May 1. Chile has reopened 22 land border crossings with Argentina, Bolivia and Peru in a symbolic move that marks a new stage in the coronavirus pandemic.
The border checkpoints had been closed since March 17, 2020, when preventative measures were imposed to deal with the arrival of Covid-19 in Chile. Only commercial cargo was allowed to enter the country, with the movement of people unauthorized.
The decision to reopen them, which came into force on Sunday, was confirmed by the Interior Ministry and justified by the stabilization of coronavirus cases in Chile.
“This Sunday, May 1, traffic at the border will be normalized. Before traveling to Chile, find out about the ‘#PlanFronteraProtegidas,’ which lays out both health and immigration requirements,” said a message on the official Twitter account of the Border Crossing Unit of the Interior Ministry.
In preparation for the reopening, the Chilean government implemented a new system with three levels of alert, with restrictions tightened according to the state of play.
Source: Buenos Aires Times