Covid-Related Travel Update, July 2022: Chile is open to international tourists. Visit the Chilean government’s official website for travel-related information and regulations. Don’t forget to read the government’s rules to be followed in public spaces here. My guide to traveling around South America is also a must.
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.
A Really Helpful Read: My experiential and well-researched guide to world visas for Indians
[Update 2019] : Since April 1 2019, Chile allows all Indians holding a valid US visa into Chile. So if you have a valid US visa, you don’t have to apply for a tourist visa.
Please read the official message of the Consulate of Chile:
Please note that the below message was an old notification on a page of Chile website that doesn’t even work anymore.
The Consular Section of the Embassy of Chile in India states that henceforth all Indian travelers holding B1/B2 Visa or Residence Permit (Green Card) from the USA, with current validity of six months, do not require a Chilean tourist visa (either Simple Tourism or Multiple Tourism or Multiple-Business). This came into effect from the 1st April 2019.
This is the new information that Chile provides-
The Consular Section of the Embassy of Chile in India states that henceforth all Indian travelers holding a valid US Visa, with current validity of six months, do not require a Chilean tourist visa (either Simple Tourism or Multiple Tourism or Multiple-Business). This came into effect from the 1st April 2019.
– All travelers to Chile need to have a valid passport for at least six months from the date of entrance into the country.
– Tourist travelers should have enough financial support for their stay in Chile.
– The period of stay in Chile for tourists is up to 90 days.
– Not applicable to USA Transit Visa (Visa C).
You can read more about the change here on the official website of the Chilean government.
Now as I read this message I understand that all the travelers having a valid US visa can travel to Chile without applying for a separate Chilean tourist visa. The only exemption seems to be where the Indian travelers have a USA transit visa. But if you are in doubt, please email the Chilean Consulate in New Delhi @firstname.lastname@example.org and confirm.
If you do not have a valid US visa, please keep reading for the Chile visa application process.
Recommended Read: My guide to applying for a US tourist visa so that can you can enter many countries without taking a specific visa for that country.
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.)
Must Read: My 11,000 words ultimate Chile travel guide (based on my 6-month solo travel through the country).
Chile Tourist Visa – Application 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 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 a minimum of 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,
- Original Passport
- A copy of my flight ticket from Chile to India
- A copy of my previous expired temporary resident visa for Chile(As a part of the program I had received temporary residentship visa)
- 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: My guide on scoring a travel visa to Peru on an Indian Passport, from India and South America
Chilean Visa for Indians – Application 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.
Fill in your personal details and the details of the trip in the application form.
Note: Multipurpose Tourist visa means multiple entries and exits.
Step 2. of Chile visa for Indians.
Fill in the applicant’s identification details.
Step 3. of Chile visa for Indians.
Add your contact details and information about your family.
Step 4. of Chile visa for Indians.
In the General Description section of the form, provide your profession, education, and other details.
This step of the form also 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.
Step 5. of Chile visa for Indians.
Write about your intended activity in Chile.
The activity in Chile is the reason why you are visiting Chile. 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.
Attach documents relevant to the Chile visa requirements for Indian citizens.
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 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 @email@example.com and hope for an answer. Here is the link to the Indian embassy in Santiago if you have been looking for their link.
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. Similar to all the visa applications, Chilean visa application also seems like a hassle, but I promise you that the stunning Chilean landscapes and the warm people are worth more than the effort.
Follow up reads:
My complete travel guide to Chile – I taught English in Chile for five months and traveled through the country, solo, for about 6 months. This Chile guide has all the information that I can provide on traveling in Chile and understanding the country from a foreigner’s and an Indian’s perspective.
My comprehensive Bolivia travel guide – I traveled in Bolivia for about a month, solo and with friends I made in Chile. In this Bolivia guide, I have written down exhaustive travel information on Bolivia. From places to see, things to do, to Bolivia’s economy and politics, you will find it all here.
