At least 80% of Chile’s target population has been vaccinated, but it has not been enough to open its borders. The government relaxed its restrictions a bit at the end of July for those wishing to leave the country; However, foreigners are still not allowed to enter. Only Chileans or residents can enter, which is why it is necessary to submit a negative PCR report and comply with a 10-day quarantine. Travelers will be monitored for 14 days, with a self-report of symptoms, testing and examination.
The measure put in place for those wishing to travel outside Chile makes it mandatory to obtain a mobility permit, which is limited registration only for those who have had two doses of vaccines. This mechanism has been severely criticized by the Federation of Tourism Companies of Chile (FEDETUR), which considers it “elitist, insufficient and discriminatory”. However, since the measure went into effect on July 26, there has been a 40.2% increase in load factor for airlines in international divisions and 69.8% for domestic carriers, according to the latest figures from Arturo Merino International Airport. Benitez.
After Chile, Uruguay is the country in the region with the highest number of vaccinations per capita, exceeding 65% of the population vaccinated with two doses in August; However, it keeps its borders closed. Panorama will begin to change soon, according to the latest opening schedule announced by the government. From September 1, vaccinated foreigners (with two doses) who have real estate in the country, will be able to enter by submitting a negative COVID-19 test and it will not be necessary to comply with the quarantine. Two months later, on November 1, Uruguay will allow any vaccinated foreign person with a negative test to enter the country.
Uruguay will also implement the CoronavirusUy, a health passport with which it plans to gradually resume flights in October, allowing Uruguay to travel abroad again.
Entry to Argentina is restricted to indigenous and resident residents – with prior authorization – traveling for the purpose of family reunification or for humanitarian reasons. But even that income is limited to 1,700 people per day, a measure that has just been expanded (previously it was limited to 1,000 people) and could be increased to 2,300 people soon, government authorities announced. In the case of authorized aliens, they must submit a negative PCR report and comply with a quarantine of at least 10 days.
According to a recent announcement by President Alberto Fernandez, Argentina is preparing to reopen its borders to foreign tourists with a full vaccination plan. Although he did not provide a date, he announced that the plan includes enabling land border crossings with Chile and Uruguay, effective September 6.
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