Chile Reopens Border After Covid-19
In early November 2020, it was announced that the Chile border will reopen to foreigners on November 23, 2020. Arrival protocols are a moving target. In January 2021, the policies are as follows:
- Negatice PCR test shown upon arrival
- Everyone must quarantine for 10 days
- On Day 7, they can take another PCR test and if it's negative they don't need to wait until Day 10
- Foreigners arriving in January 2021 are required to stay in quarantine. Borders are subject to reopen for a while then change their requirements. Please check Santiago Airport Website or Chile Embassy for latest information
- Night curfew still in tact from 12M to 5AM.
- November 23 the Chilean border at Santiago airport reopens to foreigners from any country with a new protocol
- Before departing your home, fill out a health affidavit with details of your origin, destination, health conditions and symptoms that could be related to covid
- App to monitor symptoms for 14 days
- Proof of medical insurance that covers covid
Torres del Paine National Park, located in Patagonia, will reopen on November 26. This is just in time for the summer season in the southern hemisphere. The tourism community is not expecting any more than 30% occupancy for the 2020-2021 season.
On December 8, Chile returned to Phase 2 covid precautions for an expected 2 week period, and is limiting national flights. Passengers with tickets should visit the airline website to get information about refunds and rescheduling. The border openings can change with only a few days notice, and foreign passengers must show proof of medical insurance.
With the potential for border crossing rules to fluctuate from one day to the next, we found a great tool to check on the status of entry from any country in the world, to any country in the world.
No matter what tool you use, always verify the information with the embassies before making plans.
For travelers who have the flexibility to pickup and go to South America through April 2021, this is a great opportunity to explore the astonishing landscapes for which Chile has become known. Be prepared for changes to border opening and closing. With fewer tourists, plucky visitors can expect to see truly pristine settings without crowds. It's sensible to prepare for limited infrastructure as the tourism industry tries to rev up. Many jobs were lost due to the shut down of all tourism activities last March 2020.
Adios Adventure Travel is offering private trips to Patagonia and Easter Island during the summer months and of course Easter Island can be visited year round due to its temperate climate. Please contact our US office to discuss your dates and get more details.