My ultimate Peru travel guide – I backpacked in Peru for about five weeks. This Peru guide is complete and a one-stop travel guide to find all the information on Peru and to answer all your Peru travel questions.
You should also read my ultimate travel guide to South America in which I have shared all the information and insider tips collected from my own trip.
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102 thoughts on “Chile Visa for Indians [From India and South America]”
I have friend in. Chile the don’t know English language . I want to go there . Can u help me written sponsor letter so that I send to person who sponsor me .. he don’t know about sponsor letter .. he told me send me example of sponsor letter then .. please send me example of sponsor letter
Due to this pandemic, Chilean borders are closed and not yet opened. At this situation, is it possible to enter the country with a student visa?
Hi Anitha. I am afraid that you might not be able to enter. Could you please email the embassy and ask? Let me know what happens. Thanks for stopping by.
Thank a bunch for the information.
I contacted an agency to get my documents apostilled. They gave me the following guidelines:
Stamps Include For Apostille-
1. Delhi Notary
2. SDM ( Sub Divisional Magistrate ) Stamp
3. MEA ( Ministry of External Affairs ) Stamp
4. Apostille Strikes
Process Charges:- 3000/- Per document
Do you think I should get my documents apostilled by them?
Thank you for your suggestions. I have two more queries:
1. I found that the certificates are to be apostilled by the MEA. I am not sure what procedure I have to follow for that?
2. Can I get the medical certificate from any certified physician? Is there any format for that?
Once more, many thanks for your help.
Thanks for the great post. I have been offered a Research Assistant position in Santiago, Chile. I was suggested from the institute to join there in November 2020 (however, they appeared to be flexible with the dates). Also, they asked me to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa. I wrote to the Chile Embassy in New Delhi a few days back. They told me that the visa application process has started in India. So, now I have started arranging the documents to be submitted and I have some queries regarding that.
1. I will be travelling with my mother. So, which route will be the best for us? via Dubai or via London?
2. Can I get my documents apostilled by hiring a lawyer outside any court?
3. Due to the pandemic, I am very confused about booking flight tickets. Since it will be a long journey and every now and then I hear that flights get cancelled I am a bit apprehensive about my travel. When do you suggest that I should plan my travel? Actually I desperately need inputs from other experienced travellers to arrive at a decision.
Thanks for your comment.
1. How long is the flight via London? From Dubai 3 connecting flights with a 35 hour total travel almost. Depends on the time between flights. Choose as per comfort. Emirates was very comfortable. Don’t pick Ethiopian airlines that are abundant on this route. Take travel insurance that you can opt for while booking tickets. Or book refundable or flexible tickets. You may have to pay a bit extra but you would save a lot if something gets rescheduled.
Hope this helps. Do leave more questions if you have any.
I want to go to chile in students visa. But I didn’t find any university who offers MBA in english. Can you help me out ? Or any idea about any consultant. It will be great help .
Hi. I am sorry but I don’t know any consultant. Doing MBA in Chile might not be the best idea. Most of the universities would run in Spanish there.
Such an informative post with proper guidance and clarification and I am sure a lot of people are going to find it helpful. Keep up the great work Guys
My name is shahman am from pakistan i want information about chile work visa. I have contract and sponsorship letter from company in chile i want to ask you what kind of documents i needed for visa apply of chile embassy in abu dabi documents that i have right now is medical certificate, character certificate, contract, sponsorship letter, passport plz tell me if need something else
Hi Shahman. Thank you for writing to me. I am not sure about the visa requirements in Abu Dhabi. I think the document list seems sufficient enough. You must get a list of documents listed on the Chile embassy website. Check that out. Or email the embassy or call them and ask. While applying for the visa you would definitely get to know. Let me know how it goes. Thank you.
Thanks for reply Priyanka,
I’m not planning to Visit either US or Canada as I’ve covered those in past.
My only intention is to cover South America countries which are “Argentina, bolivia,brazil, chile, peru, Colombia and Ecuador”.
