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2021-09-28

Legal Alert:
Chilean Ministry of Health modifies its Border Protection Plan

On 15 September 2021, the Chilean Ministry of Health (“Minsal”) announced modifications to the protocol for entering and leaving the country (“Border Protection Plan”), which comes into force on 1 October 2021 with the publication of the relevant official resolution.


Please find below a summary of the most pertinent modifications to the protocol for entering the country:

Who can enter Chile:
  • Chilean nationals;
  • Foreigners with residency in Chile;
  • Non-resident foreigners.
Mandatory requirements for entering the country:
  • Affidavit for travelers, available at www.c19.cl. This document must be completed up to 48 hours before boarding.
  • A negative PCR test for SARS-Cov-2 which cannot be older than 72 hours from the date of the sample collection to the time of boarding the transport method to Chile. A rapid antigen test is not permitted.
  • For non-resident foreigners, medical travel insurance with a minimum coverage of USD $30,000 is required.
Mandatory health measures to be carried out on entering the country:

For passengers entering the country with a “mobility pass” (“Pase de Movilidad”) or, in the case of non-resident foreigners, Minsal validation of the Covid-19 vaccine received abroad (via www.mevacuno.gob.cl):

  • 5 days of quarantine (120 hours counted from the sanitary customs control at the point of entry into the country).

For passengers entering the country without a mobility pass or Minsal validation of the Covid-19 vaccine received abroad:

  • 7 days of quarantine (168 hours counted from the sanitary customs control at the point of entry into the country).
Important considerations regarding mandatory quarantine:
  • All cohabitants of the declared place in which the mandatory quarantine will be carried out must also carry out the same period of quarantine, even if they did not travel. No one may leave or enter that address during the period corresponding to the mandatory quarantine.
  • The mode of transportation from the point of entry to the country to the declared quarantine address may not be public transport, with the exception of taxicabs or private transfers. The journey must not include any stops or people from outside the travel party, and must be completed within two hours.
  • In the event that the journey is more than two hours, the driver of the mode of transport must carry out the same number of days of mandatory quarantine as the passenger(s).
After entering the country, the passenger will be subject to continuous monitoring by the health authorities, consisting of:
  • Carrying out a mandatory daily self-report through an online form in which any symptoms, the health status, and the location of the traveler is registered, for a period of 14 days following entry to the country.
  • Carrying out a Covid-19 diagnostic test should this be required by the health authority, at any time during a period of 14 days following entry to the country.
  • On-site inspections on any day and time throughout the period of mandatory quarantine at the location specified for this purpose on arrival to the country. This is to verify that the quarantine is in effect being carried out and that there are no undeclared people in the same location. Should the mandatory quarantine take place in a hotel, the health authority will verify that the traveler is in their room.

In the event of a breach of any of the aforementioned requirements, the health authority may apply a fine of up to 1000 UTM (approximately CLP 50,000,000), in addition to the relevant criminal proceedings applicable.