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Chile: Health Guide

A health guide to support your travels from the desert to the mountains and everywhere in between. Everything you need to know to have the adventure-filled trip you’ve always imagined.

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Travel Vaccines and Health Tips for Traveling to Chile

Chile does not require any vaccines to enter if you’re traveling directly from the US.

Always recommended:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria – Tetanus – Pertussis
  • Measles – Mumps – Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • COVID-19

Excluding COVID-19, these vaccines are all recommended during childhood. If you received them as a child, you are all set.

Conditionally recommended:

    • Typhoid – Recommended if you are visiting rural or remote areas or enjoying an extended stay with loved ones. Learn more
    • RabiesRecommended only for travelers who will be handling wildlife (i.e. those engaging in veterinary work, laboratory workers, etc.). Chile is free of rabid dogs.  Learn more.

Chile has too many adventures and places to explore for sickness to ruin your plans. Runway can prescribe these trip-saving medications in minutes:

Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics

help alleviate an intestinal infection that occurs as a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Traveler’s Diarrhea is common, so it’s a good idea to pack medication just in case.

Motion Sickness Medication

is recommended to keep nausea and dizziness at bay if you are susceptible to queasiness during road trips, train rides, boat cruises, or long excursions. Most itineraries in Chile include longer road trips between locations.

Altitude Sickness Medication

is recommended for locations 8,000 ft above sea level to prevent headaches, dizziness, and dehydration. If you plan to visit high elevations including San Pedro de Atacama, the Andes and the Altiplano, we advise keeping medication on hand as symptoms set in within the first 6-24 hours.

Sleep Aid

is a great addition to your packing list if you struggle with jet lag or sleeplessness due to travel stress or long journeys.

Add medication to your treatment plan in the section below.

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Medical Entry Requirements For Brazil

Chile does not require any vaccines to enter if you’re traveling directly from the US.

Recommended Medications For Chile

Chile has too many adventures and places to explore for sickness to ruin your plans. Runway can prescribe these trip-saving medications in minutes:

Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics

help alleviate an intestinal infection that occurs as a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Traveler’s Diarrhea is common, so it’s a good idea to pack medication just in case.

Motion Sickness Medication

is recommended to keep nausea and dizziness at bay if you are susceptible to queasiness during road trips, train rides, boat cruises, or long excursions. Most itineraries in Chile include longer road trips between locations.

Altitude Sickness Medication

is recommended for locations 8,000 ft above sea level to prevent headaches, dizziness, and dehydration. If you plan to visit high elevations including San Pedro de Atacama, the Andes and the Altiplano, we advise keeping medication on hand as symptoms set in within the first 6-24 hours.

Sleep Aid

is a great addition to your packing list if you struggle with jet lag or sleeplessness due to travel stress or long journeys.

Add medication to your treatment plan in the section below.

Recommended Vaccines For Chile

Always recommended:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria – Tetanus – Pertussis
  • Measles – Mumps – Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • COVID-19

Excluding COVID-19, these vaccines are all recommended during childhood. If you received them as a child, you are all set.

Conditionally recommended:

    • Typhoid – Recommended if you are visiting rural or remote areas or enjoying an extended stay with loved ones. Learn more
    • RabiesRecommended only for travelers who will be handling wildlife (i.e. those engaging in veterinary work, laboratory workers, etc.). Chile is free of rabid dogs.  Learn more.

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From vaccination requirements to best health practices, all your Chile travel questions answered.

Chile does not currently have any medical entry requirements for those traveling from the US.

There are several common health conditions to consider when traveling to Chile. Runway can help you prepare by prescribing the medication you need before you depart, so you can worry less and explore more while you’re away.

 

  • Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics: Traveler’s diarrhea is an intestinal infection that occurs as a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. It’s best to avoid non-bottled water as much as possible. Runway can prescribe antibiotics to treat traveler’s diarrhea, listed in the medication options above, to pack with you in case you find yourself experiencing discomfort.  

 

  • Altitude Sickness Medication: Some of the commonly visited destinations for travelers to Chile sit at high altitude, including San Pedro de Atacama, The Altiplano and the Andes, among others. The starting height for most cases of altitude sickness is 8,000 ft above sea level. However, people who are more susceptible to altitude sickness can experience symptoms at elevations of 5,000 ft and above. Runway can prescribe altitude sickness medication, listed in the medication options above, to be brought with you as a preventative measure. We also provide chat support while you are traveling, should you have questions about your symptoms or when to take the medication

 

  • Motion Sickness Medication: Whether cruising by boat or traveling by car, motion sickness can ruin the journey with dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Runway can prescribe motion sickness patches or anti-nausea medication, listed in the medication options above, to alleviate queasiness during your trip and allow you to soak in the scenery.

