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Chile covid-19 information hub

As governments respond to the pandemic by enacting emergency legislation that will affect all areas of society and doing business, we are providing a central information hub that contains the enacted legislation and other relevant official communication issued in relation to the crisis.

We have collated this information with the help of a group of leading firms from countries across the region: Argentina’s Beccar Varela, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno and Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen (PAGBAM); Brazil’s Demarest Advogados, Lefosse Advogados, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, TozziniFreire Advogados and Veirano Advogados; Central America’s Aguilar Castillo Love, Arias, BLP and Consortium Legal; Chile’s Carey, Cariola, Díez, Pérez-Cotapos and Claro & Cía; Colombia’s Brigard Urrutia and Posse Herrera Ruiz; regional law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría; the Dominican Republic's Pellerano & Herrera; Ecuador’s Ferrere (Ecuador) and Pérez Bustamante & Ponce; Mexico’s Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez SC, Hogan Lovells (Mexico), Galicia Abogados, Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes SC and Nader, Hayaux & Goebel; Ferrere (Paraguay); Peru’s Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados and Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados; Ferrere (Uruguay); and Venezuela’s D'Empaire.

Most firms contributing to the covid-19 hub are drawn from Latin Lawyer Elite. In those countries not covered by Latin Lawyer Elite, we are working with top firms recommended in the Latin Lawyer 250.

We believe that by coming together to provide this service we can help provide businesses around the region with crucial facts and legislative developments to help them through this challenging, rapidly evolving period.

We have tried to assemble the most pertinent official developments issued in relation to covid-19. Although we cannot guarantee this list is exhaustive, our editorial team will be adding to this resource regularly, as and when we are made aware of the latest updates.

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13 July

Decree No. 292 – the Ministry of Internal Affairs extends the validity of decree no. 102 that declares the closure of Chilean borders.

8 July

Resolution No. 77 - Internal Revenue Service extends the application of tax measures regarding the sales and services tax (VAT).

Resolution No. 76 - Internal Revenue Service extends the application of tax measures regarding the income tax.

6 July

Decree No. 290 – the Ministry of Internal Affairs extends the validity of decree no. 102 that declares the closure of Chilean borders.

3 July

Law 21.238 - constitutional reform to limit the re-election of authorities.

30 June

Decree No. 288 – the Ministry of Internal Affairs extends the validity of decree no. 102 that declares the closure of Chilean borders.

Decree No. 23 – the Ministry of Health modifies decree no. 4 that declares health alert for coronavirus outbreak.

Decree No. 22 – the Ministry of Health extends the validity of the health alert for coronavirus outbreak.

26 June

Decree No. 193 – the Ministry of Finance modifies regulations for the administration of the guarantee fund for small and medium companies.

Decree No. 21 – the Ministry of Health Modifies decree no.4 that declares health alert for coronavirus outbreak.

Decree No. 1.043 – the Ministry of Finance modifies decree no. 420 that establishes benefits for SMEs.

Circular N° 44 - Internal Revenue Service provides instructions on Law 21.210.

24 June

Decree No. 11 – the Ministry of Sciences creates inter-ministerial consulting committee for the availability of a covid-19 vaccine.

Resolution No. 63 - Internal Revenue Service instructs on requirements for transitional benefit for independent workers of Law 21.242.

22 June

Decree No. 283 – the Ministry of Internal Affairs extends the validity of decree no. 102 that declares the closure of Chilean borders.

21 June

Law 21.243 – Congress extends and increases emergency family income.

Law 21.242 – establishes a benefit for independent workers.

17 June

Law 21.240 - Congress sanctions non-compliance with isolation or other preventive measures ordered by the health authority.

Law 21.239 – Congress extends the mandate of the directors or boards of administration and management of the associations and organisations it indicates.

15 June

Decree No. 273 – the Ministry of Internal Affairs extends the validity of decree no. 102 that declares the closure of Chilean borders.

12 June

Decree No. 269 – the Ministry of Internal Affairs extends the declaration of status of catastrophe.

Resolution No. 2.933 – the Ministry of Internal Affairs extends the period for submitting documents relating to the application for temporary residence or definitive stay.

7 June

Resolution No. 424 – the Ministry of Health establishes several sanitary measures.

Decree No. 259 – the Ministry of Internal Affairs extends the validity of decree no. 102 that declares the closure of Chilean borders.

4 June

Resolution No. 420 – the Ministry of Health provides measures to be implemented by primary health care facilities.

Resolution No. 419 - provides for requirements for health residences.

