Chile postpones visa requirements for Australians

Posted: 19 December 2019 1:32 pm

Woman in Chile watching the coast.

Electronic visas to be rolled out in early 2020.

We've got great news for those of you who have wanted to cross Chile off your bucket list. If you have an Australian passport you can travel to Chile without a visa between now and 9 May 2020.

Previously you would be paying US$117 at Santiago Airport for the administrative reciprocity charge (which currently equates to around AUD$170). That's money you could spend enjoying more of what matters, including eating pastel de choclo and empanadas or visiting the Atacama Desert.

To make the most of the waived fee, you'll have to travel before 9 May 2020 as electronic visas will be rolled out from then onwards. When it does, you'll be able to get your hands on the eVisa before you travel.

How does the eVisa work?

Details on how Chile will implement the new process are yet to be released.

All we know so far is that the eVisa will replace the need for the long wait in lines at Santiago Airport, meaning that you'll explore Chile faster.

More information will become available in early 2020.

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