering Argentina)
Canadians: USD 70
Australians: USD 100
How can I pay the Reciprocity Rate?

  1. The traveler must enter the web site of Provincia Pagos www.provinciapagos.com.ar  and register to start de process
  2. Complete the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information. The information provided by the traveler and the income code is sent to the DNM online.
  3. Print the payment receipt
  4. On arrival in Argentine territory, this printed receipt must be presented at the Immigration Control
  5. The receipt will be scanned by the DNM staff; the data are validated and you are allowed to enter the country

Furthermore is it necessary that your passport is valid, with at least six months remaining, upon entry to Argentina.

Bolivia Visa Requirements

All fees are payable only in cash or USD.
United States
US nationals must have a passport and a visa to enter Bolivia. A visa is obtainable on arrival for a fee of US 135, along with a visa application form, hotel reservation or letter of invitation, return or onward ticket, sufficient funds and all documents needed for next destination
Canada
Canadians require a valid passport, but a visa is not necessary for touristic stays of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
Europe
UK Nationals holding valid passports do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days in Bolivia if the cover states ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’, ‘Jersey’, or ‘Guernsey and its Dependencies’. Other types of British passports require a visa.
Australia
Australians need a passport, but do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
New Zealand
New Zealanders need a passport, but do not require a visa for a touristic stay of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
South Africa
South Africans require a passport valid for six months and a visa to enter Bolivia. Visas can be issued on arrival for a fee of US$52.
Passport/Visa Note: All visitors that require a visa must hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond the length of stay; if no visa is required then only a passport valid on entry to Bolivia is necessary. All visitors travelling by air should also have return tickets and all required documents for next destination as well as sufficient funds to see them through their stay. All travelers arriving from Brazil or Paraguay must show valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificates on entry to Bolivia.

Brazil Visa Requirements

United States
A valid passport and a visa are required by US nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
Canada
A valid passport and a visa are required by Canadian nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
Europe
UK passport holders do not require a visa for either business or holiday travel to Brazil for stays of up to 90 days from date of issue. A valid passport is required.
Australia
A valid passport and a visa are required by Australian nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
New Zealand
New Zealanders need a valid passport to enter Brazil, but no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days from date of issue, for touristic or business purposes.
South Africa
A valid passport is needed, but no visa is required by South African nationals to enter Brazil if travelling on holiday or business for up to 90 days from date of issue.

Passport/Visa Note: All visitors require passports that are valid for at least the period of intended stay in Brazil. Sufficient funds to cover their stay in Brazil, as well as a return or onward ticket and documentation required for further travel, are necessary for all travelers.

Passport/Visa Note: Visa Waiver from June 1st, 2016 to September 18th, 2016 – Nationals of United States, Australia, Canada and Japan who are planning to travel to Brazil will benefit from the visa waiver for tourism from June 1st to September 18th, 2016. Proof of ticket purchase to the Olympic Games is not required in order to benefit from the visa waiver program. After entering Brazil, tourists can stay without a visa for a maximum of 90 days. From September 19, 2016 onwards, the visa regime for the countries mentioned above will become valid again.
Chile Visa Requirements

United States
No visa is required by US nationals for visits of up to 90 days to Chile, but a US 131 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged upon arrival. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid until the passport expires. A passport is required for travel to Chile.
Canada
No visa is required by Canadians for visits to Chile of up to 90 days, but a US 125 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged for tourists. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid until expiry of passport. A passport is required for travel to Chile.
Europe
UK nationals do not require a visa for visits of up to 90 days to Chile. A passport is required.
Australia
No visa is required by Australians for visits to Chile of up to 90 days, but a US 95 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged for tourists. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid for three months. A passport is required. New Zealand
New Zealand nationals must hold a passport. A visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days.
South Africa
South African nationals must hold a passport to enter Chile. A visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days.

Passport/Visa Note: Passengers must hold a Tourist Card (issued free of charge on arrival for 90 days) and sufficient funds to cover intended period of stay. A return or onward ticket is not required if holding a credit card or sufficient funds to purchase a ticket. Passengers with a passport from Australia, Canada, United States or Mexico are required to pay a reciprocity tax on entering Santiago airport before passing through Customs. Fees are US 61 for Australians, US 132 for Canadians, US 131 for US nationals and US 23 for Mexican passport holders. This tax must be paid in US dollars cash; it is paid once and remains valid until the passport expires (for Canadians and Americans) or for three months (for Mexicans and Australians).

Costa Rica Visa Requirements
Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are permitted to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days without a visa:
Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Australia*, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark*, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, United States*, Estonia, Finland, France*, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, México, Montenegro, Norway*, New Zealand*,Netherlands*, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Principality Of Monaco, San Marino, Puerto Rico, Serbia, South Africa, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland **, Czech Republic, Republic Of South Korea, Hellenic Republic (Greece), Romania, Vatican City, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Republic Of China (Taiwan), Trinidad And Tobago and Uruguay.

* Their dependencies receive the same treatment
** Include England, Wales and Scotland
*** Starting on July 30, 2007, the Costa Rican authorities will demand that all travelers coming from the following countries (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador as well as the Republic of Guyana) have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are exempt from all visa requirements for stays of 30 days in Costa Rica, though once inside the country, they can apply for extension from the Immigration office, for an authorized period of stay of 90 days:
Antigua and Barbuda, Belice, Bolivia, Dominica, El Salvador, Russian Federation, Phillipines, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Maldives, Mauritius, Federated States Of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Kingdom Of Tonga, Samoa, Saint Kitts And Nevis, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome And Principe, Seychelles, Suriname, Tuvalu, Turkey, Vanuatu and Venezuela.

