Last updated: June 29th, 2021
Here in Chile, it’s been almost a year and a half since COVID-19 first rocked our world. It’s been a year unlike no other, one that has impacted the tourism industry, among others, and presented unprecedented challenges and new social norms.
But we are learning to live with this “new normal" with a successful vaccination campaign, until we can welcome back foreign travelers.
In these uncertain times, it is important to keep you informed, safe and prepared with up-to-date information about visiting Chile in the age of COVID-19. Here's what you need to know:
The Chilean borders will remain closed up to July 14th.
Only resident Chilean citizens and residents of Chile are currently allowed to leave and enter the country with a valid reason.
All sea and land crossings are still closed for the time being.
What is Open
To control the virus and keep citizens, residents and visitors safe, the government has implemented a plan called “Paso a Paso” which translates to “Step by Step,” in addition to a nightly curfew between 10 PM and 5 AM. There are five steps in this plan indicating what is allowed or not allowed in different neighborhoods throughout Chile. For now, visitors may only go to neighborhoods in steps two, three, four and five, and are also required to obtain a temporary travel permit when moving around the country.
In step three, restaurants, non essential stores, health centers and supermarkets are open with limited capacity and safety precautions. In step four, movie theaters will open without the consumption of food and in step five, gyms, bars, clubs and team sports with an audience are allowed at limited capacity. All facilities are operating with strict safety measures, such as physical distancing, temperature checks and deep sanitation.
Chile also has many beautiful natural spaces, which allows more opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities and take advantage of national parks and natural reserves. Torres del Paine National Park, where our dome hotel EcoCamp Patagonia is located, is currently open and our hotel will also reopen in September. For more information about traveling to Torres del Paine or staying with us at EcoCamp, get in touch here.
Chile is ranked amongst the Top 3 countries on Earth for its effectiveness of its vaccination campaign (number of vaccinated people / 100.000 inhabitants). About 60% of the objective population has completed the vaccination process (with two dosis whenever necessary) - more than 80% with at least one dosis!
The Chilean government recently announced a "mobility pass" for fully vaccinated chileans to get greater freedom. Vaccinated citizens can for instance go out without a permit in cities that are under lockdown ("Paso 1").
With that in mind, Chile should reach herd immunity soon and we are optimistic regarding the upcoming reactivation of tourism - which is why we planned to reopen EcoCamp Patagonia in September!
Stay Safe While Traveling
Chile is currently experiencing a decrease of daily COVID cases, thanks to the vaccination campaign and the quarantine of the Metropolitan area of Santiago that came to and end a few days ago. Even so, it is important to continue practicing the safety protocols while traveling.
It is mandatory to wear a mask in almost all public outdoor and indoor settings. Additionally, it’s encouraged to practice physical distancing of one to two meters and regularly wash or sanitize your hands.
At Cascada Expediciones, we will have established appropriate safety protocols and measures for our tours in Chile and during trips at EcoCamp Patagonia.
With these simple tips in mind, you are all set to have an epic adventure in the beautiful country of Chile. From the driest desert in the world to Patagonia’s icy glaciers and mountainous peaks, this country has a little bit of natural wonder and adventure for everyone. We can’t wait to see you again soon!
Have questions or need more information? Don’t hesitate to contact our team. We are happy to assist and guide you throughout your entire trip to Chile.