March 20, 2020

Chilean Government orders preventive quarantine in Easter Island

Chilean Government orders preventive quarantine in Easter Island
The measure goes into effect this Thursday March 19th and for the next 14 days, in order to protect the zone from potential Covid-19 contagion.

Within the framework of the action plan implemented for the coronavirus pandemic affecting our country, the Ministry of Health confirmed that Easter Island will begin a 14-day quarantine period. This is an entirely preventive measure, as the island has no suspected or confirmed cases.

The objective is to avoid the entry of potentially infected people, due to the fact that the area receives a large number of foreign tourists, and in this way protect the Easter Island residents. Only those that have to or want to leave the island may do so, and those who want to enter must request authorization from the zone leader.

The Health authority also reported that they have decided to “shield” certain regions of the country to avoid the spread of Covid-19. The areas located in far north and south of Chile will be protected and, as of this Friday March 20th, health customs procedures will be implemented in the regions of Arica & Parinacota, Tarapacá, Antofagasta, Atacama and Coquimbo, where the people arriving by air will receive a health passport.

With respect to land routes, from the Coquimbo Region to the north, the entry of people is being controlled given that the area still has very few confirmed cases of coronavirus. The health authority affirms that this measure will help reduce its spread, and the same procedures will be applied to the regions of Aysén and Magallanes.

Within the framework of the State of Catastrophe, which was declared for the entire country, the Ministry of Defense confirmed that the Armed Forces are protecting the national air, maritime and land borders. They have also reported that they are working to detect non-active border crossings to avoid the illegal entry of people into Chile.

The final report, delivered at 10:00 a.m. this Thursday March 19th, confirmed a total of 342 cases of Covid-19, and the Tarapacá Region is the only one with no reported cases. 103 of these cases are new, 19 are hospitalized and five have already been discharged.

You can find all of the latest information on the action plan established by the Chilean Government to confront this pandemic at the website