What visa do you need to come to Chile? How to legally stay? What are the administrations you will be dealing with during the visa process?
Travelling to Chile is very easy for residents of most countries. The Chile indeed has signed reciprocity agreements regarding visa with a huge number of countries. Therefore, it is easy to enter as a tourist in Chile. You don’t need to ask a visa before (you receive it at the airport while entering Chile). For example, you don’t need to ask a visa if you come from USA, Europe, or a Latin America country.
A few countries charge Chilean citizens with a visa fee, therefore Chile charge their citizens with a similar fee (see the page regarding tourist visa for more information).
The tourist visa is a good start to have an overview of the country. You can have up to 180 days of visa.
If you decide to stay, you can NO LONGER start the administrative process from Chile, while on a tourist visa. If you know before coming that you plan to stay, it is best to apply for a temporary visa online before. Otherwise, you will be in trouble later.
To relocate to Chile and legally stay there, you need to go through 3 different administrations.
In Chile, the process is long, between 3 to 6 months in total. The increased number of foreigners willing to relocate to Chile and the regular strikes of people working in these administrations do not reduce the delay…
For all types of visas, you must apply online on the website of the immigration service before coming to Chile.
You gather the required documents.
You apply for a visa. Everything is done online:
As of May 2022, the immigration service is in the process of removing this step.
To register at the police department, you need your passport with the visa and the small white paper you received at the airport. Bring a few hundreds of pesos to cover the registration cost. If you lost the paper, they can issue you a duplicate.
The registration is very quick, but you generally have to wait a lot. It is recommended to go there as soon as it open or a little earlier, so that you can go immediately after at the Registro Civil. If you go there at 10 or 11am, it is unlikely you will be out in time to go to the Registro Civil the same day.
You need your passport and your visa, and copies of both documents (that you can do in the streets near the Registro Civil). It costs 4000 to 5000 pesos. Be sure to have some change, as they don’t like notes of 20,000.
Book an appointment on the site of the Registro Civil.
Once you apply, the card is usually ready 5 to 6 weeks later. You must go to the office where you requested an appointment to apply. However, to obtain the card, you can indicate another office closer from where you live. Someone else can also withdraw the ID for you, but you must sign a power of attorney to that person, at a notary.