Covid-19: Chile begins transition phase

On Tuesday, July 28, seven districts of the Metropolitan Region (Colina, La Reina, Las Condes, Lo Barnechea, Ñuñoa, Til Til and Vitacura) and two in the Valparaíso Region (San Antonio and San Felipe) are entering the second stage of the "Step by Step" plan stipulated by the Chilean government, after seeing a remission of coronavirus infections in these areas of Chile for three weeks.

This marks the beginning of the first phase of the relaxation of quarantines that have kept over 7.5 million people confined in the capital since last May.  

What does the transition mean? 

  • The quarantine is maintained only on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
  • Curfew is maintained (between 10 pm and 5 am)
  • "Sanitary customs" and "cordon sanitaire" (prohibiting the circulation of people between certain regions)
  • Mandatory quarantine for people over 75 years old (permission to go out for 60 minutes three times a week).

Closing of borders  

Until now, the closure of borders in Chile decreed on March 18, has been maintained. Chilean nationals and permanent residents in Chile may enter the country by submitting to the corresponding "sanitary customs" and a mandatory 14-day quarantine.