According to France24, after having been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic since 17 March 2020, the government of Chile has finally reopened all of its land borders to all visitors, as of yesterday, 1 May. This decision was due in part to steadily declining cases throughout Chile, but also that the Chilean government recognizes COVID-19 may never fully disappear.
Consequently, taking a PCR test before arrival into Chile is no longer mandatory; however, PCR tests may be randomly given to arriving visitors. All that is required now is for non-resident visitors to fill out a health declaration form, and medical insurance that covers COVID-19.
Of course, if newer COVID-19 variants prove to be more threatening, Chile might shut all of its land, sea, and airports again.
Previously, from 22 December, only a handful of terrestrial borders with Argentina had been opened just for Chilean and Argentinian residents. Additionally, Chile’s primary hub, Santiago’s Arturo Benitez International Airport, reopened in November 2021, with Antofagasta and Iquique airports reopening to international visitors soon thereafter.
For access to the health form and guidance in purchasing COVID-19 travel insurance, you can check this website: https://www.chile.travel/en/traveltochileplan/.
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