Heading into the summer vacation Chile announced this Wednesday that rwill open its borders to the tourists. The Undersecretary of Public Health, Paula Daza, explained that “travelers must show a negative PCR test for coronavirus taken up to 72 hours before entering the country, make a legal declaration of your destination and origin, have travel medical insurance and show proof of vaccination ».
“All people who arrive in the country, both residents and tourists, must spend five days in quarantine in a hotel or private home, where they will be checked, will be asked to perform another PCR test and complete a daily health report,” he explained. the official.
Daza also warned visitors not to book their trip to Chile until their vaccination certificate is validated by the Ministry of Health, “Which could take a month.” Visitors without vaccinations, including children, “will only be allowed to enter under strict criteria, such as humanitarian reasons.”
Borders were closed to visitors in March 2020, when the country began reporting coronavirus cases, and again in April this year, when Chile experienced a second wave of the virus. The country currently reports between 200 and 500 new cases a day, with a positive rate of 1% on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
“Just over 1,000 cases of the Delta variant have been identified, most of them local infections rather than sick visitors,” explained the Ministry of Health. In Chile, infections and deaths have marked a constant decline, in one of the countries with a very high vaccination rate.
The Undersecretary of Tourism, Jose Luis Uriarte, explained that foreign tourists are welcome as long as they respect the strict self-care measures in Chile for the use of masks and social distancing. “This is a very important step for the reactivation and recovery of receptive tourism, which represents about 40% of the income that tourism leaves in our country,” he said.