Tourists can’t just barge in to Chile’s Santiago airport without the necessary documents. The following are the traveling requirements needed in order to enter Chile and they apply to citizens of the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Australia.
American Citizens Requirements For Chile Entry
Unlike the fellow South American country of Argentina, Chile doesn’t require tourists from the US to have a visa as long as they only plan to stay in the country for no more than 90 days. Upon arrival, they will be given a Tourist Card and a $100 reciprocity fee will be charged of them. The receipt for their Tourist Card will serve as their visa.
American citizens who plan to stay in Chile for longer than 90 days need to have their visas with them during inspection at the airport. The reciprocity fee will no longer be asked of them. Either way, whether tourists are staying to enjoy things to do in Chile for less or more than 90 days, a passport is required.
Mexico, Canada, And Australia Citizens Requirements For Chile Entry
All tourists are required to have a Tourist Card. The Tourist Card, which is valid for 90 days and free of charge, is given to tourists upon their arrival at the airport. Additional charges will be made for the Tourist Card if a tourist intends to stay longer than 90 days. Passengers from Australia, Mexico, and Canada will need their passports with them and they are the ones who will be asked for the reciprocity fee mentioned earlier. The fees are as follows:
- 56 USD for Australians
- 15 USD for Mexicans
- 132 USD for Canadians
The fees paid for by Mexico, Canada, and Australia citizens are valid until their passports expire. These fees will not apply for tourists that arrive at airports other than the Santiago airport, or for tourists who enter Chile via land borders. The best way to enter the country to see all of the Chile tourist attractions is via land. You can start in the north through Peru or Bolivia, another great place to start is Mendoza where you can have easy access to Santiago. From there you can branch out and see the rest of the things in Chile. Make sure you see the Atacama Desert, Easter Island, and Patagonia. Santiago can also offer you a variety of things to do. Make sure when you travel to Chile that you do them all!