Chile - Department of Foreign Affairs (2023)

Overview

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Security status

High Degree of Caution

Latest Travel Alert

Citizens planning travel abroad should take into account the ongoing risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad and are advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance that includes COVID-19 cover. Before departure and during travel, citizens are advised to monitor our Travel Advice, follow us onTwitter, and register with their nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate.

Travel toChile

Chile’s international border is open to non-resident foreign citizens who comply with a number of requirements under the Chilean Government’s current COVID-19 management plan –“#SeguimosCuidándonos Paso A Paso”.

Under the current alert level, visitors to Chilemust meet the following requirements:

  • To enter Chile, passengers that are not resident in Chile must submit vaccination certificates from the country where they were vaccinated and an identity document. Those who are over 18 years old and not vaccinated must submit proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure to Chile.
  • A negative PCR testprior to travel isnot requiredfor vaccinated passengers.
  • All children under 18 years old may enter Chile, regardless of vaccination status.
  • It is not mandatory to travel with health insurance, however it is recommended to travel with insurance that covers COVID related medical expenses.
  • On arrival in Chile, visitors may be required to take a random PCR or antigen test.

COVID-19 restrictions in Chile

  • Chile continues to experience community transmission of COVID-19 but the seriousness of the pandemic has reduced over time thanks to high vaccination levels and acquired immunity in the population.
  • In April 2022, the Chilean government restructured their “Step-by-Step” Plan to manage the pandemic. The full plan is available here:“#SeguimosCuidándonos Paso A Paso”
  • If you travel to Chile, it is important to ensure that you comply with all public health restrictions.

Masks

Travellers must wear a mask in all medical facilities such as clinics, hospitals and laboratories.

The wearing of a mask on public transport is recommended.

If you are in Chile, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities. See links to relevant websites below:

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Paso a Paso (Step by Step) Plan (in Spanish)

Chilean Ministry of Health on Twitter (in Spanish)

General Travel Advice

There remains a risk of violent protest in Santiago and you should expect a heightened security presence. Further demonstrations could occur with little or no notice, with a risk of violence, in Santiago, Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Concepcion, Antofogasta & in other major cities.

We recommend that you remain vigilant and avoid all demonstrations and protests and follow the instructions of local authorities. Under Chilean law, foreign nationals visiting or living in Chile could be deported for involvement in protests and demonstrations. Monitor local media for additional updates. More information is available on the safety and security tab.

You can contact the emergency services in Chile by dialling (133).

Safety and Security

Demonstrations and Civil Unrest

In October and November 2019 there were large-scale protests and demonstrations leading to civil unrest across Chile and you should expect a heightened security presence. Even peaceful protests can become violent at any time. You should avoid all demonstrations. Monitor local media for additional updates and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Police can use tear gas and water cannon against protesters. Under Chilean law, foreign nationals visiting or living in Chile could be deported for involvement in protests and demonstrations.

The largest protests usually take place in Santiago and Valparaíso and occasionally elsewhere in the country.

Nationwide protests usually take place on

(Video) Visit of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, H.E. Mr. Fernando Schmidt

• 29th March (The Day of the Young Combatant)
• 1st May (Worker’s Day)
• 11th September (anniversary of the 1973 military coup)


Crime & Petty theft

Pickpocketing, other thefts and muggings are increasingly common throughout Chile, particularly around well-known tourist sites and bus stations. There have been reports of violent muggings in areas popular with tourists in Santiago and Valparaiso. You shouldn’t leave luggage unattended and be particularly attentive at bus terminals, restaurants and other areas frequented by tourists. We advise you to take great care with your belongings and avoid obvious displays of wealth. Avoid using your mobile phone in the street. Keep in groups and don’t walk alone late at night.

There have been reports of people being robbed by bogus and unlicensed taxi drivers, including airport taxis. We advise to only use official and/or pre-booked taxis and to ask taxi drivers for proof of reservation.

