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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I find the list of Attorneys-at-Law in Chile?

    Where can I find the list of Attorneys-at-Law in Chile?

  • What documents does my U.S. citizen child need to travel outside of Chile?

    What documents does my U.S. citizen child need to travel outside of Chile?

    • CHILDREN: CHILEAN EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS UNDER AGE 18

      Departure checklist:

      1. U.S. passport
      2. Chilean passport (if applicable)
      3. Notarized permission from non-traveling parent(s)
      4. Child’s birth certificate

      Important notice to dual national citizens: Please note that it is likely that your child acquired Chilean citizenship if your child was born in Chile.  In that case, your child will need to have a valid Chilean passport at the time of travel in addition to the U.S. passport.  Chilean passports are issued by the Chilean Civil Registry and Identification Service.
       
      Chilean law mandates that all minors under age 18 must have a notarized travel consent letter from the non-traveling parent(s) when traveling alone or in the company of only one parent.  The notarized consent letter must be presented to Chilean International Police with the child’s birth certificate and passport(s) when departing Chile.  The child’s birth certificate must be presented to International Police even when traveling with both parents to establish the relationship. Any questions regarding this issue should be directed to the Chilean International Police.  This requirement applies to all minors living in Chile, regardless of the child’s nationality.

      Minors under age 18 in tourist status in Chile

      Children under age 18 visiting Chile must depart the country in the company of the same adult they entered the country with.  If not, they will be required to have a notarized travel consent letter and birth certificate.

      The notarized travel consent letter and birth certificate will also be required for a child whose 90-day tourist visa expired during the visit, even if the child is in possession of the exit permit issued by the office of Extranjería (Chilean immigration office).

      Any questions regarding this issue should be directed to the Chilean International Police office

  • How can I contact the Chilean Embassy in the U.S.?

    How can I contact the Chilean Embassy in the U.S.?

  • Do I need a special permit to drive in Chile?

    Do I need a special permit to drive in Chile?

    • CHILEAN DRIVING REGULATIONS

      Driving Permits

      U.S. citizens visiting Chile must be in possession of a valid U.S. driver’s license and a valid international driving permit (IDP) to drive during their stay in the country.  The IDP must be obtained before departing the U.S. at an Automobile Association.  The IDP will permit you to drive in Chile for the validity of your tourist card.

      Residents of Chile must have a valid Chilean driver’s license to legally drive in the country.  An application for a Chilean driver’s license must be filed at the motor vehicle department in the municipal building of your home district.

      General requirements for a Chilean driver’s license are the following:

      - Applicant age 18 or older.
      - Chilean Identification Card.
      - School record to demonstrate that applicant has 8th grade education or higher.
      - Successful completion of the written and practical driving tests, and medical evaluation.

      If you have U.S. school records, you must obtain the authentication by the Chilean consul in the United States to be acceptable for official use in Chile.  Keep in mind that U.S. consular officials are not authorized to authenticate U.S. issued documents for use overseas. 

      Obligatory Insurance for Personal Accidents (SOAP)

      Law number 18490 mandates owners of motorized vehicles to have insurance coverage in the event of death or bodily injury as direct consequence of accidents in which the insured vehicle participates. It will also cover the expenses if you are a pedestrian or the passenger of a public motorized transportation service, but will not cover any damages to the vehicle.

      This insurance is called SOAP (Seguro Obligatorio de Accidentes Personales) and it must be purchased once a year when paying for the corresponding vehicle registration.

      If you are the victim of an accident report it to Carabineros  as soon as possible. Provide the complete name of the injured or deceased person, the license (plate number) of the vehicle, and the date, time and place of the accident. The police report is required to file the claim for compensation with the insurance company.

      Keep all the receipts for the expenses (hospital, medicines, funeral, etc) you may have as direct consequence of the accident. Although this mandatory insurance can cover an important amount of medical and/or funeral expenses, it may not cover all of them. Depending on the nature of the incident the law establishes different amounts of compensation.

      Learn more about SOAP and how it can protect you in case of an accident in the Chilean Securities and Insurance Supervisor’s website.

  • Does the embassy provide fingerprinting services?

    Does the embassy provide fingerprinting services?

    • Fingerprint Service

       

      “The American Citizen Services Unit provides fingerprinting services only under very exceptional circumstances.
      Please read the following link on the State Department website for further information, including FBI background checks. 
      http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/abroad/legal-matters/criminal-record-check.html
      If you have any further inquiries, please email us at santiagoamcit@state.gov”
      “The American Citizen Services Unit provides fingerprinting services only under very exceptional circumstances.
      Please read the following link on the State Department website for further information, including FBI background checks. 
      (http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/abroad/legal-matters/criminal-record-check.html)
      If you have any further inquiries, please email us at santiagoamcit@state.gov”

       

  • How can I authenticate a U.S. birth, death or marriage certificate or U.S. school records for use in Chile?

    How can I authenticate a U.S. birth, death or marriage certificate or U.S. school records for use in Chile?

  • What are the requirements to get married in Chile? (In Spanish)

    What are the requirements to get married in Chile? (In Spanish)

  • How can I travel with my pet?

    How can I travel with my pet?

    • Taking Cats and Dogs from Chile to the United States

      The Public Health Service is the U.S. Government agency that regulates the entry of non-working dogs (pets, show dogs, etc.) and cats into the United States. The Public Health Service currently lists Chile as a country that has rabies. As a result, the following requirements must be met when exporting cats and dogs to the United States.

