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Chile Removes Entry Requirements on April 14

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Chilean authorities announced on Tuesday that starting on Thursday, April 14th, international travelers will no longer be required to present proof of vaccination or a PCR test to enter.

This means that travelers from all nations, regardless of vaccination status, can once again enter Chile test-free and quarantine-free.

skyline of Santiago, Chile

After this announcement, Chile became the 31st country in the World to remove most entry requirements, just one day after Greece announced dropping COVID-related demands, and the second country in South America, right after Argentina

According to the information shared on the Chilean news website Diario Financiero, the undersecretary of Public Health, Cristóbal Cuadrado, explained that travelers without a complete vaccination series certificate approved by Chilean authorities will be allowed to enter the country, but will not get a health card that is required to do certain activities such as enter specific restaurants or bars.

women required qr code of health pass to guest at resturant entry

Covid tests will not be required either, but some passengers might be asked to take one, Cuadrado said that non-resident tourists could be randomly selected upon arrival for a mandatory test.

The Chilean government also recently announced that they will open land borders starting on May 1, and starting on April 14th masks will no longer be required outdoors. However, face coverings will still be required in regions like Arica, Tarapacá, and Isla de Pascua.

Young woman hiking near Fitz Roy mountain in Patagonia

Chile has been consistent in prioritizing very strict rules for travelers, but has been easing measures within the past few days. The Chilean population represents one most successful inoculation cases in the World as 93,58% of the population has at least two vaccination doses.

What Travelers Must Know Before Traveling to Chile

Woman looking somewhere at the Andes mountains near Santiago de Chile

Now that Chile removed its most strict travel rules and joined the list of countries without COVID entry requirements, more tourists —especially hikers and nature lovers— will be interested in visiting this fascinating destination. 

Those traveling across Latin America, will now be able to include Chile as part of their route, and they can enter through the main land borders between Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina, or by air through international airports. 

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There are still a few requirements US and Canadian travelers must consider prior to arrival. The International airport—Arturo Merino Benítez— in Santiago, Chile’s capital, recently shared valuable information for travelers on Instagram. These are the main considerations for travelers starting on April 14: 

  • Passengers must fill out the C19 form, an affidavit for travelers, prior to arrival.
  • A PCR test will not be required upon arrival
  • The validation of vaccination certificates will be optional, those who don’t do it won’t get access to the local “Pase de Movilidad”, a virtual health certificate to enter certain establishments and perform certain activities. (more about this below)
  • Random COVID tests could be performed, those who test positive must be isolated for 7 days.
  • Proof of travel health insurance is still required, specifically a policy that includes medical coverage in the case of covid-19 infection.

Pase de Movibilidad – The Vaccine Passport Program Inside Chile

While proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter Chile, they still have a pretty robust internal vaccine passport program in effect. Travelers will need to validate their vaccine certificates so they can access the Pase de Movibilidad app to enter indoor dining, domestic travel, cinemas, and theatres, organized tours, and large events like concerts or sports games.

It’s not an easy approval either. Travelers who want to validate their vaccination certificates —must have at least 3 doses— validated by the Chilean Ministry of Health, have to create an account at the site mevacuno.gob.cl, fill out the form of manual verification, and attach images of the ID document and a profile picture. Once submitted, they will get a response via email within 48 to 72 hours.

In addition to these considerations, travelers must stay up to date with recent announcements since local alert levels might change depending on the increase of covid cases and authorities’ criteria. 

It in unkown when the Chilean government might retire the Pase de Movibilidad program, as they just recently created the booster shot requirement weeks ago.

Fewer restrictions, more travel

Not being required to take a PCR test 72 hours before entering Chile is great news for many travelers, as PCR-type tests can be expensive, and since they are used less than antigens in 2022, harder to find.

Also, since the travel considerations are similar for land entry, starting in May, travelers visiting Argentina can now easily include Chile in their itineraries. 

As these neighboring countries remove covid restrictions and open borders, more adventurers will find it easier to tour Patagonia, see Chilean and Argentinian glaciers and also have the opportunity to visit the magnificent Torres del Paine and the Fits Roy in the same journey. 

The Metropolitan region also has plenty of entertainment for travelers and the coastal cities have beautiful landscapes and delicious food.

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Christian

Thursday 14th of April 2022

I wouldn’t add Chile in this list as they still do random testing. It doesn’t surprise me that Chileans are so compliant considering their fascist past.

NoChile

Friday 15th of April 2022

@Christian, i agree! Very anti-semitic country. Their new president is obsessed with Israel hate.

islamujeres

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

i prefer to wait until they retire the mobility pass, or you wont have access to almost all turistic activities , and chile is very very big, so if you want to go to punta arenas o to arica o la serena or temuco, it's not very easy to rent a car and go, i always went by bus or air, but without the mobility pass, you can't much better argentina anyway this is very GOOD news because chile had once of the most stict policy in the last 2 years

NoChile

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

No thank you!!! I don't want to feel like in 1944 and be "selected" based on my vaccination status in order to get in somewhere. Shame on the Chilean gov, most countries already phased out that stupid "vaccine" passport. Don't let me start with the fact that you're still required to wear a mask inside.

jenny

Thursday 14th of April 2022

@islamujeres, namely, chilean people prefer to get infected only from anyone! No! But only from the vaccinated tourists... who'll come to Chile.

islamujeres

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

@NoChile, it's not chilean gov, it's chilean people who wants it. one of the most vac countries in the world, no protest, no rebellions, they go and take the shot..first, second, third, the 4th (which they started the second week of january, among the first in the world

Katie

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Nope, avoid Chile for now. They will test randomly, and until recently, that was 50% of the arrivals! So basically test on arrival remains. The presence of mobility pass means you won't be able to do anything anyway. Major hassle even taking public transportation. Hotels will probably require it too; so maybe stay under a bridge. Also entry will be denied into the Airport-so I don't know how you will get out without that pass. I would avoid this Covid lunatic country for now.

NoChile

Friday 15th of April 2022

@Katie, i agree, covid made them insane.

Allen G

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

How does this work with someone who needs this pass but also has a single J&J vaccine? Not clear whatsoever.

allen

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

@Kashlee Kucheran,

So I just received my covid passport with only providing the 1 dose vaccine. Is that an experience anyone else received? I dont have, nor do I need or want a booster.

What should the covid pass in Chile look like?

Thanks, Allen

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

It's not clear and we're really not sure. I would assume you would just need 1 additional dose (making 2 total instead of 3) but I can't confirm this