Before you go

Are vaccinations required before travelling to Chile?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Chile are available from the NHS website

Is it safe to travel to Chile?

For up to date information around safety and security in Chile read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office latest information for Chile.

Best time to visit Chile?

March and April, can be just fine. Winter (June to August) is best avoided as temperatures dip to as much as -15C/5F and some parts see snowfalls. The summer attracts the biggest crowds although visiting in Spring and Autumn is alsoideal.

Do I need a visa to enter Chile?

If you are a British passport holder visiting Chile for less than 90 days, you do not need a visa. If you wish to stay longer, you should consult the nearest Chilean Embassy. On arrival in Chile the immigration authorities will issue you with a 'Tarjeta de Turismo - Tourist Card', an A5 sized white form.

What currency do i need in Chile?

The official currency of Chile is the Chilean peso.

While visiting Chile

What wild animals live in Chile?

Animals that can be found in Chile's diverse landscapes include guanacos, vicunas, alpacas, armadillos, foxes, opossums, pudu (deer) and Patagonian pumas. The national animal of Chile is the North Andean huemul or taruca.

What is the traditional food in Chile?

The national dish is curanto, a stew that combines seafood, meat and vegetables. It consists of every meat and seafood ingredient imaginable, and it's very popular at parties.

What Languages are spoken in Chile?

Nearly all Chileans speak and understand Spanish. However, Chile has a strong native South American heritage, and many indigenous languages are still used by small groups of the population. Mapudungun – Spoken by the Mapuche people who inhabit Southern Chile and some parts of Argentina.

How much do you tip in Chile?

The currency in Chile is the Chilean peso. In Chile, tipping etiquette dictates you leave a gratuity of at least 10% of your restaurant bill. Some establishments will include 10%, in which case you should still give at least 5% directly to your server.

Where can I find a local travel expert for Chile?

Local Chile travel experts are available.

Useful Numbers

Emergency Chile Numbers?

  • Police: 133
  • Ambulance: 131
  • Fire: 132
  • Embassy: +56 2 2370 4100

    Time Difference

    What is the time difference in Chile?

    The time difference is -4 hours

    Travel Apps

    What is the best travel app for Chile?

    Chile Guidebook

    Best Chile guidebook?

    Stay informed before during and after your trip to Chile with this Chile Guidebook .