What is the change? Chile has extended its suspension on inbound travel until April 8. Immigration and International Police offices in the country remain closed, as do Chilean consulates abroad.

What does the change mean? Almost all foreign travelers will remain barred for entry until at least April 8. Chilean nationals and foreign residents are exempt from the ban, but they must follow mandatory self-quarantine measures for at least 14 days, or be subject to fines of approximately US$3,500.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing. The current restrictions will last until at least April 8 and may be extended again.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits and residency permits will be delayed in light of the public closures of immigration offices.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals planning travel to Chile or in need of immigration or international police services in Chile.
  • Business impact: Travel schedules will be impacted and applicants should anticipate delays in processing.

Additional information: Immigration Offices remain closed to the public, meaning all in-person services are not available at this time. Some in-country immigration services, such as visa stamping, are available online, but availability is limited. Apostille services of Chilean documents are not available. International Police services are not available either in-person or online.

Officials have announced that they will extend the validity of foreign nationals’ Chilean ID cards that expired in 2019 or will expire in 2020. ID cards that expired in 2019 will be extended to Dec. 31, 2020. ID cards that expired or will expire in 2020 will be extended to the same month and date of expiration, but in 2021 instead of 2020. Driver licenses that expired or will expire in 2020 will also be valid for an additional year.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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