How to Score Chile Visa on an Indian Passport – From India and South America

Chile gives free ninety-day entry to most of the countries. But, of course, India doesn’t get free access, and we have to apply for a Chile visa. I was once stuck on the Chile-Bolivia border because I didn’t have any tourist visa for Chile as I had thought that India was also in the list of those fortunate countries. How wrong I was! 

Having paid more than what I should have for this mistake, I decided I would be more sincere while doing visa research and would also help other travelers by updating them with my knowledge on the world visas.

So here you go.

I applied for two different Chile visas: one was a temporary residentship which I applied for as I was going for a four-month-long volunteer program in Chile, and the other visa for Chile was the tourist one for which I applied from La Paz, Bolivia. 

I am penning down the process of getting the tourist Chile visa for Indians from Bolivia. Then I also write down the application process for the tourist Chile visa from India (based on my research, asking around, and filling a dummy application.)

 

Tourist Chile Visa – Process from Bolivia

My case was different than a regular tourist, as I already held an expired temporary residentship visa for Chile, my flight was due in two weeks from Santiago, and I applied for this Chile visa from Bolivia.

But if you plan to apply for a visa for Chile from Bolivia, I can assure you that the process won’t be simple. The Consulate of Chile in Bolivia was pretty strict about issuing visas to Indians. The lady who seemed to be the head of the consulate office told me that I should have applied for a Chile visa from India, my home country.

When I recited my story (which you would get to know in a separate post) and said that all the countries issue visas when someone applies from a third country, which is neither the traveler’s home country nor the destination country, the officer said that Chile didn’t care about what other countries did, and Chile doesn’t give visas to Indians if they apply from outside India. She also said that the Chile consulate in La Paz could only issue visas to Bolivians.

I requested vehemently, and she said she would make an exception for me, but she would require minimum two weeks for the approval of my Chile visa, as Santiago Ministry of External Affairs will have to send their consent.

I sighed and submitted my passport.

I also submitted the following documents along with the visa application form, 

  1. Original Passport
  2. A copy of my flight ticket from Chile to India
  3. A copy of my previous expired temporary resident visa for Chile(As a part of the program I had received temporary residentship visa)
  4. A copy of my RUT or the residentship card

Having had a few experiences with the Indian passport and world visas, I resorted to my backup plan and emailed all the people I knew in Chile and the Indian embassy in Bolivia. Bolivia doesn’t have an Indian embassy, and the email bounced, so I tried meeting the Indian consul in La Paz. But when I knocked on the door of the address which was mentioned as the Consulate on Google, the consul’s wife told me that the consul didn’t sit in La Paz but some other city. I called at the number she provided, and the consul said he couldn’t help me much and that I should contact the Indian ambassador in Peru.

When I told my story to the Indian ambassador in Peru, he emailed the Indian embassy in Santiago, who then requested the Ministry of external affairs in Santiago to approve my visa for Chile on an urgent basis.

The approval came on the same day.

The next day, I rushed to the Chile Consulate, paid fifty dollars to the bank as the lady told me to, received my passport with a Chile visa which was valid only until the date of my flight, walked out of the building, and thanked the universe for taking me out of that one.

But I ended up spending a lot of money and time and energy in the process.

Please don’t take the chances of applying for a visa from Bolivia.

Here is another post from another Indian travel blogger who applied for a Chile visa from Ecuador and found that the process was smooth and got his visa within eight days.

I guess it depends on the country you apply from.

 

Also Read: How to Score a Peru Visa on an Indian Passport – From India and South America

 

Tourist Chile Visa – Process from India

If you apply for a tourist visa for Chile from India, you have to fill the online form on the Tramites website, upload a photo and the required documents, and then you would have to wait to visit the New Delhi consulate of Chile, the only one in India, for an interview, to pay, and to collect the passport.

I didn’t apply for a tourist visa for Chile from India, but I talked to many friends and read a lot of blogs to be able to summarize the information here correctly. I also filled the visa application form until the last step to understand the process.

You can also find all the information for Chile visa for Indians here on the website of Consulate of Chile in New Delhi.

 

Here are the steps of the application process along with the screenshots.

Step 1. of Chile visa for Indians Application form.

Details of the trip.

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Note: Multipurpose Tourist visa means multiple entries and exits.

 

Step 2. of Chile visa for Indians Application form.

Applicant’s Identification.

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Step 3. of Chile visa for Indians Application form.

Contact and Family.

 

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Step 4. of Chile visa for Indians Application form.

General Description.

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This step of the form requires you to fill the details of an acquaintance or relative in Chile. You can put your hotel’s address and name in the acquaintance description. 

Here is the screenshot of how I would have filled the hotel details. Home Phone is the contact number of the hotel.

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Step 5. of Chile visa for Indians Application form.

Activity in Chile.

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The activity in Chile is what you would do there, of course. I selected the Tourims(means tourism) activity and filled in the details of the hotel again in the rest of the fields.

This screen will take you to the document upload screen.

 

Step 6. of Chile visa for Indians Application form.

Attached Documents.

 

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The documents required are a photo, passport copy, return flight tickets, hotel reservations, cover letter, and bank statements. 

Now here is a catch. The website asks for an Apostille check which is a background check from the police department. When I took a temporary residentship Chile visa, I applied for one from the Indian passport office, went to the Bangalore passport center, and got the background check stamped on my passport. The whole process took a week.

But when it comes to a tourist visa for Chile, both single entry and multiple entries, though the Chile Consulate mentions that they need a background check, they don’t ask for one or expect one. I read this on multiple blogs, and many of my friends who recently got a Chile visa confirmed that they didn’t submit a background check.

One of my friends submitted her cover letter in the place of a background check.

Also, the Consulate website mentions a visa interview but from what I have read online, they are never keen on interviewing any applicant, and if you submit your previous visas or current visas to other countries, the Consul would waiver the interview. (Another fellow traveler Manisha has written well about the Chile visa process here, and she also didn’t give an interview.)

After you have applied for the visa for Chile by filling the online form, attaching a photo, and the relevant documents, the status of the application would become payable. This status change might happen the next day or might take a few days.

You can also send an email @nuevadelhi@consulado.gob.cl and hope for an answer.

After it has become payable, as the Chile consulate in India doesn’t accept online payments as of now, you would have to go to the Chilean Consulate in New Delhi, pay for the visa, get your passport stamped if the visa is approved, and voila.

From what I have read online, the process might take from a few days to about eight working days or two weeks. 

I hope that the Chile visa process is clear to you now. As all the visa application, this one also seems like a hassle, but I promise you that the stunning Chilean landscapes and the warm people are worth more than the effort.

Enjoy Chile!

Also Read: My Essential Travel Guide to Chile – The World’s Most Gorgeous Country (based on my six-months-long solo travel through the country).

 

Have more questions? Shoot them away in comments 🙂

2 Comments

  1. Manisha Singh December 10, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Very descriptive, appreciate the screenshots.

    Reply
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