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Visas and Documents:

To enter Chile, all passangers have to show their identification documents (identity card or passport) and the stamped visa (depending on country of origin).

Citizens of South America, the European Union, the United States, Canada and Australia do not require a visa.

Although, some passangers have to pay a reciprocity tax (in chash) when they arrive to the airport in Chile.

  • United States US$ 131
  • Canada           US$ 132
  • Australia          US$ 61
  • Mexico              US$ 23
  • Albania             US$ 30

Citizens of the European Union and New Zealand are not required to pay a fee.

Upon entering the country, visitors receive a 90-day tourist visa that can be extended for another 90 days.

Electricity and Communications:

The electrical current in Chile is 220 Volts and 50 Hertz. Three-terminal electrical adapters are not common, but two-terminal converters can be found at stores that sell electrical equipment. Meanwhile, communications in Chile are ample and varied, including public telephones, mobile phones and satellite phone service. You can find broadband Internet almost anywhere in the country, and WiFi service is available in the main cities.

Currency, Costs and Tips:

The currency is Chile is the peso, with coins of one, five, 10, 50, 100 and 500 pesos and bills of 1,000, 2,000, 50,000, 10,000 and 20,000 pesos. The exchange rate for the U.S. dollar is roughly 500 pesos, while that of the Euro is approximately 670 pesos.

Food prices (Meal for one)
- Low budget: between three and five dollars
- Medium budget: between five and 20 dollars
- High budget: between 20 and 100 dollars

Lodging prices
- Low budget: between 10 and 20 dollars
- Medium budget: between 20 and 35 dollars
- High budget: between 35 and 300 dollars

Tipping is optional for all services, although a 10 percent gratuity is recommended.

Health and Phytosanitary Information.

Vaccines: Currently, no vaccines or medical examinations are required for entering Chile.

Water: The water is generally safe for consumption. However, it's recommended that you drink bottled water for the first few days.

Raw Foods: You should avoid eating uncooked vegetables, especially those that grow near the soil (e.g. lettuce, carrots) unless you buy them from an established supermarket, which must comply with sanitary norms in order to sell this kind of produce. It's also preferable to eat cooked meats, fish and seafood.

Public Health System: Public hospitals and emergency services are required to attend to any person in need of emergency assistance. The country features high-quality medical centers, clinics and hospitals.

Safety and Natural Dangers: As in all parts of the world, the primary safety precautions apply to big cities. Avoid going out with visible jewelry, cameras or electronic devices, as you could be the victim of a robbery (especially at night and in remote neighborhoods and streets). The same goes for carrying backpacks: do not carry cameras (video or otherwise) in the outer pockets, especially in crowded areas or when using public transportation. Do not exchange dollars or any other currency on the street. Always use authorized exchange houses.

In the event of an earthquake or strong tremor, remain calm. If you're inside a building, remain inside. If you're outside, remain outside. Entering or leaving building can only lead to accidents. If you are inside of a building, seek out strong structures – under a table or bed, underneath a doorway, next to a pillar, master wall, or in a corner – and protect your head. Never flee hurriedly towards an exit or use an elevator. If you find yourself on the street, watch out for electrical wires, cornices, glass and falling tiles.

Service Hours.

Offices are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Banks are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Exchange houses are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Stores (both big and small) are open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (with no interruption in service). Most businesses are closed on holidays.

Holidays in Chile.

• New Year’s – January 1
• Good Friday and Holy Saturday (variable dates: April 22 – 23, 2011; April 6 – 7, 2012)
• Easter Sunday (variable dates: April 24, 2011; April 8, 2012)
• Labor Day – May 1
• Glorias Navales (“Naval Glories”) – May 21
• San Pedro and San Pablo – June 29
• Virgin of Carmen Day – July 16
• Asunción de la Virgen (“Assumption of the Virgin”) – August 15
• Fiestas Patrias (Independence Day) – September 18
• Glorias del Ejército (“Army Glories”) – September 19
• Día de la Raza (Columbus Day) – October 12
• National Day of Evangelical and Protestant Churches – October 31
• All Saints’ Day – November 1
• Immaculate Conception – December 8
• Christmas – December 25
Some of these holidays extend to the Monday of the same week.

