Last update: 7/24/2021
Chile reopened its borders to tourism on November 23, 2020, but in April, it closed its borders again, so at the moment, only Chilean citizens and residents can enter the country.
All travelers must have proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of boarding. They must also complete an online Affidavit for Travelers form within 48 hours of boarding.
All travelers will also have to quarantine for 10 days from their arrival in Chile and complete a tracking form, which they will receive by email, for 14 days.
Travelers must quarantine at a transit hotel at their own expense for the first 5 days of their quarantine and will take a second PCR test on day 5 of their quarantine period. If that test is negative, travelers can complete the rest of their quarantine at home or at a hotel of their choice.
Can I travel to Chile right now?
You can only travel to Chile right now if you are a Chilean citizen or resident. Below is a map of all the countries that can visit Chile at the moment.
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Only travelers who are Chilean citizens and residents can enter Chile right now.
All travelers who are not Chilean citizens or residents are currently banned from entering Chile.
Chile COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements
Chile’s entry requirements for travelers are fairly strict.
All travelers must have proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of boarding. They must also submit an online Affidavit for Travelers form within 48 hours of boarding.
Upon arrival in Chile, all travelers must quarantine for 10 days. The first 5 days of the quarantine must be at a transit hotel at travelers’ own expense. On the 5th day of their quarantine period, travelers will take a second PCR test. If this test is negative, travelers can quarantine for the next 5 days at home or at a hotel of their choice.
For the first 14 days of their time in Chile, travelers must also complete a daily tracking form about any COVID-19 symptoms they may have. They will receive the form via email.
Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Chile?
All travelers must have proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of boarding.
This requirement applies to every traveler over the age of 2. The 72-hour time period for the test starts from the time the test is administered and not from when the test results become available.
If your trip to Chile involves layovers, your PCR test must be from within 72 hours of boarding your final flight to Chile.
Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Chile?
All travelers must quarantine for 10 days from their arrival in Chile.
The first 5 days of the quarantine must be at a transit hotel at travelers’ own expense. On the 5th day of their quarantine period, travelers will take a second PCR test. If this test is negative, travelers can quarantine for the next 5 days at home or at a hotel of their choice.
All travelers must also complete a tracking form for the first 14 days of their time in Chile. They will receive the form daily by email, and as part of completing the form, they must report any COVID-19 symptoms they are experiencing and indicate their address. Travelers will receive three daily reminders to complete the form.
Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to visit Chile
All international travelers must have health insurance with COVID-19 coverage to enter Chile. The health insurance policy must cover them for the duration of their stay and have a minimum coverage of USD $30,000 for charges related to COVID-19.
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COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Chile
Although COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun in most countries around the world, the government of Chile has not yet confirmed whether it will be mandatory to present a proof of vaccine record (POVR) or an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (ICVP) to enter Chile.
If you’re going to get the COVID-19 vaccine before traveling to Chile, I recommend taking a copy of a vaccination record or certificate with you in case Chile changes its travel restrictions.
Other travel restrictions for Chile during COVID-19
Chile has a few other travel restrictions in place:
- All travelers must submit an online Affidavit for Travelers form within 48 hours of boarding.
- All travelers will undergo health screenings upon arrival in Chile.
- Face masks are required in all public areas.
- Social distancing rules must be observed.
- You may need a tourist visa to visit Chile. Check if you need one below.
What’s open in Chile
Chile has introduced a “Paso a Paso” (“Step by Step”) system with different restrictions and permitted activities at each step. There are 5 steps:
- Step 1: Quarantine
- Step 2: Transition
- Step 3: Preparation
- Step 4: Initial Opening
- Step 5: Advanced Opening (no part of Chile is currently in Step 5)
Chile’s comunas (neighborhoods) are all in different steps and may change steps based on their situation. More information on the “Paso a Paso” system is available here (in Spanish only). You can check which step each comuna is in here (in Spanish only).
Hotels that are open in Chile
Hotels in Chile are open, albeit with increased health and safety measures. If you’re wondering where to stay, these are some of the places we recommend in Santiago de Chile:
- Mandarin Oriental, Santiago
- NH Collection Plaza Santiago
- The Singular Santiago
- DoubleTree by Hilton Santiago Kennedy, Chile
Guests must wear face masks at all times and abide by social distancing protocols. They will have their temperatures taken at the entrance to the hotel and must sanitize their hands. Hand sanitizer and/or handwashing facilities will be available for guests to disinfect their hands.
More details on hotel regulations can be found here.
Beaches that are open in Chile
Beaches in Chile are open for swimmers and sunbathers alike.
