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COVID-19 Information (Last updated:  10/23/2020)

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

Country-Specific Information:

  • As of October 23, 2020, Chile has 498,906 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.
  • Beginning Friday, October 2, curfew for the Magallanes Region (including Punta Arenas) will be from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am
  • 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
  • U.S. citizens should contact the Policia de Investigaciones (PDI) for information regarding the extension of tourist or resident visas.
  • 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. Travelers who have a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 are not subject to quarantine, provided that the test was taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Chile

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes. There is a daily curfew from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am, nationwide. Beginning Friday, October 2, curfew for the Magallanes Region (including Punta Arenas) will be from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am
  • 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)

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)
    • Pichidehua (VI Region)
    • Linares (VII Region)
    • Curanilahue (VIII Region)
    • Los Alamos (VIII Region)
    • Lebu (VIII Region)
    • Coronel (VIII Region)
    • Lota (VIII Region)
    • Cañete (VIII Region)
    • Tome (VIII Region)
    • Carahue (IX Region)
    • Galvarino (IX Region)
    • Renaico (IX Region)
    • Puerto Saavedra (IX Region)
    • Villarrica (IX Region)
    • Fresia (X Region)
    • Chonchi (X Region)
    • Purranque (X Region)
    •  Frutillar (X Region)
    • Muermos (X Region)
    • Osorno (X Region)
    • Puerto Montt (X Region)
    • Río Negro (X Region)
    • San Juan de la Costa (X Region)
    • Coyhaique (XI Region)
    • Puerto Natales (XII Region)
    • Porvenir (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:
      • Alto Hospicio (I Region)
      • Iquique (I Region)
      • Pozo Almonte (I Region)
      • Antofagasta (II Region)
      • Mejillones (II Region)
      • Vallenar (III Region) (begins Monday, October 26 at 5:00 am)
      • Copiapo (III Region)
      • Tierra Amarilla (III Region)
      • Quillota (V Region)
      • Valparaíso (V Region)
      • Viña del Mar (V Region)
      • La Pintana (RM)
      • Lo Prado (RM)
      • Buin (RM)
      • Conchali (RM)
      • Puente Alto (RM)
      • Independencia (RM)
      • San Ramón (RM)
      • La Cisterna (RM)
      • La Granja (RM)
      • Padre Hurtado (RM) (begins Saturday, October 24 at 5:00 am)
      • Isla de Maipo (RM) (begins Saturday, October 24 at 5:00 am)
      • San Miguel (RM)
      • San Fernando (VI Region)
      • Rengo (VI Region)
      • Graneros (VI Region)
      • Machalí (VI Region)
      • Rancagua (VI Region)
      • San Vicente de Tagua Tagua (VI Region)
      • Linares (VII Region)
      • Molina (VII Region)
      • Longavi (VII Region)
      • Maule (VII Region)
      • Talca (VII Region)
      • Curico (VII Region)
      • Concepción (VIII Region)
      • Talcahuano (VIII Region)
      • Hualpen (VIII Region)
      • Penco (VIII Region)
      • San Pedro de la Paz (VIII Region)
      • Chiguayante (VIII Region)
      • San Rosendo (VIII Region)
      • Cabrero (VIII Region)
      • Laja (VIII Region)
      • Yumbel (VIII Region)
      • Coihueco (XVI Region) (begins Monday, October 26 at 5:00 am)
      • Chillan (XVI Region)
      • Chillan Viejo (XVI Region)
      • Hualqui (VIII Region)
      • Ercilla (IX Region) (begins Monday, October 26 at 5:00 am)
      • Loncoche (IX Region) (begins Monday, October 26 at 5:00 am)
      • Teodoro Schmidt (IX Region) (begins Monday, October 26 at 5:00 am)
      • Angol (IX Region)
      • Chol Chol (IX Region)
      • Collipulli (IX Region)
      • Cunco (IX Region)
      • Perquenco (IX Region)
      • Freire (IX Region)
      • Vilcun (IX Region)
      • Lautaro (IX Region)
      • Lonquimay (IX Region)
      • Nueva Imperial (IX Region)
      • Padre Las Casas (IX Region)
      • Pucón (IX Region)
      • Temuco (IX Region)
      • Victoria (IX Region)
      • San José de la Mariquina (X Region)
      • Los Lagos (X Region)
      • La Union (X Region)
      • Maullin (X Region)
      • Calbuco (X Region) (begins Saturday, October 24 at 5:00 am)
      • Corral (XIV Region)
      • Lanco (XIV Region)
      • Paillaco (XIV Region)
      • Rio Bueno (XIV Region)
      • Valdivia (XIV 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, October 26 at 5:00 am):
      • La Cruz (V Region)
      • La Calera (V Region)
      • Cerro Navia (RM)
      • Pudahuel (RM)
      • Macul (RM)
      • La Florida (RM)
      • Peñaflor (RM)
      • Licantén (VII Region)
      • San Clemente (VII Region)
      • Teno (VII Region)
  • The upgrading of the following comunas from Phase 3 (Preparation) to Phase 4 (Initial Opening). This includes the re-opening of cinemas and movie theaters, as well as indoor seating at restaurants at 50% capacity (begins Monday, October 26 at 5:00 am):
      • Vitacura (RM)
      • Peñalolén (RM)
      • Alhué (RM)
      • Lampa (RM)
      • Calera de Tango (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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