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General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
High degree of caution.
Latest Travel Alert
Citizens should exercise caution in any decisions about international travel, taking account of their overall health, their vaccine status, and the risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad. Anyone considering travelling abroad should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit.
Travel to Chile
Chile’s international border is open to vaccinated non-resident foreign citizens who comply with a number of requirements under the Chilean Government’s current COVID-19 management plan – “#SeguimosCuidándonos Paso A Paso”.
Under this plan, there are three levels of alert for the international border. Currently, Chile is at Alert Level 1.
Under Alert Level 1, visitors to Chile must meet the following requirements:
- A sworn declaration form (Pasaporte Sanitario) must be completed before entry. The form is available at www.c19.cl. This will generate a QR-code by email, which must be shown at entry.
- Passengers that are not resident in Chile must have proof of vaccination prior to travel. Under Alert Level 1, it is not necessary to have the proof of vaccination validated by the Chilean authorities prior to travel. However, it is still recommended that travellers validate their vaccination with the Chilean authorities so that they can receive a Chilean “Pase de Movilidad” (Mobility pass) in order to enter bars, restaurants, gyms and other public venues. You can do this by visiting https://mevacuno.gob.cl/ and the process may take up to 30 days. (See further instructions below to apply for a Pase de Movilidad).
- A negative PCR test prior to travel is not required under Alert Level 1.
- All children younger than 6 years old may enter Chile, regardless of vaccination status.
- Passengers that are not resident in Chile must also show evidence of health or travel insurance that covers COVID-related medical care up to a minimum of US$ 30,000 for the duration of their visit. Failure to produce this may result in being refused entry to the country.
- On arrival in Chile, visitors may be required to take a random PCR or antigen test.
If Chile moves to Alert Level 2 or 3 travellers will be required to:
- Have their proof of vaccination validated by the Chilean authorities and receive a “Pase de Movilidad” (instructions below);
- Have a negative result on a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the final flight to Chile;
- Take a PCR or antigen test as required on arrival (mandatory for all passengers).
All land borders that had remained closed due to the pandemic will reopen on 1st May 2022, including the borders from Peru and Bolivia.
COVID-19 restrictions in Chile
- Chile continues to experience community transmission of COVID-19 but the seriousness of the pandemic has reduced over time thanks to high vaccination levels and acquired immunity in the population.
- In April 2022, the Chilean government restructured their “Step-by-Step” Plan to manage the pandemic. The full plan is available here: “#SeguimosCuidándonos Paso A Paso”
- There are three phases in the new plan: Low Health Impact, Medium Health Impact and High Health Impact. Individual regions/comunas will move forwards or backwards between these stages, depending on the impact of COVID-19 infections in the region.
- If you travel to Chile it is important to ensure that you comply with all public health restrictions.
Vaccine Pass – “Pase de Movilidad”
The Pase de Movilidad allows greater freedoms to dine in restaurants indoors, and attend public events, theatres, gyms etc.
Visitors to Chile should visit the ‘MeVacuno’ website to validate vaccinations received outside of Chile and receive a Pase de Movilidad, which is necessary to attend public events, restaurants, bars, theatres, gyms etc. You can do this by visiting https://mevacuno.gob.cl/ and the process may take up to 30 days
- Please ensure that you follow the instructions carefully and provide all the information requested. This process may take up to 30 days. The Embassy is unable to assist you to get a Mobility Pass.
- Applicants for a Mobility Pass should note that it is necessary to upload proof with the date of both vaccinations listed (and not just the date of the last vaccination received that appears on the EU Digital Covid Certificate). You can do this by uploading a photo of the handwritten vaccine card you received at the vaccine centre as well as your EU Digital Covid Certificate. Please make sure dates for each dose are entered correctly on the portal.
- When you receive your approved Mobility Pass please check that it has all vaccinations (including booster dose) individually registered. If your Mobility Pass does not individually display all of your vaccinations, you should resubmit your proof of vaccination.
- If you still have not received your Mobility Pass when you arrive in Chile we recommend that you contact the Ministry of Health regarding your situation, either by calling SaludResponde at 600 360 7777 or by visiting their offices in Santiago with all your documents, located at Calle Maciver 440 in Santiago Centro.
Residents of Chile can request the Pase de Movilidad on the ‘MeVacuno’ website once they have received their vaccination in Chile. This will generate a QR-code after entering the personal information. This permit can only be requested at least 14-days after completing a full COVID-19 vaccination course.
The third/booster dose is required for all residents of Chile over 45 years of age to keep their Pase de Movilidad valid. This does not yet apply to tourists/visitots.
Wearing of masks is compulsory in all closed public places and public transport.
It is no longer required to wear masks outdoors in the “Low Health Impact” and “Medium Health Impact” phases. Masks outdoors are still required in situations where 1 metre distancing is not possible and all the time during the “High Health Impact” phase.
If you are in Chile, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities. See links to relevant websites below:
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.
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).
Safety and Security
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.
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.
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.
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
Local laws and customs
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
Natural disasters and climate
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling (8 weeks) to see if you need any vaccinations for Chile.
The Embassy operates an out of hours service for Irish citizens requiring emergency assistance outside of hours, on weekends and on public holidays. If you are in need of emergency assistance during these times, you should leave a message on the emergency message system by calling +56 2 3304 6600. The emergency message system is checked regularly outside of office hours and a member of the Embassy staff will contact you. as soon as possible.
When you leave a message, remember to state your name, the nature of the problem, where you are now, and the details of how the Duty Officer can contact you (e.g. leave your mobile phone number, or the phone number of the hotel/hostel where you are staying).
Alternatively, you may contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.
Embassy of Ireland
(Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Embassy is not currently open to the public – visits on an appointment-only basis)
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.