COVID-19: Chile Travel Updates

The Port at Valparaíso, Chile

Updated 17th September 2021.


LATEST CHILE COVID-19 NEWS: 

  • 16th September – Chile to reopen its borders to tourists from October 1st. Source.
  • The capital of Santiago along with other regions have been mostly reopened. Source.
  • Chile eases foreign travel restrictions for nationals who are double jabbed. Source.
  • From 15th July, Chile will ease restrictions for fully vaccinated people. Source.

See here for South America Travel COVID-19 overview. 


Chile Travel Restrictions (September 2021)

Can you travel to Chile right now? SUMMARY:

From 1st October 2021, fully vaccinated tourists will be allowed to enter Chile.

Before you enter Chile, you will need to:

If you are granted access to enter Chile by the Chilean consulate, you will need to fulfil the following requirements:

  • Take a PCR test no more than 72 hours before boarding your flight. This result must be negative.
  • Have received two doses of an approved Covid-19 vaccine (approved by either the WHO, FDA, EMA or ISP (Chilean Public Health Institute). Your vaccinated status must be validated by the ministy of health. Applications for validation must be submitted to mevacuno.gob.cl. After validation, you will receive a 30-day mobility pass, which becomes active after you have completed the mandatory quarantine period.
  • Purchase travel insurance that covers medical care related to COVID-19 up to a minimum of $30,000USD for the length of your visit. 
  • Complete the declaration form Affidavit up to 48 hours before your arrival. You will need to show the generated QR code which you’ll be sent by email on your arrival. You could be asked to complete a follow-up form 14 days after your arrival date. 
  • You will be required to have your temperature taken on arrival. 
  • Border control is doing random PCR testing of arrivals in Chile. Even if you have obtained a negative PCR test result prior to your arrival, you could still be chosen for another test. 

Quarantine Period: 

For anyone entering Chile, there is a compulsory 7-day quarantine period. There are absolutely no exceptions. Even having had an approved COVID-19 vaccine or negative test will not release you from quarantine early.

From October 1st, the quarantine period will be reduced to 5 days. 14 days after your arrival date, you will be required to complete a follow-up form online for the health authorities at Santiago Airport.

Upon arrival, all travellers will be taken to a ‘transitory hotel’ where they will be required to take a PCR test. They will remain in quarantine at the hotel for five days. Assuming the PCR test comes back negative, they will then be able to leave the hotel to complete the remaining five days of their quarantine in their own accommodation. There will be checks to ensure that people are not violating quarantine requirements. 

If the PCR test result comes back positive within the first 14 days of your arrival, you will be required to remain in a quarantine hotel (residencia sanitaria) for a further 11 days. 

A stay in one of the quarantine hotels will also be necessary if you present any COVID symptoms. 

Even if you are a returning Chilean national, you will still need to quarantine and provide the relevant PCR test results. 

Face Masks: 

Regardless of what phase of its COVID plan that Chile is in, everybody has to wear face masks in public spaces. This includes in airports and when using public transport. If you are caught without a mask, you could receive a hefty fine. 

For recommendations on the best face masks for travel, check out this post. 

COVID-19 Tests Required: 

  1. You will need a negative test result from a PCR test no earlier than 72 hours before entering Chile.
  2. You could be randomly selected to take another PCR test in the airport, even if you have complied with the above entry requirement. 
  3. After you have been taken to a ‘transitory hotel’, you will be required to take a further PCR test. The result of this impacts whether your quarantine will be extended and where you will be able to complete it. 

Costs of Travel: 

You may be charged for the costs relating to PCR tests, transfer, quarantine hotel and transitory hotel before you board your flight to Chile. This tends to happen when you’re completing the ‘Pasaporte Sanitario’ form or when you arrive in the country. 

Internal Travel Restrictions in Chile: 

Chile is currently operating under a five-step plan for tackling the spread of COVID-19. Local authorities are responsible for their own area which means that restrictions will be different across the country and can change with short notice. 

For more information about which stage of the plan an area is in, please see the Chilean Government Paso a Paso website. (In Spanish.)

Those who want to travel to the Magallanes Region will need to provide evidence of a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours before travelling. 

Curfews: 

From 15th July 2021, two curfew regimes were introduced in Chile. They depend on the number of vaccinated residents in each region and the public health situation.

Regions with more than 80% vaccinated residents and less than 150 active COVID-19 cases will have a curfew from midnight to 5 am. Everywhere else will have a 10 pm-5 am curfew in place.

Land Borders: 

Land borders are currently closed until further notice.

Resources:

On the ground: Traveller Reports:

These reports have been taken from our South America Backpacker Facebook community

Traveller report 17th July 2021 – “[I am in] Northern Chile. Border closed to non-residents/non-citizens. Phase 3 for the last two weeks. Masks everywhere in public. Curfew 10pm-5am. Weekends just opened up, but interregional travel is still mostly restricted. Those who can enter the country must take a PCR test and pay for a 10-day quarantine at an approved list of hotels. They can leave after 5 if their PCR is negative.” – Brad

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