Yes, I’ve heard that Brazil have Visa on arrival for Indians and Bolivia too in past.
So, in my scenario: Do, I have to go in every embassy in Delhi to apply for tourist visa(e.g. like 5-6 times)?
I have a question:
I’m planning to visit 7 countries in South America.
I stay in Bangalore and mostly all embassies are in Delhi. I’ve checked with Peru Embassy they’ve told me that I have to come personally and submit my passport for tourist visa.
Now my question is: Is there any way I can apply for multiple countries in South America similar to Schengen visa in Europe.
As I don’t want to go 7 times to Delhi and Submit my passport individually to each embassy.
Hey Bhanu. Some of the countries now give visa on arrival or visa-free entry to Indians who have a valid US visa. Some South American countries also do give visa on arrival irrespective of that. If you want to make the visa process a bit easier, I think you can either get a US visa or check for the countries whose entry rules allow e visa or visa on arrival. Also, you can get some of the visas from South America itself. Like I got the Bolivia visa from the Bolivia embassy in Cusco. This can be done if you have some time on hand while traveling. I also got a Peru visa from Santiago.
I have detailed posts on US visa, Peru visa, Bolivia visa, and even a long post on visa-free countries and the ones that issue e visa. You can check the links here – https://www.onmycanvas.com/visas-on-indian-passport/
Let me know how it works out.
I just came across your post and thought maybe you can help me with my questions. I am applying for student Visa. What are the apostille documents that has to be submitted in my case (just Police Clearance and the acceptance letter) If not what and has to be attached? And there is a row that says to attach documents. So, in which all the other related documents should be included? Like medical certificate and the degree certificate those kinda stuffs. Also, my other major doubt is,the university printed my acceptance letter without my surname. Will that be alright?
I am asking you these things because I have no response from our Consulate. I tried contacting them through mail and also telephone.
Hi Anitha. Thanks for writing to me. I am not sure about the apostille documents for a student visa. I think you should have a surname on your acceptance letter. You should email them and ask to send you a new one to avoid any issues later on. In Chile everyone has two surnames and two first names. They might have messed up your name in confusion. Can you call the consulate? Might be faster. Ask your university to help you with visa matters. Universities and consulates generally work closely to process visas faster. Hope this helps. Let me know what happens.
Hi Priyanka !! Hope you doing great !!! Thanks for this article i was searching for it. I just have one question, does a refusal from a counrty would affect this ? Because like 3 years back i had got my study visa rejected from States. But now my roots are strong i have job, do you think it will affect this ?
Hey Raj. Thank you for reaching out. I don’t think a rejection from 3 years ago will affect your Chile visa application. Good luck. Let me know how it goes!
About exemption for Indians with only B1/B2, I don’t see anything in the official statement here: https://chile.gob.cl/chile/en/blogs/india/informacion-sobre-visas-vistos
Are you sure H1 and other visas are not valid?
Thanks for your comment. I am glad that you write this here for Chile recently removed that page I had linked to and pasted the information from. There they had written specifically about the need for a B1/B2 visa. But now they say only the USA transit visas are not accepted for this exemption. I think you would be good with an H1 visa. Please email the embassy at the link I have provided and confirm if still in doubt.
Hope this helps. Again many things for bringing this to my attention.
let me know how it goes.
Hello I applied for chile visa and they have started updating my status and today I check and I saw Validar Antecedentes and at the under they wrote Infomación Adicional please what this that mean do they need more information or what?
Hey James, thanks for your comment. What sort of visa are you applying for? Antecedentes means background. As far as I have understood they expect you to provide further information. Specifically a background check or an apostille check which Chile doesn’t ask for a regular tourist visa from what I have heard over years. Email the embassy and ask them what they require. let me know what they say. If you hit reply to this comment and you don’t get a text box, just head to the bottom of the page and enter a new comment. There is some problem in replying to comments and I am looking into fixing it. Good luck.
