As of the 1st of Nov 2021, Chile borders are open to fully vaccinated travellers without a mandatory quarantine, pending a negative PCR test upon arrival. Travellers are required to isolate whilst awaiting these PCR results.
Before you travel to Chile, there are five essential things you must do to make sure you are ready to travel:
- Ensure you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19
- Validate your vaccination status online 30-44 days before arriving in Chile
- Complete a pre-travel PCR test 72 hours before departure
- Ensure your travel insurance policy includes medical expenses coverage of at least $30,000 USD (and travel with evidence of this)
- Complete an online written declaration no later than 48 hours before departure
1. Getting vaccinated
All international travellers entering Chile must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Vaccines must be approved by the Chilean Public Health Institute (ISP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – as per this official guide.
The Chilean government requires international travellers to be vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival in Chile.
Once you are fully vaccinated, you must submit details of your vaccination before you travel, as per point 2 below. Other than for Covid-19, no further vaccinations are required.
2. Validating your vaccination
You must submit details of your completed vaccination programme in advance of travelling, which is the first step towards obtaining your ‘Mobility Pass’ to allow entry into the country. Once you have completed the form, you will be given a Mobility Pass, which will become active once you enter Chile.
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 vaccination validation form between 30-44 days before arriving in Chile to ensure you receive your pass in time, as it can take up to a month to be granted. It cannot be completed over 45 days before arrival, or it will expire before you arrive.
If you do not complete the form and enter Chile without a Mobility Pass, you will be required to quarantine on arrival for seven days.
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 is in Spanish, but your browser may translate some of it. The form typically takes around 30 minutes to complete.
To complete the form, you will need:
- A digital (scanned) copy of your passport, ready to upload to the form
- 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. This email will include an identification number, which you will need when completing your online written declaration (see point 5 below).
Adding your booster vaccination to your account
From 1st December 2021, any person who has received a booster dose vaccine within 6 months of travelling will not be required to PCR test or isolate upon arrival in Chile. 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.
Please note that if you are adding your booster vaccination to your account, your application must still be completed 30-44 days prior to travel.
3. Completing your pre-travel PCR test
You must complete a PCR test no more than 72 hours before boarding your flight to Chile, and provide evidence of a negative result on arrival. If your journey involves multiple flights, take the test no more than 72 hours before the final flight. You must complete a PCR test, not a rapid flow (lateral flow, antigen) test, and it must be processed by a laboratory that is recognised by your local health authority. Please check with your airline if you have any doubts about this.
In order to prove your negative PCR result, you must receive a digital copy of your test certificate which will need to be uploaded when completing your online written declaration within 48 hours of departure. We also recommend carrying a digital and/or paper copy of your negative PCR test result while travelling.
You may be contacted within the first 10 days of being in the country by the local authority to take another PCR or antigen test where you are staying. This is requested of international travellers at random. If you are selected, you will be given details of where to go and how to get the test. Tests are widely accessible at pharmacies, hospitals and airports.
4. Arranging your travel insurance
The Chilean Government has declared that foreign nationals entering Chile from 1st October 2021 must have medical insurance with a minimum coverage of $30,000 USD, to cover 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 will need to provide evidence of your cover when you complete your online written declaration, as per point 5 below.
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.
5. Completing your declaration
You must complete an online written declaration, or affidavit, up to 48 hours before you leave your home country.
To complete the form you will need:
- Your contact details, health information and travel details
- The identification number emailed to you when your vaccination validation form is approved (see point 2 above)
- A digital copy of your negative PCR test result (see point 3 above), ready to upload
- A digital copy of your travel insurance certificate (see point 4 above), ready to upload
The form is in English as well as Spanish. You may be required to show proof of completion of the form when boarding your international flight to Chile, and on arrival.
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, and run through the following options:
- Affidavit enquiries
- Chile entry requirements
- Self-reports and email tracking
- All other enquiries
Visas & travel documentation
Your passport should be valid for the duration of your trip and for 6 months following your entry into Chile, depending on your country of residency.
