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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. We will update this guide with any significant changes. 

Important updates

Isolation on arrival

International travellers landing in Chile are no longer required to isolate after entering the country, even if they are waiting for a PCR test result. Only those who return a positive PCR test result are required to isolate (for 7 days). 

Travellers who have received a booster dose vaccine within 6 months of travelling may still be selected for randomised PCR testing on arrival. 

Children under the age of 6 may enter, even if not vaccinated, so long as they are accompanied by a vaccinated adult or adults. Children above the age of 2 will need to take a PCR test on arrival. 


Measures for entry to Chile from Southern Africa

As of 1st December 2021, entry will be refused to anyone who has been in any of the following 7 southern African countries within 14 days prior to arrival in Chile:

  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Lesotho
  • Eswatini
  • Mozambique

What do I need to do?

Currently, international travellers can enter Chile without a mandatory quarantine, if they:

  1. Are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with an approved vaccine – if you are eligible for a booster jab, you must ensure you have had it done – and have validated their vaccination status online (as far in advance of travelling as possible!)
  2. Complete a PCR test and receive a negative result 72 hours before departure from their home country
  3. Have a travel insurance policy with a minimum coverage of $30,000 USD, to cover any expenses relating to Covid-19 (and provide evidence of this when travelling)
  4. Complete an online written declaration within 48 hours of entering Chile
  5. Complete a further mandatory PCR test on arrival (randomised testing, around 50% of travellers will be tested)

1. Vaccination

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 (including your booster dose, which you must ensure you have had if you are eligible). You will need to verify this vaccination, along with your other vaccinations.

If you have had your booster vaccination prior to travel, you need to upload your booster certificate by logging into your mevacuno.cl account. We also suggest that you send an email via the 'form' button on the portal stating that you have just done this additional upload – the 'form' button is for technical support, but it may help to draw attention to your upload.

We strongly advise adding your booster vaccination to the form as soon as possible (if you have had one) in advance of travelling, in order to obtain a ‘Mobility Pass’ (example pictured) to allow entry into the country. The Mobility Pass is an electronic document with a QR code that you can download onto your phone, computer or print onto a piece of paper. We'd recommend making several copies of this in case you lose one. This QR code will be scanned as you board flights and possibly to enter hotels, restaurants, and other public areas. It only becomes active once your Chilean PCR result is returned negative – if any further information regarding the exact process for final activation is announced, we will update this guide.

We strongly advise completing the form as soon as possible to ensure you receive your pass in time, as it can take up to a month to be granted. The pass lasts for 90 days, starting from the day you enter the country.

If you need any help completing this form, we’d be pleased to help.

Travelling through Chile

Completing the vaccination validation form

Before you start, take a look at our step-by-step guide to completing the vaccination validation form.

The form typically takes 30 minutes to complete. The form is mostly in English, but please note that some of the drop-down menus are still in Spanish – eg country names, Los Estados Unidos (or EEUU) for the US and Reino Unido for the UK.

We have been informed by our partners on the ground that validation can be applied for well in advance of your travel to Chile, not the 45 day-limit previously stated, so we recommend commencing your application as soon as possible.

To complete the form, you will need:

  • A digital (scanned) copy of your passport, ready to upload to the form
  • A digital photo of you with your passport held just below your face and open on the identification page (clear instructions are given during the application process)
  • A digital copy of your Covid-19 vaccination certificate, ready to upload to the form
  • Your passport details and vaccination certificate details, ready to enter onto the form

Once approved you should receive an email to confirm that your request has been successfully validated – this can take up to 30 days following your completion of the form. 

If you need assistance during the initial application stage, we'd be pleased to help. Once your application has been submitted and is in the hands of the Chilean authorities, however, we cannot provide any technical assistance or influence the speed or outcome of your application approval. Please contact the mobility pass providers directly using the help request form within the app or by dialling +56 22 8717800 (if calling from abroad) 800 123 668 (if calling from Chile).

Adding your booster vaccination to your account

If you are eligible for a booster jab, you must ensure you have had it done. You will need to verify this vaccination, along with your other vaccinations.

If you have had your booster vaccination prior to travel, you need to upload your booster certificate by logging into your mevacuno.cl account. We also suggest that you send an email via the 'form' button on the portal stating that you have just done this additional upload – the 'form' button is for technical support, but it may help to draw attention to your upload.

We strongly advise adding your booster vaccination to the form as soon as possible.

Checking your validation

It is essential that you verify that your mobility pass has ALL of your vaccine doses listed, ahead of completing your online declaration/affidavit.

If doses are missing from your pass it means that they have not been verified by the Chilean authorities. An incomplete vaccination programme on your mobility pass would mean you'd have to quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival in Chile.

If your mobility pass is missing a dose/doses you need to enter your MeVacuno portal and upload them again by repeating steps 7 and 8 of our guide to completing the vaccination validation form.

Please note a completed vaccine program for tourists does not currently include booster doses, but this could change at any moment, so we highly recommend you add them to your mobility pass if you have received them.