Thanks for step by step procedure in applying for a Chilean tourist visa. This is great !
I just have a question – if one save and exit the online application, is it possible to return to it another time?
I did just that and did not know how to retrieve my supposedly “saved” application.
Or does one have to fill up the online form and upload everything in one go?
Hey Carmen. Thanks for your comment. Did you get an email from them? Or an open session in one of your tabs? Maybe you created an account or a temporary login? If not, then I think you will have to fill in again. Also, I think the details will be there in the drop-down in each text box. Try and let me know how it goes.
Thank you for response, yes we gave the interview and interview date was 26/8/2019. And on my husband application closed status was updating 8/8/2019( reason is non payment) .In my application status was updating on 9/9/2019. We apply for Visa 1/8/2019 and interview date was 26/8/2019. We have tried calling them but number is not responding.
Oh no. Both of your applications closed without any intimation? You didn’t pay? Maybe that is why. I don’t know what can be done. If the interview has been done, the process can be continued from the interview maybe. I am sorry but I think apart from emailing them and calling them I don’t think of any other solution. If you are planning to visit Delhi, maybe you can drop by? Look for embassy email ids and keep trying to contact them. Check your emails if you receive any message from them regarding nonpayment and the next actins.
Hello, Me and my husband had applied tourist visa for Chile and my interview date was 26/8/2019 .I checked my online visa status that was change on 9/9 2019 and showing closed. But in my husband online status it’s showing close 8sept even before the interview date . Is this normal What is the meaning of this. Is it rejected ? I also send the email which you provided on your blog but no answer from that email.
Oops. Sorry to hear this Mangita. Why don’t you try calling the embassy? It shouldn’t close even before interview date. The only reason they might have closed it because they don’t need an interview. You didn’t get a reply on that email? That is weird. I would suggest try looking for phone numbers and call. Also, did you interview happened or not? The dates here are a bit confusing.
Good day My name is Ganesh and i would like to know is it possible to convert Chile Tourist visa in to work permit with out exit from chile.
Hey Ganesh. Thanks for your comment. I am not sure about this. Why don’t you talk to the Indian embassy in Santiago or the Chilean immigration office? I am sure they would help. Let me know how it goes.
Hi Priyanka…One small suggestion please, as I have applied for work visa, i have uploaded all the necessary documents like INVITATION LETTER, WORK CONTRACT, PCC, MEDICAL CERTIFICATE..but as I got the COVER LETTER late, I was not able to upload… I hope that might not affect my application to rejected please..I am confused. My current status is “En Espera” and I applied on 24th Aug
Emailing at the address of the embassy that I have provided in the article should help. Do try. Let me know how it goes.
Visa is an important document. Without that, you cannot international travel. You shared the information about Chile visa for Indians is useful. Normally people do not understand how to apply for a visa. Your blog is very well for visa apply for Chile traveling. Great work. Thanks for sharing useful info.
Thanks Manisha..indeed I mailed them and they responded the same stating that it is under review and they will update about the appointment accordingly.. now I have to wait and see the status change..
I will keep all posted on the progress
My name is Priyanka. But good to know that the process is going on. Good luck.
Hi, I have applied for VISA Subject to Contract, Work Contract has been provided by my organization. I have submitted the application with all necessary Apostille and Cover letter with contract details. My current status shows “En Espera” Is this means it’s under process and I have to wait for it’s processing..How much time does it usually takes please.
hey, thanks for your comment. En espera means under process. (espera = wait). travel visas takes a week, at least. Not sure about work visas. Emailing at the address I have provided will help. Do try. Let me know how it goes.
Very good information on the blog which I was looking for to get Chile tourist visa. I am a frequent traveler for attending meeting and conferences. For Indian passport holders, it is traumatic to get a visa for each country, we are exempted from visas like European, US or Canada. In the last three months, I had to travel to S. Korea, China, Germany and every time apply for the visa for each country, takes minimum 10 – 15 days. Now I have to travel to Brazil and Chile, I have obtained Brazil visa, applied for the Chile visa online today, online application is successful. Now what i understand that I have to wait for update/intimation from Chile Embassy that my visa is approved and then only i have to visit the Chile Embassy in New Delhi for getting stamped the visa on my passport. Have I interpreted correctly?
