Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Chile amends coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions as of Sept. 11. Nationwide 2300-0500 curfew remains in effect.

Alert Begins 11 Sep 2020 11:01 PM UTC
Alert Expires 21 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Significant transport and business disruptions, increased security

Summary
As of Sept. 11, officials in Chile have amended national and local restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Specific measures imposed vary by location and intensity based on local disease activity. A two-phase quarantine system remains in effect. In locations under Phase-1 quarantines, all individuals must remain in their homes every day unless they possess a safe-conduct pass. For those under Phase-2 quarantines, individuals are only required to remain in their homes on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, unless they possess a safe-conduct pass.

Nationwide
Authorities have banned nonresident foreign nationals from entering the country. Such persons are permitted to leave Chile, but international flight options are limited. Returning Chilean citizens and residents are subject to a 14-day quarantine period. Individuals entering the country must fill out health affidavits and undergo medical screenings.

A nightly 2300-0500 curfew is currently in effect indefinitely; residents must remain in their homes during curfew hours. Anyone over the age of 75 must remain in their home; exceptions have been made for limited outings and depending on COVID-19 activity level in the area. Events with more than 50 people remain prohibited. Nonessential businesses, including theaters, bars, and public gymnasiums, are closed until further notice. Restaurants may only operate for delivery or carry-out services; seated dining remains banned.

Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days or until they no longer present symptoms, whichever is longer. Anyone who has had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact or prolonged exposure (two or more hours in a shared home, hotel, or office) with a person confirmed to have COVID-19 must quarantine for at least 14 days.

All persons are required to wear protective face coverings while in public, including in parks, on mass transit vehicles, and in elevators. Health officials recommend medical-grade masks, but improvised or homemade coverings are permitted as long as they cover both the nose and mouth.

All persons are required to adhere to social-distancing measures, keeping at least 1 meter (3 feet) away from other individuals. Exceptions are in place for individuals sharing vehicles and residences, or who are engaged in work or other activities where maintaining such a distance is not possible.

All workplaces must be cleaned and disinfected at least once daily. Moreover, all tools and other items used by workers must be cleaned each time a different employee uses them, and no less than once a day.

Santiago Metropolitan Region
The following areas are under a Phase-1 quarantine:

 

  • The province of Santiago (except for the areas under a Phase-2 quarantine)

 

  • The borough of Buin

 

  • The borough of Paine

 

  • The borough of Puente Alto

 


The following areas are or will be under a Phase-2 quarantine:

 

  • The borough of Calera de Tango

 

  • The borough of Cerrillos

 

  • The borough of Colina

 

  • The borough of Curacavi

 

  • The borough of El Monte

 

  • The borough of Estacion Central

 

  • The borough of Huechuraba

 

  • The borough of Isla de Maipo (effective 0500 Sept. 14)

 

  • The borough of La Cisterna

 

  • The borough of La Florida

 

  • The borough of La Granja

 

  • The borough of Lampa

 

  • The borough of Las Condes

 

  • The borough of Lo Barnechea

 

  • The borough of Macul

 

  • The borough of Maipu

 

  • The borough of Melipilla

 

  • The borough of Nunoa

 

  • The borough of Padre Hurtado

 

  • The borough of Pedro Aguirre Cerda

 

  • The borough of Penaflor

 

  • The borough of Penalolen

 

  • The borough of Providencia

 

  • The borough of Quilicura (effective 0500 Sept. 14)

 

  • The borough of Recoleta

 

  • The borough of San Bernardo (effective 0500 Sept. 14)

 

  • The borough of San Joaquin

 

  • The urban areas of the borough of San Jose de Maipo

 

  • The borough of San Miguel

 

  • The borough of San Ramon

 

  • The borough of Santiago

 

  • The borough of Talagante

 

  • The borough of Til Til

 

  • The borough of Vitacura

 


The border between Pirque and Puente Alto has been cordoned off, with transit between the two boroughs prohibited, except for persons in possession of a safe-conduct pass.

Authorities have established checkpoints near the borders of Santiago Province and the boroughs of Buin, Colina, Lampa, Padre Hurtado, Puente Alto, and San Bernardo. Any person crossing these checkpoints must undergo health screening and present an affidavit detailing their health and travel history.