Citizens of all countries not listed above are required a visa from a Costa Rican embassy or consulate before traveling.
As in most of the countries, in order to visit Costa Rica, the traveler must show his or her passport. The passport must be valid during the following 6 months from the entry date to Costa Rica.

Clients need to carry their (photocopy of) their passport and entry stamp with them at all times.

Ecuador Visa Requirements
United States
US citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Canada
Canadian citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Europe
British citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days, irrespective of the endorsement with regard to national status contained in the visitor’s passport. Australia
Australian citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
New Zealand
New Zealand citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
South Africa
South African citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Passport/Visa Note: Passports should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of arrival in Ecuador. All visitors should hold an onward or return ticket, and must demonstrate proof of sufficient funds for their stay in the country. Extensions are possible for travelers who do not need a visa to enter Ecuador. It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity

Citizens from China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia. must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival and a 12-X visa. This special visa for tourism has to be required in each Ecuador Embassy.

Peru Visa Requirements

United States
US nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Canada
Canadian nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Europe
British nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Australia
Australian nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. Holders of APEC Business Travel Card do not require visa provided the back of the card states that it is valid for travel to Peru.
New Zealand
New Zealand nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. Holders of APEC Business Travel Card do not require visa provided the back of the card states that it is valid for travel to Peru.
South Africa
South African nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Passport/Visa Note: All travelers require return or onward tickets, all documents required for onward travel and proof of funds. If traveling for business purposes, a visa is required. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination.

Uruguay Visa Requirements

United States
US citizens require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Canada
Canadians require a passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Europe
All British nationals require a passport for travel to Uruguay. A visa is not required for a stay of up to three months for all British passport holders.
Australia
Australians require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
New Zealand
New Zealand nationals require a passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
South Africa
South Africans require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Passport/Visa Note: All visitors to Uruguay must hold an onward or return ticket and documents for next destination. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

 

Is it easy to change money in South America?

Official exchange houses are generally easy to find in large cities and areas frequented by tourists. However, the exchange rate at such places will not be the best. We advise you not to exchange money in the street so as to avoid any scams. If you do need to change money in the street, only exchange the minimum amount that you need for immediate use.

Are US dollars accepted in South America and should I bring Travelers Cheques?

US dollars are widely accepted in most locations and currency exchange bureaus are easy to find. Travelers Cheques tend to receive much lower exchange rates than US Dollars, meaning you lose money in the exchange. In many destinations in South America one may also find that exchange centers are unwilling to change Travelers Cheques.

Should I bring my credit/debit card to South America?

We advise you to bring both credit and debit cards. Many restaurants across South America have Visa and MasterCard capabilities and welcome you to pay for your meal with a credit card. Credit/debit cards should otherwise only be used to withdraw money.
ATMs are widely distributed throughout most South American countries, however in rural areas they can be hard to come by, so please bear this in mind. Otherwise they are a quick and easy way to withdraw local currency.

How much money should I bring on my South America trip?

CAT Travel tours, especially in Premium Service are quite inclusive. However, extra money is needed for the occasional meal (where we have left this out of the itinerary to give you more dining options) and for souvenirs, snacks, drinks and any extra items. Tips are not included within the overall price of the tour and so, should you wish to tip, you’re advised to bring a little extra cash.

Are meals included in the tour packages?

Many meals are included in CAT Travel tour packages, though in order to give you more flexibility, some lunch and evening meals are not included. Breakfasts are almost always served at your hotel and lunch and dinner are provided within the package where indicated.

All meals included within CAT Travel tour packages are served at carefully selected restaurants offering the very best dining experiences available.

What are the differences among the Comfort, Superior & Luxury Packages?

Comfort hotels are usually unique boutique stays handpicked for their value, location and charm (generally 3* options). Comfort packages usually include tours with a small group of fellow international travelers and the flexibility to include optional additional tours as well.

Superior hotels are distinguished properties offering excellent service levels and facilities (generally 4* options). With the Superior packages, private tours to the South American highlights are included, as well as some special excursions.

Luxury hotels are the finest hotels available, providing exceptional amenities and impeccable service (generally 5* options). Tours in the Luxury packages are exclusively in private, as are unique experiences designed especially for this level.

What are the payment methods?

Payments can be made in three ways:

  1. ACH debit (preferred) – Bank to bank transfer in the United States – bank details below.
  2. Wire transfer (preferred) to our bank in the United States – bank details below.
  3. Credit card via Paypal

What does the booking processes involve?

After requesting your quote one of our travel specialists will contact you with a preliminary itinerary. From this point on you will work directly with your travel specialist.

Using Itereo™, our unique real-time travel planning tool, they will log you into a shared web environment where you’ll be able to collaborate on creating your perfect itinerary via email, instant chat and/or telephone. Your travel itinerary will be instantly updated on screen with detailed information and imagery.

Your specialist will keep working with you on the details until you’re entirely satisfied, and we will then proceed to book your tour and arrange payment of the deposit.

Once the deposit has cleared we can begin to book your travel services and hotels, and we will send you a first update within 72 hours.