      Cats -- Animals must appear in good health. Rabies vaccination is not required for the United States, but is required to export a cat from Chile.

      Dogs -- Non-working dogs, as opposed to working dogs (cattle and sheep herding animals), being shipped from Chile to the United States may be admitted if they are:

      1. At least three months old.
      2. Free of infectious disease.
      3. Accompanied by a valid certificate of vaccination against rabies signed by a licensed veterinarian that identifies the dog and specifies the expiration date for the vaccination not earlier than the date of the dog's arrival in the United States. If the expiration date is not indicated on the certificate, it will be valid for only one year from the date of issue. The certificate also must specify the date of vaccination not less than 30 days prior to the date of arrival.
      4. An export permit from the Servicio Agrícola Ganadero (which will be required by the airline when departing Chile). The export permit valid for 7 days will be issued upon presentation of a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within the last 7 days, a valid certificate of vaccination against rabies and payment of approximately 2,000 pesos.

      The export permit may be obtained at the following locations in Santiago:

      Avenida Portales 3396, Estación Central, office hours 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

      SAG also has an office at the international airport compound: Puerta Uno, office hours 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; 3:00 - 5:30 p.m., Monday - Friday; telephone numbers (2) 601-9131; (2) 601-9120.

      Working dogs are required to meet the same requirements as non-working dogs. However, additional requirements must be met before entry is allowed into the United States. These requirements are handled on a case by case basis. Inquires should be referred to APHIS, Veterinary Services at (301) 734-4357.

      The United States Customs Service is the agency responsible for implementing and enforcing these regulations at the United States Port of Entry. For additional information, please contact the nearest office of the United States Customs Service.

      For information on Pet Travel visit the Animal and Plant Inspection Service.

  • If I am a Dual Citizen, do I need a Chilean Passport to Travel to and from Chile?

    If I am a Dual Citizen, do I need a Chilean Passport to Travel to and from Chile?

  • Do I need a visa (tourist card) to enter Chile? How much do I have to pay?

    Do I need a visa (tourist card) to enter Chile? How much do I have to pay?

    • Since March 2014, Chile is part of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program.  Consequently, all U.S. citizens that come to Chile on business or tourism for under 90 days are not required to get a visa or to pay any reciprocity fee.

      In the past, U.S. citizens coming on business or tourism to Chile had to pay a 160USD reciprocity fee, but this requirement has been eliminated. 

      You can read more about entry and exit requirements on the following link: 


      http://chile.usembassy.gov/entryandexit.html
  • Where can I extend my visa (tourist card) or change my visa status?

    Where can I extend my visa (tourist card) or change my visa status?

    • U.S. citizens visiting Chile who wish to extend the 90-day stay granted by International Police may apply for an extension at the "Departamento de Extranjería". The applicant should be in possession of his passport and tourist card and will be required to pay a fee. The application must be submitted at least two weeks before expiration of the initial 90 days. The extension is usually granted on a one-time basis for an additional 90 days.

      U.S. citizens in the Metropolitan Region should request this service at the following location and hours:

      San Antonio 580 , 2nd floor, downtown Santiago
      Hours 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
      .

      Phone: 600-626-4222 from 9.00 a 16.00

      U.S. citizens visiting other regions should contact the nearest government office known as "Gobernación" for this service. For the location of this office in your region please see the information available at the Chilean Foreign Office (http://www.extranjeria.gov.cl)

      U.S. visitors who are interested in living, working or studying in Chile should inquire about changing their visa status at the same office. More information is available at the Chilean Foreign Office (http://www.extranjeria.gov.cl)

  • My tourist card was lost/stolen. How can I replace it?

    My tourist card was lost/stolen. How can I replace it?

    • You must replace your tourist card if it has been lost or stolen.  You are required to surrender the tourist card to International Police officers at the time you exit Chile.  If not, you will not be allowed leave the country. A duplicate tourist card must be obtained at any of the offices for Policía Internacional.  You will be required to present your passport at the time of application.
       
      In Santiago, request your tourist card at the following location and hours:

      Jefatura Nacional de Extranjeria
      Eleuterio Ramirez 852, Santiago


      email: jenaex@investigaciones.cl


      Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

      The tourist card may be replaced at the Santiago International Airport in case of an emergency.  You need to arrive at least an hour earlier than your scheduled arrival time.  We recommend, however, if possible, that the duplicate tourist card be obtained in advance at the International Police office listed above.

      If you will exit Chile from another departure point, you must apply for your tourist card in advance of your arrival at the point of departure.

  • Where can I obtain a copy of a Chilean birth, marriage, or death record or other civil records information?

    Where can I obtain a copy of a Chilean birth, marriage, or death record or other civil records information?

    • Obtaining Vital Records:

      The Registro Civil (Civil Records Office) can provide official printouts of Chilean birth, marriage, or death record or other civil records information. The central office of the Registro Civil is located at Huérfanos 1570, 2nd Floor in Santiago with office hours Monday through Friday, 8:30-14:30, phone number 56-2-648-2546.

      U.S. birth, marriage and death records can be obtained through the National Center for Health Statistics.

      Note: A United States consular official does not have the authority to authenticate any U.S. issued document. Any U.S. issued document for official use in Chile must be authenticated by the Chilean Embassy or Consulate in the United States.

  • Where can I obtain a copy of a U.S. birth, marriage or death record?

    Where can I obtain a copy of a U.S. birth, marriage or death record?

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