The Minsal (Chilean Ministry of Health) introduced the Border Opening Plan, which establishes the requirements to be met by non-resident foreigners in order to enter the country.
It’s official: on November 23, the Santiago de Chile International Airport will open again for international arrivals. The opening plan created by the Minsal does contain a specific and relevant requirement that has to do with the country of origin.
Thus, it clearly stipulates that the non-resident foreigners who come from (or who have been to) a high-risk country will have to comply with a 14-day lockdown upon arrival on the Chilean soil, even if they count on a negative PCR-test. This measure will be in force for a maximum of two weeks after the date of borders opening. The high-risk countries are those with “community transmission”, according to the Weekly epidemiological update delivered by the World Health Organization.
After this date, whoever comes from the high-risk listed country will be able to enter Chile, with the required travel documents.
Required travel documents to enter Chile
Due to the pandemic global situation, since March 18 of 2020, the Chilean borders (air, land and sea) have been closed for non-resident foreigners. The reopening of borders plan considers allowing the entrance to international travelers (either those who have final destination in Chile, and those who only transit in the country).
This plan follows 3 principles: safety, graduality and traceability. It ensures the health safety of the country as the active/contagious cases will be identified, and will not be able to board the plane to Chile. All passengers (of all ages) will be required to submit 3 travel documents when boarding the aircraft, which will be reviewed and required by the airline:
- The “Travelel Affidavit” form must be electronically completed up to 48 hours before the scheduled flight to Chile. In this form, traveler must provide the contact information, health history and trip details. Also, the traveler agrees to report health conditions during the visit in Chile, under the Traveller Surveillance Period.
- Before boarding, travelers must present the airline (and attach to the Passenger Affidavit) a negative result of a PCR test for SARS-CoV-2, which will allow them to be exempted from the 14-day mandatory quarantine. This negative test result must meet two conditions:
- It shall not be more than 72 hours old, from the moment the test was taken, to the departure time of the flight towards Chile.
- The test must have been carried out by a laboratory recognized by the local health authority.
- Before boarding, travelers must present (and attach to the Passenger Affidavit), a health insurance covering the features associated with Covid-19 during the whole trip in Chile.
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The reopening plan will be gradual:
- The first stage will be the opening of the air border with a single point of entrance. As a result, the Santiago de Chile International airport will be receiving international travelers from midnight on Monday, 23 of November 2020. This means that the other (land, sea and air) border crossing remain closed for non-resident foreigners.
- The reopening plan maintains the traceability of travelers, to identify outbreaks in time: all travelers who enter the country will remain in a Traveler Surveillance Period for 14 days after arrival. During this period, they will have to report on a daily basis to the Health Authority their location and health conditions, through a system that will be put in place for this purpose. Failure to do so is punishable under article 318 of the Criminal Code.
- Once arrived in Chile, the visitors will be able to move throughout the country according to the Step-by-Step Plan. Created by the Chilean government, this strategy was established to face the pandemic according to the sanitary situation of each zone in particular, and determines 5 different phases. Each of them include restrictions and specific obligations, and the progress and regression from one particular step to another is subject to epidemiological indicators, healthcare network and traceability of the virus. In particular, traveling from one region to another will be possible only between cities in Phase 3 (Preparation phase), 4 (initial opening) or 5 (Advanced opening).
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