How many days its takes for approval of tourist single entry visa after submission of online application successfuly.
Looking forward for inputs from you.
Prof. Arun Chougule
Hi Prof Arun. Thank you for your comment. I know that Indians have a hard time traveling with all these visas. You have interpreted the information correctly. It takes a few days to get the application status updated. But you can also check with the embassy by emailing them if you think it is taking too much time. I have written the email address in the article. Hope this helps. Please let me know here how it goes.
Thank you for providing information in this matter.
I am currently in Santiago and I will be working here for around 8 months. I am trying to bring my spouse and daughter as my dependants.
I entered Chile with a business visa and now working on PETT (temporary work permit). My Temporary Residence Visa application has been lodged on 8th July 2019. But the information I received is that it will take around 6 months to processing. So applying for depended visa after that will not be really practical. So below is the advise I got from the immigration team of our company.
“My dependants must apply for visitor visas – not temporary residence visas – at the Chilean Consulate. Thus, proof of the main applicant’s temporary residence visa or Chilean work contract are not typically required for visitor visa applications. Once the dependants travel to Chile, their temporary residence visa applications in country can be submitted.”
But in sites I find that work permit is required for inviting them. Kindly provide your thoughts on this please.
Hey George. Thanks for writing to me. I think you should just ask them to apply for visitor permits without showing any work contract or anything. Getting Chile travel visa is easy. Once they are in the country, you can submit their temporary residence application after showing your temporary residentship application and work contract. Make sure you ask them to apply for visitor visas which are valid for at least a month. You can provide the itinerary and their reservations etc as per for a month. Or you can also email the Chilean embassy and ask them how you should go ahead. Maybe you can also apply for their temporary residentship with your application? Please ask. For (now when I think) this doesn’t sound right that you call them on a visitor visa and then apply for residentship. Visit the Indian embassy in Santiago or call them. They could also answer your queries. Hope this helps. Please update here with the process you follow. The information would help other readers, too. Thank you.
Really appreciate the help you are doing. I have a quesry for you 🙂
I am currently in Santiago and I will be working here for around 8 months. I am trying to bring my spouse and daughter as my dependants.
I entered Chile with a business visa and now working on PETT (Short Term Work Permit). My Temporary Residence Visa application has been lodged on 8th July 2019. But the information I received is that it will take around 6 months to processing. So applying for depended visa after that will not be really practical. So below is the advise I got from the immigration team of our company.
“My dependants must apply for tourist visas – not temporary residence visas – at the Chilean Consulate. Thus, proof of the main applicant’s temporary residence visa or Chilean work contract are not typically required for visitor visa applications. Once the dependants travel to Chile, their temporary residence visa applications in country can be submitted. While applying for tourist visa, I can provide an invitation letter showing my financial status and accommodation details
But in sites I find that work permit is required for inviting them. Kindly provide your thoughts on this please.
Hello Priyanka, I am Yash here..I am travelling to Argentina & Chile. I have US B1/B2 visa and I read in your blog that we can travel to Chile with it. So my question was, I will be crossing border through land while travelling from El Calafate to Puerto Natales. So is the immigration with US visa possible at Land border in Chile?
Hey Yash. Thanks for writing. I think you can do the immigration at the land border with the US visa marked on your passport. Do read the exact embassy declaration as I have linked in my blog. Also, you can write to the embassy at the email I have mentioned and ask them and keep the print out of the email with you, just in case.
Thanks For your reply Priyanka. I will confirm it with embassy once.
