Visa and customs requirements for tourists entering Chile
Find out about the documents you will need, the fees you may have to pay, and the products you cannot bring with you when you visit Chile.
Sunday, September 04, 2011
All tourists entering Chile need to provide a stamped visa and a valid passport, except for travelers from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru who can use their national ID cards instead.
On arrival, Chile's International Police issues visitors with an individual, non-transferable “Tourist Card” which is valid for 90 days. The Tourist Card can be renewed for another 90 days through immigration upon payment of a fee, while requests for further extensions must be submitted to a regional branch of the immigration department. Travelers must keep the card with them throughout their stay and present it to the International Police when they leave the country.
No diplomatic relations
As well as securing a tourist visa, people from countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Chile need to obtain prior authorization from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When requesting this authorization, travelers must state the purpose of their visit along with entry and exit dates. They also need to show evidence of an airline ticket back to their country of origin or on to another destination, in which case they will need to provide a valid visa or entry permit for the other country.
Tourists with passports issued by Albania, Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United States must pay a reciprocity fee before obtaining International Police clearance. The taxes, which vary according to the visitor's country of origin, are listed below:
For more information about the reciprocity taxes, call +56 2 690 1063.
Plants and animal products
Chilean legislation prohibits tourists from bringing foreign plant and animal products into the country. These restrictions are enforced by the Livestock and Agricultural Service (SAG) and passengers are required to declare all plant or animal products in their luggage before entering Chile. Tourists who fail to declare these products will be fined.