Antofagasta Region
Calama and the urban areas of Antofagasta and Mejillones are under a Phase-1 quarantine. Tocopilla is under a Phase-2 quarantine.

Arica Region
The urban area of the borough of Arica is under a Phase-1 quarantine.

Atacama Region
The boroughs of Copiapo and Vallenar are under a Phase-1 quarantine.

The borough of Tierra Amarilla is under a Phase-1 quarantine.

Aysen Region
Aysen Region is indefinitely cordoned off, with entry and exit prohibited except for persons in possession of a safe-conduct pass. Persons entering the region from Los Lagos must undergo health screening and present an affidavit detailing their health and travel history at established checkpoints.

Bio-Bio Region
The boroughs of Chiguayante, Concepcion, Coronel, Hualpen, Lota, Penco, San Pedro de la Paz, Talcahuano, and Tome are under a Phase-1 quarantine.

A cordon has been placed on the border of the boroughs of Concepcion and Penco, with transit between the two boroughs prohibited.

A cordon has been placed on the border of the boroughs of Coronel and San Pedro de la Paz, with transit between the two boroughs prohibited.

Coquimbo Region
The boroughs of Coquimbo, La Serena, and Ovalle are under a Phase-1 quarantine. Persons entering from Valparaiso Region must undergo health screening and present an affidavit about their health and travel history at established checkpoints.

Los Lagos Region
Puerto Montt is under a Phase-1 quarantine.

Chiloe Province remains cordoned off, with no one being allowed to enter or leave except for persons in possession of a safe-conduct pass.

Persons entering or exiting the region must undergo health screening and present an affidavit attesting to their health and travel history at established checkpoints.

Persons entering Chiloe Island from any point of departure must undergo health screening and present an affidavit detailing their health and travel history.

Persons entering or exiting Ancud must undergo health screening and present an affidavit detailing their health and travel history.

Public transportation throughout the region may only operate at 50-percent capacity; the number of passengers allowed in taxis remains restricted.

Los Rios Region
Los Rios Region is indefinitely cordoned off, with no one being allowed to enter or leave, except for persons in possession of a safe-conduct pass.

Magallanes Region
The boroughs of Natales, Porvenir, and Punta Arenas are under a Phase-1 quarantine. The urban area of Punta Arenas remains cordoned off, with no one being allowed to enter or leave, except for persons in possession of a safe-conduct pass.

The city of Puerto Williams remains cordoned off, with no one being allowed to enter or leave, except for persons in possession of a safe-conduct pass.

Persons entering the region must undergo health screening and present an affidavit detailing their health and travel history at established checkpoints throughout the Strait of Magellan area.

Maule Region
The boroughs of Linares, Molina, and San Clemente are under a Phase-1 quarantine, as is the urban area of the borough of Longavi. The borough of Curico is under a Phase-2 quarantine.

Authorities have set up checkpoints on Route J-30, Route J-60, Route J-70, Route M-80, Route M-910, Route 5 South, and Route 126. All persons crossing the checkpoints must have their temperature taken and must submit to any further medical examination authorities deem necessary to check for symptoms of COVID-19.

Additionally, authorities have banned events of 50 or more people and prohibited all religious gatherings.

O'Higgins Region
Rengo and and San Vicente de Tagua Tagua are under a Phase-1 quarantine. Graneros, Machali, Rancagua are in a Phase-2 quarantine.

Tarapaca Region
The boroughs of Alto Hospicio, Iquique, and Pozo Almonte are under a Phase-1 quarantine.

Valparaiso Region
The borough of La Calera, La Cruz, and Quillota, Valparaiso and Vina del Mar are under a Phase-1 quarantine. The borough of Los Andes is under a Phase-2 quarantine. Authorities have established checkpoints near the city limits of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, and all residents of the Santiago Metropolitan Region must undergo health screening and present an affidavit attesting to their health and travel history before being allowed to cross such checkpoints.

San Felipe and San Antonio are under a Phase-2 quarantine. San Antonio is also indefinitely cordoned off, with no one being allowed to enter or leave except for persons in possession of a safe-conduct pass.

All persons traveling to Easter Island must undergo health screening and present an affidavit attesting to their health and travel history.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by the Chilean government are similar to actions taken by other regional governments in response to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


Back to the COVID-19 Risk Intelligence & Resource Center