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COVID-19 UPDATE

NOVEMBER 2021

As South America’s leading riding specialist and with our destinations across the continent gradually beginning to reopen, here you’ll find the latest travel information to assist you with your riding holiday planning. 

 

It is essential that you also check with the airline you intend to travel with as well as your own government’s travel advice before booking a holiday and/or flights. As the situation regarding the pandemic still remains fluid, we have put very flexible cancellation and postponement policies in place allowing you to book with confidence.

Ecuador & Colombia are open. , Argentina and Uruguay will open 1st November 2021. Chile plans to open on 1st November but with a few more restrictions. We are taking bookings for riding tours in 2021 and 2022 in Ecuador and in Colombia as well as all our other destinations: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Chile-Argentina and Uruguay. In fact, we’ve already welcomed international travellers in the last few months in Ecuador and we can very easily accommodate last-minute requests. Whether you’re looking to plan ahead or are searching for a last-minute escape, thanks to 25 years of experience, we have a broad range of fantastic riding tours to explore South America’s most awe-inspiring wilderness landscapes including challenging itineraries for experts, routes for beginner riders and trips catering for riders and ‘non-riders’ so your family/friends can join you!

NEWSFLASH:

There is no longer any need for travellers from the UK to quarantine after returning to the UK from South America. Following an update to the UK’s Red List on 28th October, it was announced that from Monday 1st November travellers returning to the UK from the remaining Red List countries including Ecuador and Colombia will no longer need to hotel quarantine on arrival.

FCDO advisories have corrected information for Ecuador and Colombia: this UK Government Office no longer advises against all but essential travel to Ecuador based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks – so come and join us!.

Please note, the information given here is for guidance purposes and must be checked with the appropriate authorities, we cannot be held liable for information posted here becoming obsolete.

 

ECUADOR AND GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS:

  • Ecuador is open including access to the Galápagos Islands.

  • Entry into Ecuador is straight-forward, well organised and simple.

  • For your return home: we can arrange the Covid PCR test during the last part of many itineraries and with relatively quick result 24/7 Covid PCR tests at Quito Airport (at only USD45), no need for your itinerary to be interrupted

  • Ecuador has received the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) ‘Safe Travels’ certificate, which recognises governments and companies around the world who have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols. (https://wttc.org/COVID-19/Safe-Travels-Global-Protocols-Stamp )

  • Prior to boarding a flight to Ecuador, all air travellers will need to present a completed health form. This Health Declaration Form needs to be shown alongside their itinerary and local contact details.

  • A certificate of complete vaccination against COVID-19 will be accepted on arrival.

  • Alternatively, a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test is required up to 3 days (not 72 hours) prior to arrival in Ecuador allowing you more time.

  • Local restrictions and special rules may apply in some national parks and regions in Ecuador – we will take care of all that for you.

  • Foreigners over 16 years old wishing to enter the Galápagos Islands must either present a negative PCR test for COVID-19, taken 72 hours prior to the date of arrival to the Galápagos islands. Or fully vaccinated travellers, with final dose administered 14 days prior to travel, no longer require a PCR test before arrival in Galápagos. At present, at Quito Airport/during a tour with us, we can arrange a PCR test for you easily and cheaply

  •  The UK’s FCDO is a good source for information: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ecuador/entry-requirements

 

We’re delighted to have rides confirmed in Ecuador for the rest of 2021 and we feel that our enhanced flexible Booking, Postponement & Cancellation Policy is a great help in these complicated times. 

Mostly private groups are booking at present but there are some options available for riders to join our fixed departure rides for travel later in the year. Some guests are also choosing to enjoy solo rides, accompanied just by our knowledgeable bi-lingual guides.

COLOMBIA:

  • Colombia’s borders are open. 

  • You cannot enter Colombia if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days.

  • Between 24 hours and 1 hour prior to flying to Colombia, you must fill out the ‘Check-Mig’ form, available on the Migración Colombia website. You will receive a confirmation email that you will need to present upon arrival in Colombia.

  • COVID-19 tests for the return journey home are easily available and results issued in under 72 hours enabling you to complete your travel requirements for your journey home.

ARGENTINA:

  • Argentina has announced that borders will be opening on 1st November

  • Vaccination required.

  • A negative PCR test is required 72 hours prior to departure for Argentina, with a second test on days 5-7 after arrival.

  • The situation with land borders is still to be clarified.

