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We are committed to keeping you up to date with the most important updates from Chile. We are in touch daily with our partners and contacts on the ground and are monitoring official government websites and the local news. We will update this guide with any significant changes.

The latest from Chile

Chile has established three levels of national Covid-19 alert; one, two and three. At present, level one is in force. Please note the level may change without prior notice and different entry requirements come into force, hence we recommend you check the latest requirements at the official Chilean Health authority’s website.

At present (under level one) the obligatory entry requirements for tourists are:

  • To have completed the affidavit for travellers online declaration form (available in English), within 48 hours of departing on your flight into Chile
  • Compulsory medical insurance with a minimum coverage of $30,000 USD and which explicitly covers any expenses caused by Covid-19. This certificate is to be uploaded to the affidavit for travellers online declaration.

Measures not presently required (but may come into force without notice, so are highly recommended) are:

  • Completed vaccination scheme and the validation of this by the Chilean health authorities in order to obtain a mobility pass. This validation will take between 2-4 weeks to process.
    - See our guide for this process here
    - Please ensure you have all of your vaccine doses listed on your mobility pass well in advance of travel

Whilst not required for entry to the country, the mobility pass is still mandatory for movement within the country (ie. for taking public transport and entry to public spaces) therefore you should ensure your mobility pass is approved in time for your trip to Chile.

Recently removed measures

Recently removed measures are:

  • Obligatory PCR testing prior to travel to Chile (only a recommendation at level one)
  • Obligatory PCR testing upon arrival into Chile, although you may still be selected for testing at random upon arrival
  • Follow-up tracking via email for seven days after arrival in Chile

As of 1st May 2022, Chile's international borders are all open to neighbouring countries.

What do I need to do?

Currently, international travellers who are not Chilean nationals can enter Chile if they:

  1. Are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with an approved vaccine – if they are eligible for a booster jab, they must ensure they have had it done – and have validated their vaccination status online (as far in advance of travelling as possible!)
  2. Have a travel insurance policy with a minimum coverage of $30,000 USD, to cover any expenses relating to Covid-19 (and travel with evidence of this)
  3. Complete an online written declaration within 48 hours of arrival
  4. Are prepared to possibly complete a mandatory PCR test on arrival (randomised testing, around 50% of travellers will be tested)

1. Vaccination

All international travellers entering Chile are recommended to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Vaccines accepted are all of those that are recognised by the issuing country's guidelines.

You must submit details of your completed vaccination programme (including your booster dose). You will need to verify this vaccination, along with your other vaccinations.

If you have had your booster vaccination prior to travel, you need to upload your booster certificate by logging into your mevacuno.cl account. We also suggest that you send an email via the 'form' button on the portal stating that you have just done this additional upload – the 'form' button is for technical support, but it may help to draw attention to your upload.

We strongly advise adding your booster vaccination to the form as soon as possible. if you have had one) in advance of travelling, in order to obtain a ‘Mobility Pass’ (example pictured) to allow entry into the country. The Mobility Pass is an electronic document with a QR code that you can download onto your phone, computer or print onto a piece of paper. We'd recommend making several copies of this in case you lose one. This QR code will be scanned as you board flights and possibly to enter hotels, restaurants, and other public areas. It only becomes active once your Chilean PCR result is returned negative – if any further information regarding the exact process for final activation is announced, we will update this guide.

We strongly advise completing the form as soon as possible. If you need any help completing this form, we’d be pleased to help.

Travelling to Chile

Completing the vaccination validation form

Before you start, take a look at our step-by-step guide to completing the vaccination validation form.

The form typically takes 30 minutes to complete. The form is mostly in English, but please note that some of the drop-down menus are still in Spanish – eg country names, Los Estados Unidos (or EEUU) for the US and Reino Unido for the UK.

We have been informed by our partners on the ground that validation can be applied for well in advance of your travel to Chile, not the 45 day-limit previously stated, so we recommend commencing your application as soon as possible.

To complete the form, you will need:

  • A digital (scanned) copy of your passport, ready to upload to the form
  • A digital photo of you with your passport held just below your face and open on the identification page (clear instructions are given during the application process)
  • A digital copy of your Covid-19 vaccination certificate, ready to upload to the form
  • Your passport details and vaccination certificate details, ready to enter onto the form

Once approved you should receive an email to confirm that your request has been successfully validated – this can take up to 30 days following your completion of the form. 

