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Chile Entry Requirements | What to Know Before Traveling

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Wide view of thick forest and snowcapped volcanoes in Chile

EXPLORE OUR QUICK GUIDE ON TRAVEL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COUNTRY OF CHILE LOCATED IN SOUTH AMERICA. BELOW WE COVER TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS, IMPORTANT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND ALL THINGS TRAVEL VISAS.

 



Of all the South American countries, we felt like Chile might just be the one with the most adventure opportunities. For starters, the country is pretty darn big. Measuring over 4,300 kilometers (or 2,670 miles) north to south, this long country is smack dab in the middle of the Andes mountains (to the east) and the Pacific Ocean to the west.


And due to its length, the country is home to numerous types of landscapes - including the driest desert in the world, the Atacama, located up in the north, as well as hundreds of islands and fjords down in the south.


Really what we are trying to say, is that this South American country has a lot to offer travelers - especially those looking for epic outdoor adventures. So now the question is, what requirements are needed to actually enter Chile as a traveler?


Below you will find all of the information you need; including, what to know about visas and necessary documentation.


Happy adventuring!







 

EVERYTHING TRAVELERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ENTERING CHILE

 






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Below we outline everything travelers need to know about entering Chile; including, any specific Chile entry requirements, what kind of visas are available (and what you have to do to get one), and what steps need to be taken to enter the famous Easter Island (Rapa Nui), one of the most remote places on Planet Earth.


So let's dive in!



BASIC INFORMATION


| Are borders open? Yes! Currently, you can enter Chile via land, air and sea.


| Are there any specific Chile entry requirements? We talk about this in detail below, but for the most part no. It is pretty easy to enter the country right now.


| Does Chile have travel insurance requirements? Travelers visiting Chile are no longer required to show proof of travel insurance. But the country still recommends you get it (just in case something happens). We suggest checking out SafetyWing for all of your travel insurance needs.


| What kind of money does Chile use? The country uses the Chilean peso (CLP), the exchange rate obviously changes but you can think of it as 1,000 CLP = $1 USD (roughly).


| Is it expensive to travel to Chile? What should my Chile travel budget be? As of 2022, Chile is the most expensive country to visit in South America. You can expect higher prices for lodging, food and transportation compared to many other places on the continent. Expect to spend between $50 and $100 USD a day.







BEFORE FLYING

Before you even hop on a plane to Chile you will need to prove that you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (a certification of vaccination). We did this by simply showing our individual vaccine cards at the airline desk.


❔ GOOD TO KNOW: we only showed our vaccine card once (at the airline check-in desk in the USA). At customs, we didn’t have to prove our vaccination status again.


If you are not fully vaccinated, then you must show a negative result in a PCR test within a maximum of 48 hours from departure time. Also, if you are under the age of 18, then you do not need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result.





RAPA NUI | EASTER ISLAND

There are slightly stricter entry requirements if you are planning to head to Rapa Nui (Easter Island), which is located far off the Pacific coast of Chile. To enter the island you will need:


| A certification of vaccination.


| A Single Entry Form (or FUI), check it out here.


| Proof of a round-trip ticket.


| Proof of a reservation at either a tourist service registered in SERNATUR or an invitation letter from the Provincial Delegation.


| A 5-day health follow-up.





TRAVEL VISAS FOR CHILE


For most travelers, you should be given a 90-day visa upon arrival (both arrival via air and land). There are a number of exceptions to this though - so make sure to check this list of what specific countries require a different visa.


If you are coming from Venezuela, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Dominica, then you will need a Transitory Stay Visa (find it here).


Whereas if you are from Australia, then you will need to secure an E-Visa. This type of visa is a bit different since there are 3 types, with two of them requiring a fee based on reciprocity. Learn more about the Australian E-Visa here.


➳ Don’t want the hassle of trying to figure out visas for Chile? Consider checking out iVisa, which has everything you need in one easy-to-use spot.





LANDING IN CHILE


CUSTOMS

When we landed in Santiago we were able to breeze through customs. The customs officials will (likely) only ask for your passport once you get up to their station. It took all of 5 minutes for them to check our passports and give us the expected 90-day visa.


💬 INSIDER TIP: after customs, you will have to go through another screening area. It was here that Madalyne got pulled aside because one of the security dogs smelled food in her bag. Chile is quite serious about not allowing in outside produce (including fruit), so they confiscated her oranges.



PAPERWORK

Once you leave customs you will need to fill out a quick immigration form (in Santiago you can find it at the large red desk in baggage claim). This paperwork requires your name, the address you will be staying at in Chile, passport number, and date of birth (the usual stuff).


When you have the paperwork completed, you will need to hand it to the officials BEFORE you head out of the baggage area. You should easily be able to see the officials at the exit door.




Line of statues on Easter Island/Rapa Nui in Chile.

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CHILE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

There are currently NO travel restrictions in Chile. For the most part, you should be completely fine traveling around the entire country. The only present safety issue in the country travelers may need to be aware of is an increase in political demonstrations, mostly in the capital city of Santiago.





IS CHILE SAFE?

Chile is quite a safe place for travelers - especially once you leave the major metropolises (like Santiago) behind. Obviously, like with any other place in the world, you should always be aware of your surroundings and stay vigilant when in busy places (pick-pocketing does occur).


If you use the same common sense as you would in your own home country, you should be totally fine.




Wide view of the altiplano in northern Chile.

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WHAT TO PACK FOR CHILE

Chile is a massively long country that has many different biomes and climates. Because of this, you will likely need to pack gear that can handle all different types of weather - including rain, wind, snow, and intense heat.


At minimum, we suggest packing one set of warm clothes - especially if you are planning to head to the far southern Patagonian region - a rain jacket, a sun hat and sunglasses, a swimsuit (there are a ton of lakes as well as the Pacific Ocean), good hiking boots and some comfortable shoes you can walk around in all day.