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General Travel Information

The essentials in brief:

Chile - Travel

Visa: No, but tourist card "Tarjeta de Turismo", obtaining automatically upon entry, valid for 90 days

Vaccinations: No

Language: Spanish

Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP)
1 CLP = 100 centavos

Exchange rates:

1 EUR = 793.14 CLP
100 CLP = 0.12608 EUR
CHF 1 = 724.26 CLP
100 CLP = 0.13807 CHF
(Exchange of 01.12.2016)

Telephone code: +56
Time zones: UTC-4
Voltage 220 V

- A passport is not enough required for entry, a visa. In children's birth certificate please carry on entry.

Items that are intended for the personal use of travelers entering while driving and stay may be imported duty free.

A ban on imports is for fresh foods (dairy products, fruits and vegetables, meat and sausages) as well as plants. Weapons, drugs and pornography may be imported under any circumstances.

Foreign currency may be unlimited imported and exported.


The Chilean currency is the peso (CLP) and is somewhat misleading abbreviated with the dollar sign $. The exchange rate currently fluctuates around 1 EUR = 727 CLP (Jan 2015). The inflation rate has dropped in recent years to around 3 percent.

The Chilean currency comprises coins of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 peso bank notes to 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000 Chilean Pesos (CLP).
Money transfer

The most convenient way to withdraw cash (pesos) with the EC / Maestro card (per day maximum of 300,000 pesos = 400 EUR). At the ATMs of Redbanc chain in all major cities This costs about 3-5 EUR per withdrawal at the best rates.

You can pay almost everywhere with the major credit cards. Who stands out money with a credit card, must reckon with larger bank charges.

Several German banks have contractors in Chile, which possibly facilitates the transfer of large sums; best inquire before travel at your bank.

If you bring traveler's checks and / or cash dollars / euros, should this exchange better in exchange offices held in banks (never on the street!). only replace the basic necessities at the airport; the courses are unfavorable. This weekend also change the larger hotels, but to bad courses.


Chile is the safest holiday destination in South America. Tourists can move freely and carelessly, should simply avoid the poor outskirts of large cities and to exercise caution in their centers. There act, as almost everywhere in the world, skillful pickpockets. It is advisable to keep handbags and backpacks constantly laid before the body and - especially in the crush of the center and on public transport - to do not get distracted (common trick).

Larger amounts of money, plane tickets and passports should be kept safe and not carried around with him. Never leave hanging in cafes and restaurants bags on the chair or unattended! However, there are hardly any cases of robbery with violence.


There is no smoking in parts of the public. Accordingly smoking in schools, hospitals, government buildings, stadiums, buses and other public facilities is no longer permitted. The Non smoking protection in restaurants, however, was not implemented.


In Santiago all articles of daily use are available. German products are available at least in the "Jumbo" -Supermärkten. Tampons are expensive and do not meet the standard in Germany products. Clothes and shoes in large sizes are somewhat more difficult to obtain.

Here is the official travel information from the Foreign Office:
Immigration Information for German nationals

travel documents

The entry is possible for German nationals with the following documents:

Passport: Yes

Provisional passport: Yes

ID: No

Provisional identity card No

Children's passport: Not yet officially recognized, but is accepted in practice

Travel documents must be valid for at least six months.
Children entries in a parent's passport is no longer valid since 26.06.2012. Every child needs its own identity document.


For a short stay for tourism and visits as no visa is required. When entering a "Tarjeta de Turismo" (Tourist Card) is issued at the border for free, which allows visitors to stay up to 90 days.

The "Tarjeta de Turismo" has to be returned when leaving the country.
Loss or theft must therefore before departure of the "Policía Internacional" in Santiago (Morandé 672, Santiago Centro, Tel. +56 2 26809110, or at the airport, Tel. +56 2 26901781) or in other regions of the "Policía de Investigaciones "a replacement card will be issued.

The stay can for a fee of 100, - to extend US $ once for 90 days. Responsible for this are the "Departamento de Extranjería" in Santiago (San Antonio 580, Tel. +56 2 24863000) or in other regions of the respective "Gobernación Provincial".

Money / Credit Cards

Credit cards can be used in principle; Restrictions on its use are given only in smaller places. You can withdraw cash at most ATM by entering the PIN by credit card or debit card with Maestro characters older issue date (no V-Pay-mark). ATMs should be used for safety reasons only during business hours. It is recommended that you normally do not wear large amounts of cash with you.

The price level in Chile is compared to other South American countries is relatively high; it should have sufficient travel funds to be scheduled.

Traveling with minor children

Information on traveling with minors

For traveling with minor children particularly strict requirements apply in Chile.

Although this principle apply only to live in Chile children, it is frequently also cause significant problems for tourists.

The Chilean regulations state that at entry and exit from Chile certified travel authorization must be carried on alone or with only one parent traveling minors a by a Chilean notary or a Chilean diplomatic mission, granted by the / non-traveling parent (s) becomes. Submitted for travel authorization and the birth certificate must be submitted in addition to valid identification documents of parents and child. After entry into Chile, signed at a Chilean diplomatic mission travel authorization must be legalized by the Chilean Foreign Ministry.

Therefore, the Foreign Office recommends, for safety's sake carry when traveling with minor children, a birth certificate (original or certified copy).

For questions, please contact one of the Chilean diplomatic missions in Germany.

