Currently, the number of people infected with the coronavirus in Chile is 497131 with 13792 deaths and 469765 recovered. There are currently 13490 active cases throughout the country. (as of 22.10.2020 / source).
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- The number of infections continues to decrease in most areas of the country. Only in the Magallanes region there is currently a smaller second wave of new infections. The cities of Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and Porvenir are again in quarantine (stage 1) until further notice. Reopened national parks in this region have therefore had to close temporarily.
- The government has extended the state of emergency for a further 90 days and, for the time being, the curfew is also maintained throughout the country from 11pm to 5am.
- Since 2 September, some districts of Santiago are already in step 3 of the 5-step plan launched by the government to contain the spread of coronavirus. Quarantine has been lifted in these districts, only the curfew from 23.00 to 5.00 in the morning remains in place. The districts which are still in step 1 and 2 are still quarantined 5-7 days a week depending on the phase. It is encouraging that in all districts of Santiago or other areas of the country that are already in step 3, restaurants, bars or cafes can reopen with some restrictions.
- Gradual reopening of some of the country’s national parks from September onwards, including the Alerce Costero National Park in the Los Ríos region, the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia as well as the Río Simpson and Coyhaique National Reserves in the Aysén region.
- Several European and American airlines have reactivated their flights to/from Chile or are gradually increasing their frequencies. We have prepared a list of international flights of major airlines and when flights can be expected to restart.
- The number of infections has already been decreasing for weeks, so that several districts of Santiago and other parts of Chile are now also in the second stage and quarantine is only in effect on weekends and public holidays. The Aysén region of Patagonia as well as the lake district in Valdivia and its surroundings have already been in stage 4 for several weeks, so that in these regions tourist activities are possible to a limited extent.
- Regarding national borders, no official date has yet been given when they will be reopened completely. However, entry into Chile is currently possible upon proof of Chilean citizenship or residence in Chile. After entry a 14-day quarantine is mandatory. The exit from Chile is possible without restrictions.
- The Chilean government introduced a step-by-step plan in July to control the pandemic depending on the health situation in each individual area. This plan consists of 5 steps: quarantine, transition, preparation, first opening and advanced opening, accompanied by specific restrictions during each stage.
- Chile’s local health authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus in the country. For example, compulsory quarantine has been imposed on some districts or cities in the country, including districts in Santiago. From 15 May 10 pm, a complete quarantine is in effect for the city of Santiago and 6 neighboring districts. If a city or district is under quarantine, it is generally possible to leave your home for certain purposes (doctor’s visit, shopping, etc.) by applying online for “salvoconductos” (safe conduct).
- In addition, as of Friday, May 15, all adults over 75 years of age must undergo mandatory quarantine.
- Since 17 April, wearing a face mask has also been compulsory in lifts and public places (including supermarkets, pharmacies, hotels, health care facilities).
- The use of public transport within Chile is possible to a limited extent and from April 8, 2020, it is mandatory to use a face mask in all public or private paid transport until further notice.
- All public events with more than 50 people are prohibited until further notice.
- Starting on March 18, the borders of the country have been closed, both land, sea and air – for the transit of foreign people. This will not affect the entry and exit of cargo and personnel associated with that activity. Measure will be renewable according to need.
- The National State of Catastrophe announced on March 18, including a daily nationwide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., continues to be in effect.
- Restaurants, malls, bars, shops and many hotels are currently closed along the country and currently only supermarkets, drugstores and petrol stations remain open. Schools, kindergardens and universities have been closed since 16th March.
- From Sunday, March 15 to September of this year, cruises are prohibited from calling in all Chilean ports, a measure implemented by DIRECTMAR.