Your final program will be available for download one week before your departure. Your full itinerary along with a welcome pack containing country guides and your travel vouchers and tickets will be presented to you upon arrival.

Do I need any vaccinations for my South America trip?

Vaccination requirements differ from country to country and it is important to make sure you know the necessary vaccination requirements for your trip well before traveling. We recommend that you always check with your physician. Below follows a table of vaccination advice for each of CAT Travel’s South America destinations or read the blog article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healty. However, please consult your doctor well before you travel.

Argentina Vaccination Advice

There are no obligatory vaccinations for Argentina, but the following vaccinations are recommended:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with chloroquine, Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), doxycyline, or primaquine is recommended for rural areas of Salta and Jujuy province (along border with Bolivia) and Misiones and Corrientes province (along border with Paraguay)
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all travelers older than nine months who are going to the northern and northeastern forested areas of Argentina, including Iguazu Falls and all areas bordering Paraguay and Brazil
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRevaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Bolivia Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas below 2500 m (8202 ft) in the departments of Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Pando, Santa Cruz, and Tarija, except the city of La Paz.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverHighly recommended for all travelers older than one year of age
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk of animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Brazil Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Travelers
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for the states of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Maranhao (western part), Mato Grosso (northern part), Para (except Belem City), Rondonia, Roraima, and Tocantins, and for urban areas within these states, including the cities of Porto Velho, Boa Vista, Macapa, Manaus, Santarem, and Maraba.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all areas of Acre, Amapa¡, Amazonas, Distrito Federal (including the capital city of Brasilia), Goia¡s, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para¡, Ronda´nia, Roraima, Tocantins, and designated areas of the following states: northwest and west Bahia, central and west Parana¡, southwest Piaua­, northwest and west central Rio Grande do Sul (including Porto Alegre), far west Santa Catarina, and north and south central Sao Paulo. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Chile Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Chile, these are:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Costa Rica Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission in the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname & Venezuela) or Africa (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan & the Republic of Guyana). You’re REQUIRED to have a valid yellow fever International Vaccination Certificate at least 12 days prior to entering Costa Rica. Please check before you travel about the specific requirements and possible changes. Other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for rural areas of Costa Rica.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverThere is no risk of yellow fever in Costa Rica. The government of Costa Rica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, you should check to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats.
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Ecuador Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except the cities of Guayaquil and Quito, the central highland tourist areas, the Galapagos Islands, and altitudes greater than 1500 m (4921 ft).
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for the following provinces in the Amazon Basin – Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbios, and Zamora-Chinchipe – and for all areas along the eastern slopes and to the east of the Andes Mountains. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Peru Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Peru or read the article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healthy on our blog. An overview of the recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except Lima and its vicinity, the coastal areas south of Lima, the highland tourist areas (Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca), and the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverRecommended for areas east of the Andes mountains. Not needed for Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Uruguay Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years
Yellow feverRequired for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas
Safety

Do I need to arrange a visa before I travel to South America?

Visa requirements vary from country to country below you will find details of the visa requirements for each of our South America destinations. Please note that visa requirements are subject to change so we recommend that you double check with the embassy of the country that you are traveling to in good time before your departure.

Argentina Visa Requirements

US Citizens, Canadians, Europeans, New Zealanders and South Africans require a passport, but no tourist visa is required for stays of up to 90 days in Argentina.

Reciprocity fees
Travelers from the US, Canada and Australia entering Argentina via Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires are required to pay a fee: Citizens from the USA: USD 160 (payable with credit card before entering Argentina)
Canadians: USD 70
Australians: USD 100
How can I pay the Reciprocity Rate?

  1. The traveler must enter the web site of Provincia Pagos www.provinciapagos.com.ar  and register to start de process
  2. Complete the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information. The information provided by the traveler and the income code is sent to the DNM online.
  3. Print the payment receipt
  4. On arrival in Argentine territory, this printed receipt must be presented at the Immigration Control
  5. The receipt will be scanned by the DNM staff; the data are validated and you are allowed to enter the country

Furthermore is it necessary that your passport is valid, with at least six months remaining, upon entry to Argentina.

Bolivia Visa Requirements

All fees are payable only in cash or USD.
United States
US nationals must have a passport and a visa to enter Bolivia. A visa is obtainable on arrival for a fee of US 135, along with a visa application form, hotel reservation or letter of invitation, return or onward ticket, sufficient funds and all documents needed for next destination
Canada
Canadians require a valid passport, but a visa is not necessary for touristic stays of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
Europe
UK Nationals holding valid passports do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days in Bolivia if the cover states ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’, ‘Jersey’, or ‘Guernsey and its Dependencies’. Other types of British passports require a visa.
Australia
Australians need a passport, but do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
New Zealand
New Zealanders need a passport, but do not require a visa for a touristic stay of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
South Africa
South Africans require a passport valid for six months and a visa to enter Bolivia. Visas can be issued on arrival for a fee of US$52.
Passport/Visa Note: All visitors that require a visa must hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond the length of stay; if no visa is required then only a passport valid on entry to Bolivia is necessary. All visitors travelling by air should also have return tickets and all required documents for next destination as well as sufficient funds to see them through their stay. All travelers arriving from Brazil or Paraguay must show valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificates on entry to Bolivia.