I’m Indian citizen, already travel to Dubai, China, macau, South Africa, Kenya, Thailand and Malaysia. Now I want to visit to Chile as a tourist for 7 days. when I’m trying to fill the online application form, they asking for apostille documents. I can’t get it, it’s long time process to get it done. So what can I do now, is it mandatory to do it or can apply without it. If can apply without apostille, then how can do? let me know please.
Thanks for writing. You can apply to Chile tourist visa without apostille, and you can read the comments here in which apostille is discussed in detail. In place of apostille, you can attach some other document, like identification.
Hope this helps.
I’m Indian citizen, already travel to Dubai, China, macau, South Africa, Kenya, Thailand and Malaysia. Now I want to visit to Chile as a tourist. when I’m trying to fill the online application form, they asking for apostille documents. I can’t get it, it’s long time process to get it done. So what can I do now, is it mandatory to do it or can apply without it. If can apply without apostille, then how can do? let me know please.
Hey Jit, an apostille is not needed for a travel visa. Please read the blog post carefully and the comments in which this has been discussed in detail. Thank you.
Hi. Priyanka. I am Angat and ve been travelling to achule evry year to visit my family. I am flying out soon again to Santiago Chile and have got both information and confirmation from the embassy of Chile New Delhi on my email saying Indian travellers holding valid B1/2 USA visa do not require tourist visa anymore. But I am quite afraid of the ground staff at the New Delhi airport or the immigration would have any knowledge about this and wouldn’t make an issue for me to board the flight. Please share your thoughts on this . Thank you
Hey Angat. Don’t worry. I think just carry a print out of the email from the Chilean embassy and show it to the ground staff in Delhi when you fly. Hope this works. Let me know how it goes. Good luck.
Thank you for this, based on the reply by Kannu above, any valid US visa is allowed (H1b, L1 etc) ? I have emailed embassy at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm, waiting for a reply. Is that the right address ?
email@example.com is the email Id that has always worked for me. Did you get a reply?
I am Suman. I was in US for 8 years and returned to India in Nov 2017 I was working from 2014 to 2017. I didn’t work officially anywhere in 2018 but I started to work since March 2019 in India. Is it possible to get Chilean visa for me? Kindly do let me know.
Hey Suman, sorry for the late reply. You can definitely get a Chilean visa. Chile is not a difficult country to get in. If your US visa is still valid, you can even enter on the basis of that. Please contact Chilean embassy for more information.
Hi, Does the tourist visa exemption apply for H1B visas as well?
Hey Sonali. The H1B visa is not mentioned in the official message. Why don’t you email the embassy at the address I have given above and ask? Please let us know if H1B visa is also included.
Hello please help me i am in love with a girl from chile from 2 years i am 20 year i wanna go there what should i do i don’t know the process so please help me i collected the money please its emergency
Hey, Aniket. Please work, earn the money, and visit the girl. That is all I can say. I am sure if you want to visit her, things will work out.
Hi Priyank, thanks a lot for this. This is super helpful. But please note that it is only for B1/B2 and not for H1B visa holders, so it is free for valid US visa but it has to be either B1 or B2. Can you please update it.
Hey Manjunath, thank you for your comment and the suggestion. Though I had written down the entire message from the US embassy which clearly specifies that the exemption is only for the citizens who have B1/B2 visa, I have also updated my note and included the visa specification. Are you traveling to Chile soon?
Hi, I applied for Chile they called me for interview and told to wait for 1 month, 2 weeks passed and visa status is closed what means that?
Can you please email them at the above email address and ask? This is the email @firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know what happens.
Hi guys my name is Sonu and I live in NZ. I have travelled to Chile 2 times and have good information about visa process and places to visit there. Feel free to ask me any questions.
Thank you for your comment, Sonu. Will surely reach out if we have questions. thanks.
Very informative – thanks. I have read on two news outlets that as of April 1st, 2019, Indians holding a US visa (B1/B2), with at least 6 months validity left, no longer require a Chilean visa to enter the country. I have emailed the Chilean Embassy in Delhi to confirm this in writing.
