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If you’re travelling to Chile, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

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  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Natural Disasters and Climate
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >

Overview

Security status

High degree of caution.

Latest Travel Alert

Anyone considering travel should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and all passengers should undertake proper research and carefully consider the necessity of their travel at this time. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. It is also important to check with your travel insurance provider on coverage before travel.

If considering travelling abroad, you are advised to monitor the official advice and information provided by the authorities at your destination. Information about entry restrictions applied by other countries is available below. Additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit.

Travel to Chile

Chile’s international border is now open to vaccinated non-resident foreign citizens who comply with a number of requirements under the “Protected Borders” Plan. This includes a requirement to validate your proof of vaccination with the Chilean authorities prior to travelling. Further detail is outlined below.

Passengers arriving in Chile must present:

  • A sworn declaration form (Pasaporte Sanitario), completed before entry. The form is available at www.c19.cl. This will generate a QR-code by separate email, which must be shown at entry.
  • A negative PCR test (rapid tests are not acceptable), the sample must be taken not more than 72 hours before boarding the final flight into Santiago
  • Passengers that are not resident in Chile must have proof of vaccination validated by the Chilean authorities prior to travel.
    • To do this, you must apply online to have your vaccination validated and receive a Chilean “Pase de Movilidad” (Mobility pass) by visiting https://mevacuno.gob.cl/ 
    • Please ensure that you follow the instructions carefully and provide all the information requested. This process may take up to 30 days. The Embassy is unable to assist you to get a Mobility Pass.
    • Our current understanding is that you can apply for a mobility pass if you have received only your primary schedule of vaccination OR with primary schedule of vaccination plus booster dose. This could be subject to change at short notice.
    • If you do not have a Mobility Pass (Pase de Movilidad) approved prior to travel we recommend that you do not attempt to travel to Chile. If you attempt to travel without the Mobility pass, your airline will likely not permit you to board the plane to Chile, or, you will be denied entry to the state on arrival in Chile and returned to your destination of origin. 
  • Visitors that are not citizens or residents of Chile and are not vaccinated, including children over 6, are not permitted to enter Chile, unless they fall under the list of exemptions listed in Decree 102.  If you wish to request permission for an unvaccinated child or adult to visit Chile under this list of exemptions, please contact the Chilean Consulate in Dublin for more details.
  • From 1st December 2021 all children younger than 6 years old may enter Chile, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Passengers that are not resident in Chile must also show evidence of health or travel insurance that covers COVID-related medical care up to a minimum of US$ 30,000 for the duration of your visit. Failure to produce this may result in your refusal to enter the country.
  • Passengers that are citizens or residents of Chile can enter without a Pase de Movilidad but will be subject to longer quarantine periods (see below)

Entry is currently prohibited to all non-resident foreign nationals who have been in South Africa, Zimbawe, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini and Mozambique during the last 14 days.

The borders entry points currently open for those who meet these entry requirements are:

-          Arturo Merino Benítez Airport (Santiago)

-          Iquique Airport

-          Antofagasta Airport

-          Punta Arenas Airport

In addition, the following land border entry/exit points are open

-          Paso Los Libertadores, Valparaíso Region

-          Paso Futaleufú, Los Lagos Region

-          Paso Huemules, Aysen Region

-          Paso Jeinimeni, Aysén Region

-          Paso Monte Aymond, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region

The following land border entry/exit points are closed until further notice:

-          Paso Chacalluta, Arica y Parinacota Region

-          Paso Aguas Negras, Coquimbo Region

-          Paso Pino Hachado, La Araucanía Region

-          Paso Cardenal Samoré, Los Lagos Region

-          Paso Dorotea, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region

Quarantine requirements on arrival:

Passengers with proof of vaccination (Pase de Movilidad) are required to:

  • Take a PCR (or sometimes an antigen test) on entry to the country (the test is given for free at the airport/border)
  • Self-quarantine at their home, hotel or rented accommodation for 5 days (120 hours). However, this quarantine period can be ended as soon as you received a negative result of the PCR test carried out at the airport. When the negative result is received, the Ministry of Health will activate your Mobility Pass.
  • If you received an antigen test at the airport/border and you test positive, you will denied entry to the country
  • These measures also apply to children age 2-6 who travel with parents with proof of vaccination (Pase de Movilidad)

