COVID-19 in Chile: Information for American Citizens

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COVID-19 Information (Last updated: 12/03/2021)

Level 3 Travel Advisory for American Citizens: Reconsider travel to Chile due to COVID-19

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. ***

Country-Specific Information

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Chile? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? No. PCR test results may take 24-48 hours to be returned. Antigen tests are not widely available in Chile.
  • US citizens can obtain a COVID-19 test in any public hospital or in private clinics. A doctor’s note is not required to request a test. Travelers are responsible for paying for their own tests, whether it be direct payment to the medical facility, or through insurance.
  • Travelers can request to receive test results by email. A physical copy of the test results may also be obtained- travelers should consult the medical facility where they have the test taken.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Chile approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Chile for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes. Vaccines are available for U.S. citizens who are also either residents or citizens of Chile
  • Which vaccines are available in Chile? The Chilean government has approved the following vaccines for use: Pfizer-Biontech, Astrazeneca, Sinovac, Cansino, and Sputnik Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes. The test must be taken within 72 hours of boarding the final flight to Chile. The 72-hour time period begins from the time the test is administered, not from the time that results are returned. Only PCR tests for COVID-19 are acceptable for entry into Chile; antigen-only tests are not accepted.
  • Travelers will have to present four documents when boarding their flight to Chile:
    • A completed “Traveler’s Affidavit” prepared less than 48 hours before boarding;
    • A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding the final flight to Chile;
    • 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 the traveler’s stay, with a coverage of USD $ 30,000 (minimum). All documents must be presented before boarding the flight to Chile; and
    • A valid Mobility Pass (see “Entry Requirement Details” below)
  • Chilean citizens, foreign residents of Chile, and holders of diplomatic/official passports are exempt from the health insurance requirements
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • U.S. citizens should contact the Policía de Investigaciones (PDI) for information regarding the extension of tourist or resident visas
  • Entry is prohibited into Chile for travelers who are neither Chilean citizens nor residents of Chile, and were present in the following countries in the last 14 days
    • South Africa
    • Zimbabwe
    • Namibia
    • Botswana
    • Lesotho
    • Eswatini
    • Mozambique
  • Chilean citizens or residents who have been present in one of the above countries must complete a 7-day quarantine, whether or not they are fully vaccinated

Entry Requirement Details

  • Travelers who are neither Chilean citizens nor residents of Chile must obtain a “Mobility Pass” (Pase de Movibilidad), verifying that they have complete a full course of vaccination against COVID-19. Travelers vaccinated outside of Chile may obtain a Mobility Pass here.
  • The Mobility Pass must be obtained prior to arriving in Chile. Obtaining the Mobility Pass outside of Chile may take a minimum of 4 weeks. Please note that the U.S. Embassy cannot assist travelers in obtaining a Mobility Pass. Travelers with questions or problems regarding the Mobility Pass should contact the nearest Chilean consulate in the U.S., or send an email to yomevacuno@minsal.cl.
  • Travelers with a Mobility Pass must quarantine at a private residence or hotel until they receive a negative PCR test result.
  • Chilean citizens or residents without a Mobility Pass must complete a 7-day quarantine at a private residence or hotel. Travelers may use private transport, taxi, or transfer (private van) to reach their final destination, as long as it is no more than two hours from their point of entry into Chile. The 7-day quarantine requirement also includes travelers arriving with unvaccinated children under the age of 6.
  • The Chilean government regularly checks in on arriving passengers to ensure that they are completing quarantine requirements. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements may result in fines or other legal action, including deportation (for non-residents).
  • Any passenger who tests positive upon arrival in Chile and may be suspected of carrying the Omicron variant will be required to complete quarantine at a “residencia sanitaria” or other location determined by the Chilean health authorities
  • Travelers will receive a daily health survey from the Ministry of Health for 10 days after arrival. The completion of this daily survey is mandatory.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes. A Mobility Pass is required for trips of 200 km or more if traveling by plane, bus, or train.
  • The level and type of activities permitted in each neighborhood (comuna) depends on what level of the “Paso a Paso” re-opening plan the comuna finds itself it. Details about activities permitted at each state of Paso a Paso may be found here (Spanish only). Note: Those without Mobility Passes may be subject to additional movement or activity restrictions in comunas that are in the most restrictive steps of Paso a Paso.
  • For specific questions, the Ministry of Health’s hotline is available at 600-360-7777. The Ministry of Tourism answers questions at 600 600 6066 or by email at turismoatiende@sernatur.cl.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.

Consular Operations:

    • The U.S. Embassy in Santiago is offering regular services for American citizens. Please visit our website to schedule an appointment online. If you have a need for emergency consular services, please email SantiagoUSA@state.gov.
    • The U.S. Embassy in Santiago is performing limited visa services. For additional information, please visit the Embassy webpage on visa services.

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