COVID-19 in Chile: Information for American Citizens

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COVID-19 Information (Last updated: 08/02/2022)

Level 2: Exercise increased caution in Chile due to civil unrest

***  As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

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? 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. 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 U.S.
  • 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? No.
  • Travelers will have to present the following documents when boarding their flight to Chile:
  • As of April 14, 2022, the Chilean government no longer requires travelers to obtain a Mobility Pass (“Pase de Movibilidad”) in order to enter Chile. However, a valid Mobility Pass will still be required in many situations, including but not limited to the following:
    • Domestic travel (by plane, bus, etc.)
      • For example, if you are arriving in Santiago and have a connecting domestic flight to another city in Chile, a Mobility Pass will not be requested upon arrival in Santiago, but will be required to board your connecting domestic flight
    • Indoor dining at restaurants
    • Access to theaters and cinemas
    • Participation in organized tours
    • Attendance at large public events (sporting events, concerts, etc.)
  • The U.S. Embassy highly encourages travelers who may engage in any of the above activities during their stay in Chile to obtain a Mobility Pass prior to arrival in Chile
  • Obtaining the Mobility Pass 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
  • The approved Mobility Pass should have all vaccinations (including booster shots) individually registered. See an example of an approved Mobility Pass here. If your Mobility Pass does not individually display all of your vaccinations, you should resubmit your proof of vaccination.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes. The Chilean government conducts random COVID tests for arriving international passengers. A passenger who tests positive will be required to complete quarantine at the address listed on their Travelers’ Affidavit or at a location determined by the Ministry of Health

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes. A Mobility Pass is required for domestic flights and interurban buses
  • 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).
  • 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, if testing positive on arrival.
  • Travelers who test positive prior to departing Chile will be required to quarantine in a location determined by the Ministry of Health. Travelers should follow all quarantine instructions provided by the Ministry of Health. The U.S. Embassy cannot request the Chilean government to exempt travelers from quarantine requirements.
  • Travelers should contact their airline for any questions regarding rescheduling their flights or requirements to board a flight after testing positive.
  • Per CDC guidelines, travelers who continue to test positive after quarantine but are no longer experiencing symptoms may be allowed to board a flight by providing their prior positive COVID test and a letter from a public health official or licensed healthcare provider stating that they are recovered/cleared to travel. Travelers should contact their airline with any questions regarding documents required to board their return flight if they continue to test positive after completing quarantine.
  • The U.S. Embassy can neither ask the Ministry of Health to waive quarantine requirements, nor request that airlines board a passenger who has tested positive. Travelers to Chile are strongly encouraged to have contingency plans in place should they test positive for COVID prior to departure.

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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