Chile closed its border for non-citizens/residents on March 18, and those allowed to return must have quarantined for 14 days.
The prime minister announced yesterday that the country would reopen its border for the important summer season, and entry requirements and protocols would be announced this coming Monday.
Here’s an excerpt from the Elmostrador:
“The President today has instructed the Undersecretary of Public Health, Paula Daza, to prepare a sanitary protocol for strict entry for tourists who may want to arrive in Chile during the summer period,” said Health Minister Enrique Paris .
Subsequently, Undersecretary Daza explained that the protocol will be released next Monday, which will be “very strict.”
“The pandemic has made us take very strict measures and one of them has been the closure of borders, and we know – and they have made us know – the pain it has produced for people, couples and families who have not been able to meet again, also people who need to come to our country and have not been able to come, “he said.
Along these lines, he added that they hope “on Monday to make this protocol known, so that in the coming weeks we can have a greater opening of borders.” Anyway, he stressed that this “will be step by step, as we have progressed in our strategies, little by little, to minimize the possibility of an increase in the number of cases.”
I would assume that those wishing to visit Chile must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test performed 72 to 96 hours before scheduled departure/arrival in Santiago, but we will know more in four days.
Most South American countries have already opened for incoming arrivals, Chile and Argentina being the holdouts. However, both have not indicated that the external border closure would be lifted.
Uruguay is pretty much alone in South America, as they have already announced that they would not be welcoming incoming visitors during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer season.