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 October 1st, 2021, the Santiago de Chile International Airport will open again for international arrivals. Last wednesday, the subsecretary of Public Health Paula Daza announced changed on the actual Secure Borders Plan (Plan Fronteras Seguras) that was first introduced last July.
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 tourists (either those who have final destination in Chile, and those who only transit in the country).
Required travel documents to enter Chile
From October 1st, international travelers will have to meet the following conditions in order to enter Chile:
- The “Traveler Affidavit” (C19 certificate) 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. During 14 days after arrival, travellers must report on a daily basis to the Health Authority their location and health conditions.
- Before boarding, travelers must present the airline (and attach to the Passenger Affidavit) a negative result of a PCR test for SARS-CoV-2. 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.
- Show proof of vaccination. Priorly, the vaccination certificate must be validated by the Chilean Health Ministry. A form must be filled on MeVacuno page, this can take between 2 weeks and up to 1 month to obtain the Pase Movilidad (Chilean sanitary pass for vaccinated people). This certificate has a 45-day validity to enter Chile.
- Undergo a 5-day mandatory quarantine.
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. 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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