Brazil Visa Requirements

United States
A valid passport and a visa are required by US nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
Canada
A valid passport and a visa are required by Canadian nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
Europe
UK passport holders do not require a visa for either business or holiday travel to Brazil for stays of up to 90 days from date of issue. A valid passport is required.
Australia
A valid passport and a visa are required by Australian nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
New Zealand
New Zealanders need a valid passport to enter Brazil, but no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days from date of issue, for touristic or business purposes.
South Africa
A valid passport is needed, but no visa is required by South African nationals to enter Brazil if travelling on holiday or business for up to 90 days from date of issue.

Passport/Visa Note: All visitors require passports that are valid for at least the period of intended stay in Brazil. Sufficient funds to cover their stay in Brazil, as well as a return or onward ticket and documentation required for further travel, are necessary for all travelers.

Passport/Visa Note: Visa Waiver from June 1st, 2016 to September 18th, 2016 – Nationals of United States, Australia, Canada and Japan who are planning to travel to Brazil will benefit from the visa waiver for tourism from June 1st to September 18th, 2016. Proof of ticket purchase to the Olympic Games is not required in order to benefit from the visa waiver program. After entering Brazil, tourists can stay without a visa for a maximum of 90 days. From September 19, 2016 onwards, the visa regime for the countries mentioned above will become valid again.
Chile Visa Requirements

United States
No visa is required by US nationals for visits of up to 90 days to Chile, but a US 131 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged upon arrival. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid until the passport expires. A passport is required for travel to Chile.
Canada
No visa is required by Canadians for visits to Chile of up to 90 days, but a US 125 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged for tourists. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid until expiry of passport. A passport is required for travel to Chile.
Europe
UK nationals do not require a visa for visits of up to 90 days to Chile. A passport is required.
Australia
No visa is required by Australians for visits to Chile of up to 90 days, but a US 95 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged for tourists. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid for three months. A passport is required. New Zealand
New Zealand nationals must hold a passport. A visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days.
South Africa
South African nationals must hold a passport to enter Chile. A visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days.

Passport/Visa Note: Passengers must hold a Tourist Card (issued free of charge on arrival for 90 days) and sufficient funds to cover intended period of stay. A return or onward ticket is not required if holding a credit card or sufficient funds to purchase a ticket. Passengers with a passport from Australia, Canada, United States or Mexico are required to pay a reciprocity tax on entering Santiago airport before passing through Customs. Fees are US 61 for Australians, US 132 for Canadians, US 131 for US nationals and US 23 for Mexican passport holders. This tax must be paid in US dollars cash; it is paid once and remains valid until the passport expires (for Canadians and Americans) or for three months (for Mexicans and Australians).

Costa Rica Visa Requirements
Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are permitted to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days without a visa:
Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Australia*, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark*, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, United States*, Estonia, Finland, France*, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, México, Montenegro, Norway*, New Zealand*,Netherlands*, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Principality Of Monaco, San Marino, Puerto Rico, Serbia, South Africa, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland **, Czech Republic, Republic Of South Korea, Hellenic Republic (Greece), Romania, Vatican City, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Republic Of China (Taiwan), Trinidad And Tobago and Uruguay.

* Their dependencies receive the same treatment
** Include England, Wales and Scotland
*** Starting on July 30, 2007, the Costa Rican authorities will demand that all travelers coming from the following countries (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador as well as the Republic of Guyana) have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are exempt from all visa requirements for stays of 30 days in Costa Rica, though once inside the country, they can apply for extension from the Immigration office, for an authorized period of stay of 90 days:
Antigua and Barbuda, Belice, Bolivia, Dominica, El Salvador, Russian Federation, Phillipines, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Maldives, Mauritius, Federated States Of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Kingdom Of Tonga, Samoa, Saint Kitts And Nevis, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome And Principe, Seychelles, Suriname, Tuvalu, Turkey, Vanuatu and Venezuela.

Citizens of all countries not listed above are required a visa from a Costa Rican embassy or consulate before traveling.
As in most of the countries, in order to visit Costa Rica, the traveler must show his or her passport. The passport must be valid during the following 6 months from the entry date to Costa Rica.

Clients need to carry their (photocopy of) their passport and entry stamp with them at all times.

Ecuador Visa Requirements
United States
US citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Canada
Canadian citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Europe
British citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days, irrespective of the endorsement with regard to national status contained in the visitor’s passport. Australia
Australian citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
New Zealand
New Zealand citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
South Africa
South African citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Passport/Visa Note: Passports should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of arrival in Ecuador. All visitors should hold an onward or return ticket, and must demonstrate proof of sufficient funds for their stay in the country. Extensions are possible for travelers who do not need a visa to enter Ecuador. It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity

Citizens from China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia. must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival and a 12-X visa. This special visa for tourism has to be required in each Ecuador Embassy.

Peru Visa Requirements

United States
US nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Canada
Canadian nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Europe
British nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Australia
Australian nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. Holders of APEC Business Travel Card do not require visa provided the back of the card states that it is valid for travel to Peru.
New Zealand
New Zealand nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. Holders of APEC Business Travel Card do not require visa provided the back of the card states that it is valid for travel to Peru.
South Africa
South African nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Passport/Visa Note: All travelers require return or onward tickets, all documents required for onward travel and proof of funds. If traveling for business purposes, a visa is required. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination.

