Chile has announced that as of October 1, non-resident foreigners will no longer be randomly selected upon arrival in the country to be tested for Covid-19. In addition, unless a new variant of the virus emerges, the mobility pass to enter indoors will be suspended. The use of masks is still recommended, but it will no longer be mandatory.
The end of random testing is an encouragement to those traveling on vacation to Chile. In July VT reported the case of a tourist who was chosen upon arrival to take the test and received a positive diagnosis. Result: he and his parents were prevented from moving around the country and spent the seven days of the trip locked in a hotel.
Despite the changes, travelers will still be required to prove a complete vaccination schedule or present a negative PCR test result up to 48 hours before departure. According to Chile’s official website, it is the country of origin that determines what is considered “complete vaccination”. For Brazilians, this means a single dose of Janssen or two doses of the other vaccines. Since the beginning of September, the Conect SUS application has been accepted as a vaccination certificate and those under 18 are exempt from the requirements.
Until September 30, Brazilians are still subject to random tests and, if the diagnosis is positive, they will have to comply with a seven-day quarantine.
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