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Chile Visa, Passport & Money Advice

Santiago de Chile national flag of Chile

We know there’s a lot to think about when planning a trip: what time of year to go, which destinations to visit, how to get around. And while all that planning is pretty exciting, there are also a few practical things to think about too. We’re here to make sure you get the most out of your Chile trip, so we’ve put together some handy hints and information to help you along the way.

Visa & Passports

If you’re heading to Chile, it’s worth knowing that as long as you hold a valid British passport and your intended stay is no longer than 90 days, you won’t require a visa to enter the country. However, we advise that you double-check in advance that your passport is valid for the whole duration and for at least 6 months after your intended departure.

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Chile currency a collection of coins

Local currency

The currency in Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP). You’ll find cash machines all over the country, with the exception of remote locations like Torres del Paine National Park which have no banks or cash machines at all. Make sure you have enough cash if you’re travelling to out-of-the-way destinations. The maximum withdrawal is 3 daily withdrawals of 300 Pesos and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted throughout Chile.

Travelling through the USA

Some international flights to Chile make a stop in the USA. If you’re flying to Chile via the USA and want to use the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), you will need to apply for an ESTA (Electronic System Travel Authorization) in advance. All travellers on UK passports (including children and infants) must have an individual machine-readable passport and must complete an ESTA prior to departure. Without an approved ESTA, you could be denied entry into the US and therefore denied boarding your flight(s). It’s worth also checking the US embassy ESTA for current customs regulations, as they change frequently.

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