Fully vaccinated overseas travelers will be able to enter Chile and Argentina without having to undergo mandatory quarantine from Nov. 1.
Both countries had been closed for international tourism and even returning nationals for more than 18 months.
Chile reopened its doors on Oct. 1 in preparation for the upcoming summer season (Dec. 21 to Mar. 20). However, visitors were required to observe a 7-day mandatory 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 scrap the restriction from Nov. 1.
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 out a sworn statement, which asks visitors for personal details and travel and medical history, so they can obtain the country’s “Health Pass.”
According to the country’s Public Health Chief, travelers should not book tickets to Chile until their immunization certificates have been approved by the Chilean health authority.
This is particularly important because the verification process can take up to a month.
Proof of travel insurance that covers COVID-19–related medical expenses for no less than USD $30,000 is also needed.
Chile’s closest neighboring country, Argentina, will also reopen its skies on Nov. 1.
“All foreign visitors will be allowed to enter the country as of Nov. 1. Unvaccinated arrivals will need to quarantine, take an antigen on arrival, and a PCR test on day 7 of their isolation,” Argentina’s health minister announced on Twitter.
Evidence of medical travel insurance that includes hospitalization and quarantine coverage for COVID-19 will be also needed.
A few weeks ago, the minister said the country was in a good position to both, reopen for international visitors and resume most of its indoor activities.
“We are in a very positive moment (…) we are moving towards the full recovery of activities,” she said. Argentina has speeded up its vaccination campaign.
To date, 53.4M doses have been administered, which means the country has vaccinated 51.5% of its eligible population.