Fully vaccinated foreign travelers will be able to enter Chile and Argentina without having to go through the mandatory quarantine from November 1st.
Both countries were closed to international tourism and even the return of nationals for over 18 months.
Chile reopened its doors on October 1st in preparation for the upcoming summer season (December 21st to March 20th). However, visitors were required to observe a mandatory 7-day quarantine.
But not anymore. The “very low” levels of Covid-19 detected during the first week of the reopening gave Chile the necessary data to safely discard the November 1 restriction.
To be eligible for the benefit, travelers must be fully vaccinated and be able to produce a negative Covid-19 test.
Visitors must also fill in a sworn statement, which asks visitors for personal data and medical and travel history so that they can obtain the country’s “Health Pass”.
According to the country’s Head of Public Health, travelers should not book tickets to Chile until their immunization certificates have been approved by the Chilean health authority.
This is particularly important as the verification process can take up to a month.
Proof of travel insurance covering COVID-19-related medical expenses for a minimum of $30,000 is also required.
Chile’s closest neighbor, Argentina, will also reopen its skies on November 1st.
“All foreign visitors will be allowed to enter the country from November 1st. Unvaccinated arrivals will need to be quarantined, receive an antigen on arrival and undergo a PCR test on the 7th of isolation”, announced the Argentine Health Minister on Twitter.
Evidence of travel medical insurance that includes hospitalization and quarantine coverage for COVID-19 will also be required.
A few weeks ago, the minister said that the country was in a good position both to reopen to international visitors and to resume most of its indoor activities.
“We are at a very positive moment (…) we are on the way to full recovery of activities,” he said. Argentina accelerated its vaccination campaign.
So far, 53.4 million doses have been administered, which means that the country has vaccinated 51.5% of its eligible population.