What is the change? Chile will close borders for most inbound travelers starting Wednesday, March 18 and lasting for at least 15 days. Immigration authorities have closed offices to the public with immediate effect.

What does the change mean? Affected travelers will be barred from entry. 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 travel ban takes effect March 18.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits and residency permits will be delayed in light of the public closures of immigration offices.
  • Business impact: Travel schedules will be impacted and applicants should anticipate delays in processing.

Analysis & Comments: The Chilean government took the measures Monday, as the country’s alert level was raised for COVID-19 to the highest Level 4. Employers should identify affected travelers and anticipate delays in immigration processing.

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