Travel Tales of Argentina
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?
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.
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:
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:
The answer is yes. But as all travelers, they will have to present the three mandatory documents upon boarding:
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.
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.
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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