Uruguay Visa Requirements

United States
US citizens require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Canada
Canadians require a passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Europe
All British nationals require a passport for travel to Uruguay. A visa is not required for a stay of up to three months for all British passport holders.
Australia
Australians require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
New Zealand
New Zealand nationals require a passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
South Africa
South Africans require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Passport/Visa Note: All visitors to Uruguay must hold an onward or return ticket and documents for next destination. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

 

Is it easy to change money in South America?

Official exchange houses are generally easy to find in large cities and areas frequented by tourists. However, the exchange rate at such places will not be the best. We advise you not to exchange money in the street so as to avoid any scams. If you do need to change money in the street, only exchange the minimum amount that you need for immediate use.

Are US dollars accepted in South America and should I bring Travelers Cheques?

US dollars are widely accepted in most locations and currency exchange bureaus are easy to find. Travelers Cheques tend to receive much lower exchange rates than US Dollars, meaning you lose money in the exchange. In many destinations in South America one may also find that exchange centers are unwilling to change Travelers Cheques.

Should I bring my credit/debit card to South America?

We advise you to bring both credit and debit cards. Many restaurants across South America have Visa and MasterCard capabilities and welcome you to pay for your meal with a credit card. Credit/debit cards should otherwise only be used to withdraw money.
ATMs are widely distributed throughout most South American countries, however in rural areas they can be hard to come by, so please bear this in mind. Otherwise they are a quick and easy way to withdraw local currency.

How much money should I bring on my South America trip?

CAT Travel tours, especially in Premium Service are quite inclusive. However, extra money is needed for the occasional meal (where we have left this out of the itinerary to give you more dining options) and for souvenirs, snacks, drinks and any extra items. Tips are not included within the overall price of the tour and so, should you wish to tip, you’re advised to bring a little extra cash.

Are meals included in the tour packages?

Many meals are included in CAT Travel tour packages, though in order to give you more flexibility, some lunch and evening meals are not included. Breakfasts are almost always served at your hotel and lunch and dinner are provided within the package where indicated.

All meals included within CAT Travel tour packages are served at carefully selected restaurants offering the very best dining experiences available.

What are the differences among the Comfort, Superior & Luxury Packages?

Comfort hotels are usually unique boutique stays handpicked for their value, location and charm (generally 3* options). Comfort packages usually include tours with a small group of fellow international travelers and the flexibility to include optional additional tours as well.

Superior hotels are distinguished properties offering excellent service levels and facilities (generally 4* options). With the Superior packages, private tours to the South American highlights are included, as well as some special excursions.

Luxury hotels are the finest hotels available, providing exceptional amenities and impeccable service (generally 5* options). Tours in the Luxury packages are exclusively in private, as are unique experiences designed especially for this level.

What are the payment methods?

Payments can be made in three ways:

  1. ACH debit (preferred) – Bank to bank transfer in the United States – bank details below.
  2. Wire transfer (preferred) to our bank in the United States – bank details below.
  3. Credit card via Paypal

What does the booking processes involve?

After requesting your quote one of our travel specialists will contact you with a preliminary itinerary. From this point on you will work directly with your travel specialist.

Using Itereo™, our unique real-time travel planning tool, they will log you into a shared web environment where you’ll be able to collaborate on creating your perfect itinerary via email, instant chat and/or telephone. Your travel itinerary will be instantly updated on screen with detailed information and imagery.

Your specialist will keep working with you on the details until you’re entirely satisfied, and we will then proceed to book your tour and arrange payment of the deposit.

Once the deposit has cleared we can begin to book your travel services and hotels, and we will send you a first update within 72 hours.

Your final program will be available for download one week before your departure. Your full itinerary along with a welcome pack containing country guides and your travel vouchers and tickets will be presented to you upon arrival.

Do I need any vaccinations for my South America trip?

Vaccination requirements differ from country to country and it is important to make sure you know the necessary vaccination requirements for your trip well before traveling. We recommend that you always check with your physician. Below follows a table of vaccination advice for each of CAT Travel’s South America destinations or read the blog article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healty. However, please consult your doctor well before you travel.

Argentina Vaccination Advice

There are no obligatory vaccinations for Argentina, but the following vaccinations are recommended:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with chloroquine, Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), doxycyline, or primaquine is recommended for rural areas of Salta and Jujuy province (along border with Bolivia) and Misiones and Corrientes province (along border with Paraguay)
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all travelers older than nine months who are going to the northern and northeastern forested areas of Argentina, including Iguazu Falls and all areas bordering Paraguay and Brazil
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRevaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Bolivia Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas below 2500 m (8202 ft) in the departments of Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Pando, Santa Cruz, and Tarija, except the city of La Paz.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverHighly recommended for all travelers older than one year of age
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk of animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Brazil Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Travelers
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for the states of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Maranhao (western part), Mato Grosso (northern part), Para (except Belem City), Rondonia, Roraima, and Tocantins, and for urban areas within these states, including the cities of Porto Velho, Boa Vista, Macapa, Manaus, Santarem, and Maraba.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all areas of Acre, Amapa¡, Amazonas, Distrito Federal (including the capital city of Brasilia), Goia¡s, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para¡, Ronda´nia, Roraima, Tocantins, and designated areas of the following states: northwest and west Bahia, central and west Parana¡, southwest Piaua­, northwest and west central Rio Grande do Sul (including Porto Alegre), far west Santa Catarina, and north and south central Sao Paulo. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Chile Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Chile, these are:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Costa Rica Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission in the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname & Venezuela) or Africa (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan & the Republic of Guyana). You’re REQUIRED to have a valid yellow fever International Vaccination Certificate at least 12 days prior to entering Costa Rica. Please check before you travel about the specific requirements and possible changes. Other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for rural areas of Costa Rica.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverThere is no risk of yellow fever in Costa Rica. The government of Costa Rica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, you should check to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats.
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Ecuador Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except the cities of Guayaquil and Quito, the central highland tourist areas, the Galapagos Islands, and altitudes greater than 1500 m (4921 ft).
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for the following provinces in the Amazon Basin – Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbios, and Zamora-Chinchipe – and for all areas along the eastern slopes and to the east of the Andes Mountains. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Peru Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Peru or read the article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healthy on our blog. An overview of the recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except Lima and its vicinity, the coastal areas south of Lima, the highland tourist areas (Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca), and the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverRecommended for areas east of the Andes mountains. Not needed for Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Uruguay Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years
Yellow feverRequired for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas
Flights, Transportation and Visas

