Chile Visa: Visa Requirements And Application

Written By: Chris Markham
Fact Checked By: Armando Du Preez

Jun 20, 2022

9 min read

Are you looking for diverse landscapes, vibrant street art, or some unforgettable memories? Then Chile is your answer.

As a person who loves international travel, I constantly search for new and exciting tourist destinations. With that said, I stumbled upon Chile during my last trip to Peru. On a night out, my friend told me a few almost unbelievable adventures he had when he visited Vina Del Mar in Chile. Me being a travel enthusiast, was immediately hooked.

The following day (with a slight hangover), I immediately started planning my next trip, which would be to Chile. And as you probably guessed, I required a visa to enter the country. But as always, applying for a visa is no simple feat. Therefore, I've decided to share everything I learned about the Chile Tourist Visa in this post.

Let's get started:

What Is The Chile Tourist Visa?

Before I start to explain the application process, you first need to know what a Chile Tourist Visa is. Simply put, a Chile Tourist Visa is travel authorization document that allows you to enter the country for tourism purpose. For example, suppose you are planning a tourism trip to Santiago in the beautiful state of Las Condes. In that case, you might need to apply for Chile Tourist Visa (I did).

The Chile Tourist Visa allows short-term stays to enjoy tourist attractions. You can apply for a Chile Tourist Visa if you are traveling for the following reasons:

  • Tourism
  • Sport
  • Medical Treatment
  • Business
  • Family or social visits
  • Religious purposes
  • Any other purpose for which you do not intend to settle in Chile, immigrate to Chile or engage in a paid activity

What You Need To Know About The Chile Tourist Visa?

Now that you have a brief overview of a Chile Tourist Visa, we can get to the juicy stuff. This section will explain essential information such as who needs to apply for the Chile Tourist Visa, the fees, etc.

Later I will explain the required documents and how you can apply for the Chile Tourist Visa. Feel free to click the links if you want to skip ahead.

Who Needs To Apply For A Chile Tourist Visa?

Your nationality determines whether or not you require a Chile Visa.

Several foreign nationals, including citizens of EU Member States and the United States, can travel to Chile without a visa if their stay does not exceed 90 days. Visa-exempt countries include Argentina, Bolivia, New Zealand, etc. Please use the document published by the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs to determine if you need a Chile Tourist Visa.

You can travel to Chile without a visa if you are a visa-exempt national. When you arrive, immigration officers will give you a Tourist Card (Tarjeta de Turismo) that specifies the number of days you can stay.

The Tourist Card is printed on A5 paper and must be kept safe because it must be presented to immigration officers when you leave the country.

How Long Is The Chile Tourist Visa Valid?

The Chile Tourist Visa is valid for a maximum of 90 days. Although the maximum is 90-days, it does not mean that your visa will be granted for 90 days. The Chilean local authorities will decide how long your Chile Tourist Visa will be valid.

Can You Extend Your Chile Tourist Visa?

You certainly can. You can extend your Chile tourist visa by applying for a tourism extension at the Department of Immigration of the Ministry of Interior Affairs.

If you want to apply for a Tourism Extension Visa, you must provide the following documents:

  • Photocopies of the relevant pages in your passport (personal information, issue/expiry date, and the pages containing your Chile visa stamp).
  • Original Passport.
  • Photocopy of your Tourism Card.

You must apply for an extension at least 30 days before your current visa expires.

Your Chile tourist visa will be extended for 90 days if your application is approved. Also, the Chilean visa extension procedure costs around $100.

What Is The Chile Tourist Visa Fee?

There is no set fee structure for a Chile tourist visa. The visa fee varies depending on your nationality and can range from $50 to $150.

The exact amount you must pay will be displayed on the screen once you have completed the Chile visa online application.

However, unlike in other countries, there is no "non-refundable" visa processing fee in Chile. Therefore, if your visa application is approved, you will only have to pay the Chile visa fee. However, you must pay it when you submit your passport and original documents to the Chilean Consulate.

What Is The Chile Tourist Visa Processing Time?

The Chile tourist visa application takes about 20 days to process. Following that, you should consider the date of your appointment with the Chilean consulate. Therefore, I suggest you apply for your Chile Tourist Visa at least 30 days before your trip.

Can You Work With A Chile Tourist Visa?

The Chile Tourist Visa does not permit you to work or engage in a paid activity.

