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FAQs 

Here are some common questions we get from our customers regarding travel to Latin America! Please bear in mind that each Latin American country has it's own rules and regulations so it is very dependent on where you are travelling to. 

Passports/Visas

Up-to-date travel advice can be found on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website by clicking here.
 

Entry Requirements

Travel proof: Immigration officials in Latin America countries may require you to provide proof of onward travel – e.g. in the form of a return ticket.
 
Travelling with children: Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence that both parents have given permission for the journey before allowing lone parents to leave the country.
 

Money

Debit Cards: Depending on where you are ATMs are fairly widely available in larger towns and cities throughout Latin America but you should not rely solely on using debit cards to access funds. There may be a limit on the number of withdrawals you make per day and international charges for withdrawals may also apply. 

 
Credit cards: Accepted in most hotels and major shops and restaurants.
 
Travellers’ cheques: Sometimes accepted but not always.
 
US dollars: Not widely accepted outside the major tourist areas for cash transactions but it is worth bringing a supply of dollars as they are much easier to exchange than pounds. 
 
Exchanging money: Only use authorised bureaux de change. If you are unsure, ask at your hotel reception and they will be happy to help. 
 

Safety and Security

Being aware of crime makes holidaymakers safer. If you take care and follow the precautionary tips you will enjoy a crime-free holiday.
 
Crimes to look out for:

    
How to avoid being a victim:

 
What to do if you’re a victim of crime:

Health

Always conssult your GP or travel nurse before travelling to Latin America

Dengue Fever is common to Latin America and the Caribbean and can occur throughout the year. There is no vaccination or immunisation. It’s vital to avoid mosquito bites, using repellent regularly and covering up with suitable clothing to avoid being bitten.
 
Yellow Fever outbreaks have been reported. It is recommended in some areas that you receive a Yellow Fever vaccination before travelling.
 
HIV/AIDS: Ensure normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS.
 
Asthma, sinus and bronchial problems can be aggravated by the polluted atmosphere in the major cities.
 
Other conditions: Take a sufficient quantity of medical supplies, keeping in mind eventualities such as flight delays etc.
 
Medical facilities are good, but can be expensive. Comprehensive travel and medical insurance is vital for your trip. Check for any exclusions and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake. 
 

Insurance

You should always take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Flights

International Flights 

Getting to South America is straightforward from most areas of the world, but you may find that the choice is bewildering, or you’re not sure about the easiest route. Tango Tours are experienced in planning flights and we are very happy to advise you on the different choices available.

Because prices tend to increase closer to your departure date, we advise that you buy your international flight tickets as soon as you have made a decision about your tour.

As an ATOL bonded tour operator, we can assist in your purchase of international flights. In fact, your entire tour can be protected under our ATOL licence by booking your international flight with us. Please note that 100% of your flight ticket price is payable on tour confirmation.

Internal Flights

For the majority of our tours we arrange all your internal flights for you as booking them independently can be difficult and costly. We have excellent links with internal airlines and flight providers so we recommend you let us book your internal transport!

Our ATOL licence will protect your whole tour if your internal flights are purchased through us. Please note that 100% of your flight ticket price is payable on tour confirmation.