COVID-19: Chile Travel Updates

The Port at Valparaíso, Chile

Updated 2nd December 2021.


LATEST CHILE COVID-19 NEWS: 

  • 20th October – As of 1st November, interregional travel in Chile will be possible for vaccinated travellers with just a Mobility Pass. This replaces the previous Health Passport which is still a requirement for interregional travel until 1st November. Source.
  • 15th October – As of 1st November, fully vaccinated tourists arriving in Chile will not need to quarantine. All other restrictions remain. Source.
  • 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 (December 2021)

Can you travel to Chile right now? SUMMARY:

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

From 1st November 2021, fully vaccinated tourists will be allowed to enter Chile without having to complete mandatory quarantine – as long as they receive a negative PCR test upon arrival. All other restrictions, e.g. Mobility Pass, PCR test and proof of vaccination remain in place.

1st December – All non-resident foreign nationals who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Eswatini and Mozambique in the last 14 days will be denied entry to Chile. Source.

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 5-day quarantine period for travellers with a Mobility Pass. It’s 7 days for travellers without the Mobility Pass. Travellers who receive a negative PCR test on arrival can forgo quarantine or end it early.

Upon arrival, all travellers will be required to take a PCR test. They will then need to quarantine in a private residence or hotel. Transitory hotels can no longer be used for quarantine. All transport to your place of quarantine must be in private vehicles, not on public transport.

If you quarantine in a hotel, you cannot leave the room. If you are choosing to quarantine in a private house, all residents of the house must also remain in quarantine until the 5-7 days are up.

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 will be tested again on arrival, prior to going into quarantine.

Costs of Travel: 

You may be charged for the costs relating to PCR tests, transfers and quarantine before entering 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.)

From 1st November, fully vaccinated travellers can travel between different regions using a Mobility Pass.

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

No interregional travel is permitted during a travellers quarantine period.

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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1 thought on “COVID-19: Chile Travel Updates”

  1. I applied for the Mobility Pass 3 weeks ago but haven’t yet been approved. Any reports of success with the application?

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