Thank you, Kannu, for updating me about this change. Let’s see if it gets confirmed and I will update the article to reflect the change. If Chile starts allowing Indians on US visa, that would be great. 🙂
Received confirmation 🙂 Below is the email I received from the Embassy in New Delhi:
“Dear Sir / Madam:
Greetings. From the 1st of April 2019, all Indian nationals with valid US Visa (with current validity of six months) are not required Chilean tourist visa.
It should be noted that applicants also need to have a valid Passport for six months and should have enough financial support for his stay in Chile.
Consulado de Chile en Nueva Delhi
Consulate of Chile in New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 43100400
Fax: +91 11 43100431
A16/1 Poorvi Marg – Vasant Vihar 110057
New Delhi – INDIA
Thank you so much, Kannu, for this email. I am doing confirmations from my side as well and planning to update this article.
Article updated. Your information is perfect. Thank you so much for updating me 🙂
Hi Priyanka, I am Angat here. I travel to Chile every year to visit my family. I do apply for the tourist visa to visit chile but now I ve got the same information and reply on the Email from the embassy of Chile New Delhi stating that Indians with B1/2 visa do not require tourist visa for Chile anymore. I am a bit afraid if the airline ground staff would not stop me from letting me board the flight to Chile? I am flying out soon next week. Please update or share your thought on this. Thank you
If they do, show them the website of Chilean consulate. Hopefully it will work out. Let me know what happens.
You can take a print out of the email, too.
Thanks for the update about US visa validity to enter Chile.
Have you got any confirmation regarding the same from the Embassy of Chile.
I have the same doubt. I have to join a conference in US this July and then moving to chile for a year. I visited the website and they mentioned, the Chile visa exemption over US visa w.e.f April 2019 but I’m still doubtful whether should I follow this protocol or should I apply for chile visa as well.
If you have any information please let me know(email@example.com), it will help me a lot.
Hi Nidhi. Thank you for your comment. This change is official and I have updated the article to reflect the new information. But the Chile website says that the maximum period to stay in Chile would be 90 days. Why don’t you email the embassy and ask them? They generally reply. Let us know what happens. Good luck.
Very informative and very very useful. I applied for the chile visa in the same way and my visa application has been approved.
Thank you very much, Priyanka. Appreciated!. I wish, you travel all around the world and give such nice information for visa application for other countries also.
Thank you, Nilesh, for letting me know that my article provided you the right information to apply for a Chile visa. And tonnes of thanks for wishing such good things for me. It makes me very happy to know that the travel information I provide is helpful to others. Have a great trip. Do check out the detailed Chile and Peru and Bolivia articles I have as you are visiting South America.
Great post for Indians travels to chile…Thank you for posting……….
Thank you, Raj, for reading and leaving this appreciative comment 🙂 Looking forward to hear more from you.
I applied work visa for chile.now I got status cerrado(closed).what is the meaning?what is the next step?please guide me
Hey Vibin. Why don’t you call the embassy and ask? They answer phones, I have heard. Or email them. I think this is the contact – @firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
This happened with me too for the first time.
I presume some goof up with the application can be a cause of Cerrado status. So am coming from the view point wherein, I did not upload all the necessary documents. They do send an email if its been closed by them, do check your mailbox as the embassy is very active over emails correspondence (possibly the only way to sort your queries out). Email id shared by Priyanka is correct, go ahead and shoot an email.
Note: Be sure that you are uploading all the documents as informed on the immigration site. Here are the documents name (to upload while applying) for your perusal
– Health certificate
– Invitation letter
– Work contract
– Degree certificate (has to be apostilled)
– PCC (has to be apostilled)
– Cover letter
Thank you so much, Ashish, for helping other readers. Vibin, I hope Ashish’s advice helped. Did you get your visa?
Really well explained!