There have been a number of incidents in major cities where those driving rental cars have been a victim of crime. Thieves have punctured tires in order to distract foreigners and steal their belongings from the vehicle. Keep windows closed and doors locked at all times. Do not leave bags, luggage or other valuable items in the car, and never in plain view. Cars that are parked on the street and left unattended are often broken into, even in affluent areas.

Reporting crime

If you’re a victim of a crime while in Chile, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Santiago if you need help.

Lost or stolen passports

If your passport is lost or stolen, it can take up to three weeks to get a replacement, due to time and distance factors. So please take extreme care with your passport and other personal documentation. Getting a replacement passport will be easier if you are able to provide a copy of the lost or stolen one, so keep photocopies of your passport.

Landmines

Chile has a small but significant landmine problem.Landmine accidents mainly affect livestock and small numbers of local people crossing the borders at unauthorised crossing points.Minefields are located primarily in border areas adjacent to Peru and Bolivia in the extreme north of Chile Regions I and II, and Argentina in the south in Region XII.

Although most minefields are clearly marked, some signs and fences have been damaged by weather or vandalism and may be hard to recognise, particularly in the north of the country.Minefields are, in some cases, laid right up to the edge of highways.

You should also be aware that there are mined areas in six government-protected wilderness areas in Regions I, II and XII. Although neither park rangers nor visitors have ever been injured or killed by landmines, we advise you to check with local authorities before travelling to border areas of Regions I, II and XII, stick to clearly marked roads and observe all warnings signs.

(Video) Chile's Minister of Foreign Affairs Alfredo Moreno speaking at COA's 42nd Washington Conference

Driving

If you’re planning to drive in Chile, be prepared and take some basic precautions:

  • Bring your full Irish driver’s licence and your international driving permit and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught
  • Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights

Hiring a vehicle

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Local Laws and Customs

Illegal drugs

Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.You’re advised not to become involved with drugs of any kind. Possession of even very small quantities can lead to significant prison sentences.

Natural Disasters and Climate

Earthquake

Chile is in a high-risk zone for earthquakes.You should familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake or tsunami, and take note of instructions in hotel rooms. Building regulations require new structures to take account of seismic risks. Safety measures are widely known and put into practice by national organisations and local authorities. If you’re travelling to or living in Chile, make sure you know what to do in the event of an earthquake.

Volcano

Because Chile is in an active seismic zone, volcanic eruptions can occur. If you’re travelling to or living in Chile, make sure you know what to do in the event of an earthquake or volcanic explosion.

Flooding

Flooding is frequent during autumn and winter throughout the country, mainly as a result of heavy rains and overloaded sewage systems. Transportation and services are often affected.

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Forest fires

Forest fires often occur during the summer months. Even though they can happen anywhere, forest fires usually occur between Santiago and Valparaíso and in the Magallanes. In the event of a major fire, you should follow the instructions of local emergency services, particularly with regard to evacuation procedures.

Additional Information

Passports

It is advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you.During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.

Health

Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling (8 weeks) to see if you need any vaccinations for Chile.

The Embassy operates an out of hours service for Irish citizens requiring emergency assistance outside of hours, on weekends and on public holidays. If you are in need of emergency assistance during these times, you should leave a message on the emergency message system by calling +56 2 3304 6600. The emergency message system is checked regularly outside of office hours and a member of the Embassy staff will contact you. as soon as possible.
When you leave a message, remember to state your name, the nature of the problem, where you are now, and the details of how the Duty Officer can contact you (e.g. leave your mobile phone number, or the phone number of the hotel/hostel where you are staying).

Alternatively, you may contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.