Resolution No. 2.606 – the Ministry of Internal Affairs extends the period for applications for visa changes or permanent stay.

3 June

Resolution No. 418 – the Ministry of Health fixes maximum prices for mechanical ventilator and patient monitor rentals.

Decree No. 19 – the Ministry of Health modifies decree no. 4 that declares health alert for coronavirus outbreak.

Law 21.236 - Congress regulates financial portability.

2 June

Decree No. 254 – the Ministry of Internal extends the validity of decree no. 102 that declares the closure of Chilean borders.

1 June

Resolution No. 409 – the Ministry of Health establishes several sanitary measures.

29 May

Decree No. 842 – the Ministry of Finance modifies decree no. 420 that establishes benefits for SMEs.

28 May

Resolution No. 403 – the Ministry of Health complements resolution no. 341 that establishes several sanitary measures.

Law 21.233 - constitutional reform regarding remuneration of authorities and public officials.

Law 21.232 - modifies Law 21.227 that establishes exceptional procedures for unemployment insurance.

27 May

Law 21.235 - temporarily suspends electoral processes of directives and union delegates.

25 May

Decree No. 240 – the Ministry of Internal Affairs extends the validity of decree no. 102 that declares the closure of Chilean borders.

20 May

Resolution No. 957 - General Directorate of Water extends the validity of resolution no. 492 of Dirección General de Aguas.

Law 21.234 - Congress limits the liability of holders or users of cards of payment and electronic transactions in case of loss, theft, robbery or fraud.

18 May

Resolution No. 356 – the Ministry of Health instructs private health care providers to increase their ventilatory capacity.

14 May

Law 21.230 – Congress grants emergency family income.

12 May

Resolution No. 341 – the Ministry of Health establishes several sanitary measures.

Decree No. 203 – the Ministry of Internal Affairs modifies decree no. 104 that declares status of catastrophe.

11 May

Decree No. 18 – the Ministry of Health modifies decree no. 4 that declares health alert for coronavirus outbreak.

5 May

Decree No. 32 – the Ministry of Economy modifies regulations of the registry of exceptional payment agreements set forth in Article 2 of Law 19.983.

29 April

Resolution No. 323 – the Ministry of Health suspends the postponement of some elective surgeries whose delay does not represent a serious risk to the patient's health.

24 April

Circular No. 283 – General Treasury of the Republic issues new policy on payment agreements due to covid-19.

Decree No. 130 – the Ministry of Finance approves regulations for the administration of the guarantee fund for small and medium companies.

23 April

The National Consumer Service (SERNAC) publishes the interpretative circular on safeguarding consumer health and alternative measures for compliance, suspension and extinction of benefits in the face of the coronavirus pandemic (covid-19).

Decree No. 18 – the Ministry of Labor and Social Security approves regulations of Law 21.220 that regulates remote work.

21 April

Official Letter No.1149 – the Financial Market Commission clarifies the scope of regulations to facilitate remote participation and electronic signature of minutes.

Law 21.229 - Congress increases the capital of the guarantee fund for small and medium companies (FOGAPE) and temporarily lowers its requirements.

20 April

ACT Nº 53-2020 – the Chilean Supreme Court establishes a set of norms that balance the protection of public health with the continuity of the judicial service.

The National Consumer Service (SERNAC) publishes the interpretative circular on supplier’s good practices in the context of the covid-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Health requests a pronouncement of the Comptroller General of Chile on the communication of health data on patients diagnosed with covid-19.

17 April

Exempt Resolution No. 282 – Ministry of Health establishes the obligation of using masks in certain places and circumstances.

16 April

Excenta Resolution Nº335 – declares permit requirement and imposed by the RE280 of Civil Aeronautical Board (Junta de Aeronáutica Civil) will be in full force for companies operating under a regular flight authorisation regime.

Law 21.228 - Congress grants general commutative pardon because of covid-19.

13 April

Resolution No. 40 – establishes new tax measures.

Resolution No. 41 – establishes new tax measures.

Resolution No. 258 – the Ministry of Health determines and establishes fixed prices.

9 April

SERNAC – suspension of terms of legal, voluntary and satisfaction guarantees during the health crisis of covid-19.

Resolution No. 247 – the Ministry of Health establishes several sanitary measures.

Resolution No. 29 – the Ministry of Economy approves the creation of the new CORFO programme "Green Credit".

Resolution No. 38 - Internal Revenue Service modifies terms for presentation of affidavits.

Circular N° 24 - Internal Revenue Service modifies territorial taxes.

