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Chile Reopening For International Tourism October 1

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Chile has been closed to international tourism since April 2021 after a second wave of Covid-19 hit the country. But after a successful vaccination campaign, the country has announced it will be reopening to international tourism once again on October 1st.

This post will look at the new entry requirements for Chile and the current Covid-19 situation.

Chile Is Reopening For International Travel On October 1st

Chile Opening For International Tourism On October 1st

On Wednesday, the government of Chile announced that they would be reopening the country to international tourism from October 1st ahead of the southern hemisphere nation’s summer season.

Jose Luis Uriarte, the tourism sub secretary, said foreign tourists were welcome provided they respected the strict self-care measures in Chile of wearing masks and social distancing.

Cable car in San Cristobal hill, overlooking a panoramic view of Santiago de Chile

“This is a very important step in the reactivation and recuperation of foreign tourism, which accounts for around 40% of our income from tourism,” he said.

“The fact that foreign tourists can come to Chile is an important step for the recovery of inbound tourism,” said Under-Secretary for Tourism José Luis Uriarte.

Torres del Paine National Park,Chile

What Are The Entry Requirements For Chile?

Entry to Chile by air will be possible through the airports serving Iquique, Antofagasta, and Santiago de Chile.

Foreign non-residents will be able to enter provided they meet certain requirements.

Public health chief Paula Daza said that travelers will be required to show a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before entering Chile, undergo a mandatory 5-day quarantine, have medical travel insurance, and show proof of vaccination.

The salt lake Salar de Talar with surrounding volcanoes in the Atacama Desert, Chile.

Additionally, travelers must submit a sworn statement through and obtain a mobility pass at after validating the vaccination received.

Those who do not obtain the mobility past must remain isolated for 7 days instead of 5.

Daza warned visitors not to book their trip to Chile until their vaccination certificate was validated by the Chilean health ministry, which could take a month.

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Unvaccinated tourists will not be able to enter for tourism, including children.

The strict entry requirements received backlash from The Chilean Association of Airlines (ACHILA), which has been pushing for the reopening of borders. They said that the new regulations change nothing in practice.

“Considering the high percentage of vaccinated [people] in our country and the low level of contagion and positivity, the measures announced by the government…continue to be [among] most restrictive…in the world.” 

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The group urged the government to eliminate the quarantine requirement and allow children too young to receive vaccines to be allowed to enter the county.

Covid-19 In Chile

Chile has been received international praise for its smooth and successful vaccination campaign, boasting one of the world’s highest vaccination rates.

According to the health ministry, almost 87% of eligible Chileans are fully vaccinated, and the country has already started distributing booster shots to those who are fully vaccinated.

chile reopening for tourism

Chile is currently reporting between 200 and 500 new Covid-19 cases a day, with a 1% test positivity rate on Tuesday.

While the entry requirements are still strict for Chile, it’s a hopeful sign for the rebound of tourism in the country.

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Friday 22nd of October 2021

Made it to Chile two days ago as an American. Not easy to get in, but also not the worst!

If you all have updates on Argentina and Uruguay for 11/1, that’d be great :)


Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Note: It’s been reported today that effective 11/1, Chile will drop their 5 day quarantine.


Friday 8th of October 2021

@Kashlee Kucheran,

You’re welcome. I think there may be an error in the article. It says those who choose not to get the mobility pass have to isolate for 7 days. That’s true, but it seems to be only for residents or foreign people authorized to enter Chile. Tourists are not allowed in without the mobility pass and don’t have the option of the 7 day isolate as an alternative.

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Thank you for the update!


Thursday 30th of September 2021

To anyone reading: I submitted my information and this process is not easy.

It doesn’t tell you that Chile prefers a QR/Electronic record when creating your profile and submitting proof.

I’ve submitted my copies of CDC card and pharmacy information where I got the shot, but didn’t realize a QR code gives you more time on the mobility pass and expedites the process.

I then downloaded my QR code from California, but it’s impossible to amend my pending application at the moment and there is no contact email to reach out to.

At this point, I’ll just be going to Argentina instead if it takes a month for approval.

Chile needs to make this process easier for foreigners for tourism.


Thursday 28th of October 2021

@Dee, did you end up getting approved for the mobility pass? If so, how long did it take?


Sunday 19th of September 2021

OK, I want to go, spend a reasonable amount of money and stay a couple of months.

PCR test, ok. Vaccinated, ok. 5 days imprisoned, ok. Paperwork, ok.

BUT they need a month to validate a vaccine certificate? Unbelievable.

Bureaucracy gone insane.


Friday 17th of September 2021

Entry requirements for North Korea are easier. Wtf