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COVID-19 Chile Travel Requirements

Updated November 18, 2020.

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“Chile Coronavirus Checklist for International Tourists.”  Blog includes links to economical coronavirus insurance plans, PCR testing centers, and 2020 coronavirus travel and safety policies. 

This is a resource for Pucón Kayak Retreat (PKR) guests, kayakers, and travel enthusiasts detailing Chile’s new international tourist requirements. There are three requirements:

  • Negative Coronavirus test 72 hours prior to arrival,
  • Coronavirus travel log (via app),
  • Proof of coronavirus insurance.

At first we were skeptical of the coronavirus insurance requirement, but research shows many plans now include Coronavirus cancellation, medical coverage, and “cancel for any reason” policies at affordable rates. PPE and safe distancing measures are required during travel. Pucón is in a zone labeled Paso/Step 3 which means it has transitioned into conducting coronavirus safety measures. PKR will avoid restricted Paso 1 and 2 zones.

Chile Travel Requirements (Embassy, 2020), after December 7th, 2020

All travelers will have to present three documents when boarding:

  1. A completed “Affidavit of Travelers” electronic form (available at also known as a Sanitary Passport) prepared less than 48 hours before boarding (Embassy, 2020)

Note: Think of this like a daily travel log reporting daily contacts and travel. If you come into contact with someone that has coronavirus you will be notified and vice versa. The form is simple and easy to complete.

  1. Proof of a negative result from a Coronavirus test taken within 72 hours arrival (Embassy, 2020)

Note: The Nasal swab test appears to be the gold standard with costs ranging from $U50 to $US100. See PCR test locations.

  1. Proof of a health insurance policy that provides coverage for Covid-19 and related health issues during the traveler’s stay in Chile (Embassy, 2020)

Note: Our research showed there are affordable policies covering $100,000 to $500,000. Policies impressively offer COVID travel cancellation, medical coverage, and cancel for any reason clauses. A $3,000 one week trip offered plans ranging from $US72 to $US75, depending on coverage amounts. We liked Forbes’ easy to navigate Coronavirus Travel Insurance Plans.

After December 7, non-resident foreigners entering Chile with the three documents described above will not have to complete a 14-day quarantine. Although, non-resident foreigners entering Chile will be subject to a 14-day “Period of Vigilance for Travelers.”  During this period, travelers will report daily their location and health condition to the Health Ministry through a system that will be implemented for this purpose. This platform will be launched in the coming days (Embassy, 2020).

Notes. PKR will provide internet access to facilitate guests’ to daily reporting.

For more information on Chile COVID updates research your nation’s Chile embassy. US Embassy Chile.


$US1 Registration Deposit During COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

  1. $US1 Deposit & Requiring Coronavirus Travel Insurance reduces financial risks with security of guests registrations and cancellations returns. See Forbes easy to use list of Coronavirus Travel Insurance Plans. 
  2. Why $US1 deposit? We wanted to offer a free low risk deposit, but our resesrvation system requires an actual dollar value. 


• $US1 deposit gives registrants travel checklist, receipt, preparation package.

•50% of trip payment is due 30 days prior to trip. 

50% of trip payment is due 14 days prior to trip. 

• A 3.9% credit card processing fee is charged to online balances. You may avoid credit card fee by mailing a check or paying in cash.

75 +PLUS Days$US1 DepositTransferrable credits during COVID travel restrictions
29 – 15 DaysPropose low risk payment plan to be approved by guest if/when government allows travel.Transferrable credits during COVID travel restrictions
14 – 0 DaysPropose low risk payment plan to be approved by guest if/when government allows travel.Transferrable credits during COVID travel restrictions

Trip Costs & Helpful Data

How Cheap Are Chile Airfares Due To COVID (LINK)? We recommend trip insurance.

Chile Opens Borders to International Tourists on NOV 23, 2020.

Travel & Meals. Your trip includes airport or bus station transfer within scheduled dates and times. Airfares are not included in trip costs. Meal inclusions and exclusions are published for each trip. Some trips guests will cover travel or dinner meals and alcohol at select culturally or location vibrant cafes.

Accommodations. Lodging varies based on the trip. Most trips offer economical and premium lodging options.  Lodging options are shared spaces such as cabins, suites, dorms, or camping. Private lodging is available.

Trip extensions. Many guests add an additional week trip to kayak and explore more. Ask for options.

Non-scheduled transfers. Due to limited vehicle and human resources non-scheduled airport transfers are $US140. There are more economical public transfer options. Ask for support.

Chile Visas & Travel Tips  

Chile tourist visas are free, good for 90 days, and stamped at customs in Santiago (no visa requirements before travel).

Travel Insurance

We recommend guests have traveler’s insurance especially during COVID. While most guests are thinking of health insurance we see more traveler’s utilize damage, broken, or lost equipment insurance. Here is a link to a recommendable trip insurance agency, This policy offers accident, baggage and trip cancellation protection and offers a full refund if you cancel at any time for medical or health reasons.

Itinerary Flexibility

Whitewater and adventure based activities are dependent upon levels and weather conditions. Variable conditions are cause for schedule flexibility.  Guests should understand that amenities, transport type, and itinerary are subject change without prior notice due to any combination of circumstances. Possible causes for changes include but are not limited to flight cancellations and delays, illness, political situations, weather, border challenges, mechanical breakdown, guest skills, and unforeseen events. 

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