Passengers without proof of vaccination (Pase de Movilidad)are required to:

  • Self-quarantine at their home, hotel or rented accommodation for 7 days (168 hours). Please note that you must completed the full quarantine period, even if you receive a negative result from the test taken at the airport.
  • [Note: this only applies to Chilean citizens/residents or those with an exemption under Decree 102. Non-resident foreign citizens who do not have the Pase de Movilidad will be denied entry to the country]

While travelling to the place where you will be isolating, you may take national flight connections, even though you have not received the result of your arrival PCR test

All members of your household must complete the self-quarantine, even members of the household who did not travel.

Plan Fronteras Protegidas (Spanish)

COVID-19 restrictions in Chile

  • Chile continues to experience community transmission of COVID-19 and a number of restrictions are in place to control the spread of the virus. Social distancing measures, capacity limits and travel restrictions remain under review and continue to be adjusted from time to time.
  • If you travel to Chile it is important to ensure that you comply with all public health restrictions.
  • Arrangements to return home (flight bookings) should be made directly with the relevant airline or travel agent. Passengers should satisfy themselves that they meet restrictions on transit via the relevant EU countries, the US, Brazil or other countries.

We advise Irish citizens in Chile to follow public health requirements. 

The Pase de Movilidad allows greater freedoms to dine in restaurants indoors, travel internationally and between regions, and attend public events, theatres, gyms etc.  Residents can request the Pase de Movilidad on the ‘MeVacuno’ website once you have received your vaccination in Chile. This will generate a QR-code after entering your personal information. This permit can only be requested 14-days after completing a full COVID-19 vaccination course.

From 1 December 2021, the third/booster dose will be required for all residents of Chile over 45 years of age to keep their Pase de Movilidad valid. This does not yet apply to tourists/visitots.

You can also use the ‘MeVacuno’ website to validate vaccinations received outside of Chile and receive a Pase de Movilidad, which is necessary to enter the country as a visitor, as outlined above.

Chile has a Step-by-Step Plan for the return to reopening after lockdown, with 5 stages now ranging from Stage 1 (restriction) to Stage 5 (advanced reopening).

Individual comunas will move forwards or backwards between these stages, depending on the level of COVID-19 infections in the region. Changes to the stage of a comuna can be announced by the government at any time and come into force shortly after. You can check which stage you comuna is in here.

Wearing of masks is compulsory in all public places

If you are in Chile, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities. See links to relevant websites below:

Chilean Ministry of Health advice on COVID-19 (in Spanish)

Paso a Paso (Step by Step) Plan (in Spanish)

Chilean Ministry of Health on Twitter (in Spanish)

General Travel Advice

In October and November 2019 there were large-scale protests and demonstrations leading to civil unrest across Chile, you should expect a heightened security presence. Further demonstrations could occur with little or no notice, with a risk of violence, in Santiago, Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Concepcion, Antofogasta & in other major cities. 

We recommend that you remain vigilant and avoid all demonstrations and protests and follow the instructions of local authorities. Under Chilean law, foreign nationals visiting or living in Chile could be deported for involvement in protests and demonstrations. Monitor local media for additional updates. More information is available on the safety and security tab.

You can contact the emergency services in Chile by dialling (133).

 

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Safety and Security

Safety and security

Demonstrations and Civil Unrest

In October and November 2019 there were large-scale protests and demonstrations leading to civil unrest across Chile and you should expect a heightened security presence. Even peaceful protests can become violent at any time. You should avoid all demonstrations. Monitor local media for additional updates and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Police can use tear gas and water cannon against protesters. Under Chilean law, foreign nationals visiting or living in Chile could be deported for involvement in protests and demonstrations.

The largest protests usually take place in Santiago and Valparaíso and occasionally elsewhere in the country.

Nationwide protests usually take place on

• 29th March (The Day of the Young Combatant)
• 1st May (Worker’s Day)
• 11th September (anniversary of the 1973 military coup)


Crime & Petty theft

Pickpocketing, other thefts and muggings are increasingly common throughout Chile, particularly around well-known tourist sites and bus stations. There have been reports of violent muggings in areas popular with tourists in Santiago and Valparaiso. You shouldn’t leave luggage unattended and be particularly attentive at bus terminals, restaurants and other areas frequented by tourists. We advise you to take great care with your belongings and avoid obvious displays of wealth. Avoid using your mobile phone in the street. Keep in groups and don’t walk alone late at night.

