Quarantine requirements for all travel to Chile

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Re: Mandatory quarantine requirements for all travelers to Chile (UPDATE 2, Jan 7th)

Post by BOBSYDOW@VERIZON.NET » Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:05 pm

Thanks for the note, Jamers41. The line about spending was a dumb throwaway line and I should not have used it. I know the Customs pros and health authorities don't care what's in the gringos' pockets. I meant it in relation to our guides and the lodge owner and his chef and family, who really count on us every year and are really hurting. I meant once we are heading OUT of the country from SCL, they would logically put us on the plane and get us out of there rather than detain us. (Except, now that I know, the part about requiring the $65K first. Each.)

I came here because the owner/guide has an understandable incentive to say "It's all fine, come on down!" Some people here were kind enough to share an unbiased and detailed view, and it was information I found nowhere else. I had no idea that the hospitals in Patagonia, which once treated a stroke for me, are full, and no idea the authorities are physically visiting your location to check on you. That would have been a disaster for all concerned, not just us anglers. We look at your situation (even after the recent rise, your infection and death rates per 100,000 are 80% below ours) and figure you look in pretty good shape. Wrong, I guess.

I hope all this sacrifice helps Chile avoid the situation we have in Southern California now.

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Re: Mandatory quarantine requirements for all travelers to Chile (UPDATE 2, Jan 7th)

Post by tiagoabner » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:56 pm

thomas2021 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:11 pm
Hi everyone:

Please don't jump all over me for asking questions that you think are obvious. We were in Chile last time in 2018. Didn't apply for residency at the time and want to come back now and stay 6 months in Chile and 6 months in Argentina. Is this still possible on tourist visas? We don't have any intention to travel around, just want to be back in Patagonia. Your thoughts?

Thanks!
Chile is currently open for tourists, so it should be possible to get in and get a visa on arrival, assuming you meet all the government's requirements (PCR test, Covid-covering travel insurance, 14-day quarantine on arrival). Most nationalities can get up to 90 days on a tourist visa, but that can be renewed once. Each county ("comuna") has different rules on whether or not it's in lockdown at a given time, so you may need to do a lot of planning in order to actually get from Santiago to Patagonia. Also, rules may change without notice, so you should only travel if you're willing/able to stay for longer should things change.

Regarding Argentina, you'll most likely need to research elsewhere. Last time I checked, they were closed to non-essential travel. But that was months ago and things may have changed.
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Re: Mandatory quarantine requirements for all travelers to Chile (UPDATE 2, Jan 7th)

Post by papageno » Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:29 pm

thomas2021 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:11 pm
Hi everyone:

Please don't jump all over me for asking questions that you think are obvious. We were in Chile last time in 2018. Didn't apply for residency at the time and want to come back now and stay 6 months in Chile and 6 months in Argentina. Is this still possible on tourist visas? We don't have any intention to travel around, just want to be back in Patagonia. Your thoughts?

Thanks!
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Re: Mandatory quarantine requirements for all travelers to Chile (UPDATE 2, Jan 7th)

Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:05 pm

tiagoabner wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:56 pm
thomas2021 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:11 pm
Hi everyone:

Please don't jump all over me for asking questions that you think are obvious. We were in Chile last time in 2018. Didn't apply for residency at the time and want to come back now and stay 6 months in Chile and 6 months in Argentina. Is this still possible on tourist visas? We don't have any intention to travel around, just want to be back in Patagonia. Your thoughts?

Thanks!
Chile is currently open for tourists, so it should be possible to get in and get a visa on arrival, assuming you meet all the government's requirements (PCR test, Covid-covering travel insurance, 14-day quarantine on arrival). Most nationalities can get up to 90 days on a tourist visa, but that can be renewed once. Each county ("comuna") has different rules on whether or not it's in lockdown at a given time, so you may need to do a lot of planning in order to actually get from Santiago to Patagonia. Also, rules may change without notice, so you should only travel if you're willing/able to stay for longer should things change.

