South America Living

Visas & Fees for Chile

Nationals of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK need only a valid passport to enter Chile for up to 90 days. If you travel with a passport issued from one of these countries you do not need to obtain a visa prior to entering the country.

Note: Embassy contact & emergency assistance information: Living in Chile – Embassies of the USA, Canada, Australia & UK.

Coat of Arms for Chile

Chile (same as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay) charges a ‘reciprocity fee’ to American, Canadian and British nationals. Currently, Americans are charged $131 USD, Canadians $132 USD and Australians $61 USD. The amounts are the same that Chilean nationals are charged with visiting the USA, Canada or Australia.

If entering Chile by bus or car you will not have to pay the fee. It only applies to travelers entering the country via the Santiago International Airport – officially called “Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport”. Once you pay the reciprocity fee, it is valid for the life of the passport. Payment must be in cash, it is recommended you have the correct amount ready when arriving at the airport.

If you want to stay in the country past the allowed 90 days, the simplest way is to cross the border into Argentina, Peru or Bolivia and then re-enter the country with a new 90 day Tourist Card (slip of paper) and visa stamped into your passport. You can also apply for an 90 day extension within Chile. You need to go to a local police station 30 days prior to when your initial 90 days expires and apply.

To stay longer than six months, you will have to leave the country and re-enter to begin a new six month period. This is allowed in Chile, unlike Ecuador which only allows a stay of up to 180 days in any given year.

Working Holiday Visa

Chile offers working holiday visas to citizens of Australia, Canada and New Zealand. You need to be between 18 and 30 years of age, have a valid passport and proof of travel insurance for your length of stay. The program allows young travelers to visit Chile and work for a short time to offset costs, and for Chileans to visit the above countries and work during their holidays as well.

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