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Chile, one of the last places in the Western Hemisphere to reopen, is finally allowing tourism to return November 23, after being closed for over 8 months.

The Ministry of Health made the announcement this week confirming Chile’s official reopening of their borders starting late November. Upon original publishing of this article the speculated date was within the first week of December, but now the reopening date has been confirmed as November 23rd. 

The government of Chile has been very clear about all entry requirements and biosecurity protocols, including which countries are permitted to enter for tourism, and under what rules.

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Chile’s daily case numbers have been in a plateau for months after their largest spike in June, which is one of the major factors in their decision to finally reopen the borders for tourism.

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Chile's Daily Cases. Credit: Worldometers

Chile's Reopening Date

November 23, 2020

Countries Allowed To Visit

All countries

The government has been very clear that all nations, regardless of their epidemiological situation, may enter Chile for tourism.

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PCR Testing Requirements

PCR tests mandatory

All arrivals into Chile, both citizens and tourists, will be required to present proof of a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival into the country.

Quarantine Requirements

None

For all arrivals that comply with the above PCR testing requirements, there will be no mandatory 14-day quarantine. However, if a passenger does not provide proof of a negative result, or is showing symptoms upon arrival, they are subject to a quarantine.

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Contact Tracing App

In development

In order for tourists to arrive in Chile and immediately go sightseeing and travel freely without quarantine, the government wants to implement a contact tracing app to reduce the risk of possible community spread. At time of publishing this article, details of the app are not yet available.

Paula Daza, undersecretary of Health in Chile stated: “The most important thing is the principle of traceability and we have to have it very well implemented before opening the borders: all the people who enter the country, Chileans and foreigners, will be under a surveillance period of 14 days. They will have to report their symptoms and location,”

SCL Airport Reopening

Santiago de Chile airport (SCL) is the only airport set to reopen in December for the purposes of tourism.

Thankfully, it is Chile’s largest and busiest airport, which will allow for the best connectivity for tourists.

At this time, we have no information on land borders or other air borders.

Flights to Chile

As the news of Chile’s reopening is still quite recent, many airlines will soon reschedule flights in and out of the country.

As of now, there is already direct flights scheduled to resume in December to SCL from: Madrid, Amsterdam, New York, Miami, Panama, Guayaquil, Lima, Sao Paulo, and Buenos Aires.

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Health Declaration Form

Like most countries worldwide, Chile will also be requiring all passengers, both citizens and tourists, to fill out this online health declaration form before arriving in Chile.

Health Protocols While Visiting Chile

All visitors in Chile are asked to follow all health protocols in place. As of right now that includes:

  • National curfew from 11:00pm to 5:00am
  • Wearing masks in all public places
  • Social distancing and frequent hand washing
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Travel Health Insurance

While not mandatory for entry into the country, we still highly suggest all visitors have valid travel health insurance, especially a policy that covers Covid.

What’s happening with the countries surrounding Chile?

Many other nations in South America have already reopened for tourism, with Chile being one of the last.

Argentina reopened for neighboring countries (including Chile) on October 30.  Peru reopened October 5, with Colombia just prior to that on September 21. Both Brazil and Ecuador reopened earlier on in summer. Uruguay still remains closed and is not expected to reopen for tourism in 2020.

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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

Originally published November 11, 2020 with updates 



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