Embassy of Ireland
Apoquindo 2929
Piso 18
Las Condes
Santiago
Chile

Tel: Tel: +56 2 3304 6600Monday to Friday 9.00-13.00

(Video) Remarks With Chilean Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero Espinoza Before Their Meeting

(Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Embassy is not currently open to the public – visits on an appointment-only basis)

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FAQs

Can I travel to Chile right now? ›

U.S. Citizens can enter Chile with government-issued identification and a vaccination certificate issued by the country in which they were vaccinated. Unvaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR test taken within a maximum of 48 hours at their last point of departure prior to their arrival in Chile.

Does U.S. citizen need visa for Chile? ›

U.S. citizens traveling to Chile for recreation, tourism, business, or academic conferences do not need to obtain a visa prior to their arrival in Chile. A Tourist Card will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days.

Do Australian citizens need a visa for Chile? ›

To enter Chile, you're required to obtain a valid visa before arrival. You can enter Chile for up to 90 days for recreational, sports, health, study, business, family or other similar purposes.

How do I get a visa for Chile? ›

Chile Visa Application
  1. Start the online Chile visa application.
  2. Answer all the questions.
  3. Attach electronic copies of all the required documents.
  4. Wait for the visa to be processed.
  5. Show up at the consulate/embassy.
  6. Pay the Chile visa fee. ...
  7. Get your Chile visa.

Is Chile a rich country? ›

This is why, in the long run, it is better not only to be rich but to be egalitarian as well.
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RankCountryGDP-PPP ($)
61Trinidad and Tobago29,884
62Maldives29,133
63Bulgaria29,593
64Chile28,526
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Does Chile allow dual citizenship? ›

Chile recently authorized dual citizenship. From Chile's point of view, foreigners who decide to opt for Chilean nationality may keep their original nationality.

Is English widely spoken in Chile? ›

Certainly, English is widely spoken in most established tourist destinations, so it's not essential. Visit Santiago, Los Lagos, or tour Chilean wine country and tour guides will speak English. Locals always appreciate when visitors make the effort to speak their language, though.

How much does it cost to live in Chile? ›

The cost of living in Chile is $840, which is 1.11 times less expensive than the world average. Chile ranked 93rd out of 197 countries by cost of living and the 45th best country to live in. The average salary after taxes in Chile is $629, which is enough to cover living expenses for 0.7 months.

Is Chile visa easy to get? ›

Easy. CIBTvisas is the easiest way to get a visa and can secure in as little as one day. We process Chile visas at the Chile Embassy every day for residents of all 50 states.

How long does it take to get a tourist visa for Chile? ›

The Chile tourist visa application is processed in about 20 days. After that, you should take into account the date when your appointment at the Chilean consulate will be set for. This is why you must apply for a visa at least 30 days before you intend to travel to Chile.

How do I get a temporary residence in Chile? ›

How to Apply for a Chile Temporary Resident Visa? You have to apply for a Chile Temporary Resident Visa online. After the online application is processed and approved, you must submit your passport and documents to a Chilean consulate to receive the visa on your passport.

Do Australians need a visa for Chile 2022? ›

Australians need a 'tourist permit' to enter Chile. If you're a non-resident foreign national, you can enter if you hold a valid Chilean Mobility Pass and a Special Entry Permit (Salvoconducto).

Why do Australians have to pay to enter Chile? ›

Why do countries charge 'reciprocity fees'? Such tit-for-tat fees for Australian and other passport holders were levied by the Chilean Government to align with the costs that citizens of Chile incur when visiting that other country: typically matching the price they'd pay to obtain a visa of the same type.

How strong is Chile passport? ›

The Chilean passport is currently ranked 20th among global passports, according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index.

What is a good salary in Chile? ›

Salary Range

The average salary in Chile ranges from 4,73,000 CLP per month (actual minimum salary) to 8,340,000 CLP per month (actual maximum salary).

Is healthcare free in Chile? ›

Public healthcare in Chile

Chilean nationals and legal residents have access to free and subsidised public healthcare. This is managed through the government-run FONASA scheme with additional cover via privately run health insurers.

