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General recommendations to enter Chile

To enter Chile, each tourist must check in at the International Police, presenting their identification documents (identity card or passport) and stamped visa (depending on the country of origin).

  • Tourists from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru They can enter with their identity cards or equivalent documents.
  • Those from countries with which Chile does not maintain diplomatic relations, must enter the country with a Tourist Visa, also requiring prior authorization from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its granting.
  • When requesting this authorization, the following must be reported: the reasons for the trip, duration of the visit, date on which you will leave and that you have tickets from Chile to your country of origin or to a third party. In the latter case, you must also prove that you have the authorization to enter the third country, showing the corresponding passport, visa or entry permit.
The International Police Bureau will provide you with a duplicate form called "Tourist Card". This card is personal and non-transferable and its duration is 90 days, extendable for another 90 days. The copy must be kept by the tourist for the duration of their stay in the country and must be presented to the International Police when leaving Chile.

Accredit economic solvency.

An adult person can enter, a maximum of 400 units of cigarettes, 50 units of cigars, 500 grams of pipe tobacco, 2.5 liters of alcoholic beverages.

Sanitary formalities

Chile applies comprehensive health legislation, by the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), which prohibits the entry into the country of products and by-products of plant and animal origin in the luggage of tourists (more information ).

The tourist must DECLARE all products of plant and/or animal origin that you carry with you when entering Chile.

If you do not declare them, you will be penalized with a fine of 3 to 300 UTM (Monthly Tax Unit to June 2023: $63.263.-).

At the moment, no vaccinations required nor medical exams to enter Chile.

He water Is completely potable, but you must get used to it gradually, it is recommended to consume mineral water at your disposal in the established trade.

Security and emergency telephone numbers 






Police from Chile


Police information




In Chile, the common voltage is 220V, while the frequency is 50 Hz.

The most used outlets are Type C either L-type.

Type C outlets

  • It is generally used in Europe, South America and Asia.
  • It has 2 pins.
  • NO ground connection.
  • 2.5A, 10A and 16A.
  • Almost always: 220 – 240 V.

Power outlet compatible with type C plug.

L type outlets

  • It is used almost exclusively in Italy and Chile.
  • It has 3 pins.
  • WITH ground connection.
  • 10A and 16A.
  • 220-240V.
  • 10 A socket compatible with plug types C and L (10 A version).
  • 16 A socket compatible with plug type L (16 A version).


The official currency of Chile is the Peso.

In the downtown area of the city it is possible to find ATMs that allow you to withdraw money in local currency and Exchange Houses for foreign currency.

In shops they accept payment with international bank cards. But not all allow payment with dollars or euros, so it is recommended to exchange currency in the established business.

Business hours

Most of the trade operates from Monday to Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Gastronomic establishments and some commercial stores open on Sundays.

Banks are open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Pharmacies and supermarkets are open every day of the week, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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