Chile Preparing to Accept International Tourists Next Month


Chile, a South American country that is famous for its wine culinary and beautiful scenery, plans to reopen its tourism gates to foreign tourists in December.

Travelers must fly into Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport and present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival.

They must also provide a sworn health statement and consent to be monitored by the application on a daily basis.

International passengers who meet Chile’s entry requirements do not need to be quarantined and will be free to do activities throughout the country, while keeping the local government updated about their health and the symptoms of the Corona virus they may experience.

“All people who enter the country, Chilean nationals and foreigners, will be under surveillance for 14 days. They must report their health status and location,” Chile’s Deputy Public Health Minister, Paula Daza, said as quoted by La Tercera .

Daza explained that tourists who fail to comply with Covid-19 preventive health regulations and protocols could face penalties and fines, although it has not been elaborated on this.

Currently, the application for monitoring the movements of newcomers is also still under development, La Tercera wrote.

In Chile, tourists must abide by national and local curfew regulations, wear masks in all urban areas, and accept the fact that restrictions can change rapidly and disrupt their travel plans.

Chile closed its borders to non-essential travel in March as countries around the world did the same to prevent the cross-border spread of the coronavirus.

Only Chilean citizens and residents have been able to enter since then.

Chile has so far reported more than half a million cases of COVID-19 and nearly 15,000 deaths.

Reports peaked in June, with more than 6,000 cases per day, but have since fallen to less than 2,000 per day.