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Health in Chile


Although most visits to Chile are trouble-free, travelers must still take a few basic precautions.

Be prepared before you go: make sure medications are clearly labeled in their original containers, do not carry syringes or needles (unless you have a doctor’s letter stating their medical importance) and make sure to keep proper documentation of any unusual medication. Traveler’s health insurance is always recommended, especially if your regular health insurance does not cover medical expenses and emergency evacuation abroad.


For the most part, Chile is free from major diseases that demand a vaccination, as it is part of temperate South America (as opposed to tropical). No vaccinations are required to enter the country. It is strongly recommended, however, to receive vaccinations for rabies, hepatitis B, and tuberculosis if you are traveling here. It is also recommended that travelers are up to date on their hepatitis A and typhoid boosters.


If you are coming to Chile from a tropical area, you may be asked to present verification that you have been vaccinated for yellow fever, as it is endemic in some areas— something to keep in mind before leaving on an extended or multi-country trip. Additionally, tourists should be aware that in 2007 the World Health Organization verified reports of dengue fever in parts of Chile. Covering up and using insect repellents is always a good idea to minimize exposure.


To remain healthy while in Chile, take common-sense precautions such as washing your hands frequently, washing fresh fruit and vegetables, drinking only bottled water (though Chilean tap water is said to be drinkable in all places other than San Pedro de Atacama), and eating healthy.


See also: Safety, Minor Health Concerns, Major Health Concerns, Hospitals, DoctorsPharmacies 

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Chile: When to Go to Villarrica, Photography tips, When to Go , Safety in Calama, When to Go to the Lakes District, When to go, When to go to Calama, Minor Health Problems, When to Go to Coyhaique and Chile Tips for Mid-range Travelers.

By Margaret Rode
A self-professed city girl, sassy staff writer Margaret Rode hails from Chicago where she received Bachelor degrees in English Literature and Spanish...
24 Mar 2009

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