Do I need to arrange a visa before I travel to South America?

Visa requirements vary from country to country below you will find details of the visa requirements for each of our South America destinations. Please note that visa requirements are subject to change so we recommend that you double check with the embassy of the country that you are traveling to in good time before your departure.

Argentina Visa Requirements

US Citizens, Canadians, Europeans, New Zealanders and South Africans require a passport, but no tourist visa is required for stays of up to 90 days in Argentina.

Reciprocity fees
Travelers from the US, Canada and Australia entering Argentina via Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires are required to pay a fee: Citizens from the USA: USD 160 (payable with credit card before entering Argentina)
Canadians: USD 70
Australians: USD 100
How can I pay the Reciprocity Rate?

  1. The traveler must enter the web site of Provincia Pagos www.provinciapagos.com.ar  and register to start de process
  2. Complete the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information. The information provided by the traveler and the income code is sent to the DNM online.
  3. Print the payment receipt
  4. On arrival in Argentine territory, this printed receipt must be presented at the Immigration Control
  5. The receipt will be scanned by the DNM staff; the data are validated and you are allowed to enter the country

Furthermore is it necessary that your passport is valid, with at least six months remaining, upon entry to Argentina.

Bolivia Visa Requirements

All fees are payable only in cash or USD.
United States
US nationals must have a passport and a visa to enter Bolivia. A visa is obtainable on arrival for a fee of US 135, along with a visa application form, hotel reservation or letter of invitation, return or onward ticket, sufficient funds and all documents needed for next destination
Canada
Canadians require a valid passport, but a visa is not necessary for touristic stays of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
Europe
UK Nationals holding valid passports do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days in Bolivia if the cover states ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’, ‘Jersey’, or ‘Guernsey and its Dependencies’. Other types of British passports require a visa.
Australia
Australians need a passport, but do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
New Zealand
New Zealanders need a passport, but do not require a visa for a touristic stay of up to 30 days in Bolivia.
South Africa
South Africans require a passport valid for six months and a visa to enter Bolivia. Visas can be issued on arrival for a fee of US$52.
Passport/Visa Note: All visitors that require a visa must hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond the length of stay; if no visa is required then only a passport valid on entry to Bolivia is necessary. All visitors travelling by air should also have return tickets and all required documents for next destination as well as sufficient funds to see them through their stay. All travelers arriving from Brazil or Paraguay must show valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificates on entry to Bolivia.

Brazil Visa Requirements

United States
A valid passport and a visa are required by US nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
Canada
A valid passport and a visa are required by Canadian nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
Europe
UK passport holders do not require a visa for either business or holiday travel to Brazil for stays of up to 90 days from date of issue. A valid passport is required.
Australia
A valid passport and a visa are required by Australian nationals to enter Brazil; both single and multiple entry visas are available. Visas must be used within 90 days of issuance.
New Zealand
New Zealanders need a valid passport to enter Brazil, but no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days from date of issue, for touristic or business purposes.
South Africa
A valid passport is needed, but no visa is required by South African nationals to enter Brazil if travelling on holiday or business for up to 90 days from date of issue.

Passport/Visa Note: All visitors require passports that are valid for at least the period of intended stay in Brazil. Sufficient funds to cover their stay in Brazil, as well as a return or onward ticket and documentation required for further travel, are necessary for all travelers.

Passport/Visa Note: Visa Waiver from June 1st, 2016 to September 18th, 2016 – Nationals of United States, Australia, Canada and Japan who are planning to travel to Brazil will benefit from the visa waiver for tourism from June 1st to September 18th, 2016. Proof of ticket purchase to the Olympic Games is not required in order to benefit from the visa waiver program. After entering Brazil, tourists can stay without a visa for a maximum of 90 days. From September 19, 2016 onwards, the visa regime for the countries mentioned above will become valid again.
Chile Visa Requirements

United States
No visa is required by US nationals for visits of up to 90 days to Chile, but a US 131 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged upon arrival. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid until the passport expires. A passport is required for travel to Chile.
Canada
No visa is required by Canadians for visits to Chile of up to 90 days, but a US 125 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged for tourists. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid until expiry of passport. A passport is required for travel to Chile.
Europe
UK nationals do not require a visa for visits of up to 90 days to Chile. A passport is required.
Australia
No visa is required by Australians for visits to Chile of up to 90 days, but a US 95 reciprocity fee, payable in USD cash on arrival, will be charged for tourists. The receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa and is valid for three months. A passport is required. New Zealand
New Zealand nationals must hold a passport. A visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days.
South Africa
South African nationals must hold a passport to enter Chile. A visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days.