Beachgoers must wear masks at all times, except when they are in the water. They should bring their own cleaning and disinfection supplies, such as hand sanitizer, face masks, and antibacterial wipes.
More information on beach regulations is available here.
Attractions that are open and tours that are operating in Chile
Because attractions are open and tours are operating in some areas of Chile, there is plenty to do right now: you can visit museums, explore national parks, go camping, and more. These are our favorite things to do in Chile at the moment:
- Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Day Tour
- Santiago: Concha and Toro Wine Experience
- Santiago: Valle Nevado and Farellones Small Group Tour
- Santiago: Cajón del Maipo and Volcán San José Hike 8K
- Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour
At national parks, zoos, and museums, visitors must wear masks at all times and abide by social distancing protocols. They will have their temperatures taken at the entrance to national parks and zoos.
On tours, visitors must wear masks at all times and wash their hands frequently. They will have their temperatures taken by the tour guide.
More information on attraction and tour regulations can be found here.
Restaurants that are open in Chile
Excited to eat lots of delicious Chilean food? Luckily, Chile’s restaurants are open.
In Step 1 areas, restaurants are closed for dining in. Only delivery is available. In Step 2 areas, dining is only allowed at outdoor restaurants or terraces. Groups can be no larger than 4 people. Tables will be spaced 2 meters apart.
In Step 3 and Step 4 areas, dining is allowed outdoors or indoors with ventilation. Groups are limited to 6 people. Tables will be spaced 2 meters apart.
At all restaurants, customers must wear face masks at all times, except when they are eating and drinking. They will have their temperatures taken at the entrance and must sanitize their hands before entering.
Airports that are open in Chile
Santiago International Airport has currently suspended the majority of international flights, so limited flights are operating.
Travelers must wear face masks and keep one meter away from others who are not in their household. They should also sanitize their hands. Travelers should expect to undergo health screenings on arrival.
Curfew in Chile
There is a daily nationwide curfew from 9 PM to 5 AM.
Step 1 areas are under a stay-at-home order; you may only leave your residence/accommodation for essential reasons and you must obtain a pass to leave your residence/accommodation, although you don’t need a pass if you are leaving the house to exercise. Exercise is allowed from 7 AM to 8:30 AM. Exercise is allowed from 5 AM to 9 AM on weekdays and 5 AM to 10 AM on weekends.
Step 2 areas are under a stay-at-home order on weekends and holidays. Exercise on weekends and holidays is allowed from 5 AM to 10 AM.
Step 3, 4, and 5 areas are only subject to the nationwide curfew.
Where to get a PCR test in Chile – COVID-19 testing in Chile
Your country may require you to take a PCR test in order to fly back home. If you need to get a PCR test in Chile, you can find information on testing here.
Chile reopening its borders to tourists – F.A.Q.
Check out these FAQs related to Chile reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.
Most likely no, because only Chilean citizens and residents can enter Chile right now.
There are currently 35,000+ active cases and 20,000+ deaths due to COVID-19 in Chile as of today. The CDC classifies travel to Chile as “Level 4- Very High Risk.” If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, do not travel to Chile. Additionally, even if you are not high-risk, you should reconsider travel to Chile.
Yes, all foreigners are banned from entering Chile right now.
Yes, you must quarantine for 10 days from your arrival in Chile. You must also complete a daily tracking form for the first 14 days of your time in Chile.
Yes, you must have proof of a negative PCR test from within 72 hours of boarding.
Yes, there is a daily nationwide curfew from 9 PM to 5 AM. Individual locations may have their own stricter curfews.
Yes, you must have a sanitary passport to travel between comunas (regions) in Chile.
Yes, Chile’s hotels are open.
Yes, Santiago International Airport is open, but only limited international flights are operating.
Yes, restaurants in Chile are open. In Step 1 areas, they are only open for delivery, and in Step 2 areas, they are only open for outdoor dining. In Step 3 and 4 areas, they are open for outdoor and indoor dining.
Yes, beaches in Chile are open.
Yes, tours and excursions are currently operating.
Yes, attractions are open.
No, Americans cannot enter Chile right now.
No, Canadian tourists are currently banned from entering Chile.
We will update this guide on Chile reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to Chile, you can check these official sources:
- US Embassy Updates on COVID-19 in Chile
- CDC Travel Recommendations for Chile
- General Chile Travel Advisory
- Affidavit for Travelers Form in English and Spanish
- COVID-19 Travel to Chile Plan – Information on Entry Requirements, Travel within Chile, FAQs, and Tourism Industry Protocols in English
- Paso a Paso Information in Spanish
- List of Comunas’ Steps in the Paso a Paso System in Spanish
- FAQs for International Travelers in Spanish