Chile: FAQs

Our frequently asked questions about travel to Chile. If you have any other questions, please contact your travel designer or concierge. Please note, there are fines for bringing food and plant-based products into Chile and thorough checks are carried out.

Do I need any vaccinations before I go away to Chile?

Please seek professional medical advice and recheck close to the date of travel as the situation may change. What is generally recommended for all is that you ensure you are up to date with hepatitis A, typhoid and routine immunisations – specifically tetanus-diphtheria, measles-mumps-rubella, polio, and varicella. Yellow fever vaccinations are not generally recommended.

Do I need to take malaria tablets?

Check with your medical advisor about the areas you are going to before travelling to see whether you should bring malaria tablets with you. Generally these are not required for visits to Chile.

Travelling at altitude

Altitude sickness can affect everyone and to different degrees, it tends to be quite random. From our experience travelling through these regions, we recommend you take it easy the first day and not to physically exert yourself.

Being dehydrated can have a big impact on feeling altitude and it’s very easy to become dehydrated after travel and taking flights. We strongly recommend you stay well hydrated and have meals which are easy to digest and avoid alcohol that first day whilst acclimatising. Some of our guests take medication and so you may wish to speak with your doctor about this.

Do I need to get a visa?

To enter Chile visas are not required by EU, US or Canadian citizens. Please note that this information can change at short-notice and we recommend checking again closer to the date of travel.

For Australian citizens, a reciprocity fee of USD 117 is charged on entry to Chile. Payment can be made in USD and major credit cards.  The one-time charge is good for the life of your passport. In some more remote entry points, credit card facilities may not be available.

What should I bring in terms of currency?

We recommend bringing a small amount of the local currency (Chilean Pesos) with you if you can, to cover incidental purchases before you have access to an ATM. Credit cards are widely accepted though it’s always good to have a backup option when you can.