Chile

FAQ

Is it safe to travel to Chile?
Chile is one of the safest and stable (both economic and political) countries of all South America.

Do I need a visa to travel to Chile?
Citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most Western European countries don’t require a visa. However, citizens of the US, Canada and Australia will need to pay an arrival levy if arriving by air. A 90 day visitors pass is issued upon entering the country. It is advisable to contact your nearest Chilean embassy or consulate for up-to-date entry requirements. For a complete list of embassies and consulates, visit: www.minrel.gov.cl

Is it possible to hitchhike my way around Chile?
Generally, hitchhiking is easy and safe but keep in mind that there are parts of Chile that are remote and have very little traffic, so catching a ride may prove a little difficult.

Are there ATM’s in Chile?
In all major cities and towns you will have access to ATM’s and they usually permit a maximum withdrawal of US$400 per day.

Is the tap water safe to drink?
In the major cities such as Santiago, the water is safe to drink. However, when traveling north, stick with bottled water. It is also recommended that if you have a particularly sensitive stomach, to just drink bottled water.

What is the time zone in Chile?
The time zone in Chile is four hours behind GMT. But keep in mind that Chile follows daylight saving which usually begins in the second week of October and finishes mid- March. The time during daylight saving is 3 hours behind GMT.

What type of electricity outlets are there in Chile?
Chile runs on a 220 Volts and 50 Hertz and the outlets usually just accept 1 type of plug and that is a two prong plug. Check your electrics before you leave, you may need to bring a plug adapter and a voltage converter.

How much money will I need during my stay?
For a traveler traveling on a budget average expendeture per day would be around US$30-40: this is including food, accommodation and land transport (it will be more for any flights, tours and car hire etc). Generally, the cheap accommodation is around US$8-15. Of course if you are looking for upper class hotels then you would be looking to be paying around the normal prices of anywhere between US$50-150 per night. During the summer months (between December and March) the Southern part of Chile will be considerably more expensive. You will also find the prices for food and accommodation in Santiago higher than other parts of Chile.

Do I need medical and travel insurance?
It is highly recommended that you take out travel insurance in your home country before you begin your travels.

Do I need any vaccinations to travel to Chile?
Before you travel you should always visit your local doctor or travel doctor to make sure that all your vaccinations are up to date. Some recommended vaccinations include Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus and Rabies.

I am arriving on an international flight, which airport will I arrive at?
Most international flights come in via the international airport in Santiago. This is the countries main international airport and basis for many airlines. Other important airports are: Arica, Antofagasta, Inquique, Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas and Temuco.
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