COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Chile (10 August Update)

Airline Restrictions

  • Airports are open, but commercial flight availability may change with little notice.

  • LATAM has commercial flights between Santiago and the U.S.

Border Restrictions

  • All borders are closed to non-resident foreign nationals for transit. Chilean citizens and permanent residents are exempted. Anyone entering Chile is subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.

  • Cruise ships are prohibited from docking at Chilean ports.

Curfew Restrictions

  • The Chilean authorities extended the state of catastrophe until 16 September.

  • A nation-wide curfew from 22:00 to 05:00 (local time) is in place. People who need to leave their residence for essential reasons will need a permit from the local police department.

  • Curacaví, Colina, Graneros, Las Condes, Lampa, La Reina, Lo Barnechea, Machalí, Melipillam Providencia, Ñuñoa, Rancagua, San Antonio, San Felipe, Til Til, Tocopilla, and Vitacura are moved to Phase 2. In these communities, quarantine measures have been lifted from Monday to Friday. Gatherings are permitted for up to five people (enclosed spaces) and ten (open spaces).

  • The Araucanía Region moved to Phase 4. In the region, cinemas, restaurants, and theatres are allowed to operate with 25 per cent capacity and sporting events with only 50 participants (outdoors) or 10 participants (indoors), no spectators are allowed.

  • La Serena, Coquimbo, Puerto Montt, Copiapó, La Calera, La Cruz, and Isla de Maipo communes are under quarantine from 29 July and Tierra Amarilla (Atacama Region) as of 10 August.

  • Until 16 August, sanitary cordons were initiated in Alto Biobío, Pirque, and San Antonio communities, Aysén region, between Concepción and Penco cities, between Coronel and San Pedro de La Paz cities, Puerto Williams city, Puerto Varas city, Punta Arenas city, River region, Talcahuano city, and Tarapacá town.

Social Distancing Restrictions

  • Face masks covering nose and mouth are compulsory in all enclosed public spaces, including all public transportation, taxis, and ride-hailing services. Anyone violating this measure may face a fine of 50,000 Chilean pesos.

  • Residents aged 75 and older may leave their house once a day.

  • An exemption in the number of permits allowed per person to leave their residence during quarantine has gone from 5 per week to 2 per week. These permits can be obtained only under certain circumstances for medical reasons, accessing public services including pension payments and paying bills for basic services. These permits are valid between 30 minutes to 24 hours, depending on the purpose of travel.

Travel Restrictions

  • There are checkpoints on roads at various provincial borders around the country. All persons crossing checkpoints are subject to health screening and must produce their health and travel history. Checkpoints are in place at all principal points of entry and exit to the city of Santiago.

  • Nation-wide sanitary controls are in effect in bus terminals. Passengers are subject to health inspections before being allowed to board buses.

Advice For Travellers

The COVID-19 epidemic is changing constantly worldwide. This information is subject to change as the situation evolves. Travel and border restrictions may change with little or no notice. Some countries are beginning to remove some restrictions gradually. Check with your airline, booking agent, or country's embassy for information on your specific travel plans.