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December 20. Chile is open to tourists from all countries. Visitors must bring a negative PCR test, health insurance that covers COVID-19, undertake a 14-day quarantine and more.
Travelers have to arrive via Arturo Merino Benitez Airport near Santiago. Entry will take place in compliance with strict health measures to protect both, tourists and nationals.
Submit to proof of a negative PCR test before boarding or undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine.
Show proof of health insurance that covers COVID-19 for USD$30.000 at least.
Chileans and residents are now allowed entry without the quarantine restriction.
Chile continues under national curfew from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am, nationwide. Beginning on October 2, some territories have extended the curfew schedule from 8:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Borders’ reopening has been postponed and the government hasn’t announced any news about it.
Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all public spaces nation-wide.
The government extended the existing state of emergency until December 11.
Chile is still under national curfew and struggling to stop the spread of the COVID virus.
Back in September, the country had 446,274 positive coronavirus cases and 12,286 recorded deaths. (source)
Chile continues to keep its borders closed for tourism.
COVID-19 in Chile
The main reason travel restrictions are so strict in Chile is because of the large number of positive COVID-19 cases. As of December 20, the country has reported 583,354 positive cases and 16,101 deaths.
Chile Reopening Plan
“Paso a Paso’ (Step by Step) is the reopening plan for Chile. Each neighborhood within Chile is on its own step by step phase of reopening depending on how cases are advancing within each location.
The four steps are (with Paso 1 being the most severe and Paso 5 being the least):
Paso 1 (Step 1) – Quarantine
Paso 2 (Step 2) – Transition
Paso 3 (Step 3) – Preparation
Paso 4 (Step 4) – Initial opening
Paso 5 (Step 5) – Advance opening
COVID-19 Testing in Chile
These tests are available at all hospitals and clinics, both public and private, and they are available to anyone whether or not you have symptoms.
However, unless you have a Chilean healthcare plan, you will have to pay out of pocket for a test.
Tourism in Chile
While the COVID-19 situation may look dire, there is no reason to not begin gathering ideas for when you can visit this amazing country.
Between hiking and wine-tasting, there are an endless variety of local attractions. Some must-dos include taking a trip to Easter Island, visiting the Atacama Desert, enjoying the local cuisine, viewing street art in Valparaiso and spending some time in Chile’s capital, Santiago.