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COVID-19 Information (Last updated: 10/20/2021)
Level 3 Travel Advisory for American Citizens: Reconsider travel to Chile due to COVID-19
***All airline passengers to the United States aged two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three days of calendar travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.***
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Chile? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? 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 V
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States
- 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.
- Chile’s National Vaccination Plan and information can be found here (Spanish only)
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? Yes. The test must be taken within 72 hours of boarding the final flight to Chile. The 72-hour time period begins from the time the test is administered, not from the time that results are returned. Only PCR tests for COVID-19 are acceptable for entry into Chile; antigen-only tests are not accepted
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- U.S. citizens should contact the Policía de Investigaciones (PDI) for information regarding the extension of tourist or resident visas
- Travelers to Chile who are neither Chilean citizens nor residents of Chile must obtain a “Mobility Pass” (Pase de Movibilidad), verifying that they have complete a full course of vaccination against COVID-19. Travelers vaccinated outside of Chile may obtain a Mobility Pass here.
- The Mobility Pass must be obtained prior to arriving in Chile. Obtaining the Mobility Pass outside of Chile may take 2-3 weeks.
- Travelers must complete a 5-day quarantine at a private residence or hotel upon arrival in Chile.
- Chilean citizens or residents without a Mobility Pass must complete a 7-day quarantine at a private residence or hotel. Travelers may use private transport, taxi, or transfer (private van) to reach their final destination, as long as it is no more than two hours from their point of entry into Chile.
- The Chilean government regular checks in on arriving passengers to ensure that they are completing quarantine requirements. Failure to comply with quarantine requirements may result in fines or other legal action, including deportation (for non-residents).
- Travelers must complete an online form with the Ministry of Health will receive a daily health survey from the Ministry of Health for 14 days after arrival. The completion of this daily survey is mandatory.
- Travelers (of all ages) will have to present three documents when boarding:
- A completed “Affidavit of Travelers” electronic form (available at https://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 boarding their final flight to Chile; and
- Proof of a health insurance policy that provides coverage for COVID-19 and related health issues during the traveler’s stay in Chile. The health insurance must cover charges associated with COVID-19 during the traveler’s stay, with a coverage of USD $ 30,000 (minimum). All documents must be presented before boarding the flight to Chile.
- Foreign residents of Chile and holders of diplomatic/official passports are exempt from the health insurance requirements
- Travelers departing Chile with a valid Mobility Pass have no restriction from departing Chile
- Travelers departing Chile without a Mobility Pass who are Chilean citizens or residents of Chile must obtain a permit from the Comisaría Virtual in order to depart Chile. The criteria for these permits is extremely strict, and include cases that may be humanitarian or medical in nature, where the travel is in Chile’s national interest, or where a traveler is moving to another country. The U.S. Embassy cannot intervene on the behalf of individual cases where a permit is denied to a U.S.-Chilean dual national, or a U.S. citizen resident of Chile. We recommend that travelers provide as much supporting documentation as possible when requesting permits.
- Is a curfew in place? No.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes. Travel between regions requires a health passport (pasaporte sanitario) obtained from the Chilean police.
- 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). Note: Those without Mobility Passes may be subject to additional movement or activity restrictions in comunas that are in the most restrictive steps of Paso a Paso.
- 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 email@example.com.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes.
- Face masks are required on all public transportation. Obey signage regarding social distancing.
- 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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