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Chile

The information was updated on 24th November 2020

Current Situation

The Chilean Government announced the Step-by-Step Plan to Open Borders, an initiative that will govern the entry of foreigners in the domestic territory.

The initiative, which will come into effect on Monday, November 23rd at midnight includes three fundamental pillars: staging, safety and traceability. Regarding the staging section of the plan, the authorities have established that during this first stage foreigners will be able to enter the country only through Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benítez Airport.

The remaining borders will remain closed. The safety phase establishes a series of requirements to travel to Chile. Therefore, all passengers – of all ages – will have to submit three travel documents while boarding the plane, which will be checked and required by the airlines:

  • The “Traveler Sworn Statement” form that must be filled out at www.c19.cl 48 hours before boarding. On this form passengers must include contact information, health and travel history. During this process, travellers must accept the Travelers’ Surveillance Period.
  • Travellers must submit to the airline before boarding – attached to the “Traveler Sworn Statement”- a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2, which will exempt them from the mandatory 14-day quarantine. This negative test result must meet two conditions:
    – Performed with a maximum of 72 hours from the time the sample was taken versus the departure time of the flight to Chile.
    – It must have been performed by a laboratory approved by the local health authorities.
  • Before boarding passengers must submit to the airlines a Covid-19 health insurance policy coverage for their entire stay in the country.

It is important to point out that for the first two weeks of opening this border, i.e. between November 23 and December 7, foreigners arriving from high-risk countries – with local transmission of the virus as per the classification of the World Health Organization (WHO) – must observe a 14-day quarantine in the country. The list of countries at risk is published weekly by the WHO at its website. Once the two-week period expires, foreigners who enter Chile may do so by submitting the three documents stated above without carrying out the mandatory quarantine.

The reopening plan traces travellers to spot outbreaks promptly. Hence, all those who enter the country will be kept under a Traveler Surveillance Period for 14 days after their entry.

During this period, they will have to report their location and health status on a daily basis through a system available for this purpose. Failure to do so is punishable under Article 318 of the Criminal Code.

Once in Chile, travelling of Chileans and foreigners between districts and Regions must be done observing the instructions included in the Step-by-Step Plan, a gradual strategy to face the pandemic based on the health status of each specific area, allocating each district under one of the five potential steps, with specific restrictions and obligations.

Thus, traveling between Regions is only allowed between districts that are under Step 3 (Preparation), 4 (Initial Opening), or 5 (Advanced Opening).

Details of each step available at www.gob.cl/coronavirus/pasoapaso. Check www.visorterritorial.cl to confirm the step of each district or locality.

Plans to reopen to international tourism

Travel to Chile Plan – https://chile.travel/en/planviajarachile

All the necessary information for the travellers is available on the landing of chile.travel “Plan Viajar a Chile”.

There the international tourists will be able to find all the requirements and travel recommendations, so that their experience in Chile is safe.

Flights from the UK

From December, British Airways will reactive it’s flights to Chile.

3 frequencies per week. 

London-Santiago / BA251 Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays

Departure 22:15

Arrival 10:00 (+1)

Plans for reopening other entry points

Travel to Chile Plan – https://chile.travel/en/planviajarachile

All the necessary information for the travellers is available on the landing of chile.travel “Plan Viajar a Chile”. There the international tourists will be able to find all the requirements and travel recommendations, so that their experience in Chile is safe.

Ports closed until further news.

Land border crossings with Argentina, Peru and Bolivia closed until further news.

Air borders open since November 23, only the Arturo Merino Benitez airport, Santiago’s official airport, is operating.

What Covid 19-related safety measures can travellers expect?

 

All the necessary information for the travellers is available on the landing of chile.travel “Plan Viajar a Chile”. There the international tourists will be able to find all the requirements and travel recommendations, so that their experience in Chile is safe.

Masks are always required when moving through Chile, even if the zone is without cases.

Safety measures will be communicated when ready. Until now, borders closed for international tourists.

What other Covid 19-related safety measures would you like to highlight to the trade?

Travel to Chile Plan – https://chile.travel/en/planviajarachile

All the necessary information for the travellers is available on the landing of chile.travel “Plan Viajar a Chile”. There the international tourists will be able to find all the requirements and travel recommendations, so that their experience in Chile is safe.

We developed protocols for the sector: https://www.sernatur.cl/protocolos/

For those who commit with our protocols, we have a stamp that certifies it: http://tradenews.chile.travel/en/tourism-department-presents-certificate-of-commitment-that-will-be-delivered-to-companies-that-adhere-to-the-implementation-of-and-compliance-with-health-measures/

The certificate will be available, via free download, to all tourism providers registered with Sernatur who join in the commitment to implement and observe protocols and guidelines of good health practices that seek to protect the health of staff and visitors.

It should be noted that the certificate includes a QR code, which will allow tourists to check the veracity of the adherence to the protocols.  The certificate will be valid for a maximum of one year from the launch of this initiative.

There are already more than 4,000 tourist products and services with the seal of tourist trust due to the implementation of protocols.

Is there anything else you would like to highlight to UK agents about travel to your destination in 2020?

News for the trade can be found HERE

Until now, the best agents interested in Chile can do is to follow our I Dream Of Chile Sessions. It is the best way to become Chile Experts.

Contact Mail fmuller@sernatur.cl

Contact details

Please contact ProChile:

Ignacio Fernandez Ruiz, Director of ProChile in London, UK

ifernandez@prochile.gob.cl

Trade & Investment Office – Embassy of Chile

6th floor, 37-41 Old Queen Street

+44 (0) 2072332526

https://chile.travel/en