Important Information for Visitors
Passport, visa and length of stay
To avoid any problems before you leave for Chile, double-check to be sure you have a valid passport. Whether you need a visa depends on your nationality and for all nationalities, the maximum length of a tourism trip is 90 days.
The following website, managed by the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provides information specific to the consular services:
If your country is not found in the list of countries exempted from entry visa into Chile, you must apply online here: https://tramites.minrel.gov.cl/
Or at the Chilean Embassy or Consulate nearest you.
You can find the nearest Chilean consulate here:
Embassies and consulates
As you prepare for your trip, make note of the contact information for your embassy and consulates outside your country. You can go there to reissue your travel documents if they are lost and to get an array of advice (health, safety, etc.). Each diplomatic mission usually has an emergency number to be used only if absolutely necessary.
MONEY AND CURRENCY
Banknotes and coins
Chile has the following banknotes: 1.000 ; 2.000 ; 5.000 ; 10.000 and 20.000 pesos. The coins in circulation are: 10 ; 50 ; 100 ; 500 pesos. The coins of 1 and 5 pesos are no longer minted. Generally, outside from major hotels, you cannot not pay with a foreign currency.
ATMS and BANKS
Banks and cash machines are found throughout the city and are widely available. Credit cards, such as Visa and MasterCard, are accepted in most hotels and restaurants.
ATMs are the easiest way to access your money in Chile.
Your bank may charge you for withdrawing money from foreign cash machines; check before travelling. Banks in Chile may charge too. The amount of money you can withdraw from an ATM generally depends on the conditions attached to your card; the most machines will dispense no more than $200.000 pesos at a time.
The Chilean currency is the peso.
You will find notes in denominations of 1.000 pesos ; 2.000 pesos; 5.000 pesos; 10.000 pesos and 20.000 pesos. The coins in circulation are: 10 pesos; 50 pesos; 100 pesos and 500 pesos. Break big notes whenever possible.
CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATE
There are banks and currency exchange kiosks located at the airport and in the city and main shopping malls. You will have to show your passport to exchange money.
Currency exchange rates (counter rate) as of March 2022: 1 USD = 798 pesos and 1 EUR = 894 pesos approximately. The rate changes daily.
For more information: https://si3.bcentral.cl/bdemovil/BDE/IndicadoresDiarios.
You’ll need to carry some cash with you if you decide to purchase from small vendors or retail stores. The endless supply of small coins may be annoying, but they’re handy for tips, etc.
Major credit cards are widely accepted in the main tourist centers.
The main credit cards are MasterCard and Visa; if you plan to rely on plastic cards, the best bet is to take one of each. Take your passport with you.
The official LANGUAGE IN CHILE is Spanish.
English will be the working language of the conference.
Internet services are very reliable and widely available.
As in any other big city, you can be a victim of robberies and/or assaults. We recommend that you do not take unnecessary risks by carrying large amounts of cash and using expensive devices in popular, crowded places, and that you take precautions. Make sure you always keep an eye and hold on to your purse or bags, never leave them unattended.
In case of an emergency, call the police (carabineros) at telephone 133 or go to the nearest police station (carabineros barracks). Carabineros personnel wear olive green uniforms, unlike army personnel who wear gray uniforms. The carabineros are famous for their honesty and rectitude. We recommend going to them in case of any problematic situation.
For more information:
VOLTAGE IN CHILE
The voltage in Chile is generally 220 V, the frequency is 50 Hz. The plugs and sockets are of type C and L.
Generally, in restaurants services charge and tip of 10% is added but you will be asked if you want to pay that amount or more.
Spanish is the national language but in most tourist areas you will find staff who can speak English.
In Chile citizens typically go on vacation during the months of January and February. Viña del Mar is a popular destination, so make sure you make your hotel reservation as early as possible. If you are planning on doing some within country travel, book your reservations as early as possible. Within walking distance from the main congress venue, there is a wide range of hotel to accommodate different budgets. If you want to consider staying in nearby cities such as Valparaíso, Concon or Reñaca you will need to use public transportation or a cab/Uber to get to the conference venue.
Viña del Mar is oceanside and in the mornings could be foggy, with the sun appearing mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Considering that in January is summer season, it can be hot during the day and the afternoons and nights are colder. You need to consider the use of protective lotion as the sun can be very bright. There are several beaches, and be aware that the Pacific Ocean has cold water.
RESTRICTIONS DUE TO COVID-19
As the country adjusts policies to changes in the behavior of COVID, you need to check what is the situation when you plan to travel. As of March 2022, for example, arriving passengers must bring with them a PCR test (negative), fill an online entry form before boarding the plane, and show proof of vaccination. Most airlines will not let people who are non-complaint with these requests board the plane. To learn about what will be required to enter Chile and the restrictions resulting from the pandemic in December 2022, please review the following link: https://chile.gob.cl/chile/ingreso-a-chile-desde-el-exterior.