Thinking of heading over to Santiago, Atacama or Patagonia? Felicitaciones! You just saved yourself AU$171 on the visa which means more money for Pisco sours, ceviche and other delicious Chilean treats.

Chile’s National Tourism Service has just announced the postponement of the visa requirement for Australian tourists wishing to enter the country.

Did someone say “FREE ENTRY?”

Between now and May 9, 2020, Australian passport holders will not be required to hold a visa when entering Chile.

As of May 9, 2020, Chile will introduce a new electronic visa, which Australian passport holders will be able to obtain prior to travel.

Santiago

Santiago

Ascotán

Additionally, as of December 16, 2019, the administrative reciprocity charge of USD117 (Appx AU$171) paid upon arrival at Santiago Airport, has been waived.

This will mean Australian visitors will not be required to pay to enter Chile.

This is fantastic news, because, let’s face it, Chile has A LOT to get excited about.

A long, narrow South American country stretching from the world’s driest desert in the North to the vast glacial wilderness of the south, Chile is a land of extremes.

Whether it’s discovering the cosmopolitan capital Santiago, exploring world-class wine regions, UNESCO world heritage sites or engaging in outdoor activities like hiking, trekking, rafting, horse riding and surfing in some of the planet’s most pristine landscapes, Chile offers diverse activities for all travellers.

For four consecutive years in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Chile has been crowned as the world’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination at the World Tourism Awards.

Ruta del Vino, Casa Lapostolle

Ruta del Vino, Casa Lapostolle

Valley of the Moon

Further details about the process of applying for the new electronic visa for those travelling after May 9, 2020, will be shared in early 2020.

The new electronic visa will be part of wider measures that speed up the arrivals process at Santiago Airport.

Fingers crossed it remains free for Australians…. Until then… VAMOS A CHILE!

Find out more: www.chile.travel