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Chile toughens up on border, quarantine controls

Friday, June 25th 2021 - 09:47 UTC
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Those who skip quarantine will be fined and lose their mobility pass privileges Those who skip quarantine will be fined and lose their mobility pass privileges

Chile has imposed new restrictive measures to enter the country and extended the closure of its borders until July 14, Health Ministry authorities announced Thursday.

The new announcement is coupled with the detection of the first case of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, considered much more contagious than the others, is a 43-year-old Chilean woman who arrived from the United States.

The Chilean borders have been closed since the beginning of April, and those who wish to leave must seek an extraordinary permit from Carabineros (police) for situations of extreme importance due to health or humanitarian situations.

Health Undersecretary Paula Daza Thursday insisted that to be allowed into Chile, people must have a negative PCR test carried out in the country of origin, which should not exceed 72 hours between the collection of the sample and the passenger's departure.

“Foreigners who enter Chile and who have the relevant authorization must have health insurance to cover any expense caused by covid-19,” she added. And all travellers at the airport are subjected to a direct detection test for SARS-CoV-2, which if positive will be sent immediately to the Institute of Public Health to be sequenced and detect any of the variants of the coronavirus.

Daza also pointed out that all travellers must carry out strict isolation for five days in a transit hotel and subsequently, the remaining five days, at their homes together with their relatives. She stressed that travellers cannot leave the transit hotel and home or receive visits or go to work, study or meet with other people or request permission for these activities.

Daza also vowed “to strongly strengthen the inspection and monitoring” of the observance of these quarantine measures. She also warned that the breach of isolation by travellers or their co-inhabitants will entail fines as well as the disabling of their mobility passes until payments are made.”

On a brighter note, as of next Tuesday 32 communes (municipalities) including 24 from the Santiago Metropolitan Region, which come out of quarantine, although a high ranking health official has admitted the measure is due more to “pandemic fatigue” suffered by those who have been in quarantine for more than three months rather than to any actual improvements in the fight against the coronavirus.

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  • Chicureo

    The goddess Pachamama has blessed our Andes cordillera with a lovely blanket of snow and we’ll decamp to Valle Nevado on Monday morning.

    The second wave of our gypsy clan will arrive during the remainder of the week as the resort should open on the 3rd.

    Our family’s favorite sport is skiing as it does not interfere with our harvest season. We were fortunate to acquire and remodel an apartment at Valle Nevado which we look forward to fully enjoy this year!

    Obviously, the closure of the borders is having significant impact upon our economy — with the tourism sector being destroyed.

    ¡Saludos de Chile!

    Jun 26th, 2021 - 01:03 pm 0
  • Brasileiro

    Beautiful video, Chicureo!

    Jun 26th, 2021 - 01:21 pm 0
  • Chicureo


    Thank you!

    My entire family have been avid skiers including Madame skiing competitively in her youth and successfully winning competitions at Portillo and La Parva.

    Until 2019 our family rented a wonderful chalet at Las Leñas for a minimum of three weeks for several seasons as the Argentine hospitality and service there was outstanding!

    During the initial pandemic panic and financial shock of the shutdown — we were able to acquire and remodel a wonderful apartment at Valle Nevado — which is notorious for their outrageous high costs of staying and dining at the resort hotel.

    I’ve attached another video you may enjoy of your countrymen enjoying the 2018 disappointing snow pack — which Brazilians still have a great time on.

    We prefer powder and certainly skiing over snowboarding — but everyone can have a great time on the slopes!

    Today we’re having the last asado at the farm until after the ski season ends.

    ¡Saludos de Panquehue!

    Jun 26th, 2021 - 03:54 pm 0
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