Chile

Chile is a long, narrow country that extends from the Andes Mountains to the Pacific Ocean on the southwest side of South America. It limits the north with Peru, to the East with Bolivia and Argentina, to the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the south by the South Pole. Chile surface corresponds to a strip of land 4,200 km long and 90 to 440 km wide. In the far south, the land is transected by hundreds of islands and fiords. Santiago is the country's capital with a population of 6,061,185 persons; it is the gateway to Chile and one of the most modern capital cities on the continent.

How to get to Chile

By plain:

Chile International airport, is Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez, located in Santiago, which offers international connections to North and South America, Europe and Oceania. It has a complete infrastructure of shops and restaurants, a Duty Free store and VIP lounges. It is easy to find a hotel nearby.

Language

The official language of Chile is Spanish.

Visas and documents

To visit Chile, all passangers have to show their identification documents (identity card or passport) and the stamped visa (depending on country of origin).Both documents (identity card or passport) must be valid for at least six months from the start of the journey.

Citizens of South America, the European Union, the United States, Canada and Australia do not require a visa. Although, some passangers have to pay a reciprocity tax (in chash) when they arrive to the airport in Chile:

  • Australians: US$ 61
  • Mexicans: US$ 23
  • Citizens of the European Union and New Zealand are not required to pay a fee. Upon entering the country.
  • Visitors receive a 90-day tourist visa.

Health

Vaccines

Currently, no vaccines or medical examinations are required for entering Chile.

Water

The water is generally safe for consumption. However, it's recommended that you drink bottled water for the first few days.

Raw foods

You should avoid eating uncooked vegetables, especially those that grow near the soil (e.g. lettuce, carrots) unless you buy them from an established supermarket, which must comply with sanitary norms in order to sell this kind of produce. It's also preferable to eat cooked meats, fish and seafood.

Public Health System

Hospitals and emergency services are required to attend to any person in need of emergency assistance. The country features high-quality medical centers, clinics and hospitals.

Safety and Natural Dangers

As in all parts of the world, the primary safety precautions apply to big cities. Avoid going out with visible jewelry, cameras or electronic devices, as you could be the victim of a robbery (especially at night and in remote neighborhoods and streets). The same goes for carrying backpacks: do not carry cameras (video or otherwise) in the outer pockets, especially in crowded areas or when using public transportation. Do not exchange dollars or any other currency on the street. Always use authorized exchange houses.

In the event of an earthquake or strong tremor, remain calm. If you're inside a building, remain inside. If you're outside, remain outside. Entering or leaving building can only lead to accidents. If you are inside of a building, seek out strong structures – under a table or bed, underneath a doorway, next to a pillar, master wall, or in a corner – and protect your head. Never flee hurriedly towards an exit or use an elevator. If you find yourself on the street, watch out for electrical wires, cornices, glass and falling tiles.

Weather

Currency, Costs and Tips

The currency in Chile is the Chilean Peso, with coins of one, five, 10, 50, 100 and 500 pesos and bills of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000 pesos. The current rate for the U.S. dollar is roughly 715 pesos, while that of the Euro is approximately 770 pesos.

Food prices (Meal for one)
  • Low budget: between five and ten dollars.
  • Medium budget: between 10 and 20 dollars.
  • High budget: between 20 and 100 dollars.
  • Tipping is optional for all services, although a 10 percent gratuity is recommended.

Electricity and Communications

The electrical current in Chile is 220 Volts and 50 Hertz.

Service Hours

  • Offices are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Banks are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Exchange houses are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Stores (both big and small) are open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (with no interruption in service).
  • Most businesses are closed on holidays.

Pages of interest

Exchange houses

AFEX

Airport

Address: C.A.M.Benitez Airport
Phone: (02) 26901061
E-Mail: aeropuerto@afex.cl
Hours: M-S: 24:00 hrs.

Located: -One on the first floor and one on the third floor (public hall area). -One on national boarding and one on International boarding.

El Bosque

Address: Av. El Bosque Norte # 0196, Las Condes.
Phone: (02) 23330848 - (02) 26369113
E-Mail: elbosque@afex.cl
Hours: M-F de 9:00 to 18:30 hrs. / Sat. 10:00 to 14:00 hrs.

Ebro

Las Condes

Address: Ebro #2747 (El Bosque Norte), Las Condes
Teléfono:(02) 22314265
E-Mail: ebro@afex.cl
Hours: M-F: 09:00 to 18:00 Hrs.

Costanera Center

Address: Av. Andrés Bello 2447, Local 212 PB, Providencia.
Teléfono: (02) 26189741
E-Mail: costanera@afex.cl
Hours: M - F: 10:00 to 22:00 hrs.

Pedro de Valdivia

Address: Pedro de Valdivia 012, Providencia.
Phone: (02) 22237202
E-Mail: providencia@afex.cl
Hours: M-F: 09:00 to 18:00. hrs. / Sat: 10:00 to 14:00 hrs.

Guiñazu

Providencia

Address: Pedro de Valdivia #048, Providencia.
Phone: (+56 – 2) 2 481 7311
Hours: M-F 9.00 – 18.00 hrs

Las Condes

Address: El Bosque Norte 0192, Las condes.
Phone: (+56 – 2) 2 481 7144
Hours: M-F 9.00 – 18.00 hrs / Sat: 10.00 – 13.30 hrs

Vitacura

Address: Alonso de Córdova 4294, Local 1, Vitacura.
Phone: (+56 – 2) 2 228 5606
Hours: M-F 9.00 – 18.00 hrs.

Transport

Subway

Services Chilean Pesos Dolars (1)
Metro ticket value One or way $740 US$1,1 app.
Value Bip card (2) $1.500 US$2,1 app.
Minimum load money $1.000 US$1,4 app.
(1) Values equivalent in national currency, with type rate of $ 715 per dollar in effect at February, 2016.
(2) This is a contactless smart card that can be purchased at any box subway stations.
(*) Rates are per passenger.

Transfers from the Santiago Airport

Taxi

The taxi offering includes Basic Taxis (painted black/yellow), which charge using a meter, and Tourism Taxis (painted blue), which have a fixed rate depending on the destination.

Note: For your safety, it is recommended to use the official transport offered by the Santiago airport.

Small Buses

Transvip

SRegular passenger service

Bus stop:

  • First Level Central International Hall
  • Domestic Arrivals
  • International Arrivals

Hours: 24 hrs. every day of the year. Phone: (56 2) 2677 3000
www.transvip.cl

Service Chilean Pesos Dolars (1)
Executive Taxi $22.000 app. US$30,7 app.
Exclusive Transfer $30.400 app. US$42,5 app.
Shared Transfer (2) $8.000 app. US$11,2 app.
(1) Values equivalent in national currency, with type rate of $ 715 per dollar in effect at February, 2016. The value will depend on the time of shipment requested.
(2) The “Shared Transfer” It´s a Regular Service.
(*) Rates are per passenger.

Turismo Cocha

Transfer from Santiago Airport to hotel in Las Condes.

Services Passangers Chilean Pesos Dolars (1)
Transfer 2 $28.160 US$44
Van 4 $17.280 US$27
Van 5-6 $14.080 US$22
Bus 10-14 $17.280 US$27
(1) Values equivalent in national currency, with type rate of $ 715 per dollar in effect at February, 2016.
(*) Rates are per passenger and in private service.
Note: For groups of 10 people, the service is accompanied by a guide.