However, the Chile Ministry of Interior may grant work authorization to certain foreign nationals in some cases. It refers to foreign nationals who need to work while in Chile, regardless of whether they are paid in Chile or abroad.

You would have to pay 150% of the fee for your nationality's Chile work visa (Visa Subject to Contract) for this type of work authorization.

Work authorization with a Chile Tourist Visa is granted on a case-by-case basis. For that reason, you must first contact the Chilean Embassy before applying.

What Are The Chile Tourist Visa Required Documents?

Before starting with your visa application, you must know all the entry requirements. The entry visa requirements consist of documents that must be submitted during your application process.

Before we get to the required documents, you should know that the documents must be submitted online during your online application. Therefore, you must have all the documents uploaded on your computer before starting your online application.

Let's have a look at the required documents:

  • Scanned copies of relevant pages in your passport (personal information, issue/expiry date, previous visas, etc.).
  • Flight itinerary (flight tickets or any form of travel)
  • Proof of accommodation (hotel booking confirmation, AirBnB bookings, etc.).
  • Proof of sufficient funds (you must provide bank statements not older than 3 months)
  • Passport-sized picture
  • Invitation letter, if applicable (must be issued by someone who is a Chilean National, Chilean Citizen, or has a Chilean passport)
  • Travel itinerary (this can be a letter explaining what you will be doing during your visit to Chile, such as a travel advisory)
  • Travel insurance (your travel insurance must cover you for the duration of your trip)

Important note: Ensure to save your files the same as the following example: (YourLastNameBankStatements.pdf)

How To Apply For The Chile Tourist Visa?

As I briefly mentioned earlier, your application will be made online. However, please note that you will be using an online platform in a Spanish country. Therefore, I will use a step-by-step explanation of how to complete your Chile Tourist Visa application.

Follow these easy steps to complete your Chile Tourist Visa application:

Step 1: Gather All The Required Documents

As I mentioned earlier, you must gather all the required documents before starting with your online application. The reason, therefore, is that you must submit your documents online at the end of the online application.

Ensure that you have your documents on your computer before starting the application process.

Step 2: Start Your Online Application

Before starting with your online application, you must note that the website is not easy to navigate as all the information is in Spanish. As such, I recommend having a translating extension on your browser or use google translate when completing the documents.

On the first 5 pages of the online application, you must complete your personal details and relevant trip information. The relevant information will include your travel dates, parents' details, etc.

You will only be required to submit your required documents on page 6 of the online application process.

After completing the online application, you will receive an email with your validation code. The validation code can be used to recover your online application if you want to make changes.

For the final submission of your Chile Tourist Visa application, you must click finish at the bottom of the page. After clicking on finish, you will receive an email confirming your online application submission.

Step 3: Wait For Your Application To Be Processed

Because you have applied online, your Chile Tourist Visa application must first be processed before you have to make a visa appointment. As I mentioned earlier, your application may take a maximum of 20 days to process.

Step 4: Schedule Your Visa Appointment

As soon as your Chile Tourist Visa has been processed, you will be notified by the Chile Consulate. You will then be asked to schedule a visa appointment to complete the last steps of your Chile Tourist Visa application process.

Step 5: Attend Your Visa Appointment

You are at the end of your Chile Tourist Visa application process. The last thing for you to do is to attend your visa appointment.

You must have your passport and the originals of all travel documents with you on the day of your appointment. A Chilean Embassy or Consulate staff member will review your documents and stamp your passport with the visa. Remember that you can be asked for additional information to process your application.

This is also where you must pay your visa fee. As mentioned earlier, the visa fee will be indicated on your online visa application. Alternatively, you can ask the staff member. Please note that you can pay with your credit or debit card.

Your Chile Tourist Visa Is Now Ready To Be Used

I hope you are ready to experience the diverse landscapes, vibrant street art, and fantastic street food of Chile. But, of course, the last thing for you to do is start planning your next trip.

Quick travel advice: Always check out the local media for any civil unrest, scams, or natural disasters when traveling abroad. Also, keep your valuables safe when using public transport.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is It Safe To Travel To Chile?

Together with Uruguay, it is widely regarded as the safest country in South America. In addition, the "thin country" can be considered a safe destination due to its low crime rates and friendly behavior toward visitors (especially if you visit its spectacular national parks).

Do You Need Your COVID-19 Vaccination Before Going To Chile?

Yes, you must have your COVID-19 vaccination before traveling to Chile. This was implemented by the Chilean Government and the Chilean Immigration offices.

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