Citizens of the European Union, the UK, the United States and Canada (among other countries), will not be required to apply for a visa when travelling to Chile. If you are travelling from certain countries not mentioned above, including Australia, you may need to apply for a visa - check with your local embassy. You can find your nearest Chilean embassy here.
If you are not required to apply for a visa, you will instead be issued with a tourist card, or 'Tarjeta de Turismo', on arrival in Chile, which will last for 90 days. This is an A5 sized white piece of paper - you must retain this document and present it to immigration when you leave.
In an effort to prevent international child abduction, Chile has put in place strict requirements for the entry/exit of minors under the age of 18. Even when the minor is travelling with both parents, the parents will be required to show evidence of their relationship to the child when departing the country. Please carry an original, certified or authenticated birth certificate.
If only one parent is travelling with a minor, a legal authorisation to take the child abroad will be required, too. This permit must be signed by the parent or parents that are not travelling.
Please consult your nearest Chilean embassy for the latest and exact requirements that this documentation must include.
If you are a US, UK, Canadian or Australian national you won’t need to pay a reciprocity fee to enter Chile. Some other nationalities may need to pay a fee, so do check with the Chilean embassy in your home country.
If you need to pay a fee, you must do so on arrival at the airport, either in US Dollars or by credit card. If you enter Chile by land, you will not need to pay a reciprocity fee.
Arriving in Chile
When you arrive in Chile, you will need to do three things:
1. Complete a PCR test at the airport
From 1st November 2021, international travellers will be able to enter Chile without a mandatory quarantine, provided that they take a PCR test on arrival and receive a negative result.
You should await the results of your PCR test in isolation, at a hotel (or private residence) of your choice in Santiago, which you must travel to by private transfer or taxi. We recommend that you allow two nights in Santiago – or no further than two hours drive from Santiago airport (SCL) – before flying south, so do factor this into your schedule when making your flight arrangements. If your results arrive sooner than expected, you may find yourself with some extra time to explore the city.
There is currently no charge for PCR testing on arrival. Should the PCR testing or isolation procedure change, we will update this guide accordingly.
From 1st December 2021, any person who has received a booster dose vaccine within 6 months of travelling will not be required to PCR test or isolate upon arrival in Chile. You will still need to verify your vaccinations and apply for a Mobility Pass, as per the current requirements. Those without a booster dose must still take a PCR test on arrival in Chile but will be able to connect onward to their next/final destination where they will need to isolate until they have received a negative test result.
Children under the age of 6 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 and isolate whilst awaiting the result.
We advise holding off from making accommodation and flight arrangements until there is absolute clarity on what will be permitted. We will continue to update this guide as soon as more information is available.
2. Complete a domestic flight PCR test (if you are flying to the Magallanes or Aysen regions)
If you are flying onwards to Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas in the Magallanes region, or Balmaceda in the Aysén region, you will need to present a negative PCR or Antigen test result either before your domestic flight and/or on arrival in the region.
For the Magallanes Region (for Puerto Natales / Punta Arenas) all passengers over 9 years of age must present one of the following:
- A negative PCR test certificate, from a test performed within 72 hours prior to arrival in the region
- A negative Antigen test certificate, from a test performed within 48 hours prior to entering the region
For the Aysen region (for Balmaceda) all passengers over 8 years old must present one of the following:
- A negative PCR test certificate, from a test performed within 4 days prior to arrival in the region
- A negative Antigen test certificate, from a test performed within 2 days prior to entering the region
If you are flying directly onwards following your arrival at Santiago airport, the timings might mean your arrival PCR test result is still valid. If you are spending longer in Santiago and need to take another PCR test, you can find details of PCR testing sights in our guide to Returning home from Patagonia.
3. Complete a daily form for 10 days
For the first 10 days after arrival in Chile, international travellers will be sent, via email, a follow-up form asking for details of their current location and health. Prompt completion of the form is mandatory.
It is not yet clear if or how the form should be completed for travellers who are visiting Patagonia and lack consistent or reliable internet access. As soon as we have this information, we will share it with you.
We recommend bringing printed copies of all essential documents where possible. If you are relying on your phone, only to discover the battery has drained, or you don't have a signal or WIFI when you need it, this might add unnecessary stress to your journey.
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