Chile announces homologation of Covid-19 vaccines in a maximum of 48 hours
Undersecretaries of Public Health and Tourism detailed that, if the deadline is not met, a "Temporary Mobility Pass" will be automatically generated for tourists and will be valid for 96 hours
With the objective of maintaining the sanitary protection within the country and allowing a greater opening that favors the reactivation of receptive tourism, the Undersecretary of Public Health and the Undersecretary of Tourism announced modifications in the process of homologation of vaccines requested so that foreigners who visit our country access the Mobility Pass.
From now on, the entire process, from the entry of the application on the mevacuno.gob.cl platform, and until the delivery of the homologation result, will have a maximum duration of 48 business hours. The new mechanism contemplates that, if the stipulated term is not met, tourists who are under evaluation will automatically receive a Temporary Mobility Pass that will have the same validity as the definitive document and will have a maximum validity of 96 hours from the date and time of request, even if the homologation is rejected before the end of that period.
The Undersecretary of Tourism, Verónica Kunze, maintained that “the sector needs certainties to advance in the reactivation and these modifications point directly in that line. Ensuring that the homologation is delivered within a maximum period of 48 hours and, in the event that this does not happen, having a temporary mobility pass, will allow our visitors to enjoy Chile, but it also ensures that we protect the health of tourists and of the inhabitants of the territory. From the government we want to boost national tourism, especially ahead of the winter holidays, but taking care of ourselves, which is the most important thing.”
The authority indicated that the Ministry of Health will consider the vaccination scheme of the country of origin for the approval process. It was also specified that minors under 18 years of age who enter Chile accompanied by their parents or guardians who have the accepted homologation will be exempt from the homologation requirement.
In the event that a tourist enters the country with a Temporary Mobility Pass and at the end of 96 hours the homologation process is rejected, he will have the possibility of undergoing a PCR test, since for all purposes, a PCR test or negative SARS-CoV-2 antigen for no more than 24 hours, carried out in a laboratory properly certified by the ISP in accordance with current regulations, may be used as a substitute for a Mobility Pass in all activities that are requested.