Visa and 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 at least 6 months remaining after your intended departure.
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.
The currency in Chile is the Chilean peso (CLP) and 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. So do 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.