March 23, 2021
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Health Ministry announces new COVID-19 restrictions for travelers

Health Ministry announces new COVID-19 restrictions for travelers
The new restrictions, which were established based on the epidemiological situation in Chile and internationally, will apply to travelers from anywhere in the world. There will also be additional measures for travelers coming from Brazil.

“We are very concerned about the circulation of new variants from abroad. As such, we are going to heighten some measures for travelers,” Health Minister Enrique Paris announced as he began his report on the COVID-19 pandemic in Chile.

The new restrictions, which were established based on the epidemiological situation in Chile and internationally, will apply to travelers from anywhere in the world. There will also be additional measures for travelers coming from Brazil.

The measures put in place for all travelers include a mandatory 10-day quarantine with no exemptions upon arriving in Chile; isolation in a health residence for 11 days for anyone with a positive PCR test during the first 14 days following their arrival in Chile; and isolation in a residence for any traveler who presents at least one or two COVID-19 symptoms.

Public Health Undersecretary Paula Daza explained that, “Travelers must proceed directly to the location where they will quarantine without interacting with anyone. They must wear a mask at all times. These rules are for all travelers entering the country regardless of their place of origin or mode of transport (air, land or sea). Travelers must isolate individually or with those with whom they traveled. In other words, travelers who enter the country must remain isolated in the residence. That is the purpose of the quarantine.”

Travelers from Brazil and those who have been in that country within the past 14 days must proceed to a Transit Hotel and may only leave once they test PCR-negative. However, they must quarantine for 10 days. Furthermore, the costs associated with their arrival must be paid by the traveler when they receive their health passport as they board their flight to Chile.