Is Chile a 3rd world country? ›

Chile is a developing country with a high-income economy and ranks 43rd in the Human Development Index. It is among the most economically and socially stable nations in South America, leading Latin America in rankings of competitiveness, per capita income, globalization, state of peace, and economic freedom.

Is Chile a good place to live? ›

Chile is one of the safest, most politically stable countries in South America, with a well-established middle-class, good medical facilities and a well-developed infrastructure.
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Cost of Living in Chile.
ItemU.S. $
Miscellaneous$90
Monthly total:$1,498
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Is it safe to travel to Santiago Chile? ›

Chile - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Exercise increased caution in Chile due to civil unrest. Country Summary: Large-scale demonstrations periodically occur in Santiago and other cities in Chile.

How is Chile doing? ›

Chile's economic freedom score is 74.4, making its economy the 20th freest in the 2022 Index. Chile is ranked 2nd among 32 countries in the Americas region, and its overall score is above the regional and world averages.

Can Chileans travel to USA? ›

The US has a visa policy, but tourists, including Chileans, are permitted to stay for 90 days in the country. The Visa Waiver Program allows the citizens of 38 countries the possibility of obtaining a tourist visa via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (or US ESTA for short.)

Is Chile cheap to visit? ›

Costs of your travel to Chile

Chile is the most developed country in South America, and it is also one of the most expensive. The prices are similar to what you can find in Europe, and in many cases the price we found was significantly higher than what we pay for the same thing in Spain.

Can you drink the tap water in Chile? ›

Chile's drinking water quality standard is NCh 409 Of 84 from 1984. This standard establishes the physical, chemical, radioactive and bacteriological requirements that drinking water from any supply system must meet. The drinking water water is the same in all regions of the country.

Is English spoken in Santiago Chile? ›

English is commonly spoken in the major cities, especially in Santiago. However, never assume that an individual speaks English. It is always polite to ask. Chilean youth like to practice English with foreigners, so it is even more helpful if you know a few, basic Spanish phrases.

Is Chile a good country to live in? ›

Chile is one of the safest, most politically stable countries in South America, with a well-established middle-class, good medical facilities and a well-developed infrastructure.
...
Cost of Living in Chile.
ItemU.S. $
Miscellaneous$90
Monthly total:$1,498
9 more rows

Is Chile a 3rd world country? ›

Chile is a developing country with a high-income economy and ranks 43rd in the Human Development Index. It is among the most economically and socially stable nations in South America, leading Latin America in rankings of competitiveness, per capita income, globalization, state of peace, and economic freedom.

Why is Chile the richest country in South America? ›

The Economy of Chile is a market economy and high-income economy as ranked by the World Bank. The country is considered one of South America's most prosperous nations, leading the region in competitiveness, income per capita, globalization, economic freedom, and low perception of corruption.

Will Chile become a developed country? ›

Chile is a developing country with a rapidly expanding economy and concomitant social and cultural changes. It is expected to become a developed country within 10 years. Chile is also characterized as being in an advanced demographic transition.

How strong is Chile passport? ›

The Chilean passport is currently ranked 20th among global passports, according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index.

Which country can travel to USA without visa? ›

Citizens of the United Kingdom, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein,Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, ...

How much is visa waiver? ›

The fee is $4.00. Authorization charge -- If your application is approved and you receive authorization to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, an additional $10.00 will be charged to your credit card.

How much is a Big Mac in Chile? ›

Prices for a Big Mac in Chile from 2010 to 2022 (in U.S. dollars)
CharacteristicAverage price in U.S. dollars
20203.42
20193.89
20184.29
20173.64
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Feb 23, 2022

How much is a loaf of bread in Chile? ›

$700 CLP

What time is dinner in Chile? ›

Lunch is eaten between noon and 3 p.m. and is usually the largest meal of the day. There are some families who eat dinner between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., but most families have once, or teatime, between 6 and 10 p.m., which is essentially an evening snack and a cup of tea.

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