If you need assistance during the initial application stage, we'd be pleased to help. Once your application has been submitted and is in the hands of the Chilean authorities, however, we cannot provide any technical assistance or influence the speed or outcome of your application approval. Please contact the mobility pass providers directly using the help request form within the app or by dialling +56 22 8717800 (if calling from abroad) 800 123 668 (if calling from Chile).

Adding your booster vaccination to your account

If you are eligible for a booster jab, you must ensure you have had it done. You will need to verify this vaccination, along with your other vaccinations.

If you have had your booster vaccination prior to travel, you need to upload your booster certificate by logging into your mevacuno.cl account. We also suggest that you send an email via the 'form' button on the portal stating that you have just done this additional upload – the 'form' button is for technical support, but it may help to draw attention to your upload.

We strongly advise adding your booster vaccination to the form as soon as possible.

Checking your validation

It is essential that you verify that your mobility pass has ALL of your vaccine doses listed, ahead of completing your online declaration/affidavit.

If doses are missing from your pass it means that they have not been verified by the Chilean authorities. An incomplete vaccination programme on your mobility pass would mean you'd have to quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival in Chile.

If your mobility pass is missing a dose/doses you need to enter your MeVacuno portal and upload them again by repeating steps 7 and 8 of our guide to completing the vaccination validation form.

Please note a completed vaccine program for tourists does not currently include booster doses, but this could change at any moment, so we highly recommend you add them to your mobility pass if you have received them.

Travelling to Chile

2. Travel insurance

All international travellers must have medical insurance with a minimum coverage of $30,000 USD which explicitly covers any expenses relating to Covid-19. Please check with your insurance provider to ensure that you have the appropriate cover in place.


Please note that you must bring your complete insurance policy with you when travelling in order to provide evidence of Covid-19 coverage.

As well as ensuring your full policy is available on your phone, you should carry a printout (and possibly a spare copy in case you lose one). Have the page marked and ready to show the airline when boarding your flight(s).

If your insurance policy does not explicitly mention Covid-19 – for example, if it is included as standard – then you should request evidence in writing (maybe an email you can print off) from your insurer to confirm that a minimum of $30,000 USD is included.

3. Written declaration

All international travellers must complete an online written declaration within 48 hours of arrival, in order to provide their contact details, health information, and travel details. You will be issued a QR code as a means of verification, which you may need to show on arrival in Chile.

If you need any help completing this form, we’d be pleased to help.

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What our customers think of Travelling to Chile

My coordinator, Sydney was always there to help me through the logistical challenges of traveling during COVID. She was always reassuring; she helped me with details of travel that I couldn't have coordinated, and she just took off a lot of pressure that I was feeling. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Ashley Williams - USA

Covid had complicated a lot of things. It was well worth the effort though. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Mark Spykerman - USA

I brought home tests with me and that was very convenient. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Michael Pellegrino - USA

Initially, we were a little nervous with all of the paperwork and testing with the potential for a snafu along the way. However, the mobility passes worked well and the tests were all negative. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2021

Sean Johnston - USA

I must say that the logistics of testing in Chile are excellent. Once we were clear to move about, the overwhelming feeling was welcoming, as tourism has clearly suffered. Selfishly I have to say that we benefitted from less crowded trails. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2021

Sean Johnston - USA

4. PCR testing on arrival

On arrival in Chile, 50% of people are being asked to take a PCR test in the airport. This is randomised and you could be chosen even if you have received a booster dose of the vaccine within 6 months of travelling. Currently, the PCR test randomly administered to some tourists on arrival is free of charge and has been for many months. However, it is possible that this may change in the future with little or no notice to be chargeable. The Chilean authorities have not yet stated how long it will take for results to be shared, but we anticipate it could take around 24 hours.

Children under the age of 18 may enter, even if not vaccinated, so long as they are accompanied by a vaccinated adult or adults. Children above the age of 2 will need to take a PCR test on arrival. 

International travellers landing in Chile are no longer required to isolate after entering the country, even if they are waiting for a PCR test result. Only those who return a positive PCR test result are required to isolate (for 7 days). 

Contact

The Chilean government has published the following telephone numbers for international travellers who need assistance regarding Covid-19:

+56 22 8717800 (when calling from your home country)
800 123 668 (when calling whilst in Chile)

Calls are answered both in English and Spanish.

Information about Argentina


Sources

Chile Turismo, Requirements for entering Chile, <https://chile.travel/en/traveltochileplan>

Chilean Government, Request your mobility pass, <https://mevacuno.gob.cl/>

Chilean Ministry of Health, C-19 Health Passport, Travellers from abroad, <https://www.c19.cl/llegada-internacional.html>


Disclaimer

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