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COVID-19 Information (Last updated:  11/27/2020)

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

Country-Specific Information:

  • As of November 27, 2020, Chile has 547,223 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. The CDC has put in place a Level 3 warning for COVID-19 in Chile. CDC Chile Advisory
  • Chile is under a daily nationwide curfew from 12:00 am to 5:00 am. More restrictive curfews in place in the Magallanes Region remain in effect.
  • In Puerto Montt (Los Lagos Region) and the Magallanes Region (including Punta Arenas) curfew is in place from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am.
  • A curfew extension for Gran Concepción, now from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am (begins Saturday, November 21)
  • 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 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? Yes
  • The plan to gradually re-open Chile’s borders allows non-resident foreigners to enter Chile through Santiago Airport starting on November 23.
  • All travelers (of all ages) will have to present three documents when boarding:
    • A completed “Affidavit of Travelers” electronic form (available at 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  departure; and
    • Proof of a health insurance policy that provides coverage for Covid-19 and related health issues during the traveler’s stay in Chile.
  • Between November 23 and December 7, non-resident foreigners entering Chile who were in a high-risk country (including the United States) at any time within 14 days prior to their travel to Chile will have to complete a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine upon entering Chile, even with a negative PCR test. If the traveler’s final destination in Chile is outside of Santiago, they will have 24 hours to arrive at their final destination to begin quarantine.
  • After December 7, non-resident foreigners entering Chile with the three documents described above will not have to complete a 14-day quarantine.
  • All non-resident foreigners entering Chile will be subject to a 14-day “Period of Vigilance for Travelers.”  During this period, travelers will have to report daily their location and health condition to the Health Ministry through a system that will be implemented for this purpose.  (This platform will be launched in the coming days.)
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • U.S. citizens should contact the Policia de Investigaciones (PDI) for information regarding the extension of tourist or resident visas.
  • All foreigners entering Chile must comply with prescribed public health measures such as wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, avoiding quarantined comunas, and respecting nightly curfews.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes. There is a daily curfew from 12:00am to 5:00 am, nationwide. Other locations may have stricter curfews.
  • 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).
  • Travel between regions is allowed only to and from districts in Step 3 (Preparation) or above. Travelers will only be required to carry a sanitary passport (visit https://www.c19.cl/).

Quarantine Information:

  • 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:
    • Linares (VII Region)
    • Lebu (VIII Region)
    • Cañete (VIII Region)
    • Chol Chol (IX Region)
    • Lautaro (IX Region)
    • Temuco (IX Region)
    • Freire (IX Region)
    • Padre Las Casas (IX Region)
    • Valdivia (XIV Region)
    •  Futrono (XIV Region)
    • La Union (XIV Region)
    • Maullin (X Region) (begins Saturday, November 28 at 5:00 am)
    • Puqueldón (X Region)
    • Queilén (X Region)
    • Quemchi (X Region)
    • Ancud (X Region)
    • Los Lagos (X Region)
    • Chonchi (X Region)
    • Muermos (X Region)
    • Puerto Montt (X Region)
    • Puerto Natales (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:
    • Iquique (I Region)
    • Quillota (V Region)
    • Linares (VII Region)
    • Maule (VII Region)
    • Talca (VII Region)
    • Curico (VII Region)
    • Lo Espejo
    • San Joaquin
    • La Granja
    • Coronel (VIII Region) (begins Monday, November 30 at 5:00 am)
    • Lota (VIII Region) (begins Monday, November 30 at 5:00 am)
    • Los Ángeles (VIII Region)
    • Nacimiento (VIII Region)

    • Santa Juana (VIII Region)

    • Tome (VIII Region)
    • Curanilahue (VIII Region)
    • Los Alamos (VIII Region)
    • Concepción (VIII Region)
    • Talcahuano (VIII Region)
    • Hualpen (VIII Region)
    • San Pedro de la Paz (VIII Region)
    • Chiguayante (VIII Region)
    • Hualqui (VIII Region)
    • Chillan (XVI Region)
    • Chillan Viejo (XVI Region)
    • Vilcun (IX Region)
    • Galvarino (IX Region)
    • Traiguen (IX Region) (begins Monday, November 30 at 5:00 am)
    • Ercilla (IX Region)
    • Loncoche (IX Region)
    • Teodoro Schmidt (IX Region)
    • Renaico (IX Region)
    • Angol (IX Region)
    • Collipulli (IX Region)
    • Perquenco (IX Region)
    • Paillaco (XIV Region)
    • Lago Ranco (XIV Region) (begins Monday, November 30 at 5:00 am)
    • Panguipulli (XIV Region)
    • Corral (XIV Region)
    • Lanco (XIV Region)
    • Rio Bueno (XIV Region)
    • Osorno (X Region) (begins Monday, November 30 at 5:00 am)
    • Hualaihue (X Region) (begins Monday, November 30 at 5:00 am)
    • Quinchao (X Region)
    • Curaco de Vélez (X Region)
    • Río Negro (X Region)
    • San Juan de la Costa (X Region)
    • Purranque (X Region)
    • Dalcahue (X Region)
    • Castro (X Region)
    • Quellón (X Region)
    • Calbuco (X Region)
    • Porvenir (XII Region)
  • The upgrading of the following comunas from Phase 2 (Transition) to Phase 3 (Preparation). This includes the lifting of quarantine on the weekends and holidays (begins Monday, November 30 at 5:00 am):
    • Penco (VIII Region)
    • Yumbel (VIII Region)
    • Villarrica (IX Region)
    • Nueva Imperial (IX Region)
    • Curacautin (IX Region)
    • Gorbea (IX Region)
    • Puerto Saavedra (IX Region)
    • Victoria (IX Region)
    • Melipeuco (IX Region)
    • Carahue (IX Region)
    • Cunco (IX Region)
    • Coyhaique (XI Region
  • The downgrading of the following comunas from from Phase 4 (Initial Opening) to Phase 3 (Preparation). This includes the imposition of a quarantine on the weekends and holidays (begins Saturday, November 28 at 5:00 am):
    • Melipilla (RM)
    • Pudahuel (RM)
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • Only limited emergency visa services are being offered

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