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Different Types of Visa to Visit Chile

There are various types of visa to enter a given territory. In Chile, there are tourist visas, student visas, work visas, and a special type of visa allowing to combine holidays with work opportunities.

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No Visa Required for Many

Most citizens from Europe, the United States, Canada, and Australia, do not require a tourist visa to enter the country. Travelers from these nations coming to Chile for tourism and staying for less than 90 days do not require a visa. They will receive a card upon arrival, which will operate as a tourist visa for all purposes. It is important to keep this document, as it will be required when leaving the country.

Nevertheless, there are some countries that do require a visa to enter Chile, which is the type of visa most commonly issued. A tourist visa allows visitors to enter the country and stay for up to 90 days. This type of visa does not allow engaging in any type of professional activities.

Tourist Visa Extensions

Once in the country, a tourist visa can be extended for another 90 days. In order to do this you must present your passport and the tourist card received upon arrival in the country.

Student Visa

If you wish to study or do an internship in Chile you can apply for a student visa, but bear in mind this type of visa will not allow you to work.

Work-Holiday Visa

The PVT (Work Holidays Permit) allows visiting Chile for tourism and work. This visa is valid for 12 months and allows you to work without any restrictions. A yearly number is established for this type of visa, and applicants must be between ages 18 and 30. You can download the application form from the website of the Consulado General de Chile and submit it once you have filled it.

Recent Changes in Chilean Visas

As of August 1, 2018, three new visa subcategories have been created for Chile:

  • Temporary Opportunity Visa: It allows working in the country for up to 12 months and can only be renewed once. It must be obtained before entering Chilean territory.
  • Temporary International Orientation Visa: It allows working in Chile for up to 12 months and can only be renewed once. It is aimed at foreigners who have reached a certain level of education in select universities. It must be obtained before entering Chilean territory.
  • Temporary National Orientation Visa: It allows working in the country for up to 12 months and, also, it can be renewed only once. This type of visa is reserved for foreigners who have been accepted in the third cycle of accredited Chilean universities. It must be obtained once the applicant is in Chile.
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