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What are the travel restrictions in Chile?

If you are wondering what are the travel restrictions to Chile, this article is going to help you a lot. Keep reading below and find out everything you need to know to plan your trip to Chile during the pandemic.


Last updated: 04/01/2021


The three newest restrictions are:

  1. From 22 December, non-resident foreign nationals that have been in the United Kingdom during the last 14 days will not be allowed entry to Chile. 
  1. From 31 December, all other travellers including Chileans, resident, and non-resident foreign nationals have to complete a mandatory 10-day quarantine on arrival in Chile, in addition to other requirements. 
  1. After seven days of mandatory quarantine, those travelers may take a PCR test, remaining in quarantine while awaiting the result. If the result is negative, quarantine may be lifted. 


What are the travel restrictions to Chile? This is what you need to know

Chile’s travel restrictions are quite a few, but nothing too complicated to worry about. As many other nations, which have opened their borders to tourism, Chile, asks for some requirements that those who visit the country must meet.

Read carefully:

  • Negative PCR taken 72 hours before shipping. On flights with a stopover, it is considered from the last boarding.
  • Complete electronically the “Affidavit for Travelers” form up to 48 hours before boarding, in which they will have to provide contact information, health history and their trip. This form will deliver a QR code as a means of verification. It can be obtained at www.c19.cl
  • Present at their airline and prior to the trip, Health Insurance that covers benefits associated with COVID-19 during their stay, with a minimum coverage of USD $30,000.
  • During the first 14 days after entering the country, a follow-up form will be applied, which will be sent to them via email daily. Timely completion is an obligation.

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Travelling around the country

Moving across Chile, travelers will have to navigate national and local curfews, wear face coverings in all urban areas, and accept that Chile’s travel restrictions may change rapidly and disrupt their travel plans. 

They’ll have to considerer this travel restrictions:

  • After arriving in Santiago and meeting the entry requirements for non-resident foreigners, they’ll have up to 24 hours to travel to their destination in another region of the country, where they must comply with health measures. For this transfer the valid document is the boarding pass of their airline.
  • To travel from one region to another, they must consider that it can only be done from communes in phase 3 (Preparation) or 4 (Initial Opening) to communes that are in the same condition (phase 3 or 4). They will not be able to travel between regions if their commune of origin or destination is in phase 1 (Quarantine) or 2 (Transition). To know the status of each commune, find out at https://www.gob.cl/pasoapaso#situacioncomunal/. To move, you must obtain the “Affidavit for Travelers Within Chile” at www.c19.cl
  • To travel to the regions of Aysén and Magallanes, they must present a negative PCR. In the case of Aysén, the PCR must have taken a maximum of 96 hours (4 days) before reaching the destination. In Magallanes, however, it must have been taken with a maximum of 72 hours (3 days).
  • While the Metropolitan Region (Santiago) is in Phase 2 (Transition), they must comply with the sanitary measures that apply for this step, so they must quarantine on weekends and during the week, respect the hours and allowed capacity.
  • There is a daily curfew from 12:00am to 5:00 am, nationwide. Other locations may have stricter curfews.
  • In places where sanitary cordons are in place, travelers may be subject to temperature screenings. Travel to or from comunas in quarantine requires a permiso obtained from the Chilean police.

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Can Americans travel to Chile?

The answer is yes. But as all travelers, they will have to present the three mandatory documents when boarding:

  • As we said before, a completed “Affidavit of Travelers” electronic form (available at www.c19.cl  and also known as a Sanitary Passport)  prepared less than 48 hours before boarding;
  • Also a proof of a negative result from a PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to  departure (Note: the 72-hour time period begins from the time the test is administered- not from when the test results are returned); and
  • And also a roof of a health insurance policy that provides coverage for Covid-19 and related health issues during the traveler’s stay in Chile. The Health Insurance must cover charges associated with COVID-19 during your stay, with a coverage of USD $ 30,000 (minimum). (All documents must be presented before boarding the flight to Chile).

Also, American citizens should exercise caution by maintaining social distancing practices, following quarantine and sanitary procedures as directed by the Chilean government (including curfew), and following all sanitary and hygiene guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to mitigate health risks.


Do I need a visa to visit Chile?

When it comes to tourism purposes, nationals of certain countries can travel to Chile visa-free, provided that they will stay for less than 90 days. The visa-exempt nationals can travel to Chile with their passport and obtain a Tourist Card (Tarjeta de Turismo) from the immigration authorities upon the border crossing. Learn about countries requiring visa to visit Chile here.

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