COVID-19 in Chile: Information for American Citizens

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COVID-19 Information (Last updated: 01/15/2021)

Level 3 Travel Advisory for American CitizensReconsider travel to Chile due to COVID-19

Country-Specific Information:

 

 

  • As of January 15, the Ministry of Health has confirmed 661.180 cases of COVID-19 in Chile. The CDC has put in place a Level 3 warning for COVID-19 in Chile.
  • Chile is under a daily nationwide curfew from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am.
  • Chile remains under a State of Emergency through March 2021.
  • Across Chile, travelers should be aware that any health and safety measures currently in place, including restrictions on movement and gatherings in groups, may become stricter with little notice. 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.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

  • On December 29, the Chilean government announced that starting on December 31, all travelers, including Chileans, foreign residents, accredited diplomats, and foreign tourists, must complete an obligatory 10-day quarantine upon their arrival to Chile.  They will be able to leave quarantine with a negative PCR result based on a test taken on or after the seventh day in quarantine.  Travelers must remain in quarantine while they await their result.
  • Starting Thursday, January 7 at 5:00am, all Chileans and foreign residents must have proof of a negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding their final flight to Chile. (Note: the 72-hour time period begins from the time the test is administered – not from when the test results are returned.)
  • Any traveler entering Chile has up to 24 hours to continue on to their final destination before beginning their quarantine, if the final destination is outside the Santiago Metropolitan Region.
  • Travelers must complete an online form with the Ministry of Health and may receive additional emails from Chilean health authorities requesting daily reporting of location over a period of 14 days post-arrival in Chile.
  • Travelers (of all ages) will have to present three documents when boarding:
    • 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;
    • Proof of a negative result from a PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their final flight to Chile. (Note: the 72-hour time period begins from the time the test is administered – not from when the test results are returned); and
    • Proof 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.
  • “Rapid” COVID-19 tests (for example, antigen-only tests) are not accepted for entry into Chile. The test must be a PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).
  • Foreign residents of Chile and holders of diplomatic/official passports are exempt from the health insurance requirements.
  • For those departing from Santiago airport, your boarding pass serves as a salvoconducto (safe conduct) from a home to the airport for the passengers whose name is listed, even during quarantines and curfews. 
  • All foreigners entering Chile must comply with prescribed public health measures such as wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, avoiding quarantined comunas (neighborhoods), and respecting nightly curfews.
  • ATTENTION travelers coming from UK: Due to the information provided by the United Kingdom authorities, and its epidemiological situation, the Chilean Government has announced, as of Tuesday 22nd December:
    • The cancellation of all direct flights between the UK and Chile.
    • A ban on entry to all foreign non-legal residents who have been in the UK in the last 14 days.
    • The obligation for all Chilean and legal foreign residents entering the country, who have been in the UK during the last 14 days, to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine in Chile.
  • U.S. citizens should contact the Policia de Investigaciones (PDI) for information regarding the extension of tourist or resident visas.

Movement Restrictions:

 Is a curfew in place? Yes. There is a daily curfew from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am, nationwide. Other locations may have stricter curfews.

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? In places where sanitary cordons are in place, travelers may be subject to temperature screenings. Travel to or from comunas (neighborhoods) in quarantine requires a permiso (permit) obtained from the Chilean police (see “Quarantine Information” below).

  • Travel between regions is allowed only to and from districts in Step 3 (Preparation) or above. Travelers are required to carry a sanitary passport (visit https://www.c19.cl/). The following exception applies:
    • On December 30, the government announced a special “vacation permit” for municipalities in Paso 2.  The permit will allow residents of these comunas to leave once, to a single destination, for vacation between January 4 and March 31.
      • The Vacation Permit can only be used once per person, between January 4 and March 31.
      • It is valid for travel to a single destination outside of the region where you live.
      • Travelers must indicate the destination and the dates of travel on the permit.
      • It cannot be used to travel to/from any comuna (neighborhood) in Paso 1 (quarantine).
      • Travelers must still fill out the Pasaporte Sanitario (Sanitary Passport).

Quarantine Information: 

  • The Chilean government has instituted a gradual re-opening plan (“Paso a Paso”) with different levels of permitted activities at each step. Neighborhoods (comunas) may move forward or backward in steps, depending on local conditions. Learn more about the Paso a Paso plan here (Spanish only).
  • For comunas under quarantine, people will be allowed to obtain a permit to leave their residences only under certain circumstances. American citizens can obtain a permit by visiting the Comisaria Virtual or the nearest police station (Comisaría de Carabineros). 
  • Comunas at Paso 1 (Quarantine) are subject to 24-hour quarantine.
  • Comunas at Paso 2 (Transition) are subject to 24-hour quarantine only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Beginning Thursday, December 10, restaurants in comunas in Paso 2 will be allowed to operate during the week with outdoor seating only.
  • Comunas at Paso 3 (Preparation) are not subject to a quarantine.
  • Pasos 4 and 5 have further reductions on the imposed limitations and prohibitions of activities.
  • For a complete list of comunas and the current Paso level, see the following website: https://www.gob.cl/coronavirus/pasoapaso#situacioncomunal/
  • Recent updates to the Paso a Paso comuna status include the following:
  • The downgrading of the following comunas from Phase 4 (Initial Opening) to Phase 3 (Preparation). This includes the closing of theaters and cinemas, as well as indoor seating at restaurants (begins Saturday, January 16 at 5:00 am):
    • Puren (region de la Araucania)
    • The downgrading of the following comunas from Phase 3 (Preparation) to Phase 2 (Transition). This includes the reimposition of a quarantine on the weekends and holidays (begins Saturday, January 16 at 5:00 am):
      • Traiguen (Region de la Araucania)
      • Curacautin (Region de la Araucania)
      • The downgrading of the following comunas from Phase 2 (Transition) to Phase 1 (Quarantine). This includes the reimposition of a quarantine all days of the week (begins Saturday, January 16 at 5:00 am):
        • Tome (Region de Biobio)
        • Paillaco (Region de los Lagos)
        • The upgrading of the following comunas from Phase 2 (Transition) to Phase 3 (Preparation). This includes the lifting of quarantine on weekends and holidays (begins Monday, January 18 at 5:00 am):
          • Los Sauces (Region de la Araucania)
  • COVID-19 testing is available at both public and private hospitals/clinics. Anyone may request a test, whether symptomatic or not, though private hospitals and clinics may require an appointment beforehand. U.S. citizens not covered under a Chilean healthcare plan must either pay for the test through their insurance or up front.

Transportation Options: 

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes. LATAM, American Airlines, and United Airlines currently have scheduled direct passenger service between Santiago and the U.S.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.
  • Face masks are required on all public transportation. Obey signage regarding social distancing.

Consular Operations: 

  • The U.S. Embassy in Santiago is offering limited services for American citizens, including passport, notarial, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. Please visit our website to schedule an appointment online. If you have a need for emergency consular services, please email SantiagoUSA@state.gov.
  • U.S. Embassy Santiago began a phased resumption of visa services on November 2, 2020. Limited visa processing resumed for all visa classes except B1/B2 visitors for tourism/business requiring an interview.

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