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All about the Chile Visa

Planning to visit Chile in the near future? You’ll need to research the entry requirements to prepare for your trip!

Citizens of around 90 countries can travel to Chile for stays of up to 90 days with just their passports. They will then be issued with a Tourist Card on arrival by local officials. This applies to nationals of Canada, the UK, and the United States, among others.

Other nationalities, including Australian and Indian citizens, do require a visa. The majority of these citizens will have to apply for this via the Chilean consulate in their country. However, there is good news for our friends from ‘down under’! In 2020, the government announced the launch of an eVisa!

The Chile electronic travel pass, which you can apply for with Byevisa, will first be available to Australian citizens, replacing the Visa on Arrival system and reciprocity fee system that was previously in place.

In this article, we’ll explain to you in detail the process for both electronic and consulate applications, so you’ll be as clear as crystal on what steps you need to take, whatever your nationality!

From the capital Santiago to the Easter Islands and vibrant Valparaíso, Chile is an increasingly popular tourist destination that dazzles with its diversity.

Below we break down how to apply for your travel authorisation into nice, simple steps!

Chile Visa Application Process

Need some direction on how to apply for your travel pass?

The process depends on your nationality and the purpose of your visit. 

As we mentioned, thanks to a new agreement between the Chilean and Australian government, Australians can now obtain an e-Visa to visit Chile. 

If you’re a citizen of Australia, you can apply for this with Byevisa by completing our simple online application form. You will need to attach some supporting documents (more details of this below). We will then send you your approved travel pass via email ready for you to print out to show officials on arrival. 

It is hoped that the eVisa will be made available to more nationalities in the future. More and more processes are being digitalised every day, simplifying things for both travellers and immigration officials. 

If you require travel authorisation to visit Chile but aren’t eligible for the electronic option, you will need to make your application via the consulate. This applies to citizens of Indian and New Zealand, among others.

The process to apply for a Chile tourist visa via the consulate is as follows:

  1. Enter the ‘Sistema de Atención Consular Ciudadanos’ on the Chilean government website and fill in the online application form. Answer all the questions as fully as possible and attach the required documentation.
  2. Wait for the Chilean Consulate local to you to get in touch to arrange your appointment.
  3. Go to the Chilean consulate to submit the required documentation and pay the fee.
  4. Get your Chile travel authorisation! Consulate officials will affix your visa to your passport. You can then use it to travel to Chile within 90 days.

Australian citizens who want to visit the country for purposes and periods of stay not permitted with the e-Visa should also contact the nearest consulate or embassy for further information on the application process.

Chile Visa Requirements and Eligibility

Do you need a visa to go to Chile? Citizens of around 90 countries can enter this ribbon-shaped nation as a tourist without having to obtain one. This includes Americans, Brits, and Canadians (see complete list below). You will, of course, require a valid passport.

Most visitors who are exempt from requiring travel authorisation can stay for a maximum of 90 days visa-free in the country. This applies to visitors for business or tourism purposes. On the other hand, citizens of Macao, Malaysia, and Singapore can stay in Chile for a maximum of 30 days.

Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa to enter Chile:

All European Union citizens
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Costa Rica
El Salvador

Hong Kong
New Zealand
North Macedonia

Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
San Marino
South Africa
South Korea
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Vatican City

Please note, nationals of China, India, and the Dominican Republic in possession of a valid US visa, with current validity of 6 months, do not require a Chilean tourist visa. This includes the Green Card but excludes the transit pass. 

The same applies to citizens of China who hold an entry visa for Canada that is valid for more than 6 months. 

Nationals of the following countries can enter using just their I.D card, they don’t have to show their passport:

  • Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. 

Chile Visa Form and Documents

Ready to apply for your travel visa to Chile?

Applying for an electronic travel pass with Byevisa involves filling out a simple online form.

If you’re an Australian eligible for the eVisa, Click ‘Apply Now’ to go to the next page, where you enter your personal and passport information into the form like:

  • Your email address, so we can send you your authorisation.
  • A contact number.
  • Your intended entry and exit dates and which pass you are applying for.
  • Your first name, middle name (if applicable) and last name.
  • Your gender.
  • Your nationality, as it appears in your passport.
  • Your birthday.
  • Your country of birth.
  • Your country of residence.
  • Your passport number.
  • Your passport issue and expiry date.

You are also be required to upload a passport photo and some supporting documents 

Typically these are:

  • A reservation or return ticket.
  • Documentation to accredit financial solvency (e.g bank statements from the past 3 months). 
  • A hotel reservation or a letter of invitation authorised by a notary public.

(*further details of typical supporting documents and photo requirements listed below).

Once you’ve entered your personal information and uploaded the supporting documents, select which Byevisa service you require. Depending on how quickly you need your travel pass, we offer:

  • Standard service (available soon).
  • Rapid service (available soon).
  • Highly Rapid service (available soon).

Our processing fee is higher for our faster services. The fee also varies depending on your nationality. 

Then you pay for your Chile tourist visa application. Just enter the following payment details into the payment window:

  • Your name as it appears on your debit or credit card.
  • Your debit/credit card number.
  • The card’s expiry month and year.
  • The 3-digit CVC security code on the back of the card.

You can also pay by PayPal, if you prefer.

