Chile Travel Requirements
U.S. citizens entering Chile must have a valid passport. A visa-free
stay is granted to visitors with tourism, business or academic
purposes. In lieu of a visa, a tourist card shall be issued to all U.S.
visitors for free. The reciprocity fee has been revoked when Chile was
included in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. The tourist card is valid for
a stay of up to 90 days, a period which can be extended after
application at the Chilean Immigration Office located at San Antonio
580, Santiago; telephone 56-2-2550-2469.
All visitors are required to surrender the
tourist card upon leaving Chile; failure to do so may cause delays. In
case of loss or theft, a replacement must be secured from the closest
International Police headquarters or at the international airport. U.S.
citizens bearing diplomatic or official passports cannot be issued
tourist cards and must therefore obtain a visa at the Chilean Embassy
or Chilean Consulate prior to traveling.
Chilean entry and exit control laws require that a minor child under age 18 traveling unaccompanied must have permission from the parents or legal guardians
. The document must be notarized and, if issued in the United States, authenticated by a Chilean consul in the United States.
If the child is traveling in the company of only one parent or
guardian, the non-traveling parent or guardian will also be required to
grant permission for travel. In this case, the document will also need
to be notarized and authenticated by a Chilean consul. The permission
to travel may also be notarized by a Chilean notary in Chile.
Parents are required to have documentary evidence of their relationship
to the child. An original birth certificate or certified copy of an
original birth certificate is required. This requirement applies to all
foreigners as well as Chileans. This requirement is increasingly being
enforced by Chilean immigration officers. When traveling with a minor
child in Chile on a tourist visa, having such documentation on hand
will facilitate entry and departure.
Chilean-Americans must use their Chilean passports to enter and exit
Chile. There have been cases when a naturalized American citizen would
not be allowed to depart Chile unless he acquires a Chilean passport.
This is especially true in cases when one exceeds the 90-day allowable
period of stay.
Visit the Embassy of Chile website
for the most current visa information and entry/exit requirements.
Visitors should be aware of the severe Chilean restrictions on the
importation of fruit, vegetables & agricultural products. Check the
Ministry of Agriculture web site www.sag.gob.cl for current
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