We are committed to keeping you up to date with the most important updates from Chile. We are in touch daily with our partners and contacts on the ground, and are monitoring official government websites and the local news. Your Customer Experience Coordinator will keep you informed of significant changes, and we will update this guide accordingly.
From 1st October 2021, Chile will open its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers. This is a significantly positive step towards the resumption of unrestricted international tourism in Chile and indeed Antarctica, and one that we are hugely reassured by.
What do I need to do?
From 1st November 2021, international travellers will be able to enter Chile without a mandatory quarantine, if they:
- Are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with an approved vaccine, and have validated their vaccination status online 30-44 days before arrival
- Complete a PCR test and receive a negative result 72 hours before departure from their home country
- Have a travel insurance policy with a minimum coverage of $30,000 USD, to cover any expenses relating to Covid-19
- Complete an online written declaration up to 48 hours before departure from their home country
- Complete a PCR test on arrival, and receive a negative result
- Complete a daily follow-up form for 14 days from entry
All international travellers entering Chile must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Vaccines must be approved by the Chilean Public Health Institute (ISP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
You must submit details of your completed vaccination programme in advance of travelling, in order to obtain a ‘Mobility Pass’ to allow entry into the country. We strongly advise completing the form 30 - 44 days before arriving in Chile to ensure you receive your pass in time, as it can take up to a month to be granted. It cannot be completed over 45 days before arrival.
If you enter Chile without a Mobility Pass, you will be required to quarantine for seven days. If you need any help completing this form, we’d be pleased to help.
2. PCR testing before departure
All international travellers entering Chile must take a PCR test 72 hours before boarding their flight to Chile, and provide evidence of a negative result on arrival. If your journey involves multiple flights, take the test 72 hours before the final flight.
You must complete a PCR test, not a rapid flow (lateral flow, antigen) test, and it must be processed by a laboratory that is recognised by your local health authority.
In order to prove your negative PCR result, you must receive a digital copy of your test certificate which will need to be uploaded when completing your online written declaration within 48 hours of departure. We also recommend carrying a digital and/or paper copy of your negative PCR test result while travelling.
You may be contacted within the first 14 days of being in the country by the local authority to take another PCR or antigen test where you are staying. This is requested of international travellers at random. If you are selected, you will be given details of where to go and how to get the test. Tests are widely accessible at pharmacies, hospitals and airports; as soon as we have more information about PCR testing, we will share it with you.
For information about PCR testing on arrival, please see our guide in section 5 below.
3. Travel insurance
All international travellers must have medical insurance with a minimum coverage of $30,000 USD, to cover any expenses relating to Covid-19. Please check with your insurance provider to ensure that you have the appropriate cover in place.
Further details about travel insurance are included on your Voyage Information Page.
4. Written declaration
All international travellers must complete an online written declaration up to 48 hours before departure, in order to provide their contact details, health information and travel details. You will be issued with a QR code as a means of verification, which you may need to show on arrival in Chile.
In order to complete your declaration, you will be required to upload a digital copy of your negative PCR test result (see point 2 above), so please bear this in mind when completing the form.
If you need any help completing this form, we’d be pleased to help.
5. PCR testing on arrival
When you arrive in Chile, you will be asked to take a PCR test at the airport, and you will need to isolate whilst you await the result. The Chilean authorities have not yet stated how long it will take for results to be shared, but we anticipate it could take around 24 hours.
You should await the results of your PCR test in isolation, at a hotel (or private residence) of your choice in Santiago. We recommend that you allow two nights in Santiago before heading south, so do factor this into your schedule when making your flight arrangements. If your results arrive sooner than expected, you may find yourself with some extra time to explore the city.
There is currently no charge for PCR testing on arrival. Should the PCR testing or isolation procedure change, we will update this guide accordingly.
6. Daily follow-up form
For the first 14 days after arrival in Chile, international travellers will be sent, via email, a follow-up form asking for details of their current location and health. Prompt completion of the form is mandatory.
It is not yet clear if Antarctic travellers must continue to complete this form once they have boarded their voyage to Antarctica. As soon as we have this information, we will share it with you.
As of 1st October 2021, the current requirements state that:
All international travellers entering Chile must complete a mandatory five day period of isolation, carried out at a private residence or hotel of their choice, no more than a two-hour drive from Santiago airport (SCL). Travellers must go by private transport or taxi, directly to their place of quarantine, minimising interaction with others.
All travellers must declare their location isolation in advance when they complete their online written declaration. During the period of isolation, their Mobility Pass will not be active. Those who do not isolate as required risk their pass being permanently deactivated. Those who do not apply for a Mobility Pass will be required to quarantine for seven days.
From 1st November 2021, international travellers will be able to enter Chile without a mandatory quarantine. This is dependent on travellers completing a negative PCR test result on arrival, and travellers will need to isolate whilst you await this result.
Please note that the Chilean authorities have not yet stated how long it will take for the results of PCR tests taken on arrival to be shared – it could take up to 24 hours – or what the associated logistics or costs will be. It is still likely that you will need to isolate for one night after entering Chile. We expect this to be confirmed soon and we will update this guide accordingly.
Travelling through Chile FAQs
If you contract and recover from Covid-19 within a month prior to departure and your PCR tests are consequently returning with a positive result, you may upload two positive PCR result certificates. The first should be carried out up to 72 hours before departure and the second no more than a month before, yet more than 14 days before departure.
Whether you've just landed or you're about to depart, your experience at the airport – checking in, going through customs and immigration, and using the airport services such as eating at a cafe or getting a taxi – might be slightly different from usual.
- It may take longer after landing to go through immigration and customs due to protocol requirements.
- You may have to wait a little longer to check in for a flight.
- A negative PCR test result (<72hrs) must be presented for boarding all flights in Chile.
- Your temperature might be required to be taken on entry.
- There may be measures in place to stagger travellers through the airport.
- Chile is under nationwide restrictive measures, so airport shops, cafes and restaurants are open but with limited capacity indoors.
These are a few examples that our partners on the ground have shared with us regarding the current situation. We will continue to share the latest information about both the international and domestic airports and make recommendations, so that you have a seamless experience when you land in Santiago.
Information provided by Swoop is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time only, but in this fast-changing environment we cannot be held responsible for changes not immediately reflected on this website or in information shared with you. Customers should undertake their own research appropriate to their individual circumstances before making final decisions.
Where links to government, operators or other third-party sites are provided, again this information is accurate and up-to-date to the best of our knowledge, but we cannot be held responsible for third-party content.
Chile Turismo, Requirements for entering Chile, viewed 22nd September 2021, <https://chile.travel/en/traveltochileplan>.
Emol, Minsal detalla cambios al plan "Frontera Protegida": Podrán ingresar extranjeros no residentes con vacunas validadas, viewed 22nd September 2021, <https://www.emol.com/noticias/Nacional/2021/09/15/1032683/frontera-protegida-octubre-turistas-extranjeros.html>.
Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Entry to Chile from Abroad - Protected Borders Plan, viewed 27th September 2021, <https://chile.gob.cl/chile/en/ingreso-a-chile-desde-el-exterior>.