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Chile has reached Stage 4 of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, where there is viral circulation and community spread of the virus. Therefore, the Government has decided to close all land, sea and air borders to the transit of foreign people, starting Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.
We suggest not to travel abroad unless it is strictly necessary. Those who are outside the country and can return, should do so as soon as possible, given the uncertainty due to the closing of the borders.
Chileans who are currently abroad are asked, along with contacting the respective consulate, to keep informed of the health situation and the measures that the local authorities are taking due to Covid-19, since many of these measures limit the action of the consulates.
All Chilean nationals and permanent residents in Chile, who return to the country, whichever their country of origin is, may enter by submitting to the Sanitary Customs and a mandatory 14 days quarantine. This will not affect the entry and exit of cargo or transporters, to continue guaranteeing normal supplies.
Those who fail to comply with quarantine will be subject to fines and imprisonment penalties established in the Health Code and the Criminal Code. In this regard, article 318 of the Criminal Code states that "anyone who endangers public health by violating the rules of hygiene or sanitation, duly published by the authority, in times of disaster, epidemic or contagion, shall be punished by a minimum term of imprisonment or a fine of six to twenty monthly tax units".
If you are Chilean and you are in a country affected by the virus, we invite you to contact (via email or telephone) the Chilean consulate nearest to you, inform them of your presence in the area and your state of health. This, in order to determine the situation of the resident nationals.
Those who require consular assistance, in countries where the measures of the health authority prevents the opening of offices and businesses, should contact the emergency telephone numbers or emails of each consulate. Find them HERE.
In relation to the emergency, the consulates may:
- Guide nationals stranded at airports due to flight cancellations and restrictions.
- Provide consular assistance according to the priority of the cases.
Find out about the entry restrictions that each country has established for tourists in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
The Government of Bolivia announced the closure of its borders to foreign citizens starting on Thursday, March 18th, and the suspension of all international flights starting on Friday, March 20th. These measures will be in force until March 31st, when the situation will be re-evaluated. Chilean tourists in that country will not be prevented from leaving.
To find out the status of your flights, or possible suspensions, go to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website where you will find all the necessary information.
It is recommended that you check the status of the entry visas, to the countries that require it, and contact the immigration authorities to extend your stay and regularize your immigration status.
Keep in mind the following recommendations:
- Follow the recommendations of the local health authority
- Wash your hands frequently
- Cover your nose and mouth with your forearm or a tissue when you sneeze or cough
- Avoid direct contact with people with respiratory infections
- Avoid contact with live or dead animals (farm or market)
- Use masks when outdoors
- Ventilate the common spaces
- Avoid crowds
If you have the following symptoms, you should go to the nearest health center:
- High fever (greater than 38°C)
- Cough and shortness of breath
In light of the rumors about Covid-19, check out the World Health Organization's advice HERE
World Health Organization (WHO) Recommendations HERE
Recommendations of the Ministry of Health of Chile HERE