Chile ends “Protected Borders” plan and tourism sector celebrates
Starting May 9, 2023, the requirement for a PCR test upon entry into the country, a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, and random testing of travelers will be eliminated.
Chile is a popular tourist destination due to its stunning natural beauty, rich culture, and historical heritage. However, the covid-19 pandemic has severely affected the tourism sector in Chile, as well as in many other countries.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Chilean government has implemented various measures to protect the population and control the spread of the virus, including border restrictions and health requirements for foreign visitors.
The good news is that as of May 9th, the government has decided to eliminate the “Protected Borders” plan and relax some of these restrictions, which has been enthusiastically received by the tourism sector.
We have listed below the updated entry requirements for Chile (May 2023):
- Currently, to visit Chile you only need to present your identification document (ID or passport), and depending on your country of origin, your stamped visa.
- Australian citizens wishing to enter Chile for tourism or transit between 8 to 72 hours must apply for a simple or multiple tourist visa. Visas must be requested only through the SAC CIUDADANOS portal.
IMPORTANT: Foreigners entering Chile as tourists must prove a minimum daily amount of US $46 to cover their expenses. Find more information in FAQs.
In the case of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), these are the additional requirements to consider currently (May 2023):
- Single Entry Form (FUI)
- Round trip ticket for a maximum of 30 days including arrival and departure days
- Reservation in a registered tourism service with SERNATUR or invitation letter processed by Provincial Delegation
- It is mandatory to enter with a guide to visit Rapa Nui National Park
- National and foreign passengers who travel by air or sea from the national territory to Easter Island do not need to take any PCR tests before boarding.
- People, nationals or foreigners, who do not have regular residence on Easter Island must carry a certificate proving their complete Covid-19 vaccination scheme, issued by the country where the respective vaccines were administered. The certificate will be required, prior to boarding, at the health checkpoint set up at the port or airport, as applicable.
Health monitoring for 5 days, from the arrival day.