Chile Is Reopening For International Travel

Chile, the South American destination known for its wine, beautiful landscape, and picturesque Coast Range Mountains, is reopening to international tourists in December–after an eight-month shutdown.

Visitors will have to fly into Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of arrival to avoid quarantine as long as they don’t show any COVID-19 symptoms during their stay. Visitors will also have to provide a sworn health statement and consent to be monitored by an app daily.  

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“All the people who enter the country, Chileans and foreigners, will be under a surveillance period of 14 days. They will have to report their symptoms and location,” Chile’s Undersecretary of Public Health Paula Daza told Santiago newspaper.

International travelers staying in Chile must adhere to local curfews, wear a face covering or mask in cities.

Chile had 531,273 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of Nov. 15. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines warn that the country remains in Phase 4 of the outbreak and is in “uncontrolled” and “widespread community transmission.” 

Other popular South American tourist destinations such as Brazil and Peru are now open for travelers. Machu Picchu, Peru’s top tourist destination, welcomed back visitors in early November after closing its borders to tourists for eight months.

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