Chile is a country in South America occupying a long and narrow coastal strip wedged between the Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean, with a coastline that stretches over 6,435 kilometres. Chilean territory extends to the Pacific Ocean which includes the overseas territories of Juan Fernández Islands, the Sala y Gómez islands, the Desventuradas Islands ... and Easter Island located in Polynesia. Chile's unusual, ribbon-like shape, 4,300 km (2,672 mi) long and on average 175 km (109 mi) wide, has given it a hugely varied climate. Ranging from the world's driest desert, the Atacama in the north, a Mediterranean climate in the centre, to a snow-prone Alpine climate in the south, with glaciers, fjords and lakes. The relatively small central area dominates the country in terms of population and agricultural resources. This area also is the cultural and political center from which Chile expanded in the late 19th century. Although Chile declared its independence in 1810, decisive victory over the Spanish was not achieved until 1818. Currently, Chile is one of South America's most stable and prosperous nations.Show More
American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 90 days beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.
Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport. It is advised to carry your passport with you at all times as Chilean police can demand for identification at any time and hotels will need it at check-in.
A visa is not required for citizens of the U.S. and Canada. When entering Chile, you will fill out a tourist card that will allow you to stay for 90 days. Please keep this card safe as you will have to present this card to officials when leaving the country. Citizens from other countries may require a valid visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Chile for the most up-to-date visa information.
Cancellation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
Currently Required Vaccinations: None
We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes.
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
Chile's unusual, ribbon-like shape — 4,300 kilometres long and on average 175 kilometres wide — has given it a varied climate, ranging from the world's driest desert—the Atacama—in the north, through a Mediterranean climate in the centre, to a rainy temperate climate in the south. All of Chile’s cities have their warmest weather in the months from October to April and coldest from May to September. For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.
Electricity in Chile is 220 volts. Chilean sockets are designed to accept European plugs with two circular metal pins. A multi-adaptor with different plug configurations can be very useful. We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. You can purchase a basic prepaid cell phone, no ID is required to buy one.
Internet: Wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports, metro stations, malls, cafes and hotels. You’ll find Internet cafés in both small and large cities throughout Chile.
The official currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP). Chilean peso paper money comes in different colors and denominations (20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000). Coins are in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1.
We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Debit and Credit cards are more widely accepted in most of the major cities and chain stores. You will need a 4-digit PIN to be able to use your credit cards in Chile.
Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP)
Religion: 70% of the population is Roman Catholic
Time Zone: UTC – 4 (UTC – 3 in summer)
Electricity: 220 volts / 50Hz
Telephone: Country code for calling Chile is 56
Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number
Emergency numbers in Chile: Medical: 131; Police: 133; Fire: 132.