This post had happened to be a blessing in disguise OR for Indians like me; searching over the internet and going crazy as all the efforts to find information about Chile visa process, and related things go in vain. Before 26th Jan’19, I couldn’t find even a single blog (which covers almost all the dimesnsion) till 10th page of Google search related to Chile-India thing. Thanks for putting it across!
A quick question –
[*] How long does it take from appointment date to get a Visa in hand? So say if one gets an appointment date on 10 March what do you think can be the quickest date of departure from India? How did it go with you-experience will surely help!
P.S: The Visa request was for Work Permit.
Ashish, that is very gracious of you. I am glad that my post helped you. The idea behind writing detailed posts is that other travelers, especially who have similar constraints as Indians do, can use the information that I have collected. Why would everyone go to the same troubles is what I think while writing my detailed posts. And now you inspire me to continue doing so. I think you can get a visa within 2-3 days of the appointment. I didn’t apply for tourist visa from India, but this is gathering all the information from friend and readers who told me. work permit should also be quick, I hope.
Very nicely explained. Happy to see it. T
Though have a specific questions
1. I just got an appointment date over email and the tramites website. Is it what you referring to as a payable state.
2. Do we get a visa on the same day of appointment? If not, how long does it took with you?
Thank you, Ashish. 1. I think that would be it. Now you can just go to Delhi and pay and complete the interview. 2. Either you will get the same day or maybe by the next day. Hope this helps. Let me know in how many days you get the visa. Will help other travelers, too.
Thanks for the reply. Surely will do so
Just noticed you had replied the first comment. Though had submitted second comment post going through the other information related to South America & Chile particularly.
That’s okay. I always reply to comments so feel free to post here. I have a lot of articles on Chile and South America and more are coming up this month. So keep reading and post your questions on the blog articles. Have an amazing trip. I love Chile, for all the good reasons which you might have read in my articles by now 🙂
Hi Priyanka. First of all, thank you very much. I’m from Azerbaijan, I live in Istanbul, Turkey. This information is not only for Indians. This informations helped me too. Very valuable informations. Thank you so much! I have a question in Step 6 (about Attach documents). 1) I uploaded my own photo (Attach photograph), 2) I uploaded my passport photocopy (Attach passport),
But I did not understand, what we will do in 3 ( Attach Apostille Record Certificate (include apostille in the same PDF file) and
4 (Attach Documents). In Attach Documents, how I can upload my all documents? Because there just I can upload just one photo or maybe I don’t know. Please give me information about this.
Hi Umid. Thanks for reaching out. I am glad that the information is helping non-Indians, too.
As I have written in the article above, the website asks for an Apostille check which is a background check from the police department. But from what I read and other bloggers and travelers confirmed, in place of the apostille check, you can upload another document. One of my friends submitted her cover letter in place of a background check. But this is what I have heard from Indians. Why don’t you try it as well? Chile expected an apostille check when I applied for a temporary residentship. But for travel visas, they didn’t care much. But I am not sure how are the rules for Azerbaijan.
When you are attaching documents, combine them into one file and upload that file. If you have all the pdfs, use an online pdf merge service. You will get one merged document. Then upload that document.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Let me know if you have other questions.
Dear Priyanka thanks I did it but this time I have a problem with step about validation.
wanted validation code: I wrote my validation code.
Type of Identifier: Run, Passport, Dni. (I chose Passport)
After I chose: Passport.
Identifier Number: I wrote my passport number.
after I did Im not robot.
this was not accepted and I could not move to the other page.
What can I do?
Okay. I didn’t face this. Your application is saved, right? Log into another browser and try submitting the application again. Sometimes some websites prefer a Firefox over Chrome or the other way around. Let me know if it works.
Thanks Priyanka.. much needed and well described…
Thank you, Ash. Glad to be of help.
This is really helpful and descriptive. Once I am done with the process, I will share my entire experience.
Thank you so much, Diptarka. That will really help out the other readers.
Very descriptive, appreciate the screenshots.
Thank you, Manisha 🙂