Visa for Chile: conditions and required documents

Can you apply for a visa in Chile? Do you meet the visa requirements for Chile? Can you provide the documents required? Let's have a look at what is needed.

Chile has an open policy on immigration (especially from Western countries), so that visas are quite easy to obtain and cheap, most of the time. However, some countries like Australia or the United Kingdom have a strong and expensive visa policy towards Chilean citizens. Therefore, Chile applies the same policy for those countries. This leads to a higher cost for these countries

There are many types of visas in Chile, so it can be difficult to know which one corresponds to your situation. In order to help you, we detail below all the types of visas as well as the requirements and documents to provide when you apply for a visa.

We are awaiting the issuance of the final decree that will determine the list of available visas types following the implementation of the new immigration law in February 2022. This decree is still in the process of being validated, as of May 2022. For this reason, the content of this page is outdated and will change in the near future.

The different visas in Chile

Tourist visa

The tourist visa allows its holder to stay 90 days in Chile, with possibility of renewal (up to 180 days in total). Chile has many reciprocal agreements, so nationals of many countries do not need to apply for a visa before coming to Chile as a tourist. For instance, this is the case for the United States, European or South American countries. You just have to go to the airport or the point of entry to Chile with your passport.

For more information, you can read our article on the tourist visa.

Temporary resident visa

There are several categories of temporary resident visas. We explain below the main ones. If you want details on all the categories, you can read this article that lists all types of temporary resident visas.

Student visa

The student temporary resident visa allows, as the name suggests, to come and study in a Chilean
institution. It also allows students to do an internship in a Chilean company, provided they have an internship agreement between the company and their university or school in their country of origin.

To obtain a student resident visa, you must meet the following conditions and provide the required documents:

  • A photocopy of your passport
  • A document (letter, registration, certificate) from the university or institute in which you will study in Chile. This document must specify the studies carried out and their duration.
  • A document proving that you have sufficient financial means to live in Chile. It can be a scholarship (at least US$550 per month) or a notarial certificate from your parents that stipulates that one or both parents agree to provide for your needs during the stay.
  • Your criminal record
  • A health and repatriation insurance with international coverage.

“Subject to contract” visa

To obtain a work visa (subject to contract visa), you must meet the following conditions and provide the required documents:

  • A photocopy of your passport
  • Your criminal record
  • A work contract of the Chilean company, drawn up and signed before a notary in Chile or at a consulate abroad.

The Chilean company will also be required to submit some documents to prove it is operating and is not a fake or new company created to apply for visas. This is due to the high level of fraud in the past years, where some people created empty companies to file visa applications.

If you want more information, read the article about the work visa in Chile .

Permanent resident visa

To obtain a permanent resident visa, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You are an adult.
  • You can prove that you have a sufficient recurring monthly income to live in Chile, through a job or a pension.
  • You have not been convicted in Chile or in your origin country.
  • Based on the type of temporary visa you previously had, specific documents may be required.

For more information on permanent residence in Chile, you can read our this article.

Steps to obtain a visa

  1. You must apply for a visa at the Chilean consulate in your country of origin. It is no longer possible to apply for a visa once you arrive in Chile.
  2. Once in Chile, you must go to an office of the Registro Civil to ask for your identity card. To do so, you need your passport, a photocopy of the passport page with your photo and your visa, as well as some cash. Your Chilean ID card will be available approximately 5 to 6 weeks later.

Click here if you want a complete guide on the process of obtaining a visa.

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