Always take in consideration that each country to be visited might have a different set of requirements to enter depending on your citizenship. Often this means getting a visa, though some countries allow you to get it upon arrival, and others just might require some sort of proof of lodging or return flight, or maybe just a vaccination certificate.

So always make sure you check with local authorities, so that you don’t get any surprises once your trip has started. Embassies and consulates are also a great source of information for this, and of course hitting travel forums will always help.

We have put together a little chart just so you know what to be prepared for in terms of requirements when visiting some of the main destinations in South America:

United States

Canada

ArgentinaNo visa required, only valid passport.USD 160 fee to be paid online prior to arrival.No visa required, only valid passport.USD 92 fee to be paid online prior to arrival.
BoliviaTourist visa required.USD 135 fee to be paid.Yellow fever shot required.No visa required, only valid passport.USD 25 fee to be paid upon departure.Yellow fever shot required.
BrazilTourist visa required.USD 160 fee to be paid.Yellow fever shot recommended.Tourist  visa required.USD 65 fee to be paid.Yellow fever shot recommended.
ChileNo visa required, only valid passport.No visa required, only valid passport.USD 132 fee to be paid upon entry.
EcuadorNo visa required, only valid passport.No visa required, only valid passport.
PeruNo visa required, only valid passport.No visa required, only valid passport.

For more information on requirements, fees and processes, please, visit the following links:

For U.S.A citizens: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

For Canadian citizens: http://travel.gc.ca/

For South America Tours: http://trip-peru.com/en/tours

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