Chile FAQ

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The best time to travel to Santiago is September to April.  For Torres del Paine National Park and the Chilean Lake District, it is October to March.  Patagonia Cruises only operate from mid-September to Mid-April.  The Atacama Desert is mild year-round, but nights are colder due to the higher altitude.  Easter Island has a tropical climate and can be visited year-round.  For skiing, the season runs from June to October.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website provides recommended and/or required vaccinations for each country. For Chile, it recommends that you should be up-to-date with routine vaccines such as measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and that you get your yearly flu shot. It also recommends that you get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and Typhoid, and Hepatitis B, depending upon your travel plans. Since rabies is present in bats in Chile, rabies vaccine is recommended if you will be involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put you at risk for bat bites, such as adventure travel and caving.

U.S., Australian, Canadian, and EU citizens (except Greece) require a valid passport (for the duration of your visit) and return ticket for stays of up to 90 days.  Greek citizens can stay for up to 60 days.  Australian and Canadian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity fee (considered a multiple entry visa) of $95 and $132 respectively upon arrival (subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations or other reasons).  Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the Chilean embassy in their country before traveling.

Voltage: 200 V; Frequency: 50 HZ; Plugs: Type C (European 2-pin), and Type L (two round pins with a round grounding pin, all in a line).

The international departure tax for Chile is $18.00 per passenger, but it is almost always included in the cost of your airfare.

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