Chile embassy visa

If you are not eligible for the electronic authorisation and need to apply via the consulate, the process is more time-consuming. There may be more evidence that you need to submit (depending on your situation) and it can take longer for it to be processed than an electronic pass. 

Documents should be uploaded in PDF format to the consulate site. Make sure to give your file a suitable name. As well as uploading digital copies of these documents, you must also bring the original copies of the file to your embassy appointment when you attend it.

As well as the supporting documents listed above, additional evidence may be required depending on your situation.

For example:

  • A letter explaining the motive for travel.
  • Photocopies of your passport pages, including personal information, issue/expiry date, and any previous visas.
  • Proof of legal status in your country of residence, for example, a copy of your permanent residence card (if applicable).

What are the Chile tourist visa photo requirements?

As part of your application, you are required to submit a digital passport-size image. 

The image should meet the following criteria:

  •  5 x 5 cm colour photograph taken on a white background. Your face should occupy ¾ of the area of the photograph.

You must be clearly visible in the photo and have a neutral facial expression. Hats or headgear which cover your hair/hairline or face are not acceptable and if you usually wear glasses, they should be removed for the purposes of the photo.

Chile Visa Status Check

If you apply for the electronic travel pass with us, you’ll be able to consult the status of your application at any time. 

Just go to the corresponding section at the top of this page. Here you can see:

  • If your application has been approved.
  • If it is pending (i.e it is still being processed).
  • The initial date and expiry date of your travel pass, as well as how many days of validity are remaining.
  • If your pass has been rejected, and why, if we have this information.

Alternatively, if you applied for your travel authorisation via the Chilean consulate, you can check the status of your application via the portal where you applied. You will just need to enter your validation code, I.D type (e.g, passport or I.D card), and your identification number. You will then be able to see at a glance the status of your visa.

How Much Is a Chile Visa?

The cost of an eVisa is expected to be 50 USD which you pay during the application process. On top of the government fee, Byevisa charges a processing fee for organising and handling your paperwork.

For a Chile embassy visa, there is no standard set fee. The price can range from around 50 USD to 150 USD depending on your nationality and the type of pass you are applying for (whether it is Single or Multiple Entry, for example). 

You only have to pay the fee if your travel authorisation is approved. When you submit your online application, you will be informed about how much you have to pay. 

Chilean consulates in each country have different processes regarding how the payment should be made. For example, applicants submitting their paperwork to the Embassy of India should attach a bank receipt showing that the required fee has been deposited in the Embassy of India’s bank account.

When Should I Apply For My Visa for Chile?

You must apply for a visa to Chile at least 30 days before your intended date of travel. The Chilean authorities will not accept applications that are submitted less than 30 days before travel and there is no fast processing option available for the embassy visa. 

Applications are usually processed in about 15 to 20 working days. However, you won’t know until you apply when your appointment at the consulate will be set. This is why it is strongly advised to apply for your paperwork between 30 and 60 days before you intend to travel.

More Chile Visa Questions and Information

Need more information about what paperwork is required for your trip to charming Chile? We’ve compiled some frequently asked questions to assist you with planning your journey.

We offer you the choice of 3 processing speeds: Standard, Rapid and Highly Rapid. The speed you choose determines how quickly you receive your travel pass in your email inbox.
Yes, government entry requirements stipulate that you must print a copy of the approved eVisa to board your flight to Chile and to show to border officials upon arrival in the country.
US citizens travelling to Chile for recreation, tourism, business, or academic conferences do not need to obtain prior travel authorisation. You do, however, require a valid passport. On arrival, you will be issued with a Tourist Card valid for up to 90 days. Americans planning to work, live, or study here must apply in advance for the appropriate travel authorisation from the embassy.
Yes, if you wish to extend your stay, you can apply for a one-off extension at the country’s Extranjería (government immigration) Department. There is a charge of 100 USD to extend your travel authorisation. Do not stay in the country longer than your travel pass allows as, if you do, you may have to pay a hefty fine on departure.
The most common work visa issued in Chile is the ‘subject to contract’ permit. This paperwork authorises foreigners with an employment contract signed with a Chilean company to live and work in the country. You can apply for this authorisation once you are in the country or while you are still abroad, through a consulate. It is normally valid for 1 or 2 years and can then be renewed.
Yes, if you hold an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) containing the ‘CHL’ code on the reverse, you can enter the country visa-free for business trips for up to 90 days.
Both the eVisa and the Chile tourist pass available via the embassy are valid for a maximum stay of 90 days. A transit pass is valid for 72 hours between the entry and departure flights.
No, Brits visiting the country for less than 90 days do not require travel authorisation. On arrival in Chile local immigration officials will issue you with a ‘Tarjeta de Turismo’ (Tourist Card). If you want to stay for longer than that, you will need to contact the embassy.
Indian nationals usually require advance travel authorisation when visiting this South American country. However, all Indian travellers holding a valid US visa, with a current validity of 6 months are not subject to this requirement.
Yes, if you are from a visa-required country, you require a Chile tourist pass if you want to take a course in the country that's shorter than 90 days. If you are from a visa-exempt country, like the US, you do not need a student visa for Chile if your course lasts less than 90 days. For longer courses exceeding 90 days, you will need to apply for one via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
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