Covid-19 Plans: Santiago

Syracuse Abroad is unable to accommodate Covid-19 Vaccination and/or booster Exemptions. All students studying with our programs must be fully vaccinated, and, if eligible, must also receive a booster dose 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.

Covid-19 plans updated February 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.
  • Although students are required to have their own masks, emergency supply of disposable masks will be stored at the office.
  • Chilean partner universities have similarly adopted Covid-19 protocols related to sanitation, PPE, social distancing, etc. Students will be expected to follow such guidelines as applicable.

Social Distancing

Program office:

  • Students must enter the office one at-a-time and meetings will be held outside whenever possible.
  • 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:

  • Always wear masks in public spaces, indoors, and outdoors.
  • 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.
  • Students must always have their Pase de Movilidad on them, in paper and digital format, with an up-to-date QR code (it must be re-downloaded periodically).

Field Trips

  • During group trips to San Pedro de Atacama 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, including initial quarantine upon entry, mask usage, limits on the number of people allowed at social gatherings, etc. The mandatory quarantine upon entry lasts until students receive a negative result from the PCR test taken at the airport. If the result is positive, the quarantine is extended to 7 days.
  • 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 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.
  • Restaurants and bars in Santiago are open. However, students are strongly advised to avoid eating indoors at restaurants and bars, and instead opt for takeout/delivery or outdoor seating.

Housing

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.
  • Provide a private bedroom and bathroom for students.
  • Increase the frequency of laundry for students.
  • Provide cleaning supplies for students.
  • Provide a private bedroom and a private bathroom for students.

Pre-Testing

  • Students will travel with a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours before arrival, as part of Chile’s entrance requirements.
  • Students will be tested again at the airport after their arrival in Chile. If a negative test result is received, quarantine may be suspended.

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.

Quarantine/Isolation

Upon arrival:

  • Per Chilean regulations, students must adhere to initial quarantine rules upon arrival in Chile.  Students will complete their quarantines in the orientation hotel, following strict protocols regarding physical distance and hygiene.
  • Anyone who receives a positive Covid test at any point in the semester will be required to quarantine for 10 days, either in their host home (following strict distancing and hygiene protocols) or in a residence.

During the semester:

  • During the semester, if a student needs to complete a preventive 10-day quarantine, it will be made at host home.
  • If a student or a family member contracts Covid-19, the student will be removed from his/her host home. Isolation will be at a secondary housing, where the student would have the necessary conditions for isolation during quarantine, if hospitalization is not required.

On-Site Testing

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

  • Immediately upon arrival
  • After 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.