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General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
High degree of caution.
Security Status Last Updated: 27 September 2021
Latest Travel Alert
COVID-19 is still a threat, but with continued public health measures, vaccination and testing, it will be possible to travel internationally. You will need to plan your travel carefully and there are risks.
Department of Foreign Affairs services and practical supports to all Irish Citizens travelling abroad can be found on Travel-dfa.ie
Travel to Chile
Chile’s international borders are closed to non-resident foreign citizens until 1 October 2021.
From 1 October 2021 the Chilean government plans to open its borders 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.
Travel abroad from Chile, both for Chilean citizens and resident foreign citizens is permitted from the 26th July 2021 if:
- you present a Chilean vaccine certificate (Pase de Movilidad) or,
- if you request an extraordinary authorisation to leave the country. In case of an urgent or humanitarian reason to travel abroad an extraordinary authorisation to leave the country can be requested via the Comisaría Virtual
Non-resident foreign citizens in Chile may leave the country with the passport issued in the country of origin.
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/ This process may take up to 30 days. The platform is now open, but you cannot travel until 1 October 2021, even if you receive your Pase de Movilidad before this date.
- 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. (from October 1st 2021)
Quarantine requirements on arrival:
Until 1 October 2021 all passengers arriving in Chile must complete a strict mandatory 7-day quarantine; self-quarantine or hotel quarantine depending on your situation:
Self-quarantine at home:
- You may self-quarantine at home if you are resident in Chile and present a Chilean vaccine certificate (Pase de Movilidad) on entry to the country OR you are a family travelling with minors, all from the same household.
- All members of your household must complete the 7-day quarantine, even members of the household who did not travel.
- You must arrive at your residence (the address declared on the sworn declaration completed online) by private transport within five hours after arriving in the country. You must travel directly home, without any stops.
- You must quarantine for 10 days in a transit hotel (hotel de tránsito) at your own cost if you are resident in Chile but do not present a Chilean vaccine certificate (Pase de Movilidad) OR if you cannot reach your residence from the airport within 5 hours in private transport
- You must reserve a transit hotel through either of the following travel agency websites: https://hoteles-en-transito-minsal.travelsecurity.cl/ or https://www.cocha.com/viajes/hoteles-de-estadia-obligatoria
- Once you have reserved the hotel you must upload the reservation confirmation to you sworn declaration (Pasaporte Sanitario) which must be completed before departure at www.c19.cl
During your quarantine, you are not permitted to leave your residence or hotel room, or receive visitors. You will be required to complete a follow-up form, which you will receive by email, every day for 14 days. You may receive a visit from the authorities to check that you are quarantining at your declared address and you may have to take a further PCR test
All passengers who test positive for COVID-19 at any time during the 14 days after their arrival in Chile will be moved to a Residencia Sanitaria (a designated quarantine facility) to complete their isolation. There is no cost for the Residencia Sanitaria.
From 1 October 2021 onwards all passengers must self-quarantine at their home, hotel or rented accommodation for 5 days. (This increases to 7 days if you do not have a Pase de Movilidad, or do not have your vaccination from abroad certified by the Chilean authorities).
- All members of your household must complete the 5-day quarantine, even members of the household who did not travel.
- You must travel to the place where you will be isolating (the address declared on the sworn declaration completed online) by private transport (taxis and private transfers are permitted), and not take public transport (train, bus or airplane). You must travel directly home, without any stops, with the same group you travelled with. If the journey from the airport to your isolation address is more than two hours from the airport, the driver must also self-quarantine for the same period.
Please consult the full “Protected Borders” plan for more information on international travel after 1 October 2021 at the links below
Plan Fronteras Protegidas (Spanish)
Protected Borders Plan (English)
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. Lockdown measures and travel restrictions remain under review and continue to be adjusted from time to time.
- The Chilean authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 including travel restrictions, curfews and quarantine requirements.
- 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.
Curfews, quarantines and other restrictions
The Chilean government announced a 90-day “State of Catastrophe” on 18 March 2020. The State of Catastrophe has been extended a number of times and is now in place until the 30th September 2021
We advise Irish citizens in Chile to respect lockdown & curfew regulations and follow public health requirements.
A nationwide curfew is currently in force from midnight to 5am until further notice.
The government has introduced a special mobility pass (Pase de Movilidad). You can request the Pase de Movilidad on the ‘MeVacuno’ website. 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.
Chile has a Step-by-Step Plan for the return to reopening after lockdown, with 5 stages ranging from Stage 1 (full lockdown) 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.
Interregional travel is now permitted between areas in Stage 3, 4 and 5. Interregional travel is permitted between areas in Stage 2 if you have a Pase de Movilidad and respect the quarantine restrictions on weekends and public holidays
Wearing of masks is compulsory in all public places
If you are in Chile, you should monitor developments regularly (for updates on comunas going into quarantine or passing into a new reopening phase) and follow the advice of local authorities. See links to relevant websites below:
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).
Travel to Ireland
Up to date information on travelling to Ireland can be found on gov.ie
Information on Travel within Europe (EU/EEA) can also be found on Re-open EU
Safety and Security
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.
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.
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.
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
Local laws and customs
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
Natural disasters and climate
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling (8 weeks) to see if you need any vaccinations for Chile.
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
(Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Embassy is not currently open to the public – visits on an appointment-only basis)
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.