LATEST CHILE COVID-19 NEWS:
- 21st May 2022 – Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is set to reopen to tourism on 1st August 2022. Source.
- 1st May 2022 – Chile’s land borders reopen. Source.
- 17th April 2022 – Chile will fully reopen land borders with Argentina, Bolivia and Peru from 1st May. Source.
Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing every day and the following information reflects South America Backpacker’s understanding of the current entry rules. We update this article regularly to ensure the information is as current as possible but we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.
Chile Travel Restrictions
Can you travel to Chile right now?
Yes. To travel to Chile, the following restrictions apply.
International, non-resident visitors to Chile are usually required to be vaccinated unless exempt. This requirement varies depending on the alert level that Chile is in. For example, in alert level 1, vaccination is recommended but not mandatory for entry. However, for alert levels 2 & 3 it is a requirement.
- People working with cargo.
- Travellers transiting through Chile to another country or airport.
- Crew members of ships and planes entering Chile.
- Non-Chilean direct family members of a Chilean national or resident. Eg. Non-Chilean child, parent or spouse.
- Non-resident international business travellers whose work is time-sensitive.
- Children under 6 who have not had access to a vaccination program.
Unvaccinated foreign, non-residents are not allowed to enter Chile unless they are exempt (see above).
Before you enter Chile, you will need:
Required Entry Documents
Chile’s entry requirements are subject to change depending on whether the country is in Alert Level 1, 2 or 3.
Currently, Chile is in Alert Level 1.
Required Entry Documents For Alert Level 1
- Passport and visas as normal.
- A Declaracion Jurada must be completed. This will create a QR code that must be shown to authorities when boarding the plane to Chile and when arriving in the country.
- Proof of vaccination is recommended but optional to enter the country at this level – To get it, you need to have your vaccination validated by Chilean authorities. Once validated you will receive a Chilean Mobility Pass. If you’ve had 2 doses of the vaccine, you will be entitled to a 30-day pass. If you’ve had a booster dose, you can get a 90-day pass. Apply here – your final vaccination must have been within 6 months of travelling to Chile. Allow 30 days for the pass to be processed. You will need the Mobility Pass to enter many buildings and events throughout Chile.
- A completed affidavit filled in up to 48 hours before boarding.
- A pre-departure COVID-19 test is recommended but not mandatory at this level.
Required Entry Documents For Alert Levels 2 and 3
- Passport and visas as normal.
- A Declaracion Jurada must be completed 48 hours before travelling. This will create a QR code that must be shown to authorities when boarding the plane to Chile and when arriving in the country.
- Proof of vaccination – To get it, you need to have your vaccination validated by Chilean authorities. Once validated you will receive a Chilean Mobility Pass. If you’ve had 2 doses of the vaccine, you will be entitled to a 30-day pass. If you’ve had a booster dose, you can get a 90-day pass. Apply here – your final vaccination must have been within 6 months of travelling to Chile. Allow 30 days for the pass to be processed. You will need the Mobility Pass to enter many buildings and events throughout Chile.
- A pre-departure COVID test is required at Alert Levels 2 and 3.
- Travellers arriving in Chile will need to prove they have insurance that includes at least $30,000USD of emergency COVID-19 cover. This is required for all travellers, regardless of vaccination status.
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COVID-19 Tests Required
- If Chile is in Alert Level 1, a pre-departure COVID test is not required.
- At Alert Levels 2 and 3, a pre-departure COVID test is mandatory.
- You may be subject to random COVID-19 testing upon arrival in Chile at any alert level.
- Everyone must self-isolate until they receive the results of their post-arrival COVID test – if required. Mobility pass holders will then be able to leave quarantine if their test results come back negative.
- Resident foreign nationals without a mobility pass must quarantine for 7 days upon arrival.
- If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival to Chile, and it’s suspected to be the Omicron variant, you will be required to enter a government isolation facility for 7 days.
Local COVID-19 Rules and Regulations
The rules and regulations below are only meant to serve as a guide and the situation is prone to change rapidly without warning. For more information on local rules and restrictions visit Chile’s Paso A Paso website.
Chile has implemented a strict Paso A Paso system since the start of the Pandemic. This means each individual comuna (municipality) can change restrictions depending on the level of COVID-19 infections in that area. There are a total of 5 stages ranging from almost “no restrictions” to “you cannot leave the house without permission.”
Regardless of the stage each comuna is in, there are a few national restrictions:
- FACE COVERINGS – Face masks are required in all public locations. Also see: Best face masks for travel.
- SOCIAL DISTANCING – Social distancing is in effect across the country.
- CURFEWS – Curfews may come into effect depending on which stage your comuna is in.
- PUBLIC TRANSPORT – Public transport is generally up and running unless your comuna is experiencing a high level of infection.
- VENUES AND GATHERINGS – Shops, bars, restaurants and attractions are generally open but that can change fast depending on your comuna.
- MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE – A Mobility Pass is required for interregional travel within Chile. This applies to everyone aged 12 and over. If you do not have a Mobility Pass, a negative PCR test taken in Chile no more than 48 hours before travel, will be accepted for interregional travel. This only applies to those without a Mobility Pass and not to those who have disabled their pass.
All Chile’s land borders are open.