A long, narrow country stretching along the western edge of South America, Chile boasts over 2,600 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline. Rich winelands, lofty hills and Andean peaks, the vast, arid Atacama desert, Robinson Crusoe-like islands, fiery volcanoes, fjords and more can be explored in Chile. There’s plenty for the active to do here: whether it’s skiing in the Darwin mountains, trekking through the Patagonian wilderness of Torres del Plain, white-water rafting down the country’s many rapids – the most challenging to be found at the Futaleufu River – or kayaking through the Chiloé archipelago.
KEY FACTS BEFORE YOU GO:
- Capital: Santiago
- Currency: Chilean peso
- Time Difference: Chile has three time zones, two of which (continental Chile and Easter Island) observe Daylight Saving Time. The Magallanes and Chilean Antarctic region (the southernmost part of the country, covering the provinces of Última Esperanza, Magallanes, Tierra del Fuego, and Antártica Chilena) does not observe Daylight Saving Time, and remains the same time throughout the year.
For Continental Chile and Easter Island, winter time starts the first Saturday of April and ends on the first Saturday of September.
Continental Chile is Four hours BEHIND GMT during its Winter, and three hours BEHIND GMT during its Summer.
There is a two-hour difference between Continental Chile and Easter Island.
Easter Island is six hours BEHIND GMT during its Winter, and five hours BEHIND GMT during its Summer.
The Magallanes and Chilean Antarctic region (including Punta Arenas) is four hours BEHIND BST, and three hours BEHIND GMT.
- Flight time: 14.5 hours direct to Santiago
20 hours indirect to Punta Arenas
Easter Island is a five-hour flight from Santiago, with daily departures
- Official language: Spanish
- Entry requirements: No visa required for stays up to 90 days in duration. 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. You must retain this document and present it to immigration when you leave. Once in Chile, if you decide to stay for 90 days or more, you should contact the Chilean Immigration Department located in San Antonio 580, Santiago. Telephone: 600 626 4222.
Passports must be valid throughout the duration of your stay, no additional validity is required beyond your stay.
- Vaccinations: For up-to-date information, please check this website (as recommended by the Foreign Office): https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/48/chile#Vaccine_recommendations - or check here for specific information on Easter Island
General information on travel vaccinations can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/travel-vaccinations/
To find out more, and for the most up-to-date advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/chile
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