 

  • Sleep Aids: We’re no strangers to the perils of jet lag. This common condition, due to a disruption of the body’s natural circadian rhythm, can lead to symptoms like sleeplessness, fatigue, and digestive issues. While we recommend working to sync up your sleep-wake time to your current destination as soon as possible, Runway can also prescribe a non-habit-forming antihistamine jet lag medication to help maintain a healthy sleep routine while you travel.

 

Can I carry medicines on international flights?

 

Yes. You can carry pills or solid medications on international flights. If you have liquid medication that exceeds 3.4 ounces, you may need to pack it in your checked luggage versus being able to put it in your carry-on bag, so make sure to plan accordingly. 

Medications you procure in Chile may not always be manufactured in an FDA approved facility. Planning in advance with Runway allows you peace of mind of having the medications you need so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest.

Make sure you’re up to date on any routine and recommended vaccinations weeks in advance of your trip to Chile.

 

What shots should I have when traveling to Chile?

While there are no required vaccines for Chile for those traveling from the US, the lists below include recommended vaccines that you might need based on your personal history and trip activities. 

Recommended Vaccines for Traveling to Chile

The list below includes the routine childhood vaccinations that are recommended for traveling to Chile. If you received vaccines as a child, you likely received the following and are ready to go:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Measles-Mumps-Rebella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

 

Other Vaccine Considerations for Travel To Chile

Here is a list of additional vaccines for preventable diseases that you may want to consider based on your trip itinerary:

 

  • Yellow Fever: Only required if traveling from a country considered high risk for Yellow Fever in South Africa as designated by WHO. This includes airport layovers greater than 12 hours in the listed areas throughout Africa and Central and South America.

 

  • COVID-19: Recommended for all travelers to Chile.

 

  • Rabies: Only recommended for travelers involved in activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats. 

  • Typhoid: Recommended for travelers visiting rural or remote areas, smaller villages or other areas outside typical tourist areas. 

 

Proper preventative and proactive care can reduce the need to find healthcare in Chile. However, we recommend making a list of local doctors and hospitals near the destination you’re staying, in advance of your trip. 

 

It’s also strongly advised to purchase travel health insurance, as most traditional healthcare coverage doesn’t extend internationally. Fill all prescriptions prior to embarking on your trip to ensure you have enough with you for the duration of your travels plus a few extra days in case of delays.

 

How do I search for hospitals in Chile?

Large cities in the country boast high standards of healthcare, making it easier to research and find accredited hospitals in Chile. Also, check with where you’re staying in Chile as they often have hospital recommendations and information already in place. The Joint Commission International website and the U.S. Embassy can also be resources to locate healthcare organizations in or near the city where you’re staying.

 

What should I know about healthcare in Chile for tourists?

Most travelers requiring healthcare in Chile will pay out of pocket for expenses.  Travel health insurance is highly recommended and can provide you with additional information and support about costs of services, coverage, and areas of available care.

 

What is the average cost of hospital stay in Chile?

A hospital stay in Chile can vary in costs and travelers should be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for any expenses.  While there is no set intake fee, it can be estimated to cost 1/10 of the cost of a typical hospital stay in the United States.  Keep in mind, there are several factors that will contribute to the hospital cost, such as emergency services, x-rays, hospital location, and the duration of the stay.

Prevention is key. Be aware of certain high-risk areas and environments and take proper precautions for each. Take heed of destination updates with regards to weather, vaccination recommendations, and other safety advisories. If you are prone to jet lag, motion sickness, or traveler’s diarrhea get preventative medication from Runway to help keep symptoms at bay. 

 

Are there common conditions I’m susceptible to when traveling to Chile?

Drastic weather changes, time zone differences, and varying levels of activity can all result in various health ailments when traveling to Chile. Here are common ones to be aware of and prepare for to ensure an optimal trip experience.

Here are a few other things to be mindful of as you plan your trip.

 

  • Avoid tap water: Drinking tap water in Chile may result in traveler’s diarrhea and other illnesses due to bacteria found in the source. Stick with sealed, filtered water for hydration and be cautious of fresh produce that may have been affected by contaminated water as well. 

