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Chile Travel FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find the answers to the questions our travelers most frequently ask about travel to Chile. If you do not find the answer to your specific question, please contact us directly.

1. What is the entrance tax fee to enter Chile?

Entry Requirements: A 90 day tourist visa is granted on arrival for North American and most European citizens. Reciprocity fees are required for certain nationals if you are entering as a tourist through the Santiago Airport. *Note that U.S. passport holders are exempt from paying this fee as of February 2014.* The fee remains in place for tourists traveling with a passport from Canada ($132 USD), Australia ($117 USD), Albania, and Mexico. The fee is not charged for overland crossings. The Chile reciprocity fee is payable online, in US Dollars cash or by credit card on arrival to the Santiago Airport. You will receive a stamp and a receipt with proof of payment; the receipt is regarded as a multiple entry visa valid until the passport expires. Fees are subject to change without notice. Contact the Santiago Airport +56 2 2690 1063 or your Chile for Less Travel Advisor for up-to-date information.




2. What should be declared upon entry to Chile?

Travelers to Chile need declare items such as vegetables, fruits, dairy product and flowers, upon entering the country, otherwise they could be fined. For a complete list of declared items, please contact your Chile For Less Travel Advisor.




3. What should travelers be aware of upon their arrival Chile’s national airport?

As soon as the traveler has finished the customs procedures, they should make their way to exit number 3, the meeting point at international arrivals. There, a Chile For Less representative will be waiting with a sign featuring the traveler’s or group’s name.


4. Are there departure taxes for flying out of Chile?

For all flights from Arturo Merino Benitez Airport (EZE) in Santiago, Chile, all passengers must pay a national or international departures tax to the airline at the time of buying the ticket.

International:
Flights less than 500 km (310 miles): $4992 pesos ($9.33 USD)
Flights more than 500 km (310 miles): $30 USD

Domestic:
Flights less than 270 km (167 miles): $1,969 pesos ($3.68 USD)
Flights more than 270 km (167 miles): $4,992 pesos ($9.33 USD)

Please note that other airports in Chile may have different departure tax rates and policies.


5. What is Patagonia?

Patagonia is a large area of land covering the southern region of South America. Stretching length-wise from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic coast, Patagonia lies within the boundaries of both Chile and Argentina. The geography of Patagonia includes a variety of landscapes: the Andes Mountains, flat grassy plains, ice fields, and miles of coastline. On a trip to Patagonia, travelers need to consider the differences between the natural highlights and outdoor activities available in Chile versus Argentina.

Read our travel blog for more info: Answering the question, "Where is Patagonia?"


6. What should I pack for my trip to Patagonia?

Specific packing details will depend on the activities you have planned for your trip and the time of the year you come to Patagonia. Most travelers visit during the summer months from November through January when the daily temperature is typically 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit). Temperatures are cooler at lower latitudes (Tierra del Fuego), at higher altitudes, and at night. Pack long-sleeve shirts, a fleece and water-resistant jacket to wear over your short sleeve t-shirts, allowing you to add or shed layers to stay comfortable. If you’ll be trekking, don’t forget comfortable shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Read our travel blog for more info: What to pack for Patagonia travel


We work hard to ensure that all information is current and accurate. However, the Tourism Industry is rapidly evolving in Latin America and many changes can occur overnight. Please speak to a Travel Advisor for the most up-to-date information on any of our Latin America destinations!

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