Chile lifts travel quarantine restriction from November 1

Chile has become the latest country to lift the need for fully vaccinated travellers to quarantine on arrival.

The quarantine rule for vaccinated international travellers will be relaxed from November 1 if a PCR test performed on arrival in the South American country is negative.

Visitors must be fully vaccinated, and vaccines must be recognised in Chile.

Proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before travel is still required. A PCR test is carried out again at the airport in Chile.

People entering the country must travel by private transport and directly to their specified accommodation and wait there for the result of the PCR test, which can take up to 24 hours.

An electronic form must also be completed up to 48 hours before arrival  and tourists entering the country need travel health insurance with minimum cover of $30,000.

The move comes ahead of the southern hemisphere summer season and the potential reopening of remote Chilean territory of Easter Island in December or January after Covid closure.

It mirrors action taken by other nations such as Thailand and Fiji to reopen to international tourists after the Foreign Office lifted advice against all but essential travel for more than 80 countries as the travel red list was cut from 54 to seven from Monday.

Danny Callaghan, chief executive of the Latin American Travel Association (Lata), said: “After a slow 18 months, I am thrilled to see UK travellers are once again able to visit Chile.

“This iconic destination has one of the best Covid programmes in the world, and I’m pleased that they are now seeing the benefits of tourism returning.

“This also bodes well for the Antarctic cruise season, with many vessels set to depart from Chile. I see this as the beginning of a long-awaited recovery for the wider region.”

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