Chile and Argentina Are Reopening to Vaccinated U.S. Travelers—With No Quarantine needed
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If Patagonia, Easter Island, Santiago, or Buenos Aires is on your travel wish list, you can finally start planning that trip. Chile and Argentina have announced that effective November 1, vaccinated international travellers can enter without having to quarantine.
After more than a year and a half of closed borders, Chile officially opened its borders to vaccinated international travellers on October 1, but with a mandatory five-day quarantine. As of November 1, Chile is dropping that quarantine requirement for vaccinated international travellers who submit to COVID testing, according to Chile tourism officials.
Vaccinated travellers will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to travelling to Chile and complete an online “Travelers’ Affidavit” form (which asks for travellers’ contact information, medical history, and previous travel history) within 48 hours of travel. In order to bypass the otherwise mandatory five-day quarantine, they will then need to take another COVID-19 PCR after arriving in Chile and isolate until a negative result is procured. Travellers will need to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival, which they should upload prior to travel through the Chilean Ministry of Health’s online Mobility Pass.
Also required is proof of travel insurance to cover any COVID-19–related medical expenses with a minimum coverage of $30,000 for healthcare. International travellers must fly into Santiago, Iquique, or Antofagasta.
Unvaccinated travellers will be required to quarantine for seven days. All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, will be sent a daily email for up to 14 days of travel in which they will be asked to self-report their health status. Additional details are available through the Chilean Tourism Ministry.
Next door in Argentina, the borders are also opening on November 1 to fully vaccinated travellers who conduct a COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival, the country’s health minister announced on Twitter. As with Chile, another COVID-19 PCR test will be administered by local health officials after arrival in Argentina, and possibly a third test will be requested between the fifth and seventh day after arrival, per information provided by the U.S. Embassy in Argentina. Travellers are responsible for the costs of the COVID-19 tests.
Unvaccinated travellers arriving in Argentina will be required to quarantine for at least seven days.
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Easter Island is still closed to non-residents and does not yet have any projections for opening for tourists in the remainder of the year. Returning residents still have to quarantine on arrival. The unofficial talk around the Island is that it won’t be until March at the earliest for non-residents.