Covid-19 Plans: Santiago

As of July 13, 2021, the Fall 2021 Syracuse Santiago program has been cancelled due to the continued extension of the Chilean border closure.

Given that Covid-19 restrictions can change rather dramatically in a short period of time, we believe it prudent to wait until further into the fall semester to provide formal Covid planning updates for the Spring 2022 semester. In the meantime, please use the information on this webpage as a point of reference as you consider your Spring 2022 planning.

NOTE: Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement for 2021 Programs

Covid-19 plans updated August 2021.

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.

Field Trips

  • During group trips to San Pedro de Atacama and Patagonia, students will have individual bedrooms and bathrooms and all measures of sanitation and social distancing stated in this document will be maintained.

Policies Regarding Student Behavior

  • Students must adhere to Chilean regulations which state quarantine upon arrival in Chile, with the option of taking a PCR test on day 7.  Program rules will require students to take a PCR test on day 7. Students will complete their quarantines in their assigned host homes following strict protocols regarding physical distance and hygiene.
  • 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.
  • Some 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.


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 each morning, for at least 20 minutes.
  • Use cleaning supplies provided by the host to keep all room surfaces clean.
  • Vacuum and/or mop the floor at least once a day.
  • 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 day.
  • Provide a private bedroom and bathroom for students.
  • Wash students’ clothes separately.
  • Increase the frequency of laundry for students.
  • Provide cleaning supplies for students. Students will receive a cleaning supply kit upon arrival and families will receive an extra amount of US $15 per month to cover the expense of these supplies.
  • Maintain a permanent distance of 2 meters from the student.
  • Have meals in locations where the 2 meters social distance can be maintained.
  • Provide a private bedroom and a private bathroom for students.


  • 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 7 days 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.


Upon arrival:

  • Per Chilean regulations, students must adhere to initial quarantine rules upon arrival in Chile, which state a required 10 days, with the option of taking a PCR test on day 7.  Students will complete their quarantines in their assigned host homes 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 11 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 14-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

A member of each host family will be tested within 72 hours after students’ arrival at their host homes.

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

  • Immediately upon arrival.
  • After returning from program group trips.
  • In August, after classes start.
  • In late October, before group travel to Patagonia.
  • 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 should be in preventive quarantine (a close contact would be defined as someone who came within less than 6 feet/2 meters from the person for more than 15 minutes).

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 disposable masks, alcohol for surface cleaning, and hand sanitizer will be available during program trips and activities.