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Tue Oct 12, 2021, 05:53 PM

Chile and Argentina are reopening to vaccinated U.S. travelers -- with no quarantine

If Patagonia, Easter Island, Santiago, or Buenos Aires is on your travel wish list, you can finally start planning that trip: Chile and Argentina have announced that effective November 1, vaccinated international travelers can enter without having to quarantine.

After over 18 months of closed borders, Chile officially opened its borders to vaccinated international travelers on October 1 - but with a mandatory five-day quarantine.

As of November 1, Chile is dropping that quarantine requirement for vaccinated international travelers who submit to COVID testing, according to Chile tourism officials.

Next door in Argentina, the borders are also opening on November 1 to fully vaccinated travelers who conduct a COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival, Health Minister Carla Vizzotti announced on Twitter.

As with Chile, another COVID-19 PCR test will be administered by local health officials after arrival in Argentina, and possibly a third test will be requested between the fifth and seventh day after arrival, per information provided by the U.S. Embassy in Argentina. Travelers are responsible for the costs of the COVID-19 tests.

Unvaccinated travelers arriving in Argentina will be required to quarantine for at least seven days.

At: https://www.afar.com/magazine/chile-and-argentina-reopen-to-us-travelers

Mount FitzRoy, near the Chilean-Argentine border.

High vaccination rates in both countries have prompted their respective authorities to loosen strict restrictions on international visitors - a policy change welcomed by their battered tourism sectors, though critics fear that a wave of foreign tourism might raise currently low Covid case rates.

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