Covid-19 Plans: Santiago

As of January 5, 2023: Syracuse Abroad is unable to accommodate Covid-19 Vaccination and/or booster Exemptions. All students studying with our programs must be fully vaccinated, receive all eligible boosters and provide proof of inoculation prior to a published deadline for each program. In general, international governments have constraints on those unvaccinated such that robust participation in a study abroad program is not possible. The experience would be so compromised as to not meet the high standards of a Syracuse Abroad experience. Students with questions about this should reach out to their International Program Advisor.
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Covid-19 plans updated October 2022.

Note: Subject to changes/modifications in accordance with local regulations and best practices.

Center Cleaning/Sanitation/PPE

Program office:

  • Hand sanitizer located at the entrance of the office.
  • Several times throughout the day and after each student visit, the office will be aired, and surfaces disinfected.
  • Meetings will be held outside when possible.
  • It is suggested that students have their own mask, and emergency supply of disposable masks will be stored at the office, in case they are needed.
  • Students are expected to follow guidelines from Chilean partner universities regarding these matters.

Social Distancing

Program office:

  • Meetings will be held outside whenever possible to avoid overcrowding the office space.
  • Entrance of the staff kitchen or other common spaces at the office is restricted to staff only.
  • Virtual forms of communication will be prioritized over in-person interaction: emails, Zoom meetings, etc.
  • The program will have 15 – 20 students per classroom in order to maintain physical distance (normal capacity is 40-60).
  • Chartered buses with capacity for additional spacing will be prioritized for group outings.

Instructions for students:

  • Masks use is strongly suggested in public spaces, public transportation, and in-door activities.
  • Maintain a permanent social distance of 6 feet/2 meters.
  • Try to wear clothes with various pockets to separate items easily.
  • Prioritize eating lunch in open, outdoor spaces on campus.

Field Trips

  • During group trips to San Pedro de Atacama, Buenos Aires and Patagonia, students will have placed in double rooms. In order to participate in the trips, students will be required to show proof of a negative antigen test taken immediately prior (instructions will be sent).

Policies Regarding Student Behavior

  • Students must adhere to all Chilean regulations regarding Covid-19 and adapt to possible changes on them.
  • Students will be required to comply with all guidelines regarding social distancing, mask use, cleaning, and disinfecting.
  • No trips outside the country will be allowed.
  • During personal travel within or outside the country, students will be strongly advised to maintain all Covid-19 health and safety guidelines.
  • Students will be advised to carry and use hand sanitizer when using public transportation.
  • If a student wants to avoid the use of public transportation, recommendations regarding the use of bicycles around the city will be provided during our on-site orientation.


Instructions for students in host homes:

  • Take off shoes at the entrance of the host home and wear slippers instead of shoes inside the house.
  • Wash hands thoroughly (30 sec.) immediately upon arrival to host home and several times during the day.
  • Open windows and air the bedroom during the day, for at least 20 minutes each time.
  • Remove garbage from bedroom on a daily basis.

Instructions for host families:

  • Frequently clean and disinfect floors, surfaces, and doorknobs.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect all kitchen supplies.
  • Open windows and air the home for at least 20 minutes each time.
  • If possible, provide a private bedroom and bathroom for students.
  • Increase the frequency of laundry for students.
  • Provide cleaning supplies for students.
  • Provide a private bedroom for students.


  • Students can enter Chile with a vaccination certificate issued by the country in which they were vaccinated.
  • Unvaccinated students will travel with a negative PCR test, taken within 48 hours before arrival, as part of Chile’s entrance requirements.

Medical Care

  • Students will be registered at the International Patient Services Office at Clinica Alemana (a recommended hospital in Santiago) to accelerate possible insurance paperwork in case of a medical emergency or procedure.
  • I-SOS students’ information will be delivered to Clinica Alemana prior to arrival in Santiago, in order to accelerate possible insurance paperwork in case of a medical emergency or procedure.
  • If medical assistance is required, students should follow the normal procedure indicated by I-SOS.
  • Santiago Center staff and the student’s host family will provide support and guidance during any medical situation.


Upon arrival:

  • Anyone who receives a positive Covid test at any point in the semester will be required to quarantine for 5 days, either in their host home (following strict distancing and hygiene protocols).

During the semester:

  • During the semester, if a student needs to complete a preventive 5-day quarantine, it will be made at host home.

On-Site Testing

Students will be tested at the following times during the semester:

Students will be tested at the following times during the semester:

  • Immediately upon arrival
  • Before group trips
  • Randomly during the semester, through government and university testing initiatives
  • Before program departure
  • If they are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, such as:
    • Cough
    • Strong fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

Contact Tracing

  • If a student is infected, all close contacts must conduct preventive quarantine. The determination of “close contact” is made by government health authorities.

Revised Health, Safety, and Other Policies

  • All medical situations will be managed at Clinica Alemana, with pre-registration through the clinic’s International Patient Services Office.
  • A stock of emergency disposable masks, alcohol for surface cleaning, and hand sanitizer will be available during program trips and activities.