 

  • Take precautions with ticks: In addition to preventing bug bites certain areas of the country have a prominent tick population. When exploring the landscape of your destination, check your head and neck for ticks at the end of each day. Use bug repellents with active ingredients, such as DEET and Picaridin, in high percentages for extended protection. 

 

  • Stay alert to changing conditions: Outdoor adventuring is part of the thrill and experience of traveling in Chile. Since some locations are more developed than others, research and stay updated on any hazardous landscapes and changing weather conditions. Pack protective gear, including a hat, sunscreen, first aid kit, loose, lightweight layers of clothing, and plenty of water and snacks. 

 

  • Sleeplessness: Time zone changes affect the body in different ways due to disruption to the body’s circadian rhythm. Though easily treatable, jet lag can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like sleeplessness that can affect your travel plans. Runway can prescribe non-habit forming sleep medication to take before bed so you can catch some z’s regardless of what time zone you’re in.

 

  • Steer clear of raw foods: Dining out is largely considered safe and sanitary. However, avoid eating raw meats, fish, and eggs, as well as unwashed, raw fruits and vegetables. Try not to visit any food markets with live animals. Also, consider ordering drinks without ice to prevent possible contaminated water.

 

  • Keep wild animals wild: While touching, petting, and feeding wild animals is exciting, remember that most wild animals are not comfortable interacting with humans or have been habituated into doing so for food. No matter if they are domestic pets or wild creatures, animal licks, bites, and scratches can lead to bacterial infections. Be aware of animals being used for financial gain and look into the animal welfare of any wildlife related activity. Protect these animals and yourself by keeping wild animals wild!

 

Feel good about your upcoming trip to Chile by preparing a treatment plan with Runway before your trip. You can avoid common travel ailments by bringing medication with you, allowing you to worry less and explore more.

Chile does not currently have any medical entry requirements for those traveling from the US.

There are several common health conditions to consider when traveling to Chile. Runway can help you prepare by prescribing the medication you need before you depart, so you can worry less and explore more while you’re away.

 

  • Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics: Traveler’s diarrhea is an intestinal infection that occurs as a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. It’s best to avoid non-bottled water as much as possible. Runway can prescribe antibiotics to treat traveler’s diarrhea, listed in the medication options above, to pack with you in case you find yourself experiencing discomfort.  

 

  • Altitude Sickness Medication: Some of the commonly visited destinations for travelers to Chile sit at high altitude, including San Pedro de Atacama, The Altiplano and the Andes, among others. The starting height for most cases of altitude sickness is 8,000 ft above sea level. However, people who are more susceptible to altitude sickness can experience symptoms at elevations of 5,000 ft and above. Runway can prescribe altitude sickness medication, listed in the medication options above, to be brought with you as a preventative measure. We also provide chat support while you are traveling, should you have questions about your symptoms or when to take the medication

 

  • Motion Sickness Medication: Whether cruising by boat or traveling by car, motion sickness can ruin the journey with dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Runway can prescribe motion sickness patches or anti-nausea medication, listed in the medication options above, to alleviate queasiness during your trip and allow you to soak in the scenery.

 

  • Sleep Aids: We’re no strangers to the perils of jet lag. This common condition, due to a disruption of the body’s natural circadian rhythm, can lead to symptoms like sleeplessness, fatigue, and digestive issues. While we recommend working to sync up your sleep-wake time to your current destination as soon as possible, Runway can also prescribe a non-habit-forming antihistamine jet lag medication to help maintain a healthy sleep routine while you travel.

 

Can I carry medicines on international flights?

 

Yes. You can carry pills or solid medications on international flights. If you have liquid medication that exceeds 3.4 ounces, you may need to pack it in your checked luggage versus being able to put it in your carry-on bag, so make sure to plan accordingly. 

Medications you procure in Chile may not always be manufactured in an FDA approved facility. Planning in advance with Runway allows you peace of mind of having the medications you need so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest.

Make sure you’re up to date on any routine and recommended vaccinations weeks in advance of your trip to Chile.

 

What shots should I have when traveling to Chile?

While there are no required vaccines for Chile for those traveling from the US, the lists below include recommended vaccines that you might need based on your personal history and trip activities. 

Recommended Vaccines for Traveling to Chile

The list below includes the routine childhood vaccinations that are recommended for traveling to Chile. If you received vaccines as a child, you likely received the following and are ready to go:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Measles-Mumps-Rebella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

 

Other Vaccine Considerations for Travel To Chile

Here is a list of additional vaccines for preventable diseases that you may want to consider based on your trip itinerary:

 

  • Yellow Fever: Only required if traveling from a country considered high risk for Yellow Fever in South Africa as designated by WHO. This includes airport layovers greater than 12 hours in the listed areas throughout Africa and Central and South America.

