Publicado 18 November 2021 | Tourism Industry

Chile Updates Entry Requirements: Foreigners with Booster Shots Validated by the Minsal will be Exempt from PCR Test

The government announced this month that the Chacalluta, Colchane and Pino Hachado land border crossings open on December 1st. The borders of Los Libertadores, Cardenal Samoré and Río Don Guillermo will open a month later. Also, all persons with a booster dose validated by the Ministry of Health will be exempt from a PCR test upon entry to Chile.

The Chilean government announced its new measures to make the Protected Borders Plan more flexible, which will allow a more expeditious entry into the country, while prioritizing health safety for the protection of the national population. 

Thus, as of December 1st, the four airports currently authorized to enter the country – Santiago, Iquique, Antofagasta and Punta Arenas – will be joined by three land border crossings, through which both Chileans,foreign residents and non-resident foreigners will be able to enter the country. These are Chacalluta, in the Arica and Parinacota Region; Colchane, in the Tarapacá Region; and Pino Hachado, in the Araucanía Region.On January 1st, the Los Libertadores (Valparaíso), Cardenal Samoré (Los Lagos) and Río Don Guillermo (Magallanes) crossings will also be opened.

What are the current entry requirements for people arriving in Chile? As explained by the Undersecretary of Public Health, Paula Daza, all Chileans, resident foreigners, non-resident foreigners with their vaccinations previously validated by the Ministry of Health, non-resident foreigners who comply with any exceptional requirement of Decree 102 of the Ministry of the Interior, and all children under 6 years of age, regardless of their nationality or vaccination status, may enter through these border crossings.

All persons entering Chile, from 2 years of age and regardless of their nationality, must have a PCR test with negative result from the country of origin, taken no more than 72 hours before the trip. In addition, these travelers must complete the affidavit available on the website www.c19.cl.

Non-resident foreigners must also have a medical insurance of US$30,000 to cover Covid-19-related illnesses and their vaccination process approved by the Ministry of Health.

The new measures contemplate facilities for people who have the three doses of vaccine against SARS-CoV-2.

Therefore, all those persons entering the country, regardless of nationality, who have had a booster dose applied in the last 6 months prior to the trip, which is registered and validated in their Mobility Pass, are exempt from the PCR or antigen test that must be taken upon entering Chile, as well as from the previously established isolation period.

The process of homologation and validation of vaccines, as reported by government authorities, will be less time-consuming than it has been to date and will inform the applicant, at the initiation of the process, the maximum term for delivery of the homologation.

People who have a Mobility Pass but have not had a booster dose in the last 6 months must be tested at the point of entry into the country and undergo an isolation test until the result is negative. The cost of this test must be paid by the passenger.

Persons who do not have their vaccines validated, regardless of their nationality, in addition to the PCR test upon entry to Chile must undergo a five-day quarantine even if the result of their PCR test is negative. This test includes children from the age of two years old and up.

In the case of children under 6 years old traveling with a family group whose vaccination schedule is validated, with or without booster doses, will have to perform isolation only until the negative result of their test upon entering the country.

CONECTING FLIGHTS

Starting December 1st, Passengers entering Chile for a connecting flight will no longer have to wait for a PCR test result at the airport to board the connecting flight. However, they must wait for their test result at the destination address reported in the affidavit.