Updated January 5th, 2020
Chile has re-opened its borders to international travelers arriving by air to the Santiago International Airport (Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport) but has suspended all direct flights from the United Kingdom to Chile as of December 22nd. The ministry of health has also prohibited the entry to the country to all non-resident foreigners who have been in the United Kingdom in the last 14 days.
All travelers arriving into the country must comply with strict sanitary measures in accordance with protocols prepared by the Ministry of Health. Current protocols require all travelers whether non-resident foreigners or residents of Chile to provide a negative PCR text taken no more than 72 hours before boarding & complete an electronic Traveler’s Sworn Statement (can be completed up to 48 hours before). Non-resident foreigners must provide proof of health insurance that covers benefits associated with COVID-19 with a minimum coverage of USD$30,000. For travelers looking for insurance plans which include the necessary COVID-19 health coverage, you may check Assist Card.
As of December 30th, 2020, all Chileans, foreigners residing in Chile, and foreigners who arrive or return to Chile, regardless of the country of origin from which they come, must do a mandatory 10-day quarantine. They will be able to come out of quarantine with a negative PCR result which can be taken from the seventh day of quarantine onwards. While they await their result, they must remain in quarantine.
Once in Chile, the movement of Chileans and foreigners between communes and regions must be carried out respecting the restrictions of the “Step by Step” Plan, which is the gradual strategy to face the pandemic according to the health situation of each particular area, placing each commune in one of the 5 possible Steps, with specific restrictions and obligations. In particular, the movement between regions is only allowed between communes that are in Step 3 (Preparation), 4 (Opening Initial) or 5 (Advanced Opening). The detail of each Step is available on the web www.gob.cl/coronavirus/pasoapasoIn the Magallanes Region – Torres del Paine National Park is already in the preparation phase and open to tourists although some park services will not be operate as normal (some sites will only open their tent campsites and not their refugios, nor will they offer meal services in the refugios). As of January 5th, both Puerto Natales & Punta Arenas are in phase 2.
We advise each guest to check the site www.visorterritorial.cl to confirm the Step in each commune or locality which they are hoping to visit in Chile. For foreign travelers, please visit https://chile.travel/en/planviajarachile for additional information.