COVID-19 in Chile: Information for American Citizens

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COVID-19 Information (Last updated:  9/20/2020)

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

Country-Specific Information: 

  • As of September 20, 2020, Chile has 446,274 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Per CDC guidelines Chile remains in Phase 4 of the outbreak, i.e., uncontrolled and widespread community transmission. 
  • Chile is under a daily nationwide curfew from 11:00 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 use of face coverings is mandatory in all urban areas, nation-wide 
  • The Chilean government extended the existing state of emergency on September 11 for an additional 90 days. 
  • 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 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? No 
  • Only Chilean citizens and residents of Chile are allowed entry into the country. American citizen in the U.S. seeking to travel to Chile for emergency reasons should contact the Chilean Embassy or the nearest Chilean consulate in the U.S.  
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No 
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes 
  • All Chileans and foreigners are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Chile. Passengers arriving by air in Santiago whose final destination is another city in Chile must complete quarantine in Santiago before continuing onward to their final destination. There are no exceptions to the quarantine requirement 

Movement Restrictions: 

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes. There is a daily curfew from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am, nationwide  
  • 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 in quarantine requires a permiso obtained from the Chilean police (see “Quarantine Information” below)
  •  Beginning Thursday, September 17 at 6:00 pm, and continuing through Sunday, September 20 at 11:00 pm:

    • The placement of sanitary cordons for the Metropolitan Region, the Valparaiso (V) Region, Greater Concepción, and the comunas of Temuco and Padre Las Casas

    • The prohibition of travel in between different Regions in Chile

Quarantine Information: 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes. U.S. citizens arriving in Chile are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine, and are subject to all other quarantines in effect in neighborhoods in Chile. 
  • 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). 
  •  The following comunas are currently at Paso 1 (Quarantine) and are subject to 24-hour quarantine: 
    • Arica (XV Region) 
    • Alto Hospicio (I Region) 
    • Iquique (I Region) 
    • Pozo Almonte (I Region) 
    • Antofagasta (II Region) 
    • Mejillones (II Region) 
    • Copiapó (III Region) 
    • Vallenar (III Region)
    • Tierra Amarilla (III Region) 
    • Ovalle (IV Region)
    • Coquimbo (IV Region) 
    • La Serena (IV Region) 
    • Calera (IV Region) 
    • La Cruz (IV Region) 
    • Valparaíso (V Region) 
    • Viña del Mar (V Region) 
    • All comunas in the Metropolitan Region (except those listed in Paso 2 below) 
    • Paine (RM)
    • Pichidehua (VI Region) (begins Friday, September 18 at 5:00 am)
    • San Vicente de Tagua Tagua (VI Región )
    • Santa Cruz (VI Region)
    • Licanten (VII Region) (begins Friday, September 18 at 5:00 am)
    • Molina (VII Region)
    • San Clemente (VII Region)
    • Longaví (VII Region)
    • Linares (VII Región)
    • Curanilahue (VIII Region) (begins Friday, September 18 at 5:00 am)
    • Los Alamos (VIII Region) (begins Friday, September 18 at 5:00 am)
    • Lebu (VIII Region) (begins Friday, September 18 at 5:00 am)
    • Coronel VIII Region)
    • San Pedro de la Paz (VIII Region)
    • Lota (VIII Region)
    • Hualqui (VIII Region)
    • Chillan (VIII Region)
    • Chillan Viejo (VIII Region)
    • Concepción (VIII Region)
    • Talcahuano (VIII Region)
    • Hualpen (VIII Region)
    • Chiguayante (VIII Region)
    • Penco (VIII Region)
    • Tome (VIII Region)
    • Maullin (X Region) (begins Friday, September 18 at 5:00 am)
    • Puerto Montt (X Region) 
    • Puerto Natales (XII Region)
    • Provenir (XII Region)
    • Punta Arenas (XII Region)
  • The following comunas are currently at Paso 2 (Transition) and are subject to 24-hour quarantine only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 
    • Tocopilla (II Region) 
    • Calama (II Region)  (begins Monday, September 21 at 5:00 am)
    • San Antonio (V Region) 
    • Quillota (V) (begins Monday, September 21 at 5:00 am)
    • Independencia (RM)  (begins Monday, September 21 at 5:00 am)
    • Pudahuel (RM)  (begins Monday, September 21 at 5:00 am)
    • El Bosque (RM)  (begins Monday, September 21 at 5:00 am)
    • Recoleta (RM)
    • San Ramón (RM)
    • La Cisterna (RM)
    • La Granja (RM)
    • San Joaquín (RM)
    • San Miguel (RM)
    • Quilicura (RM)
    • San Bernardo (RM)
    • Isla de Maipo (RM)
    • Huechuraba (RM)
    • Macul (RM)  )
    • La Florida (RM)
    • Pedro Aguirre Cerda (RM)
    • Cerrillos (RM)
    • Maipu (RM)
    • Calera de Tango (RM)
    • El Monte (RM)
    • Talagante (RM)
    • Lo Barnechea (RM) 
    • Santiago Centro (RM) 
    • Estación Central (RM)  
    • Peñalolén (RM)
    • Padre Hurtado (RM)
    • Peñaflor (RM)
    • Maria Pinto (RM) 
    • Curacaví (RM) 
    • Tiltil (RM) 
    • Lampa (RM) 
    • Colina (RM) 
    • Melipilla (RM) 
    • San Fernando (VI Region) (begins Friday, September 18 at 5:00 am)
    • Rengo (VI Region)
    • Graneros (VI Region) 
    • Machalí (VI Region) 
    • Rancagua (VI Region) 
    • Talca (VII Region) (begins Friday, September 18 at 5:00 am)
    • Curico (VII Region)
  • For a full list of comunas currently at Paso 3 (Preparation) and Paso 4 (Initial Opening) visit the Chilean government’s “Paso a Paso” website and click on “Situación Comunal” (Spanish only) 

COVID-19 Testing: 

  • COVID-19 testing is available at all 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. The maximum cost of a COVID-19 test is set at CLP 25.000.  

Transportation Options: 

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes. LATAM and American Airlines currently have scheduled 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: 

  • Routine consular operations at Embassy Santiago have been suspended 
  • American Citizen Services offers emergency services only. Services such as passport applications without imminent travel, as well as notarials, are not considered emergency, and are not being scheduled at this time 
  • U.S. citizens with a need for emergency consular services should email SantiagoUSA@state.gov  
  • Only limited emergency visa services are being offered

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