October 30, 2020

COVID-19: Instructions for people entering Chile from overseas

COVID-19: Instructions for people entering Chile from overseas

Since the beginning of the pandemic there have been different regulations governing the entry of people into the country at different border points.  Since October 19th and with the recent modifications introduced by the Ministry of Health passengers arriving to Chile from overseas will have new permits and requirements.

1.- Who can enter Chile?

The country's borders are closed, so only Chileans and foreigners permanently residing in the national territory can enter.

As of October 10th, parents, children and foreign spouses of Chileans and foreigners permanently residing in Chile are allowed to enter exceptionally.  Details of this exception can be found in Decree 102 of 2020 of the Ministry of the Interior and its subsequent amendments.

2.- How do I prove that I meet any of the exceptions mentioned in the previous question?

The necessary documents to prove each of the cases are shown in the following tables: 

Details of this rule and other exceptions can be checked in Decree 102 of 2020 of the Ministry of Interior and subsequent amendments.

3.- Is it possible to do tourism in Chile?

Tourism is not prohibited as an activity, but the borders are closed to foreigners not residing in the country.

4.- Are there any additional health requirements to enter Chile?

Before traveling, the Traveler's Sworn Statement form (available at www.c19.cl) must be completed in advance, as it is mandatory to submit it upon entry into the country.

5.- What is the Traveler's Sworn Statement?

It is a form that contains personal, recent trip, health status information of its holder for the last 14 days and the place where quarantine will take place.  All the information is provided under a sworn statement.  Each person entering the country must complete this form and in the case of those under the age of 18 the responsibility for the sworn statement is assumed by the parents or guardians.

The form allows all those entering the country to remain under a 14-day period of traveler surveillance after entry.  During said period, the health authorities may request, at any time, information about the trip and health status.

It is for personal use, so completing the form and carrying receipt is the sole responsibility of the person involved.  Receipt is received in the e-mail included in the same form.

The health information is contained in the receipt’s QR which can only be read by Health personnel.

6.- What is the procedure to enter Chile?

People who enter the country must undergo a Migration and Health Control as explained below:

- Health Control: carried out by the Health Authorities and Traveler's Sworn Statement must be presented.  If it cannot be completed electronically, it will be available in physical format (this could lengthen the Control process).  This control is provisional due to the coronavirus pandemic Health Alert.

- Migration Control: Carried out by the Civil Police (PDI) and travel documents such as identity cards, passports, and certificates of residence must be presented.  This control is permanent, regardless of the pandemic.

7.- What are the health measures when entering the country?

All persons entering the country, regardless of their country of origin, must go under a mandatory 14-day quarantine from the date of entry and will remain in a traveler's surveillance period during this time.  During this period, the health authority may request travel history and health status information at any time.

Those entering the country through a region other than the destination may continue the trip within the first 24 hours after entering the country in public and private transportation, complying with health measures, wearing personal protection equipment (face mask), and with proof of their Traveler's Sworn Statement.

8.- Where should I carry out my quarantine?

The 14-day quarantine must be done at a single address declared by the passenger, which must be informed in the Traveler's Sworn Statement and which may be visited by health personnel to monitor compliance.

9.- Can I continue my trip to regions via public transportation?

If you can, as long as you have a negative PCR test or within the first 24 hours of entering the country.

10.- Can I be exempted from the mandatory 14-day quarantine?

It can be done in two ways:

- If the passenger stated in the “Traveler's Sworn Statement” that a PCR test was performed within 72 hours prior entering Chile and submits the laboratory report with a negative result performed by an approved laboratory in the country of origin, the person may enter Chile without going under a quarantine.  However, the passenger will be kept under a traveler surveillance and may be contacted by the health authorities to check health status, trip, or PCR test information.  The passenger is responsible for the veracity and validity of the test and may be subject to review in Chile.

- If, having entered Chile and being in compliance with the 14-day quarantine, a PCR test is performed with negative results, the person will be exempted from the quarantine at the time of receiving the test’s negative results and must follow any other instruction issued by the health authorities.  Regardless of the suspension of the quarantine, the person will remain under traveler surveillance for 14 days from the date of entering the country and may be contacted by the health authorities to request health status, trip or PCR test information.

11.- Can I submit a PCR test from a foreign laboratory if result arrive after I have entered Chile?

No.  In that case you must have a PCR test done at a Chilean laboratory.

12.- Who can request proof of the Sworn Statement to review or control it?

It can be requested by health officials appointed by the health authorities, by Police, Civil Police (PDI), Armed Forces personnel, and operators of transportation companies.

13.- What are the consequences of not having the required documents?

If you do not have your Traveler’s Sworn Statement, you will not be able to enter Chile and the Health Authorities will require you to process it, which will delay your entry into the country.

14.- When can I get said permits?

The Traveler’s Sworn platform is already operating at www.c19.cl for international trips and must be obtained within 24 hours before you start your trip.