8 April

Unemployment Funds Administrator (AFC) publishes the schedule for the implementation of new law on employment protection.

Resolution No. 492 - General Directorate of Water suspends water law procedures.

7 April

Exempt Resolution N° 575 – Superintendence of Environment extends term of suspension measures in the context of covid-19.

Resolution No. 1.489 – the Ministry of National Defence suspends the use of firearms for sports and hunting practices that include group and individual action in a recreational way.

6 April

Decree no. 21.227 – establishes access to unemployment insurance benefits.

Resolution No. 244 – the Ministry of Health establishes several sanitary measures.

4 April

Resolution No. 242 – the Ministry of Health establishes several sanitary measures.

Resolution No. 241 – the Ministry of Health establishes several sanitary measures.

Resolution No. 88 – the Ministry of Finance establishes exceptional procedures for unemployment insurance set forth in Law 21.227.

3 April

Law N° 21,217 - modifies invoice payment deadlines. 

2 April

Law No. 21.225 - Ministry of Finance supports families and micro, small and medium enterprises due to Covid-19.

Law 21.226 - Congress establishes a legal regime of exception for the judicial processed and actions.

Resolution No. 236 – the Ministry of Health establishes several sanitary measures.

1 April 

Decree No. 420 - Ministry of Finance establishes tax measures to support families, workers and micro, small and medium companies.

31 March

Acta N° 51-2020 – establishes protocol for claims in courts.

Resolution No. 217 – the Ministry of Health establishes several sanitary measures.

28 March

Resolution No. 212 – the Ministry of Health establishes several sanitary measures.

27 March

Decree No. 333/2020 authorises Ministry of Finance equivalent of 2% of expenses approved by the current Budget Law.

26 March

Exempt Resolution No. 209 – Ministry of Health sets maximum rental prices (0.2 UF monthly per square metre).

Notarial offices in Metropolitan region to follow revised opening times 27 March-2 April .

Law No. 21,220 – Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare modifies remote work matters.

Law No. 21,219 – Congress authorised to hold sessions remotely.

Quarantine for seven communes of Metropolitan region (Lo Barnechea, Vitacura, Las Condes, Providencia, Ñuñoa, Santiago and Independencia) from 10pm - Permit request here.

Ministry of the Interior and Public Security advises foreigners in Chile on how to obtain temporary travel permits.

Resolution N° 208 - provides sanitary measures to be followed to mitigate the risk of covid-19.

Opinion No. 1239/005 - Labour Office provides guidelines related to suspension of tasks; teleworking; payment of remuneration and other aspects related to the emergency.

Resolution No. 1.393 – establishes extension of legal proceedings of comptroller general.

25 March

Bill of law regulates the privacy of clinical records, authorising Ministry of Health, Health Services, police and Armed Forces access to sensitive personal data (health-related) during a pandemic.

Exempt Resolution No. 203 contains new sanitary measures.

Measures announced by the government as part of an extraordinary economic plan, including three-month suspension of monthly provisional payments on account of corporate income tax.

Opinion No. 6.854 – provides provision to pay workers due to impeded permanent services.

Excenta Resolution Nº280 – establishes special requirement imposed by the Civil Aeronautical Board (Junta de Aeronáutica Civil) to non-regular flight operations in the context of the covid-19 sanitary emergency.

24 March

Ruling 6785-20 – Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic clarifies what authorities mayors have in sanitary emergency situations.

Ministry of Health publishes sanitary regulations for covid-19 in Official Gazette.

Official Circular No. 1142 - the Financial Market Commission extends deadline for supervised entities to file annual reports and audited financial statements.

Opinion No.1204-2020 – Guidelines suggesting pension fund administrators not to apply interest and readjustments to debts of social security contributions.

Decree N° 10 – modifies Decree No.4 and provides new sanitary measures.

Opinion No. 6.785 – urges limited participation of mayors’ in the media to deliver necessary information.

23 March

Financial Market Commission’s council approves new measures designed to grant more flexibility to the financial system in the context of covid-19.

Telework Law – regulations for telework and remote working.

Bill to support families and micro, small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Chilean Central Bank measures introduce a Conditional Credit Facility to Increase Placements (FCIC) to encourage financing and refinancing loans.

Financial Market Commission authorises measures to ensure greater flexibility for the financial system.

Exempt Resolution No. 518 - Superintendence of Environment (SMA) suspends terms of sanctioning proceedings and for the fulfilment of measures ordered by the SMA.

