On April 12, 2022, the Chilean government announced the implementation of a new framework to govern the country’s border restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The lowest level of the new framework, Alert Level 1, does not require foreign nationals seeking to enter Chile to submit their vaccination status for prior approval, though travelers may still submit this information voluntarily and are required to submit it to obtain a Pase de Movilidad (“Mobility Pass”). In adopting the new framework, the government aims to enable a more agile response to the pandemic, including through detection and containment of new variants of concern.

Alert Levels for Pandemic Response

Under the new formulation of the government’s Plan Fronteras Protegidas, Chile will adopt three alert levels to determine the scope of border restrictions to be put in place:

  • Alert Level 1: Characterized by community transmission of known and controlled variants within the country; ample information about the variants’ characteristics and health impacts; no alerts regarding variants of concern.
  • Alert Level 2: Characterized by a variant of concern being present, but with no known community spread, or only initial community spread; health authorities determine the country is prepared to respond with prevention and control.
  • Alert Level 3: Characterized by a variant of concern without known community spread, and no further information available, or a potential for a severe health impact on the country’s population despite precautionary measures.

For each alert level, there are corresponding differences in protocols for travel restrictions, traveler management, traveler declarations, vaccination requirements for entry, diagnostic testing for entry (including either pre- or post-arrival testing, or both), and vaccine approval, among other measures.

For all alert levels where quarantine is indicated, travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test in order to exit quarantine. The type and number of tests, along with the timing between tests, will depend on the alert level and the variants in circulation.