Source: Chilean Ministry of Health and ALA News
- “Plan de Fronteras Protegidas” maintains the obligation of a health insurance contract for US$30,000 that must cover medical care for Covid-19, to enter the South American country
- Impediments persist for the validation of vaccines for those who have received them in any Member State of the European Union
The Minister of Health Maria Begona Yarza, together with the undersecretaries of Public Health and Healthcare Networks, Cristobal Cuadrado and Fernando Araos, respectively; and the head of Epidemiology, Christian Garcia, announced modifications and presented the details contained in the official document of the plan “We Keep Taking Care of Ourselves, Step by Step”
In the core and that affects non-residents who travel to Chile for any given reason:
- The diagnostic test (PCR) will no longer be mandatory and will only be recommended before traveling
- The homologation of vaccines will be voluntary for non-resident foreigners, but those who do not seek it, will not be able to obtain the Mobility Pass (Paso de Movilidad).
- Random PCRs will be administered to those entering Chile
“We want to remind everyone that we are still in a pandemic. The key elements to (overcome) the pandemic have to do with vaccination. Vaccination coverage is a central element where each of us can contribute and, by the way, also those measures that have been useful, such as the use of a mask. What we mean is that the vaccine is key to live a normal life,” Yarza explained.
The decisions on the Border Plan come into force on Thursday, April 14, 2022 and will be available to interested parties, on the website of the Ministry of Health (www.minsal.cl).
It should be noted that travelers who have a Vaccination Certificate from any of the Member States of the European Union will be unable to validate their vaccines in Chile, which is essential to obtain the “Mobility Pass”. The Chilean government requires that vaccination certificates from any other country specify the dates on which each dose was administered. The document issued by the European Union, although it mentions the number of doses received by each person, only states the date of the last vaccination, because it is the one that establishes the validity of immunity against the Covid-19 virus. For Chile, that is not enough and, consequently, it does not grant the so-called “Mobility Pass” and which is required to access any public venue, use basic services such as public transport, be able to move freely within its territory and even leave the country for those who have entered the country with a Chilean passport and even if they are citizens of another nation. The In addition, Chilean authorities request that those who have been vaccinated in Europe, for example, show with entry and exit stamps in their Chilean passports, that they were where they “claim” to have been vaccinated.