COVID-19 in Chile: Information for American Citizens

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Level 4 Travel Advisory for American CitizensDo Not Travel

  • The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
  • As of May 1, LATAM has resumed commercial flights between Santiago and the U.S. As commercial flight options and availability may change with little notice, the U.S. Embassy continues to encourage all citizens who are not prepared to remain in Chile for an indefinite period of time to take advantage of commercial flights to the U.S. while they are available. The Department of State is not currently organizing an evacuation of American citizens from Chile.  Please note that evacuation flights are not free of charge. Learn more about evacuation flights here.
  • Please see the Travel Advisory for more details:

Country-Specific Information:

  • As of 11:00 am July 4, 2020, Chile has 291,847 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Chile remains in Phase 4 of the outbreak, i.e., uncontrolled and widespread community transmission.
  • Chile has declared a preventative quarantine for parts of Santiago and nationwide curfew requirements. See important details below under “Quarantine Information”.
  • Chile is under a daily nationwide curfew from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am. To obtain a permit (salvoconducto) to leave your residence during the curfew period, visit the Comisaria Virtual or the nearest police station.
  • The Chilean government has declared a 90-day state of emergency, which took effect March 19. The declaration was renewed on June 16 for an additional 90 days.Travelers should be prepared for further travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice at the local, regional, and national government levels. The Chilean armed forces are present at ports of entry to ensure compliance with these restrictions.
  • 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 extreme caution in the context of a national health emergency by maintaining social distancing practices, following quarantine and sanitary procedures as directed by the host government, including curfew, and following all sanitary and hygiene guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to mitigate health risks.
  • U.S. Embassy Santiago has suspended routine consular services. Only emergency U.S. citizen services will be available. Taking into consideration recent quarantine measures for Santiago announced by the Chilean government, U.S. citizens with a need for emergency consular services should contact the Consular Section at or by calling +56 2 2330 3000.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Effective March 18, Chile’s borders are closed for entry. Chilean citizens and permanent residents are exempted and may still enter Chile at this time. All foreigners and Chileans entering Chile are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.
  • As of March 15, the Chilean government has prohibited the docking of cruise ships in Chilean ports.
  • On March 24, the CDC raised its travel warning for Chile to Level 3 – Avoid Non-Essential Travel. In line with CDC guidance, citizens returning to the U.S. from Chile should stay home for 14 days upon arrival in the U.S.

Quarantine Information:

  • The Chilean Ministry of Health has established procedures for the quarantine and treatment of any potential or confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • Extension of quarantine for Gran Santiago (includes all comunas in the Santiago Province, as well as the comunas of Puente Alto, San Bernardo, Padre Hurtado, Buin, Lampa, and Colina) until Friday, July 10.
  • Extension of quarantines for the following additional comunas until Friday, July 10:
    • Iquique (I Region)
    • Alto Hospicio (I Region)
    • Pozo Almonte (I Region)
    • Antofagasta (II Region)
    • Calama (II Region)
    • Mejillones (II Region)
    • Tocopilla (II Region)
    • Los Andes (V Region)
    • Quillota (V Region)
    • San Antonio (V Region)
    • San Felipe (V Region)
    • Valparaíso (V Region)
    • Viña del Mar (V Region)
    • San José de Maipo (RM)
    • Peñaflor (RM)
    • Melipilla (RM)
    • Curacaví (RM)
    • Tiltil (RM)
    • Graneros (VI Region)
    • Rancagua (VI Region)
    • Machalí (VI Region)
    • Curicó (VII Region)
  •  A sanitary cordon for the comunas of Lota and Coronel (VIII Region), beginning at 10:00 pm Friday, July 3
  • A reduction in the number of permits allowed per person to leave their residence during quarantine, from 5/week to 2/week
  • Note: Quarantines may be modified or extended by Chilean authorities at any time.
  • While under quarantine, people will be allowed to obtain a permit to leave their residences only under certain circumstances, including for medical reasons, accessing public services (including pension payments) and paying bills for basic services.
  • American citizens can obtain a permit by visiting the Comisaria Virtual or the nearest police station (Comisaría de Carabineros).
  • Permits are valid for 30 minutes to 24 hours, depending on the purpose of travel.
  • For U.S. citizens traveling to the airport, a passport and flight confirmation serve as appropriate documentation.
  • Checkpoints for health inspections are in effect at all principal points of entry and exit to the city of Santiago. In addition to checking the health of persons entering and leaving the city, these checkpoints will be used.
  • Chile is under a daily nationwide curfew from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am.
  • Sanitary customs procedures have been implemented for the following regions: Arica y Parinacota, Tarapacá, Antofagasta, Atacama, Coquimbo, San Antonio ,  Los Lagos (including separate santiary barriers for the island of Chiloé) Aysén, and Magallanes (including separate santiary barriers for Punta Arenas and Puerto Williams).
  • Establishment of a sanitary cordon for the comunas of Pirque and Alto Bio-Bío (beginning Friday, June 12 at 10:00 pm)
  • Sanitary controls are in effect in bus terminals nation-wide, beginning in Santiago. Passengers will be subject health inspections before being allowed to board buses.
  • The mandatory self-quarantine of all citizens age 75 and older
  • Only authorized personnel will be allowed to enter nursing homes (no family visits).
  • The use of face masks is mandatory in elevators, as well as all enclosed spaces with more than 10 people. Face masks are also required on all public transportation, including taxis and ride-hailing services.
  • The use of face masks is mandatory in all all public spaces in the comuna of Las Condes. Violators will face a fine of approximately 50,000 Chilean pesos.

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