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Chile Travel Information

According to historyaah, Chile (English/Spanish: Chile) is a country in South America bordering Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Other areas that also fall under Chile are: The Juan Fernández archipelago, the Desventuradas Islands, Isla Navarino, Easter Island, the western part of Tierra del Fuego, and a piece of Antarctica. The eastern part of Tierra del Fuego is part of Argentina. The capital of Chile is Santiago. A number of major cities in Chile are: Puente Alto, Africa and Antofagasta.

Chile is of course best known for the chili pepper, but also for its wines. Chile is also known for its many different landscapes. According to franciscogardening, this is because Chile is a long country (4300 km long) and therefore lies in several climate zones. For example, you can dive in Chile, but also ski. Chile has many mountains that make up the Andes Mountains. In the north of the country you will find deserts (Atacama) and in the south of the country you will find glaciers (Patagonia). Furthermore, Chile has several National Parks with mostly untouched nature. In addition to the mainland of Chile, you also have Easter Island, which has become very famous for the colossal Moai statues that can be found all around the island.

Where is Chile?

Travel information of Chile

Official name: Republic of Chile
Continent: South America
Area: 756,096 km²
Capital: Santiago
Country code: CL, CHL
Population: 18,186,770 inhabitants (2020)
Government: Republic
Highest point: 6,893 m (Ojos del Salado)
Distance (Amsterdam – Santiago): 11,992 km
Flight time: approximately 15 hours

Travel advice
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Chile that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Chile, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Chile. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Chile?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Chile at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Chile has many different climate zones. The following climates occur in Chile: desert climate, high mountain climate, Mediterranean climate, maritime climate, steppe climate and the subtropical climate. Temperatures therefore vary enormously in Chile. In central Chile it is 15 to 30 degrees during our winter months and 5 to 15 degrees during our summer months. On the coastline (with the exception of the southern part) and on Easter Island, temperatures are around 20 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Chile can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of Chile can be found at Climate info.

Best time
January, February, March, November and December are the best months to travel to Chile. In these months the temperatures are the most pleasant. In addition, you avoid the months with the most rain and snowfall.

Spanish is the official language in Chile. In addition, German, Croatian, English, Mapudungun and Rapa Nui are spoken on a small scale.
Would you like to translate from or into Spanish for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon departure from Chile.
A visa is not necessary. Upon arrival in Chile you will receive a so-called “Tarjeta de Turismo” which is valid for 90 days. This must be handed in on departure.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Chile:
Dutch consulates in Chile:
Chilean Embassy in the Netherlands:
Chilean consulates in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Chile, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency
In Chile, payments are made with the Chilean peso (CLP).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Chile can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
Prices in Chile are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -30% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (47% cheaper), food (21% cheaper), imported beer in catering (22% cheaper), cigarettes (31% cheaper) and public transport (66% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Chile it is customary to tip. If no service costs have been calculated yet, a tip of approximately 10% is given. Sometimes restaurant owners themselves deduct tips from the change.

Time difference
Chile falls in two different time zones:
– Chile: 4 hours earlier (winter time), 6 hours earlier (summer time).
– Magallanes region: 4 hours earlier (winter time), 5 hours earlier (summer time).
Above we talk about our winter and summer time, because the summer and winter time in Chile are opposite to those in the Netherlands.
Find the local time, date, time zones and exceptions for Chile on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Chile you have to drive on the right.
To drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Chile, you must have an international driver’s license or a legalized Spanish translation of the Dutch driver’s license. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Chile.

Electricity In Chile you may need a travel plug
in some cases. More information about common plugs and sockets in Chile can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 133
– Fire: 132
– Ambulance: 131

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Chile can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Chile can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Chile end
Chile official websites: and

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Chile is 0056 or +56.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Chile? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Chile.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Chile.

Public holidays
An overview of all public holidays in Chile can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Chile, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Chile?
At you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Chile. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Chile can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Chile can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Chile? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Chile, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On you will find a large amount of information about Chile, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Chile.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.3.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 16, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Chile was hit in 1960 by the largest earthquake ever recorded on Earth (9.6)?
… Chile has no less than eight different climate zones because of its enormous length?
…There are more than 1,500 volcanoes in Chile?
…Chile is the largest producer of copper?
…Only 3% of Chile’s land area can be used for agriculture?
…The largest swimming pool in the world can be found in Chile (8 hectares)?

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