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Country Information

Chile

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Travel Cash Card in Swiss francs (CHF)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
  • Banknotes in local currency
    For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • Cash withdrawals often only with a PIN four digit possible.

Credit cards

  • Customary credit cards are accepted in most places. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
  • Credit cards are recommended for car rentals. Prepaid cards are generally accepted for payment but not for reservations. Please check the possible payment methods with the car rental company in advance.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
Chilean peso CLP
Currency exchange rate (effective date)
CLP 100 =~ CHF 0.15 ; CHF 1 =~ CLP 677.97 (01/2020)
Import local currency
unlimited; USD 10'000.00 (equivalent) or more must be declared
Import foreign currency
unlimited; USD 10'000.00 (equivalent) or more must be declared
Export local currency
unlimited; USD 10'000.00 (equivalent) or more must be declared
Export foreign currency
unlimited; USD 10'000.00 (equivalent) or more must be declared
Note
  • Keep exchange and transaction receipts.
  • Currency exchange not advised on the black market.

Time difference with Switzerland

- 4 h / - 6 h during our summer time

National language

Official language
Spanish
Language capabilities
English

Capital

Santiago

Country code for calling Switzerland

0 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

220 volt / adapter recommended

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after the arrival, tourist card, return or onward travel ticket and sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months. Extension available on site. The tourists cards given with the entry are essential to leave the country.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Santiago (Las Condes), Américo Vespuscio Sur 100, piso 14
Tel. +56 2 928 01 00

Opening hours

Banks
9.00 - 14.00 h (Mon - Fri
Stores
10.00 - 20.00 h (Mon - Sat)

Driving

Swiss driver's license accepted; international driver's license recommended.
Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).
CH sticker, first-aid kit, fire extinguisher and breakdown triangle mandatory.
Blood alcohol limit: 0.3 ‰.

Health situation

Do not drink tap water.
Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

This country is in an active earthquake zone.
Security
The border areas with Peru, Bolivia and Argentina are still partially mined - even in the vicinity of tourist resorts and a few nature reserves.
Si consiglia di rispettare le abituali misure precauzionali contro la microcriminalità.
Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.
Avoid nighttime driving.
Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
Special legal regulations
Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.