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Contact Chile’s embassy in your country to know if you need a tourist visa. Your passport must be valid at least six months after your scheduled date of return. A tourist card will be given to you when you enter the country, entitling you to a 90-day visit. Make sure you keep it as you will need it when you leave the country.


There is no need to take any particular health measure in Chile outside of the basic hygiene rules. Water is drinkable almost everywhere but people with a weak stomach will probably prefer bottled water.
Given the pollution in Santiago, especially in the austral winter, and the pollen of certain plants, sensible people can develop asthma-related allergies.


The official currency is the Chilean Peso ($).
In 2016, 1 American dollar is worth 712 pesos but the exchange rate can change very quickly.
Bring cash with you and a credit card (you will be able to withdraw money in most of the cities).

Time difference

There is no switch between summer time and winter time in Chile.
Continental Chile uses the time offset UTC-03:00 and the Easter Island the time offset UTC-05:00.


Vaccines are not compulsory, although it is recommended to be up-to-date with traditional vaccinations (diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis B).
However, if you plan to visit the Easter Island, an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (yellow fever) is required for people coming from or traveling through infected areas.

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