International travelers will once again be able to visit Chile starting on November 1st without having to self isolate. In early October, the Ministry of Health (MINSAL) announced changes in the Protected Borders Plan which would open the borders to foreign tourists with some entry requirements.
Currently, there is a five day quarantine protocol in place along with a required negative PCR COVID – 19 test taken 72 hours before entering Chile. Foreign visitors are also required to have medical travel insurance and show proof of vaccination.
According to Public Health Chief Paula Daza, visitors must also make sure that their vaccination certificates are accepted before arriving in the country. The process could take up to a month.
🔴 AHORA | Subsecretaria Daza: "A partir del 1 de noviembre, todas las personas que ingresen al territorio nacional con su esquema de vacunación completo, deben realizar cuarentena de 5 días o hasta obtener el resultado negativo de un PCR realizado en Chile" #NoticiasExpressCNN pic.twitter.com/2WOcm3udXO
— CNN Chile (@CNNChile) October 6, 2021
“Chile welcomed travelers from around the world this past October 1st after over a year and a half with closed borders and restrictions. Since then, government authorities have updated the Protected Borders Plan because the country has reported very low COVID-19 infection rates,” said a tourism board to Travel + Leisure.
Those entering Chile starting November 1st must adhere to the following requirements:
- Have their vaccination scheme validated on the website mevacuno.gob.cl as well as an affidavit at least 48 hours before boarding on the website www.c19.cl
- Negative PCR up to 72 hours before flight departure time.
- Medical insurance with a minimum coverage of US dollars $30,000.
- Upon entering the country: maintain isolation until receiving a negative PCR test result, performed upon arrival in Chile.
The news comes after Chile closed its borders back in March 2020, reopening in late November and closing again in April 2021 after the Delta variant emerged. As of today, Chile has the4 fourth highest vaccination rate on the planet, according to the New York Times.
Chile’s reopening is currently in line with neighboring Argentina, which formally announced just a week prior that it would also be reopening its borders to international travelers on the first day of November.