COVID-19 in Chile: Information for American Citizens

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COVID-19 Information (Last updated: 04/19/2021)

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

Country-Specific Information

***Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States aged two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three days of calendar 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.***

  • As of April 19, the Ministry of Health has confirmed 1,131,340 cases of COVID-19 in Chile.
  • Chile is under a daily nationwide curfew from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am.
  • Chile remains under a State of Emergency through June 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. U.S. citizens should exercise caution by maintaining social distancing practices, following quarantine and sanitary procedures as directed by the Chilean government (including curfew). Infractions could be subject to fines and potential arrest. For more information please visit here (Spanish only).

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 72 hours? Yes
  • 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. The cost of the test is approximately CLP $25,000. 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? To date, Chile has received shipments of both the Sinovac and Pfizer vaccines
  • 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.
  • Chile’s National Vaccination Plan and information can be found here (Spanish only)

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No. Only Chilean citizens and foreign residents of Chile may enter
  • 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 “rapid” or “antigen only” tests will not be accepted
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Beginning April 5, Chilean citizens and residents of Chile will be required to request a permit from the Comisaría Virtual in order to depart Chile. The government of Chile has informed that such permits will be granted only in exceptional circumstances. Non-resident foreigners continue to be allowed to depart Chile. Virtual. Non-resident foreigners will not be allowed to enter Chile, but will be allowed to depart.
  • All passengers (including Chileans and residents) must complete an obligatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Chile. The first 5 days of quarantine will be conducted at a “transit hotel” designated by the Chilean Ministry of Health. During this 5-day period, all passengers will be required to take a second PCR test. If the test returns negative, passengers will be allowed to spend the second 5-day period of quarantine in their residence or a hotel of their choice. Passengers who test positive will be taken to a “sanitary residence” to complete their quarantine there. Passengers are responsible for the cost of the initial five-day stay in the “transit hotel”.
  • 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 https://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; 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 the traveler’s stay, with a coverage of USD $ 30,000 (minimum). All documents must be presented before boarding the flight to Chile.
  • Foreign residents of Chile and holders of diplomatic/official passports are exempt from the health insurance requirements
  • U.S. citizens should contact the Policía 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 9:00 pm to 5:00 am, nationwide
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes. In places where sanitary cordons are in place, travelers may be subject to temperature screenings. Travel to or from comunas in quarantine requires a permit obtained from the Chilean police
  • Travel between regions is allowed only to and from districts in Step 3 (Preparation) or above. Travelers are required to carry a sanitary passport
  • Individuals in comunas that are in Paso 1 or 2 are allowed two permits (permiso de desplazamiento) a week, but only one permit may be used on the weekend or holidays.
  • Individuals in comunas in Paso 1 are allowed outside for exercise without a permit from 6:00 am to 9:00 am, seven days a week.
  • Some regions of Chile have additional travel restrictions. Individuals traveling to the Magallanes Region must also have a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to travel. Individuals traveling to the Aysén Region must have a negative PCR test taken 96 hours prior to travel. Information on additional travel requirements inside of Chile can be found here (Spanish) and here (English).
  • Additional information and FAQs are available at the links below:
    • Current instructions on individuals allowed to be outside of their homes during quarantine (Spanish only)
    • FAQs for travelers to Chile (Spanish only)
    • 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
  • 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 Comisaría 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.
  • 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.
  • A current list of what Paso each comuna is at may be found here

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
  • 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.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Santiago is performing limited, Mission-critical visa services. For additional information, please visit the Embassy webpage on visa services.

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