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Is Chile open for travel?

Technically, foreign tourists who meet health requirements can enter Chile exclusively through the Arturo Merino Benítez airport. But, the question “is Chile open for travel?” it’s a little bit more complicated than that. In this article we’ll tell you everything you need to know to plan your next trip to Chile.

Last updated: 22/12/2020

Chile it’s a beautiful country to visit, but since March its borders have been closed to tourism due to Covid-19 and the pandemic. However, in recent days there has been some news, so we must ask ourselves again: is Chile open for travel now?


When will Chile open its borders?

From November 23, 2020 foreign tourists can enter Chile. Before this, only Chileans and foreigners residing regularly in the national territory were allowed to access the country. However, from December 22, 2020 the entrance to Chile of non-resident foreigners who have been in the United Kingdom during the last 14 days is prohibited. Chileans and resident foreigners, who have been in the United Kingdom during the last 14 days and want to enter, must do mandatory quarantine.

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Chile travel restrictions: 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:

  • 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 you / they will have to provide contact information, health history and details of yourtrip. This form will deliver a QR code as a means of verification. It can be obtained at www.c19.cl
  • Present to the airline and prior to the trip, Health Insurance that covers benefits associated with COVID-19 during the trip, 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 each traveler via email daily. Timely completion is an obligation.



Travelling around the country

Moving across Chile, you 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 your travel plans. 

They’ll have to considerer:

  • After arriving in Santiago and meeting the entry requirements for non-resident foreigners, you’ll have up to 24 hours to travel to your destination in another region of the country, where you 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, you 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). You will not be able to travel between regions if your commune of origin or destination is in phase 1 (Quarantine) or 2 (Transition). To know the status of each commune, visit this website:t https://www.gob.cl/pasoapaso#situacioncomunal/. To circulate, you must obtain the «Affidavit for Travelers Within Chile» at www.c19.cl
  • To travel to the regions of Aysén and Magallanes, you must present a negative PCR. In the case of Aysén, the PCR must have been taken within the 96 hours (4 days) before reaching the destination. In Magallanes, however, it must have been taken with a maximum of 72 hours (3 days) before the depart.
  • While the Metropolitan Region (Santiago) is in Phase 2 (Transition), you must comply with the sanitary measures that apply for this step, so you 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, you may be subject to temperature screenings. Travel to or from comunas in quarantine requires a permit 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 upon 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 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 the trip, 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.



Recommendations for travelling to Chile 

Beyond Chile’s travel restrictions, there are some general recommendations to keep in mind to enjoy your trip to Chile in the safest way possible.

  • Keep a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) between you and others when possible.
  • Avoid having contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, elevator buttons, and touch panels. If you have to touch these surfaces, when you’re done use hand sanitizer or wash your hands.
  • Put on a cloth mask.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands frequently. This is especially important after using the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Make a list of things to take: cloth face masks, alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol), disinfectant wipes (at least 70% alcohol) to clean surfaces, thermometer.

Santiago de Chile - Wine tour



Coronavirus in Chile: It’s safe to travel?

Chile closed its borders to nonessential travel in March as countries around the world were doing the same to stem the spread of coronavirus across borders. Only Chileans and residents have been able to enter since.

Chile has so far reported more than a half a million cases of COVID-19 and nearly 15,000 deaths. Reports peaked in June, with more than 6,000 cases a day, but have since declined to fewer than 2,000 a day — a level that still concerns some experts.

Is Chile open for travel?”, Yes. But… “Can I visit Chile safely?”. Well, that will depend on your safety measures; we are never completely safe from the virus, even if we take great care of ourselves. When planning a trip to Chile, you will have to take into account the health situation in Chile at the moment of traveling and book a travel insurance to ensure medical coverage if you become ill.

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