Chile reopening to vaccinated visitors in October with 5-day quarantine

Sep 19, 2021

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Chile will open its borders to vaccinated visitors next month, on Oct. 1, with a five-day quarantine period as part of the country’s four-step opening plan, the Chile Tourism Board announced on Sept. 16.

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Santiago, Chile. (Photo courtesy of the Chile Tourism Board)

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The proof of vaccination is necessary to obtain a Mobility Pass issued by the Chilean Ministry of Health, which will allow you to move freely around the country by showing digital proof of vaccination, which may be requested to enter certain establishments. Additionally, all visitors to Chile, regardless of age, will need to show results of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departing for Chile. Note that the 72-hour period begins from the time the test is administered, not from the time that results are returned, per the U.S. Embassy in Chile. Lastly, travelers must complete an online Traveler’s Sworn Statement form within 48 hours of boarding and provide documentation of travel insurance to cover medical expenses related to COVID-19.

The Chilean Health Department is currently accepting several vaccines as valid proof of vaccination and to obtain the Mobility Pass, specifically:

  • Moderna.
  • Pfizer.
  • Johnson & Johnson.
  • AstraZeneca.
  • Sinopharm.
  • Sinovac.
  • CanSino.
  • Sputnik V.

“Chile is ready to welcome travelers from around the world beginning on October 1st after over a year and a half with closed borders and restrictions. The modification of the country’s Protected Borders Plan will allow entry to all fully vaccinated non-resident foreigners who meet the requirements,” the tourism board said in a press statement. “Visitors will be able to enter through dedicated airports in Santiago, Iquique or Antofagasta.”

Commercial flights are currently operating from the U.S. to Santiago (SCL), Iquique (IQQ) and Antofagasta (ANF).

Iquique, Chile. (Photo courtesy of the Chile Tourism Board)

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Visitors may quarantine at a location of their choice, be it a home or hotel, during which the U.S. Embassy says you should expect to be subject to random PCR or antigen testing. If you were to test positive, you would be transferred to a sanitary residence. Failure to comply with such would result in a monetary fine and voiding of your Mobility Pass.

Additionally, all travelers are expected to respond daily to a health follow-up form from the Chilean government via email for their first 14 days in Chile.

After closing its borders to nonessential travel in March 2020, Chile briefly reopened for five months on Nov. 23, before shutting back down in April this year due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. The South American nation has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, with 87% of its population fully vaccinated, according to data from the Chilean Ministry of Health, which has been diligent in maintaining pandemic-related restrictions. Face masks remain mandatory throughout the country, including in tourist accommodations, populated areas, on public roads and on both public and private transportation, in addition to the continuation of social distancing measures.

(Screenshot courtesy of the Chile Tourism Board)

Chile remains under a country-wide curfew beginning at 10 p.m. or midnight, depending on a region’s COVID-19 incident and vaccination rates. Restaurants and cafes are open, though certain ones are restricted to Mobility Pass holders, according to the Chilean government.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel health notice for Chile is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19  and the U.S. Department of State’s travel advisory is Level 3: Reconsider Travel, due to COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, Chile had maintained relatively low levels of COVID-19 until April 2020, before recording nearly 70,000 cases in one week in June, according to data from the World Health Organization. Cases tapered down throughout fall 2020, before slightly increasing again at the start of this year, and then spiking back up April-June. Case numbers have steadily decreased since mid-June and just over 1,600 cases were recorded for the week ending Sept. 13.

Featured photo of Vina del Mar, Chile, courtesy of the Chile Tourism Board.

Chile will open its borders to vaccinated visitors next month, on 1 October, with a five-day quarantine period as part of the country’s four-step opening plan, the Chile Tourism Board announced on 16 September.

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Santiago, Chile. (Photo courtesy of the Chile Tourism Board)

Related: A beginners guide to Chilean Patagonia

The proof of vaccination is necessary to obtain a Mobility Pass issued by the Chilean Ministry of Health, which will allow you to move freely around the country by showing digital proof of vaccination, which may be requested to enter certain establishments.

Additionally, all visitors to Chile, regardless of age, will need to show results of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departing for Chile. Note that the 72-hour period begins from the time the test is administered, not from the time that results are returned, per the U.S. Embassy in Chile.

Lastly, travellers must complete an online Traveler’s Sworn Statement form within 48 hours of boarding and provide documentation of travel insurance to cover medical expenses related to COVID-19.

The Chilean Health Department is currently accepting several vaccines as valid proof of vaccination and to obtain the Mobility Pass, specifically:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • AstraZeneca
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac
  • CanSino
  • Sputnik V

“Chile is ready to welcome travellers from around the world beginning on 1 October after over a year and a half with closed borders and restrictions. The modification of the country’s Protected Borders Plan will allow entry to all fully vaccinated non-resident foreigners who meet the requirements,” the tourism board said in a statement. “Visitors will be able to enter through dedicated airports in Santiago, Iquique or Antofagasta.”

Iquique, Chile. (Photo courtesy of the Chile Tourism Board)

Related: Chile closes border again, tightens lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge

Visitors may quarantine at a location of their choice, be it a home or hotel, during which the U.S. Embassy says you should expect to be subject to random PCR or antigen testing. If you were to test positive, you would be transferred to a sanitary residence. Failure to comply with such would result in a monetary fine and voiding of your Mobility Pass.

Additionally, all travellers are expected to respond daily to a health follow-up form from the Chilean government via email for their first 14 days in Chile.

After closing its borders to nonessential travel in March 2020, Chile briefly reopened for five months on 23 November, before shutting back down in April this year due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.

The South American nation has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, with 87% of its population fully vaccinated, according to data from the Chilean Ministry of Health, which has been diligent in maintaining pandemic-related restrictions. Face masks remain mandatory throughout the country, including in tourist accommodations, populated areas, on public roads and on both public and private transportation, in addition to the continuation of social distancing measures.

(Screenshot courtesy of the Chile Tourism Board)

Chile remains under a country-wide curfew beginning at 10 p.m. or midnight, depending on a region’s COVID-19 incident and vaccination rates. Restaurants and cafes are open, though certain ones are restricted to Mobility Pass holders, according to the Chilean government.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel health notice for Chile is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19  and the U.S. Department of State’s travel advisory is Level 3: Reconsider Travel, due to COVID-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, Chile had maintained relatively low levels of COVID-19 until April 2020, before recording nearly 70,000 cases in one week in June, according to data from the World Health Organization. Cases tapered down throughout fall 2020, before slightly increasing again at the start of this year, and then spiking back up between April and June.

Case numbers have steadily decreased since mid-June and just over 1,600 cases were recorded for the week ending 13 September.

Featured photo of Vina del Mar, Chile, courtesy of the Chile Tourism Board.

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