Published on : Friday, November 13, 2020
Chile, which is one of the last places in the Western Hemisphere to reopen, will finally allow tourism to return from Decemberafter being closed for over eight months.
The Ministry of Health made the announcement this week confirming Chile’s official reopening of their borders starting December. The exact date, while not yet been set in stone, could happen as early as the last week of November, or within the first week of December.
While the firm date is not yet clear, the government has been very clear about all entry requirements and biosecurity protocols, including which countries are permitted to enter for tourism, and under what rules.
The government has been very clear that all nations, regardless of their epidemiological situation, may enter Chile for tourism.
All arrivals into Chile, both citizens and tourists, will be required to present proof of a negative PCR test, taken no longer than72 hoursbefore arrival into the country.
For all arrivals that comply with the above PCR testing requirements, there will be no mandatory 14-day quarantine. However, if a passenger does not provide proof of a negative result, or is showing symptoms upon arrival, they are subject to a quarantine.
For tourists to arrive in Chile and immediately go sightseeing and travel freely without quarantine, the government wants to implement a contact tracing app to reduce the risk of possible community spread. At time of publishing this article, details of the app are not yet available.
Paula Daza, undersecretary of Health in Chile said:“The most important thing is the principle of traceability and we have to have it very well implemented before opening the borders:all the people who enter the country, Chileans and foreigners, will be under a surveillance period of 14 days. They will have to report their symptoms and location,”
Santiago de Chile airport (SCL) is the only airport set to reopen in December for the purposes of tourism.
Thankfully, it is Chile’s largest and busiest airport, which will allow for the best connectivity for tourists.
As the news of Chile’s reopening is still quite recent, many airlines will soon reschedule flights in and out of the country.
As of now, there is already direct flights scheduled to resume in December to SCL from:Madrid, Amsterdam, New York, Miami, Panama, Guayaquil, Lima, Sao Paulo, and Buenos Aires.
Like most countries worldwide, Chile will also be requiring all passengers, both citizens and tourists, to fill out aonline health declaration formbefore arriving in Chile.
All visitors in Chile are asked to follow all health protocols in place. As of right now that includes:
o National curfew from 11:00pm to 5:00am
o Wearing masks in all public places
o Social distancing and frequent hand washing
Many other nations in South America have already reopened for tourism, with Chile being one of the last.
Argentinareopened for neighbouring countries (including Chile) on October 30. Perureopened October 5, withColombiajust prior to that on September 21. BothBrazilandEcuadorreopened earlier on in summer.Uruguaystill remains closed and is not expected to reopen for tourism in 2020.