COVID-19: Chile Travel Updates

The Port at Valparaíso, Chile

Updated 12th June 2021.


LATEST CHILE COVID-19 NEWS: 

  • From 12th June, quarantine restrictions will be in place in the Metropolitan region (including Santiago). Source.
  • The Chilean Government plan to allow fully vaccinated nationals to move more freely within the country but the borders will stay closed until at least the 15th June 2021. Source.
  • On 24th May 2021, Chile lifted lockdowns in over 13 towns, despite rising COVID-19 infections. Source.
  • Beginning 5th April 2021, Chile has closed all its borders and suspended international flights, due to a steep rise in COVID-19 cases. Source

See here for South America Travel COVID-19 overview. 


Chile Travel Restrictions (June 2021)

Can you travel to Chile right now? SUMMARY:

No. Since April 5th, non-resident foreign nationals are no longer permitted to enter Chile. This restriction is scheduled to last until at least the 30th June. There are a few exceptions to this rule which includes those with specific permits issued by the Chilean consulate. 

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. 
  • 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 Pasaporte Sanitario 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 10-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. If you have been in the UK or Brazil within the last 14 days, your quarantine period will be extended to 14 days. 

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: 

Currently, a nationwide curfew is in place across Chile. It is active seven days a week, between 10pm and 5am. If you have a medical emergency during curfew restrictions, you will need to obtain the relevant permit online to exempt yourself from curfew. 

Land Borders: 

Land borders are currently closed until at least 15th June 2021. 

Resources:

On the ground: Traveller Reports:

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

Traveller report 17th May 2021 – “[I am in] Chile. Borders closed to non citizens/non residents until at least the end of the month. Probably until July at least. Cities and regions, including Santiago, are still jumping back and forth between phase 1&2 and curfew from 9/10-5am”. – Brad

Sheree is the awkward British wanderluster behind wingingtheworld.com, a travel blog designed to show that even the most useless of us can travel. Follow Sheree’s adventures as she blunders around the globe, falling into squat toilets, getting into cars with machete men and running away from angry peacocks.

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