There have been reports of people being robbed by bogus and unlicensed taxi drivers, including airport taxis. We advise to only use official and/or pre-booked taxis and to ask taxi drivers for proof of reservation.

There have been a number of incidents in major cities where those driving rental cars have been a victim of crime. Thieves have punctured tires in order to distract foreigners and steal their belongings from the vehicle. Keep windows closed and doors locked at all times. Do not leave bags, luggage or other valuable items in the car, and never in plain view. Cars that are parked on the street and left unattended are often broken into, even in affluent areas.

Reporting crime

If you’re a victim of a crime while in Chile, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Santiago if you need help.

Lost or stolen passports

If your passport is lost or stolen, it can take up to three weeks to get a replacement, due to time and distance factors. So please take extreme care with your passport and other personal documentation. Getting a replacement passport will be easier if you are able to provide a copy of the lost or stolen one, so keep photocopies of your passport.

Landmines

Chile has a small but significant landmine problem. Landmine accidents mainly affect livestock and small numbers of local people crossing the borders at unauthorised crossing points. Minefields are located primarily in border areas adjacent to Peru and Bolivia in the extreme north of Chile Regions I and II, and Argentina in the south in Region XII. 

Although most minefields are clearly marked, some signs and fences have been damaged by weather or vandalism and may be hard to recognise, particularly in the north of the country. Minefields are, in some cases, laid right up to the edge of highways. 

You should also be aware that there are mined areas in six government-protected wilderness areas in Regions I, II and XII.  Although neither park rangers nor visitors have ever been injured or killed by landmines, we advise you to check with local authorities before travelling to border areas of Regions I, II and XII, stick to clearly marked roads and observe all warnings signs.

Driving

If you’re planning to drive in Chile, be prepared and take some basic precautions:

  • Bring your full Irish driver’s licence and your international driving permit and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught
  • Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights

Hiring a vehicle

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Illegal drugs

Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms. You’re advised not to become involved with drugs of any kind. Possession of even very small quantities can lead to significant prison sentences.

Natural Disasters and Climate

Natural disasters and climate

Earthquake

Chile is in a high-risk zone for earthquakes. You should familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake or tsunami, and take note of instructions in hotel rooms. Building regulations require new structures to take account of seismic risks. Safety measures are widely known and put into practice by national organisations and local authorities. If you’re travelling to or living in Chile, make sure you know what to do in the event of an earthquake.

Volcano

Because Chile is in an active seismic zone, volcanic eruptions can occur.  If you’re travelling to or living in Chile, make sure you know what to do in the event of an earthquake or volcanic explosion.

Flooding

Flooding is frequent during autumn and winter throughout the country, mainly as a result of heavy rains and overloaded sewage systems. Transportation and services are often affected.

Forest fires

Forest fires often occur during the summer months. Even though they can happen anywhere, forest fires usually occur between Santiago and Valparaíso and in the Magallanes. In the event of a major fire, you should follow the instructions of local emergency services, particularly with regard to evacuation procedures.

Additional Information

Additional information

Passports

It is advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.

Health

Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling (8 weeks) to see if you need any vaccinations for Chile.

 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

The Embassy operates an out of hours service for Irish citizens requiring emergency assistance outside of hours, on weekends and on public holidays. If you are in need of emergency assistance during these times, you should leave a message on the emergency message system by calling +56 2 3304 6600. The emergency message system is checked regularly outside of office hours and a member of the Embassy staff will contact you. as soon as possible.
When you leave a message, remember to state your name, the nature of the problem, where you are now, and the details of how the Duty Officer can contact you (e.g. leave your mobile phone number, or the phone number of the hotel/hostel where you are staying).

Alternatively, you may contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.

Embassy of Ireland
Apoquindo 2929
Piso 1800
Las Condes
Santiago
Chile

Tel: Tel: +56 2 3304 6600
Monday to Friday 9.00-13.00

(Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Embassy is not currently open to the public – visits on an appointment-only basis)

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