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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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  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
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  • Natural Disasters and Climate
  • Additional Information
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Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

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

Overview

Security status

Avoid non-essential travel.

Security Status Last Updated: 15 March 2020

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

We advise against all non-essential travel to Chile

Travel to Chile

Chile’s international borders are closed to non-resident foreign citizens.

  • Non-resident foreign citizens are prohibited from entering the country. In extraordinary circumstances a permission to enter the country may be requested from the Chilean Consulate in Dublin.
  • Travel abroad from Chile, both for Chilean citizens and resident foreign citizens is permitted from the 26thJuly 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

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
  • In addition, passengers that are not resident in Chile must show evidence of health of 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. (note that non-resident foreign citizens are not currently permitted to enter Chile)

Quarantine requirements on arrival:

All passengers arriving in Chile must complete a strict mandatory 10-day quarantine:

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 10-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.

Hotel quarantine

  • 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.

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. 

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.
  • We continue to advise against all travel to Chile.  If you must travel to Chile for essential reasons, it is important that you comply with the requirements listed below or you may be refused entry to the country.
  • 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

Chilean President Sebastian Piñera 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 10pm to 5am until further notice. In regions that have a vaccination rate of 80% and a low COVID-19 incidence rate, the start of curfew is extended to midnight and you can check the curfew times by region here.

The government has introduced a special mobility pass (Pase de Movilidad) for fully vaccinated residents in comunas in Stage 1 and Stage 2. 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.

During Stage 1 (Paso 1):

  • you must stay at home, and you can only go out to do shopping or to carry out specific and essential errands with an individual permit that you can obtain from www.comisariavirtual.cl  (two per week and only one can be used at the weekend). If you have a Pase de Movilidad you do not need a permit for shopping and essential errands.
  • You can do outdoor activities (sport, walking, individually or with people of the same residence, and without using a car or public transport.) every day, but only from 5:00am to 10:00am each day. If you have a Pase de Movilidad you can do outdoor activities at any time of the day

During Stage 2 (Paso 2)

  • quarantine is mandatory on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays and retail and restauraunts are closed (take-away or delivery only). You must stay at home on these days and you can only go out to do shopping or to carry out specific and essential errands with an individual permit that you can obtain from www.comisariavirtual.cl   (two per week and only one can be used at the weekend). If you have a Pase de Movilidad you do not need a permit for shopping and essential errands.
  • You can do outdoor activities (sport, walking, individually or with people of the same residence, and without using a car or public transport) only from 5:00am to 10:00am on weekends and public holidays. If you have a Pase de Movilidad you can do outdoor activities at any time of the day.

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:

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)

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

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

Outside office hours, for genuine emergencies involving Irish citizens, which cannot wait until the next working day, please call +56 8191 6981

You may also wish to 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: +56 9 3918 3541 (Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm)

(Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Embassy is not currently open to the public – visits on an appointment-only basis)
Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm

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