Opinion No.1203-2020 – Social Security Superintendence publishes opinion to regulate the procedure for the processing of medical licences granted on paper.

Decree N° 32 – provides extension of expiration dates of identity cards.

Decree N° 34 – provides extension of expiration dates of identity cards for foreigners.

Opinion No. 6.696 – use of personal accounts for information delivery.

22 March

Ministry of Health outlines covid-19 sanitary regulations in the Official Gazette.

Resolution N° 202 - provides new sanitary measures to be followed to mitigate the risk of covid-19.

20 March

Exempt Resolution No. 200 issued by the Ministry of Health instructs lockdown of cinemas, theatres, pubs and health clubs and bans customer service at restaurants and coffee shops.

Ministry of Health outlines covid-19 sanitary regulations in the Official Gazette.

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Public Security declares some districts as zones of catastrophe.

Decree N° 107 – declares areas affected by covid-19.

19 March

President Sebastián Piñera announces extraordinary economic measures to protect the health, income and work of Chilean households.

Resolution No. 497 - Superintendence of the Environment issues a general instruction in the context of covid-19.

Ministry of Health publishes sanitary regulations in the Official Gazette.

Opinion No. 1239-005 – Labour Office provides guidelines related to suspension of tasks; teleworking; payment of remuneration and other aspects related to the emergency.

Circular No. 18 – establishes the procedure for obtaining and recovering passwords.

Resolution N° 194 - provides sanitary measures to be followed to mitigate the risk of covid-19.

Opinion No. 283/006 - Labour Authority establishes guidelines for force majeure consideration and suspension of labour relations.

18 March

Ministry of Environment announces flexible workday hours in Official Gazette.

President Sebastián Piñera declares a state of catastrophe in Chile for 90 days.

Emergency Economic Plan contains tax measures to provide greater liquidity to companies.

Ministry of Health publishes sanitary regulations in the Official Gazette.

Measure issued by Financial Market Commission requesting its supervised entities to provide information about financial and operational effects of covid-19.  

Measure issued by Financial Market Commission instructing its supervised entities to implement their contingency and continuity plans.

Ministry of Justice extends expiration date of ID cards.

Exempt Resolution No. 1,179 issued by the National Customs Service, adopting measures to facilitate foreign and domestic trade electronically.

General rule 435 issued by the Financial Market Commission to regulate long distance participation and voting for shareholders meetings.

Opinion No. 1160-2020 – Social Security Superintendence provides guidelines on procedures that must be adopted in the event of a serious labour accident that occurs under the modality of teleworking.

Opinion No.1161-2020 – Social Security Superintendence qualifies what an occupational disease is, when the contagion has occurred during work and that situation can be properly traced.

Decree N° 104 – declares status of constitutional exception of catastrophe.

17 March

Ministry of Health publishes sanitary regulations in the Official Gazette.

Ministry of Economy gives instructions for general meetings of members in cooperatives in Official Gazette.

Resolution N° 183 – provides sanitary measures to be followed to mitigate the risk of covid-19.

Opinion No. 3.610 – adoption of sanitary measures by state administrative bodies.

Decree No. 27 – the Ministry of Economy approves regulations for the special regime of donations to SMEs.

16 March

Comptroller General of the Republic establishes regulations for administrative acts.

Ministry of Health announcement in the Official Gazette prohibits events of more than 500 people.

Acta N° 42-2020 – declares national health emergency.

Decree N° 102 – establishes a temporary closure of entry and exit for foreigners.

13 March

Acta N° 41- 2020 – provides guidelines related to use of videoconference in judiciary.

12 March

Ministry of Health publishes sanitary regulations in the Official Gazette.  

6 March

Ministry of Health publishes sanitary regulations in the Official Gazette.

Opinion No.1116-004 – Labour Office provides guidelines on medical licences and the adoption of security measures and prevention of contagion by the employer.

13 February

Regulation No. 434 – Authorisation from the Financial Market Commission for the electronic signature of minutes of corporations’ board of directors’ meetings.

5 January

Decree No. 4 establishes a 14-day quarantine period for people arriving from Spain and Italy.

Ministry of Health publishes sanitary regulations in the Official Gazette.

27 November

Decree No. 58 – the Ministry of Health approves regulations for pharmacies, drugstores, warehouses, pharmacists and authorised storage facilities, in the matter of e-commerce of medicines.

28 October

Decree No. 49 – the Ministry of Health modifies regulations for pharmacies, drugstores, warehouses, pharmacists and authorised storage facilities, in the matter of e-commerce of medicines.