 

  • COVID-19: Recommended for all travelers to Chile.

 

  • Rabies: Only recommended for travelers involved in activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats. 

  • Typhoid: Recommended for travelers visiting rural or remote areas, smaller villages or other areas outside typical tourist areas. 

 

Proper preventative and proactive care can reduce the need to find healthcare in Chile. However, we recommend making a list of local doctors and hospitals near the destination you’re staying, in advance of your trip. 

 

It’s also strongly advised to purchase travel health insurance, as most traditional healthcare coverage doesn’t extend internationally. Fill all prescriptions prior to embarking on your trip to ensure you have enough with you for the duration of your travels plus a few extra days in case of delays.

 

How do I search for hospitals in Chile?

Large cities in the country boast high standards of healthcare, making it easier to research and find accredited hospitals in Chile. Also, check with where you’re staying in Chile as they often have hospital recommendations and information already in place. The Joint Commission International website and the U.S. Embassy can also be resources to locate healthcare organizations in or near the city where you’re staying.

 

What should I know about healthcare in Chile for tourists?

Most travelers requiring healthcare in Chile will pay out of pocket for expenses.  Travel health insurance is highly recommended and can provide you with additional information and support about costs of services, coverage, and areas of available care.

 

What is the average cost of hospital stay in Chile?

A hospital stay in Chile can vary in costs and travelers should be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for any expenses.  While there is no set intake fee, it can be estimated to cost 1/10 of the cost of a typical hospital stay in the United States.  Keep in mind, there are several factors that will contribute to the hospital cost, such as emergency services, x-rays, hospital location, and the duration of the stay.

Prevention is key. Be aware of certain high-risk areas and environments and take proper precautions for each. Take heed of destination updates with regards to weather, vaccination recommendations, and other safety advisories. If you are prone to jet lag, motion sickness, or traveler’s diarrhea get preventative medication from Runway to help keep symptoms at bay. 

 

Are there common conditions I’m susceptible to when traveling to Chile?

Drastic weather changes, time zone differences, and varying levels of activity can all result in various health ailments when traveling to Chile. Here are common ones to be aware of and prepare for to ensure an optimal trip experience.

Here are a few other things to be mindful of as you plan your trip.

 

  • Avoid tap water: Drinking tap water in Chile may result in traveler’s diarrhea and other illnesses due to bacteria found in the source. Stick with sealed, filtered water for hydration and be cautious of fresh produce that may have been affected by contaminated water as well. 

 

  • Take precautions with ticks: In addition to preventing bug bites certain areas of the country have a prominent tick population. When exploring the landscape of your destination, check your head and neck for ticks at the end of each day. Use bug repellents with active ingredients, such as DEET and Picaridin, in high percentages for extended protection. 

 

  • Stay alert to changing conditions: Outdoor adventuring is part of the thrill and experience of traveling in Chile. Since some locations are more developed than others, research and stay updated on any hazardous landscapes and changing weather conditions. Pack protective gear, including a hat, sunscreen, first aid kit, loose, lightweight layers of clothing, and plenty of water and snacks. 

 

  • Sleeplessness: Time zone changes affect the body in different ways due to disruption to the body’s circadian rhythm. Though easily treatable, jet lag can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like sleeplessness that can affect your travel plans. Runway can prescribe non-habit forming sleep medication to take before bed so you can catch some z’s regardless of what time zone you’re in.

 

  • Steer clear of raw foods: Dining out is largely considered safe and sanitary. However, avoid eating raw meats, fish, and eggs, as well as unwashed, raw fruits and vegetables. Try not to visit any food markets with live animals. Also, consider ordering drinks without ice to prevent possible contaminated water.

 

  • Keep wild animals wild: While touching, petting, and feeding wild animals is exciting, remember that most wild animals are not comfortable interacting with humans or have been habituated into doing so for food. No matter if they are domestic pets or wild creatures, animal licks, bites, and scratches can lead to bacterial infections. Be aware of animals being used for financial gain and look into the animal welfare of any wildlife related activity. Protect these animals and yourself by keeping wild animals wild!

 

Feel good about your upcoming trip to Chile by preparing a treatment plan with Runway before your trip. You can avoid common travel ailments by bringing medication with you, allowing you to worry less and explore more.

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