Consulates and Embassies.

• Argentinean Embassy: Miraflores 285, Telephone (562) 582-2500 www.embargentina.cl
• Australian Embassy: Av. Isidora Goyenechea 3621, 13th floor, Las Condes, Telephone (562) 550-3500 www.chile.embassy.gov.au
• Austrian Embassy: Barros Errázuriz 1968, third floor, Telephone (562) 223-4774
• Belgian Embassy: Av. Providencia 2653, Office 110, Telephone (562) 232-1070 www.diplomatie.be/santiagoes
• Brazilian Embassy: Alonso Ovalle 1665, Telephone (562) 876-3400 www.embajadadebrasil.cl
• Canadian Embassy: Nueva Tajamar 481 Torre Norte (North Tower), 12th floor, Telephone (562) 652-3800 www.canadainternational.gc.ca/chile-chili/index.aspx?lang=spa
• Colombian Embassy: Av. Isidora Goyenechea 3162, office 302, Telephone (562) 335-1057 www.cancilleria.gov.co/wps/portal/embajada_chile
• Croatian Embassy: Calle Ezequías Allende 2370, Telephone (562) 269-6141
• Cuban Embassy: Av. Los Leones 1346, Telephone (562) 596-8500 www.embacuba.cl
• Danish Embassy: Jacques Cazotte 5531, Telephone (562) 941-5100 www.ambsantiago.um.dk/la
• Ecuadorian Embassy: Av. Providencia 1979, 5th floor, Telephone (562) 231-5073
• Estonian Embassy: La Concepción 81, Telephone (562) 235-4440
• Finnish Embassy: Alcántara 200, office 201, Telephone (562) 263-4917 www.finland.cl
• French Embassy: Av. Condell 65, Telephone (562) 470-8000 www.france.cl
• German Embassy: Las Hualtatas 5677, Telephone (562) 463-2500 www.santiago.diplo.de
• Greek Embassy: Calle Jorge VI 306, Las Condes, Telephone (562) 212-7900. www.ypex.gov.gr/www.mfa.gr/AuthoritiesAbroad/SouthAmerica/Chile/EmbassySantiago/es-ES
• Icelandic Embassy: Av. del Parque 4265, Edificio Hispano – Chilena (Hispano-Chilena Building), 2nd floor, Ciudad Empresarial, Telephone (562) 640-5600
• Indian Embassy: Triana 871, Telephone (562) 235-2005 www.embajadaindia.cl
• Indonesian Embassy: Av. Nueva Costanera 3318, Telephone (562) 207-6266
• Israeli Embassy: San Sebastián 2812, fifth floor, Telephone (562) 750-0500 www.santiago.mfa.gov.il
• Italian Embassy: Clemente Fabres 1050, Telephone (562) 470-8400 www.ambsantiago.esteri.it/ambasciata_santiago
• Japanese Embassy: Av. Ricardo Lyon 520, first floor, Telephone (562) 232-1807 www.cl.emb-japan.go.jp
• Mexican Embassy: Félix de Amesti 128, Telephone (562) 583-8400, Consulate: (562) 583-8427/8 www.embamex.sre.gob.mx/chile
• Netherlands Embassy: Las Violetas 2368, Telephone (562) 223-6825
• New Zealand Embassy: Av. Isidora Goyenechea 3000, 12th floor, Telephone (562) 616-3000 www.nzembassy.com/es/chile
• Norwegian Embassy: San Sebastián 2839, office 509, Telephone (562) 234-2888 www.nzembassy.com/es/chile
• Paraguayan Embassy: Carmen Silva 2437, Telephone (562) 963-6380
• Peruvian Embassy: Avenida Andrés Bello 1751, Telephone (562) 339-2601 www.embajadadelperu.cl
• Portuguese Embassy: Nueva Tajamar 555, Torre Costanera (Costanera Tower), 16th floor, Telephone (562) 203-0542
• South African Embassy: Av. 11 de Septiembre 2353, 17th floor, Telephone (562) 820-0300 www.embajada-sudafrica.cl
• Spanish Embassy: Av. Andrés Bello 1895, Telephone (562) 235-2754
• Swedish Embassy: Av. 11 de Septiembre 2353, 4th floor, Telephone (562) 940-1700 www.swedenabroad.com
• Swiss Embassy: Av. Américo Vespucio Sur 100, 14th floor, Telephone (562) 263-4211
• Thai Embassy: Av. Américo Vespucio Sur 100, 15th floor, Telephone (562) 717-3959 www.thaiembassychile.org
• UK Embassy: Av. El Bosque Norte 0125, 3rd floor, Telephone (562) 370-4100 www.ukinchile.fco.gov.uk/es
• United States Embassy: Av. Andrés Bello 2800, Telephone (562) 330-3000 www.chile.usembassy.gov
• Uruguayan Embassy: Av. Pedro de Valdivia 711, Telephone (562) 204-7988 www.uruguay.cl
• Venezuelan Embassy: Bustos 2021, Telephone (562) 365-8700 www.embajadadevenezuela.cl