Travelling through Chile

2. PCR testing before departure

All international travellers entering Chile, who are over the age of 2 years old, 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. Please check with your airline if you have any doubts about this.

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 arrival. 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 7 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.

Please note that you may also be selected for randomised PCR testing on arrival. 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.


Please note that you must bring your complete insurance policy with you when travelling in order to provide evidence of Covid-19 coverage.

As well as ensuring your full policy is available on your phone, you should carry a printout (and possibly a spare copy in case you lose one). Have the page marked and ready to show the airline when boarding your flight(s).

If your insurance policy does not explicitly mention Covid-19 – for example, if it is included as standard – then you should request evidence in writing (maybe an email you can print off) from your insurer to confirm that a minimum of $30,000 USD is included.

4. Written declaration

All international travellers must complete an online written declaration within 48 hours of arrival, in order to provide their contact details, health information and travel details. 

In order to complete your declaration, you will be required to upload a digital copy of your negative PCR test result (see section 2), so please bear this in mind when completing the form.

If you need any assistance completing this form, we’d be pleased to help.

5. PCR testing on arrival

On arrival in Chile, 50% of people are being asked to take a PCR test in the airport. This is randomised and you could be chosen even if you have received a booster dose of the vaccine within 6 months of travelling. Currently, the PCR test randomly administered to some tourists on arrival is free of charge and has been for many months. However, it is possible that this may change in the future with little or no notice to be chargeable. 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.

Children under the age of 6 may enter, even if not vaccinated, so long as they are accompanied by a vaccinated adult or adults. Children above the age of 2 will need to take a PCR test on arrival.

International travellers landing in Chile are no longer required to isolate after entering the country, even if they are waiting for a PCR test result. Only those who return a positive PCR test result are required to isolate (for 7 days). 

6. Daily follow-up form

This is no longer a requirement.


Previously, international travellers have been required to complete a daily follow-up form for 7 days after arrival in Chile. It has since been announced that this is no longer required.

Quarantine

International travellers can enter Chile without a mandatory quarantine so long as they meet the current entry requirements. The Chilean authorities have not yet stated how long it will take for the results of the randomised PCR tests taken on arrival to be shared – it could take up to 24 hours – or what the associated logistics or costs will be.

International travellers landing in Chile are no longer required to isolate after entering the country, even if they are waiting for a PCR test result. Only those who return a positive PCR test result are required to isolate (for 7 days).

Contact

The Chilean government has published the following telephone numbers for international travellers who need assistance regarding Covid-19:

+56 22 8717800 (when calling from your home country)
800 123 668 (when calling whilst in Chile)

Calls are answered both in English and Spanish, and run through the following options:

  • Affidavit enquiries
  • Chile entry requirements
  • Self-reports and email tracking
  • All other enquiries

Travelling through Chile FAQs

  • What if I’ve recovered from Covid-19 but my PCR test result still comes back as positive?

    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.

  • What can I expect at the airport?

    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.

  • Do I need to provide evidence of my travel insurance?

    Please note that you must bring your complete insurance policy with you when travelling in order to provide evidence of Covid-19 coverage.

    As well as ensuring your full policy is available on your phone, you should carry a printout (and possibly a spare copy in case you lose one). Have the page marked and ready to show the airline when boarding your flight(s).

    If your insurance policy does not explicitly mention Covid-19 – for example, if it is included as standard – then you should request evidence in writing (maybe an email you can print off) from your insurer to confirm that a minimum of $30,000 USD is included.

  • Can I upload my booster vaccination after completing my initial vaccination validation form?

    If you are eligible for a booster jab, you must ensure you have had it done before you travel, and you should still complete your application as early as possible prior to you travelling. 

    When you upload your booster certificate, you will need to log in to your mevacuno.cl account. We also suggest that you send an email via the 'form' button on the portal stating that you have just done this additional upload – the 'form' button is for technical support, but it may help to make them aware.


Sources

Chile Turismo, Requirements for entering Chile, <https://chile.travel/en/traveltochileplan>

Emol, Minsal detalla cambios al plan "Frontera Protegida": Podrán ingresar extranjeros no residentes con vacunas validadas, <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, <https://chile.gob.cl/chile/en/ingreso-a-chile-desde-el-exterior>

Chilean Ministry of Health, Validation on vaccinations from Abroad, Frequently Asked Questions, <https://saludresponde.minsal.cl/validacion-de-informacion-de-vacunas-aplicadas-en-el-extranjero/>

World Health Organisation, Covid-19 advice for the public: Getting vaccinated, <https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccines/advice>

US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Covid-19 Vaccines, <https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-vaccines>

European Medicines Agency, Human regulatory overview, Covid-19 Vaccines, <https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/human-regulatory/overview/public-health-threats/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/treatments-vaccines/covid-19-vaccines>

Chilean Government, Request your mobility pass, <https://mevacuno.gob.cl/>

Chilean Ministry of Health, C-19 Health Passport, Travellers from abroad, <https://www.c19.cl/llegada-internacional.html>



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