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Risk Ratings  

    LOW MEDICAL RISK for Chile
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Chile

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundEntry rules:

A) Inbound travel for foreign nationals:

Only Chileans, permanent residents, and people arriving from countries without community transmission, as defined by the WHO, will be allowed to enter the country.

B) Inbound travel for COVID-19 variant areas:

Direct flights between Chile and the UK are suspended until further notice. All foreign non-residents who have been in the UK in the last 14 days are banned from entering. All Chilean and legal foreign residents entering the country, who have been in the UK during the last 14 days, are required to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine in Chile.

C) Border closures:

Land and sea borders are closed until further notice.
(Ends 30 June 2021)

All travellers, foreigners and residents must complete an obligatory ten-day quarantine upon arrival in Chile. The first five days of their quarantine will take place in a transit hotel during which travellers will be required to take a second PCR test. If the PCR test is negative, travellers will be able to finish their ten-day quarantine at their final destination (hotel or residence). Travellers are responsible for the cost of the mandatory five-day hotel stay. Travellers who test positive must complete their mandatory quarantine in a "sanitary residence". Travellers are required to remain in the health residence until test results are negative. A follow-up form, which will be sent via email, must be filled out 14 days after entry.

During the first 14 days, anyone entering Chile will be under 'health monitoring' and must report by email their location and health condition daily.

The mandatory quarantine cannot be avoided by providing proof of a COVID-19 vaccine. The quarantine period cannot be shortened by providing a negative PCR test.
(Until further notice)
Test Requirements:

Those entering the country must provide proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before boarding.

COVID-19 test specifics:
The 72-hour time period for the COVID-19 test requirement begins from the time the test is administered, not from when the test results are returned. The test MUST be a PCR test; 'rapid' COVID-19 tests (for example, antigen-only tests) are not accepted for entry into Chile.
(Until further notice)
Additional Requirements:

A) Passenger Declaration Form: Travellers must complete the 'Traveler's Sworn Statement' 48 hours prior to boarding which can be found here: https://www.c19.cl/

B) Insurance Coverage: Foreign nationals permitted entry must have proof of a health insurance policy that provides coverage for COVID-19 and related health issues during their stay in Chile, with a minimum coverage of 30,000 USD. All documents must be presented before boarding the flight to Chile. Foreign residents of Chile and holders of diplomatic/official passports are exempt from the health insurance requirements.
(Until further notice)
OutboundChilean residents and citizens are not allowed to depart the country unless they obtain a permit from Comisaria Virtual. Exceptions will only be made for humanitarian reasons, because it is essential for health or because the person who leaves will not be returning. The form can be found here: https://www.comisariavirtual.cl/

Non-resident foreign nationals will be permitted to depart.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticA state of emergency is currently in place. This gives the government extraordinary powers to restrict freedom of movement and assure food supply and basic services. The military is permitted to intervene and uphold order when necessary.
(Ends 30 June 2021)
A nationwide nightly curfew is in place from 22.00 to 05.00. Some municipalities have stricter curfews in place.
Districts on 'Paso 1' are subject to a round-the-clock curfew.
(Ends 30 June 2021)
The government's reopening plan has four stages, each with specific guidelines and restrictions.
Stage 1: Quarantine (limited mobility).
Stage 2: Transition (reduces the degree of the confinement, quarantine remains on Saturdays and Sundays and holidays).
Stage 3: Preparation (quarantine is lifted, nightly curfew in place; transiting to municipalities that are in Stage 3 or above is allowed).
Stage 4: Initial opening (the reopening of lower risk activities; minimised crowds are allowed).

Restrictive measures are being enforced throughout the country depending on what step each community is in. Many communities have entered restrictive stages. You can review the applicable measures for each step here: https://www.gob.cl/coronavirus/pasoapaso/ and check what step each community is in here: https://www.gob.cl/coronavirus/pasoapaso#situacioncomunal/

The capital Santiago is currently in varying phases of the 'Step' program, with most communes currently in phases 2 (Transition) and 3 (Preparation).

Travel within the country can only occur between districts in Steps 2, 3 or 4. If travel begins from a Step 2 location, a 'Vacation Permit' must be filled out for travellers over 18 years of age. The form can be found here: http://www.comisariavirtual.cl/
(Until further notice)
Face masks are required in all urban areas nationwide. Face masks must be worn in public and private transportation, and in places where more than ten people are gathered (i.e. supermarket, pharmacy).
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Chile

COVID-19 information for Chile

Dedicated COVID-19 website


Petty crime constitutes the main travel risk in Chile, particularly in the capital Santiago, albeit low by regional standards. Higher-risk areas of Santiago are Cerro San Cristóbal Park, Cerro Santa Lucía Hill and crowded markets and streets in the city centre. Plaza de Armas and the metro are frequented by pickpockets. The risk in the upmarket Las Condes, Vitacura and Providencia areas is minimal, though residential burglaries have been reported.

Student-led demonstrations, as well as gatherings organised by anarchist, indigenous, labour and environmental groups, occasionally turn violent, posing incidental risks to bystanders. Anarchists and indigenous groups have also been responsible for detonating improvised explosive devices (IED). However, the devices are typically homemade and not built in such a way that would suggest an intention to cause civilian casualties.

In addition, Chile is located in an active seismic zone and vulnerable to earthquakes. There are active volcanoes in southern Chile; ashes from the Puyehue volcano in June 2011 disrupted air travel for several months across Chile and neighbouring countries.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Chile
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Routine Vaccinations

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