Passport/Visa Note: Passengers must hold a Tourist Card (issued free of charge on arrival for 90 days) and sufficient funds to cover intended period of stay. A return or onward ticket is not required if holding a credit card or sufficient funds to purchase a ticket. Passengers with a passport from Australia, Canada, United States or Mexico are required to pay a reciprocity tax on entering Santiago airport before passing through Customs. Fees are US 61 for Australians, US 132 for Canadians, US 131 for US nationals and US 23 for Mexican passport holders. This tax must be paid in US dollars cash; it is paid once and remains valid until the passport expires (for Canadians and Americans) or for three months (for Mexicans and Australians).

Costa Rica Visa Requirements
Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are permitted to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days without a visa:
Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Australia*, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark*, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, United States*, Estonia, Finland, France*, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, México, Montenegro, Norway*, New Zealand*,Netherlands*, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Principality Of Monaco, San Marino, Puerto Rico, Serbia, South Africa, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland **, Czech Republic, Republic Of South Korea, Hellenic Republic (Greece), Romania, Vatican City, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Republic Of China (Taiwan), Trinidad And Tobago and Uruguay.

* Their dependencies receive the same treatment
** Include England, Wales and Scotland
*** Starting on July 30, 2007, the Costa Rican authorities will demand that all travelers coming from the following countries (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador as well as the Republic of Guyana) have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are exempt from all visa requirements for stays of 30 days in Costa Rica, though once inside the country, they can apply for extension from the Immigration office, for an authorized period of stay of 90 days:
Antigua and Barbuda, Belice, Bolivia, Dominica, El Salvador, Russian Federation, Phillipines, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Maldives, Mauritius, Federated States Of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Kingdom Of Tonga, Samoa, Saint Kitts And Nevis, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome And Principe, Seychelles, Suriname, Tuvalu, Turkey, Vanuatu and Venezuela.

Citizens of all countries not listed above are required a visa from a Costa Rican embassy or consulate before traveling.
As in most of the countries, in order to visit Costa Rica, the traveler must show his or her passport. The passport must be valid during the following 6 months from the entry date to Costa Rica.

Clients need to carry their (photocopy of) their passport and entry stamp with them at all times.

Ecuador Visa Requirements
United States
US citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Canada
Canadian citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Europe
British citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days, irrespective of the endorsement with regard to national status contained in the visitor’s passport. Australia
Australian citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
New Zealand
New Zealand citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
South Africa
South African citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.
Passport/Visa Note: Passports should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of arrival in Ecuador. All visitors should hold an onward or return ticket, and must demonstrate proof of sufficient funds for their stay in the country. Extensions are possible for travelers who do not need a visa to enter Ecuador. It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity

Citizens from China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia. must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival and a 12-X visa. This special visa for tourism has to be required in each Ecuador Embassy.

Peru Visa Requirements

United States
US nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Canada
Canadian nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Europe
British nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Australia
Australian nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. Holders of APEC Business Travel Card do not require visa provided the back of the card states that it is valid for travel to Peru.
New Zealand
New Zealand nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. Holders of APEC Business Travel Card do not require visa provided the back of the card states that it is valid for travel to Peru.
South Africa
South African nationals do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 183 days in Peru. A valid passport is needed.
Passport/Visa Note: All travelers require return or onward tickets, all documents required for onward travel and proof of funds. If traveling for business purposes, a visa is required. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination.

Uruguay Visa Requirements

United States
US citizens require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Canada
Canadians require a passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Europe
All British nationals require a passport for travel to Uruguay. A visa is not required for a stay of up to three months for all British passport holders.
Australia
Australians require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
New Zealand
New Zealand nationals require a passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
South Africa
South Africans require a passport, but a visa is not required for a stay of up to three months in Uruguay.
Passport/Visa Note: All visitors to Uruguay must hold an onward or return ticket and documents for next destination. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

 

Is it easy to change money in South America?

Official exchange houses are generally easy to find in large cities and areas frequented by tourists. However, the exchange rate at such places will not be the best. We advise you not to exchange money in the street so as to avoid any scams. If you do need to change money in the street, only exchange the minimum amount that you need for immediate use.

Are US dollars accepted in South America and should I bring Travelers Cheques?

US dollars are widely accepted in most locations and currency exchange bureaus are easy to find. Travelers Cheques tend to receive much lower exchange rates than US Dollars, meaning you lose money in the exchange. In many destinations in South America one may also find that exchange centers are unwilling to change Travelers Cheques.

Should I bring my credit/debit card to South America?

We advise you to bring both credit and debit cards. Many restaurants across South America have Visa and MasterCard capabilities and welcome you to pay for your meal with a credit card. Credit/debit cards should otherwise only be used to withdraw money.
ATMs are widely distributed throughout most South American countries, however in rural areas they can be hard to come by, so please bear this in mind. Otherwise they are a quick and easy way to withdraw local currency.

How much money should I bring on my South America trip?