  • BA is due to resume direct flights from London to Buenos Aires in December 2021

URUGUAY:

  • From 1st November Uruguay will open its borders to international travellers and airlines are already resuming their flights.

  • Entry requirements are likely to include evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, proof of vaccine (complete course) and suitable travel insurance including medical cover for COVID-19.

  • Whilst there are no direct flights from the UK, regular connections operate via Madrid. A limited ferry service operates between Buenos Aires and Montevideo

 

CHILE:

  • Fully vaccinated international visitors will once again be allowed to enter Chile via Santiago airport from 1st November 2021 (land borders remain closed).

  • In addition to a pre-departure PCR test, visitors will be PCR tested upon arrival at Santiago airport and will need to self-isolate until the results arrive (expected to take 12-24hrs)

  • All visitors must apply for a ‘mobility pass’ prior to travel by registering their vaccination details with the Chilean authorities. Approval is not instant so we recommend allowing sufficient time for approval, 30 days

  • Visitors can apply for a special Mobility Pass on the Chilean government’s MeVacuno website. https://mevacuno.gob.cl/

  • More details on accepted vaccines and the process to apply for the Mobility Pass, including the documents required to validate the vaccination, is available on the link below (in Spanish).

  • https://www.minsal.cl/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/2021.07.28_VALIDACION-DE-INFORMACION-DE-VACUNAS-RECIBIDAS-EN-EL-EXTRANJERO.pdf

  • Easter Island remains closed for the time being.

  • PCR TEST FOR THE RETURN JOURNEY HOME

  • Many countries are also requiring returning citizens/residents to have taken a negative PCR test prior to boarding their flight home. With this is mind, we will schedule a time for the tests to be carried out within the required timeframe before your departure.

 

BRAZIL:

  • Brazil’s borders are open.

  • A PCR test is required 72 hours before arrival to Brazil. or an Antigen test within 24 hrs of arrival.

  • Visitors must be able to show proof of suitable travel insurance, with medical cover for COVID-19.

  • All travellers to Brazil are required to complete a Travelers Health Declaration form within 72 hours of boarding.

  • Direct flights will operate with British Airways from the UK in December 2021​

  • The states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo have started to request proof of full vaccination status as a condition of entry to many key visitor attractions.

BOOKINGS, CANCELLATION AND POSTPONEMENT POLICY

Before you have to confirm your participation, we will lay out our very flexible conditions regarding cancellation/postponement, should this become necessary due to Covid-19. In many cases, we can even allow you to not only switch itinerary but also switch country should a rescheduling become necessary!

We have put in place helpful and supportive booking conditions, which recognise the current situation and make it as safe and secure as possible for you to book directly with Ride Andes.

Each destination has slightly varying booking terms (owing to the in-country arrangements we make to provide each tour). We will inform you of the exact booking conditions and cancellation options at the time of making the reservation.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

You’ll need to have appropriate travel insurance at the time of booking your holiday, which covers the full duration of your trip in case of cancellation and/or curtailment.

Your travel insurance needs to provide cover for all the activities and destinations on your travel itinerary.

Your policy must cover COVID-19 medical expenses as well as cancellation cover. This should include cancellation prior to travel (in case you are required to medically quarantine), curtailment of your trip and any medical expenses whilst abroad.

 

ABOUT RIDE ANDES

Based in Ecuador, Ride Andes has been operating exceptional hand-crafted journeys aboard happy, healthy horses for every budget and riding ability since 1996. We are extremely confident that our guests will be able to enjoy an excellent riding experience with us under very safe conditions. We provide a full-service travel experience; meeting you upon arrival and providing private transfers to secluded lodgings. Many of these hand-picked locations offer our guests exclusivity, otherwise a separate annex or wing. Our accommodation ranges from high-end haciendas to simple yet cosy lodges and all in idyllic locations and complying with national requirements and recommendations regarding COVID-19. From private trips to small group tours, Ride Andes offers equestrian holidays in South America for groups of friends, families and solo travellers. We can even organise activities for non-riding guests.  We work incredibly hard to ensure all of our tours comply with latest recommendations and regulations regarding the prevention of COVID-19 transmission. 

 

Lastly, the health of our guests and workers is paramount and we want to reassure you that we are closely monitoring developments on a daily basis.

 

CONTACT US

Whilst we endeavour to keep this crucial information under constant review, with the situation still in flux, we strongly recommend contacting us for the very latest information regarding tours or to request a copy of our COVID-19 protocols: rideandes@rideandes.com