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Chile's borders are open to fully vaccinated international travellers without the need to quarantine as long as the current entry requirements are met. 

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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.

Pre-travel checklist

Before you travel to Chile, there are four essential things you must do to make sure you are ready to travel:

  1. Ensure you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (if you are eligible for a booster jab, you must ensure you have had it done pre-travel)
  2. Validate your vaccination status online (as far in advance of travelling as possible!)
  3. Ensure your travel insurance policy includes medical expenses coverage of at least $30,000 USD (and travel with evidence of this)
  4. Complete an online written declaration no earlier than 48 hours before departure

1. Getting vaccinated

All international travellers entering Chile must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. If you are eligible for a booster jab, you must ensure you have had it done pre-travel, and must add it when validating your vaccinations.

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 (including a booster jab if you are eligible), which is the first step towards obtaining your ‘Mobility Pass’ (example pictured) to allow entry into the country. Once you have completed the vaccination validation 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 as far in advance of travelling as possible to ensure you receive your pass in time, as it can take up to a month to be granted. The pass lasts for 90 days, starting from the day you enter the country.

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 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.

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3. Arranging your travel insurance

The Chilean Government has declared that foreign nationals entering Chile 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 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.

4. Completing your declaration

You must complete an online written declaration, or affidavit, no earlier than 48 hours before you leave your home country.

To complete the form you will need:

  • Your contact details, health information and travel details
  • A digital copy of your travel insurance certificate (see point 3 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.

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, and run through the following options:

  • Affidavit enquiries
  • Chile entry requirements
  • Self-reports and email tracking
  • All other enquiries

Visas & travel documentation

Passports

We recommend that all visitors to Chile and Argentina have a valid passport for at least the entire duration of your trip, considering any possible delays that could occur on your trip.

Please check with the relevant authority (embassy and/or airline) for any specific requirements or restrictions, if you are in any doubt and/or if your passport will be close to expiring at the return date of your trip.

Visas

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.

Travelling families

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.

Reciprocity fees

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.

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What our customers think of Getting to Chilean Patagonia

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

The ease to get to South America from the States was much more streamlined than I expected. Definitely increased my desire to travel in other parts of the continent! Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Jonathan Staker - USA

We felt very fortunate to be able to visit and we loved that there were fewer visitors on the full circuit of the Torres del Paine Park. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Mark Spykerman - 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

Swoop had continued contact, and were knowledgeable and responsive to change requests and fast changing circumstances. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Hans Van Tartwijk - 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

Arriving in Chile

When you arrive in Chile, you may need to do the following:

1. PCR test at the airport (randomised)

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 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.

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).

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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.


Sources

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

Emol, Minsal detalla cambios al plan "Frontera Protegida": Podrán ingresar extranjeros no residentes con vacunas validadas, <https://www.emol.com/noticias/Nacional/2021/09/15/1032683/frontera-protegida-octubre-turistas-extranjeros.html>

Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Entry to Chile from Abroad - Protected Borders Plan, <https://chile.gob.cl/chile/en/ingreso-a-chile-desde-el-exterior>

Chilean Ministry of Health, Validation on vaccinations from Abroad, Frequently Asked Questions, <https://saludresponde.minsal.cl/validacion-de-informacion-de-vacunas-aplicadas-en-el-extranjero/>

World Health Organisation, Covid-19 advice for the public: Getting vaccinated, <https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccines/advice>

US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Covid-19 Vaccines, <https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-vaccines>

European Medicines Agency, Human regulatory overview, Covid-19 Vaccines, <https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/human-regulatory/overview/public-health-threats/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/treatments-vaccines/covid-19-vaccines>

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

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