CAT Travel tours, especially in Premium Service are quite inclusive. However, extra money is needed for the occasional meal (where we have left this out of the itinerary to give you more dining options) and for souvenirs, snacks, drinks and any extra items. Tips are not included within the overall price of the tour and so, should you wish to tip, you’re advised to bring a little extra cash.

Are meals included in the tour packages?

Many meals are included in CAT Travel tour packages, though in order to give you more flexibility, some lunch and evening meals are not included. Breakfasts are almost always served at your hotel and lunch and dinner are provided within the package where indicated.

All meals included within CAT Travel tour packages are served at carefully selected restaurants offering the very best dining experiences available.

What are the differences among the Comfort, Superior & Luxury Packages?

Comfort hotels are usually unique boutique stays handpicked for their value, location and charm (generally 3* options). Comfort packages usually include tours with a small group of fellow international travelers and the flexibility to include optional additional tours as well.

Superior hotels are distinguished properties offering excellent service levels and facilities (generally 4* options). With the Superior packages, private tours to the South American highlights are included, as well as some special excursions.

Luxury hotels are the finest hotels available, providing exceptional amenities and impeccable service (generally 5* options). Tours in the Luxury packages are exclusively in private, as are unique experiences designed especially for this level.

What are the payment methods?

Payments can be made in three ways:

  1. ACH debit (preferred) – Bank to bank transfer in the United States – bank details below.
  2. Wire transfer (preferred) to our bank in the United States – bank details below.
  3. Credit card via Paypal

What does the booking processes involve?

After requesting your quote one of our travel specialists will contact you with a preliminary itinerary. From this point on you will work directly with your travel specialist.

Using Itereo™, our unique real-time travel planning tool, they will log you into a shared web environment where you’ll be able to collaborate on creating your perfect itinerary via email, instant chat and/or telephone. Your travel itinerary will be instantly updated on screen with detailed information and imagery.

Your specialist will keep working with you on the details until you’re entirely satisfied, and we will then proceed to book your tour and arrange payment of the deposit.

Once the deposit has cleared we can begin to book your travel services and hotels, and we will send you a first update within 72 hours.

Your final program will be available for download one week before your departure. Your full itinerary along with a welcome pack containing country guides and your travel vouchers and tickets will be presented to you upon arrival.

Do I need any vaccinations for my South America trip?

Vaccination requirements differ from country to country and it is important to make sure you know the necessary vaccination requirements for your trip well before traveling. We recommend that you always check with your physician. Below follows a table of vaccination advice for each of CAT Travel’s South America destinations or read the blog article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healty. However, please consult your doctor well before you travel.

Argentina Vaccination Advice

There are no obligatory vaccinations for Argentina, but the following vaccinations are recommended:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with chloroquine, Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), doxycyline, or primaquine is recommended for rural areas of Salta and Jujuy province (along border with Bolivia) and Misiones and Corrientes province (along border with Paraguay)
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all travelers older than nine months who are going to the northern and northeastern forested areas of Argentina, including Iguazu Falls and all areas bordering Paraguay and Brazil
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRevaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Bolivia Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas below 2500 m (8202 ft) in the departments of Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Pando, Santa Cruz, and Tarija, except the city of La Paz.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverHighly recommended for all travelers older than one year of age
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk of animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanis-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Brazil Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Travelers
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for the states of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Maranhao (western part), Mato Grosso (northern part), Para (except Belem City), Rondonia, Roraima, and Tocantins, and for urban areas within these states, including the cities of Porto Velho, Boa Vista, Macapa, Manaus, Santarem, and Maraba.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for all areas of Acre, Amapa¡, Amazonas, Distrito Federal (including the capital city of Brasilia), Goia¡s, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para¡, Ronda´nia, Roraima, Tocantins, and designated areas of the following states: northwest and west Bahia, central and west Parana¡, southwest Piaua­, northwest and west central Rio Grande do Sul (including Porto Alegre), far west Santa Catarina, and north and south central Sao Paulo. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Chile Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Chile, these are:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphteriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Costa Rica Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission in the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname & Venezuela) or Africa (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan & the Republic of Guyana). You’re REQUIRED to have a valid yellow fever International Vaccination Certificate at least 12 days prior to entering Costa Rica. Please check before you travel about the specific requirements and possible changes. Other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for rural areas of Costa Rica.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverThere is no risk of yellow fever in Costa Rica. The government of Costa Rica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, you should check to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers at high risk for animal bites or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats.
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Ecuador Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except the cities of Guayaquil and Quito, the central highland tourist areas, the Galapagos Islands, and altitudes greater than 1500 m (4921 ft).
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Yellow FeverRecommended for the following provinces in the Amazon Basin – Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbios, and Zamora-Chinchipe – and for all areas along the eastern slopes and to the east of the Andes Mountains. Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubellaTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Peru Vaccination Advice

There are only recommended vaccinations for Peru or read the article about Peru travel vaccinations and staying healthy on our blog. An overview of the recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
MalariaProphylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except Lima and its vicinity, the coastal areas south of Lima, the highland tourist areas (Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca), and the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidRecommended for all travelers
Yellow FeverRecommended for areas east of the Andes mountains. Not needed for Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers
RabiesFor travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years

 

Uruguay Vaccination Advice

Yellow fever vaccination REQUIRED for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas, other recommended vaccinations:

Vaccination
Traveler
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRe-vaccination recommended every 10 years
Yellow feverRequired for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas