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Level 4 Travel Advisory for American Citizens: Do Not Travel
- The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
- While commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.
- The Department of State is not currently organizing an evacuation of American citizens from Chile. The Embassy strongly encourages those who wish to return to the U.S. to explore commercial flight options now, as there is no guarantee the U.S. government will be able to arrange evacuation flights.
- Please note that evacuation flights are not free of charge. Learn more about evacuation flights here.
- Please see the Travel Advisory for more details: https://cl.usembassy.gov/alert-the-department-of-state-advises-u-s-citizens-to-avoid-all-international-travel-due-to-the-global-impact-of-covid-19/
- As of 12:00 pm April 6, 2020, Chile has 4,815 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. The curfew begins at 2:00 pm in Easter Island.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. 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 SantiagoUSA@state.gov or by calling +56 2 2330 3000.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Effective March 18, Chile’s borders are closed for entry for at least 14 days. 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
- There are currently no restrictions on foreigners departing Chile, although travelers should proactively coordinate with airlines, as both international and domestic flights are being reduced in frequency and/or canceled, with schedules and options changing daily.
- As of March 15, the Chilean government has prohibited the docking of cruise ships in Chilean ports.
- The Ministry of Health requires all Chilean and international travelers who are admitted to Chile (on an exceptional basis) to submit a sworn declaration listing the countries they have visited in the past 30 days. Any travelers who have visited any “affected country” within the past 30 days will be screened for signs of the virus by Health Ministry officials. All travelers arriving in Chile will be subject to a 14-day self-quarantine
- 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.
- The Chilean Ministry of Health has established procedures for the quarantine and treatment of any potential or confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- On March 25, The Chilean government announced the following quarantine measures for Santiago:
- A quarantine in effect for the following neighborhoods (comunas) in Santiago: Santiago Centro, Independencia, Providencia, Ñuñoa, Las Condes, Vitacura, and Lo Barnechea.(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 cetain 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 Comsiaria Virtual or the nearest police station (Comisaría de Carabineros).
- Permits will be 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 will be placed 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.
- To obtain a permit (salvoconducto) to leave your residence during the curfew period, visit the Comisaría Virtual or the nearest police station.
The comunas of Chillan, Padre las Casas, Temuco, Osorno, Punta Arenas, are currently under quarantine.
Sanitary customs procedures have been implemented for the following regions: Arica y Parinacota, Tarapacá, Antofagasta, Atacama, Coquimbo, Los Lagos, Aysén, and Magallanes. The island of Chiloé, as well as the cities of Chillán, Osorno, Puerto Williams, and San Pedro de la Paz (near Concepción) are also subject to increased sanitary controls. Foreigners and Chilean citizens entering or exiting these regions are required to have their health checked at checkpoints manned by Chilean police and armed forces.
- On March 31, the government of Chile announced that sanitary controls will be implemented in bus terminals nation-wide, beginning in Santiago. Passengers will be subject health inspections before being allowed to board buses.
- On April 2, the government of Chile announced that only authorized personnel will be allowed to enter nursing homes (no family visits).
On April 3, the government announced that health inspection checkpoints would be increased for the Metropolitan Region of Santiago and the cities of Concepcion and Temuco beginning Thursday, April 9, and continuing through Sunday, April 12. These checkpoints are to prevent people from entering and leaving these locations. Only those carrying a salvoconducto will be allowed to go through checkpoints- permits (like those to leave your residence during quarantine) will not be sufficient to pass through a checkpoint. U.S. citizens should continue to respect quarantine and curfew measures during Holy Week.
Beginning Wednesday, April 8, the use of masks will be mandatory on all public transportation, including taxis and ride-hailing services.
- Chilean Ministry of Health
- For medical assistance while in Chile, you may consult our list of medical resources in Chile.