Regarding Argentina, you'll most likely need to research elsewhere. Last time I checked, they were closed to non-essential travel. But that was months ago and things may have changed.
The quarantine is 10 days (shortenable to 7 days with a SECOND in-Chile neg PCR test) for all who have not been to the UK in the past 14 days. It is 14 days for CITIZENS and RESIDENTS who have been to the UK in the past 14 days. Foreigners who have been to the UK in the past 14 days are not allowed entry into Chile.
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Re: Mandatory quarantine requirements for all travelers to Chile (UPDATE 2, Jan 7th)

Post by admin » Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:08 pm

as far as I know, argentina has closed its boarders again for tourists / none-residents; but, I have not been following in recent weeks.

You can enter chile and apply for residency, but be ready for changes at any moment, and staying a long time.
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Re: Mandatory quarantine requirements for all travelers to Chile (UPDATE 2, Jan 7th)

Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:51 pm

thomas2021 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:11 pm
The maximum we can stay is 6 months. Is that still the max visa allowed for Americans?

Thanks for this great forum. You've done a great job with it.
In-tramite visa application, you can stay till approved or denied as it supersedes your original tourist visa.
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Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:22 pm
So, fly into Santiago, get to our destination immediately, get groceries for 10 days and hunker down? Is that how it works? Thanks.
Technically, you are not supposed to go out shopping even if it is for your quarantine. I know, lots of holes and bs in these regs
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Re: Mandatory quarantine requirements for all travelers to Chile (UPDATE 2, Jan 7th)

Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:59 pm

And latest news for US travelers, beginning Jan 26, to fly into the States, you will need to show a three day or less negative PCR test or documentation of recovery from the virus. So US citizens can be denied entry to the US via air for a positive PCR test or refusal to take a PCR test.
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Re: Mandatory quarantine requirements for all travelers to Chile (UPDATE 2, Jan 7th)

Post by olafboswijk » Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:27 am

hi all,

allow me to briefly introduce myself before I ask my question.
I have been following the forum for a while, have picked up a lot here, so thanks for all the worthwhile contributions and info!

I am Dutch originally (from Amsterdam), and after a long time traveling from Canada down to Patagonia in our campervan we decided to settle in La Araucania last year, where we have bought a parcela and built a cabin last April. As my wife was pregnant and her father was ill (not covid related), we had to leave suddenly to be back here in the Netherlands to care for him. With our daughter also close to being born and the pandemic rapidly getting worse, we decided to stay for a while. We are now planning to fly back to Chile mid March (about to buy tickets). We have just been granted permanent residency a few days ago, but our daughter was born in the Netherlands, so we will have to start a new residency application for her.

My question: the Chilean regulations state we also need a negative PCR test for our daughter, who is now 5 months old, but in the Netherlands there is no policy to test this age group. And I imagine it being pretty terrifying for her, it was unpleasant to say the least when I got tested last week. Does anybody know the small print of this regulation? Am trying to find out if we can test her anyway and how this would work as I've also heard of specialized tests for small children where they have to chew on a cottonbud for 10mins to capture the virus. Any help is much appreciated.

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Re: Quarantine requirements for all travelers to Chile (UPDATE 2, Jan 7th)

Post by snobrd4life » Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:48 am

**editing original response because infants are special. thanks to the folks below for providing actual sources to assist.
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Re: Quarantine requirements for all travelers to Chile (UPDATE 2, Jan 7th)

Post by Donnybrook2 » Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:06 pm

According to Salud Responde from the Ministry of Health, children under 2 are exempt.

6.-¿Todos quienes ingresan al país deben contar con un PRC negativo, incluso los niños?
Se excluye de la obligatoriedad de contar con un PCR a los lactantes menores de 2 años.

This is the website:
https://saludresponde.minsal.cl/pregunt ... eros/#vel6

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Re: Quarantine requirements for all travelers to Chile (UPDATE 2, Jan 7th)

Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:29 pm

Donnybrook2 wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:06 pm
According to Salud Responde from the Ministry of Health, children under 2 are exempt.

6.-¿Todos quienes ingresan al país deben contar con un PRC negativo, incluso los niños?
Se excluye de la obligatoriedad de contar con un PCR a los lactantes menores de 2 años.

This is the website:
https://saludresponde.minsal.cl/pregunt ... eros/#vel6
Also from Timatic:
Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR SARS-CoV-2 test, taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Chile.

This does not apply to passengers younger than 2 years.
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Re: Quarantine requirements for all travelers to Chile (UPDATE 2, Jan 7th)

Post by admin » Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:34 pm

That is probably more of a practical matter.

ever see a doctor try to stick something up the nose of a squirming two year old?
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