Arrival and departure on the USA

German traveling with their European passport on the US to Chile must take into account that them in case of loss of a passport from the German Embassy Santiago short term only a temporary passport can be issued. This pass a US visa for the return trip across the US is required. This can significantly affect the planned itinerary might.
Specific customs rules

Items that are intended for the personal use of travelers entering while driving and stay may be imported duty free.

A strict ban on imports is for fresh foods (dairy products, fruits and vegetables, meat and sausages) as well as plants, weapons, drugs and pornographic material. Violations (even accidentally undeclared apple in hand luggage) to impose heavy fines and in serious cases with imprisonment. Principle, all carried food, still in their original packaging, such as nuts, are indicated on the entry form.

Foreign currency may be unlimited imported and exported. Travelers cash or securities worth more than 10,000, - carry US $, this must show the tariff.

Among the above import rules a form (Spanish / English) must be completed and signed in the form of an affidavit for entry.

For carried in the personal luggage (in principle notifiable) new goods is generally considered upper value limit 500, - US $, in addition inches must be paid.
Special criminal provisions

Drug use and trafficking are punishable even in small quantities with long prison sentences. The entrainment and transport of goods for third parties without the knowledge of the content may therefore have disastrous consequences.

In accidents involving personal injury can be expected remand for everyone involved. When arrests should be insisted on immediate notification of the German Embassy.
health Information

Zika virus infection

So far, only entrained infections have been reported on the continental part of Chile. Since the vector mosquitoes do not occur, a danger for the population is not seen here.

In belonging to Chile Easter Island 2014 and 2015 infections have been reported, there is also the mosquito vector.


A valid yellow fever vaccination for all travelers from the age of one year of age will be required when entering from a yellow fever area on the Easter Islands, see also

The Foreign Office also recommends to review the standard immunizations according to current immunization schedule of the Robert Koch Institute for children and adults during a visit and complete (www.rki.de).

This includes adult vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria, and possibly also against pertussis, mumps, measles and rubella (MMR), pneumococcal and influenza.

As travel vaccinations are also hepatitis A, recommended for long stays and hepatitis B; only in special exposure possibly even rabies and typhoid.


Chile is free of malaria

Dengue fever

Dengue is currently transmitted only on Easter Island by diurnal mosquitoes. The disease is usually accompanied by fever, rash, and severe body aches and increasingly affects travelers.

In rare cases occur partly serious complications incl. Or death, especially in children of the local population. However, these are extremely rare among travelers as a whole.

Since there is currently no vaccine or chemoprophylaxis specific treatment against dengue, the only way to prevent this viral infection in the consistent application of personal measures to minimize mosquito bites, (s. U.).


The cutaneous and mucocutaneous form occurs (very rarely, central and northern Chile). The protozoan parasite is also transmitted by sandflies. In this respect, is a protection against mosquitoes recommended (s. U.).

Because the mosquito bound infection risks to all travelers recommend:

    body-covering light-colored clothing to wear (long pants, long-sleeved shirts)

    all day repeatedly apply insect repellent on all the free parts of the body

    possibly to sleep under an impregnated mosquito net.


basically through unprotected sexual contact and drug use (dirty syringes or needles) are at risk of life-threatening HIV / AIDS infection. Condom use is always, but especially recommended on occasion acquaintances.

Diarrheal diseases and cholera

The consumption of raw meat, poultry, fish or egg dishes should be avoided.


This total rare disease may nationwide usually in rural areas by an average of 2-4 weeks after ingestion of contaminated with secretions of infected rodents hantaviruses through the respiratory tract or the gastrointestinal tract cause flu-like symptoms such as headache and body aches.

In rare cases, fatal complications can attack the kidneys or the heart-lung system arise (hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, HFRS or cardio-pulmonary syndrome, HPS or HCPS).

A transmission from humans to humans occurs only in extremely rare cases.

Vaccination or prophylactic medication does not exist.

Medical supplies

The medical care available to compare in the larger cities usually with in Europe. It is in the countryside but often technically, apparatus and hygienically problematic. An adequate, valid worldwide health insurance coverage and a reliable Reiserückholversicherung are strongly recommended.

The German missions locally put on my favorite of them known German and English physicians. The data are based on information available to the foreign representatives at the time of writing. The notices, in particular the designation of the doctors are not binding and without warranty. The patient will pay for any costs and fees associated with the members of his own treatment order.

Please note beside our general disclaimer the following important note:

A liability for the accuracy and completeness of medical information as well as liability for any damage or loss sustained can not be accepted. You stay responsible for your healthy.

The details are:

    medical information intended for pre-Conceited. They do not replace the consultation of a doctor;

    tailored to the direct entry of Germany into a Destination, especially. for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, arrivals from third countries and travel to other areas of the country variations may apply;

    always from the childhood and adolescent immunization also seen dependent. A previous detailed medical advice from a physician / tropical medicine is recommended on a regular basis in a given case;

    despite the utmost efforts are only a consulting service. You can not cover all medical aspects, nor eliminate all doubts or are currently seeing.


Travel and safety is based on information available at the time specified and assessed as trustworthy information of the Foreign Office. A liability for the accuracy and completeness as well as liability for any damage or loss sustained can not be accepted. Hazardous situations are often confusing and can change rapidly. The decision to carry out a trip is solely your responsibility. Notes on specific legislation abroad always involve only a few selected questions. Legal requirements may also change at any time, without the Foreign Office shall be informed. The contact your local embassy or consulate of the country you are therefore advised.