Travelers to Chile Will Soon No Longer Have to Quarantine Upon Arrival
Starting Nov. 1, travelers heading to Chile will no longer have to quarantine upon arrival.
Initially, when the country opened to fully vaccinated visitors, there was a 5-day quarantine protocol in place, however, the requirement will be lifted in just a few weeks, Chile's tourism board confirmed to Travel + Leisure.
"Chile welcomed travelers from around the world this past October 1st after over a year and a half with closed borders and restrictions. Since then, government authorities have updated the Protected Borders Plan because the country has reported very low COVID-19 infection rates," the tourism board said in a statement shared with T+L. "Starting November 1st, the 5-day isolation period previously announced is no longer mandatory; travelers who are fully vaccinated and validate their vaccination status prior to traveling, as well as take a COVID-19 PCR test in Chile presenting negative results, can travel throughout the country without a quarantine."
Chile is taking a multilayered approach to reopening amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In addition to vaccination and quarantine, the country will require foreign travelers to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their visit.
Foreign visitors will also need to complete a medical questionnaire, purchase travel insurance with a minimum coverage of $30,000, and keep in touch with government officials for 14 days.
Chile twice closed its borders during the pandemic, first in March 2020. It reopened in late November before closing again in April 2021 as the new variants emerging around the world pushed countries to rethink their policies.
Chile's latest reopening comes as the government reports nearly 88% of the country's population has been vaccinated against COVID-19. The volume of new COVID-19 cases in the country has been steadily declining since June, according to the World Health Organization.
The country's October reopening comes just in time for South America's summer season, a popular period for visiting Chilean Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. October through March are the warmest months in Patagonia. Travelers can expect pleasant temperatures in the 70s, making it an ideal escape from the chilly winter weather.