Types of Trips and Travelers.

Chile is classified as a Special Interest Tourism (TIE is the Spanish acronym) country, which refers to the value-added activities it offers. Activities like eco-tourism, adventure tourism, astro-tourism, ethno-tourism, rural tourism and cultural tourism are some of the country's main attractions. Chile's varied geography and culture allow the country to offer a wealth of travel options for all tastes. The major hotbeds are the country's northern regions and Patagonia.

You can also enjoy sun and surf on Chile's ample coastline, which features complete hotel and service infrastructure for all budgets.

The capital city of Santiago is internationally renowned as a site for important economic summits, business meetings, fairs, seminars and entrepreneurial events. It's a hub for business tourism, with five-star hotels, world-class centers for events and conferences, and luxury dining areas.

An important factor for winter visitors is the snow and the major ski centers in the Andes, which can be found in the central regions (less than an hour from Santiago), southern regions and extreme southern regions. Enthusiasts of winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, off-run skiing, heli-skiing and cross-country skiing can take advantage of a complete range of facilities, hotels, inns and daily transportation options. The ski centers offer equipment rental, ski schools, patrol service and excellent conditions on runs for all skill levels. For water sports enthusiasts, Chile has great spots for surfing and kitesurfing.

Visitor Info

In 2011, Chile welcomed more than 3 million visitors. Of these, 74,8.1% came from South America, 8,2% from North America, 0,7% from other parts of the Americas, 12,4% from Europe, 1.4% from Asia and 2.5% from other continents. On the South American front, Argentineans were the most frequent visitors, with the French, Spanish and Germans as the European leaders.

Generally speaking, visitors from the neighboring countries came for business or to enjoy the sun and sand of the Chilean coast in summertime. Meanwhile, tourists visiting from North America and Europe came showed a strong interest in the country's culture and traditions, national parks, archeological sites and wine valleys, as well as sports like skiing, rafting and fly-fishing.

The average visitor from Chile's neighboring countries stayed for 9.2 days, with average daily spending of US$61.70 per person, and total spending of US$570.40. The average European tourist stayed for 18.1 days, with average daily spending of US$65.20 per person, and a total spending of US$1,177.60. On average, the biggest spenders during their stays in Chile included residents of Asia (US$1,494.80), Spain (US$1,334.60), Germany (US$1,189.40), France (US$1.182.30), Canada (US$1,102.80), the United States (US$1,067.50), and England (US$972.00). The Latin American spending leaders were Mexico (US$1,072.30) and Brazil (US$952.00).



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