Recently, Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui Island, officially welcomed the first 230 tourists after 868 days of closure.
On August 4, Easter Island welcomed its first group of guests after 3 years of absence, marking the return of tourism on the island with these unique moai statues. The tour was made possible thanks to an agreement between the Chilean Government and the people, communities, and authorities of the island to ensure safety in reopening tourism.
Chile’s Deputy Minister of Tourism, Verónica Kunze, said: “We are delighted that the island is starting a new phase of reopening. Most tourism services are ready to welcome visitors, maintain proper hygiene procedures, and in the hope of returning to normal their business.”
During the closure of tourism, many people had to find other sources of income, mainly through farming and fishing, forming a support network among the people on the island.
From now on, visitors wishing to visit the island must present a negative PCR, taken no more than 24 hours before boarding, and for children under 6 years of age, an antigen test from a medical center is sufficient. In addition, they must have a Mobility Pass (full immunization schedule for Chileans and immunization standards for foreigners) and for those who come directly from abroad, they must take an antigen test upon arrival in Rapa Nui .