If you want to travel soon to South America and visit Chile, you must be wondering if a visa is required to. The answer depends on where you were born and the reason for your trip!
The good news is that you can add to these regions, other countries like Japan, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and South Africa that do not require a visa to enter Chile. However, it’s always important to check with the consulate of your country before traveling, especially these days that the COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting the way we travel.
All people coming from the destinations mentioned above will be granted 90-day tourist permission to travel the country, except Greek citizens that will be allowed to tourist Chile just for 60 days.
However, if you want to visit Chile from the Arabian Emirates, or Morrocco, or Ukraine you will need a visa to enter the country. It’s strongly recommended to apply at least 20 days before your trip, or as soon as you have your flight dates (the visa can take a while…it’s better to be prepared!).
The best recommendation when talking about visas
It’s always strongly recommended to read the up-to-date information to find out if you really need a visa to go to Chile or not. You can find some on the website of VisaHQ, the official website of the Ministry of Tourism of Chile, or by finding out where is your nearest local consulate. To find this information you have to google “nearest consulate in…” and you’ll probably get to the website of the official website of the Ministery of Foreign Affairs of your country. In Argentina, this is how the website looks like.
Other requirements to travel to Chile
Now that you know that you do not need a visa to enter Chile, in some cases, you may be asked to pay a reciprocity tax depending on your original destination, and always to have a valid passport.
- Reciprocity tax: Citizen coming from Australia and Mexico, although they do not need a visa to enter Chile, they would need to pay reciprocity tax, the equivalent of USD 117 for Australian and USD 23 for Mexicans. Travelers coming from the United States, United Kingdom, most of the European Union countries, Canada, Japan, and most of other South American countries, do not need to pay a reciprocity tax. This can be only paid in cash and upon arrival at the Chilean airport.
- Valid passport: All travelers from all destinations need to have a valid passport with at least 6 months of validity counting from your first date of travel. No exceptions for this!
- Declaration of foreign animal and vegetable products: If you’re bringing any foreign animals or vegetable products you need to declare them to the Agriculture and Livestock Service upon entering the country.
Other requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic
Unfortunately, if you need or not a visa to travel to Chile is not the only concern these days. Like many other nations, Chile has been working on an especial sanitary protocol for travelers wanting to visit the country this summer. Some of them include, for travelers of all nations:
- A negative PCR test took 72 hours before traveling.
- To complete the «Affidavit for Travelers» form up to 48 hours before boarding (https://www.c19.cl/)
- A Health Insurance that covers any problems related to COVID-19 and at least USD $30,000 of medical expenses.
- During the 14 days after entering the country, you will be asked to complete timely a follow-up form that will be delivered to your email.
Fort the latest update on this regard, read about Chile travel restrictions in our website.