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1. Posted by PVieira42 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

My buddy and I have been planning a trip all around South America, hopefully beginning September 2021 for about a year. We will both be vaccinated by then. Anybody have any experience travelling since Covid? Is it worth it? What kind of things are still open?

We're planning on doing lots of camping and outdoor activities but we're hoping to find temporary employment (such as in bars), are places available to work in? Also what are transport and hostels looking like?

Any info would be appreciated,

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3260 posts) 18w 1 Star this if you like it!

>we're hoping to find temporary employment (such as in bars), are places available to work in?

I assume you are both UK citizens?

As is the case in the vast majority of countries, if you want to legally do paid work in any SA country you'll need a work visa ('paid' can mean e.g. getting bed & board, not simply receiving money). Working in any country without the correct visa is not a good idea.

Check entry requirements (both in normal times and additional restrictions relating to Covid) for each country you might visit on the official UK gov site:

Check the UK Embassy of each relevant country for visa requirements.

[ Edit: Edited on 19 May 2021, 11:26 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2412 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

I think planning for September in South America is high risk regards covid restrictions still being in place. No-one can know for sure, but looking at the vaccine rollout around the world so far I think there's a good risk some countries still won't want you, and if you can get in that it still won't be "business as usual" with regard to travelling around, other travellers there, bars open etc.

My gut feeling is another six months on top of that for some sort of travel normality to resume. But I emphasise that it's only guesswork.

And as Leics2 has already said, the opportunities to work are highly limited - countries would prefer to keep the employment for their own people rather than "wealthy" travellers. Best bet would be some informal deal at a hostel trading time on reception (as a native English speaker) for accommodation. I'd go funded for the trip and anything you can save by informal working is a bonus.

[ Edit: Edited on 19 May 2021, 11:55 GMT by AndyF ]

4. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 209 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

I suspect it's broader than your being vaccinated. More virus means greater likelihood of variants (and most variants more likely spread easier and/or evade vaccines - if they didn't they'd quickly disappear and we'd probably never notice them). And some countries do have a lot of virus (even though other things have overtaken UK TV News priority) and land borders. So your vaccination might not be as effective in the longer term.


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