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.)

 

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 (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: My guide on scoring a Peru Visa 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.

personal details and details of the Chile travel trip page of the chile tourist visa for indian

Note: Multipurpose Tourist visa means multiple entries and exits.

 

Step 2. of Chile visa for Indians.

Fill in the applicant’s identification details.

applicant's identification details for chile visa application for chilean visa for indians

 

Step 3. of Chile visa for Indians.

Add your contact details and information about your family.

 

contact details for the application form for chile visa for indian citizens

 

Step 4. of Chile visa for Indians.

In the General Description section of the form, provide your profession, education, and other details.

general description page of the visa form for indians applying for a chile visa on an indian passport

 

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.

contact in chile page of the application form of the visa to chile for indians

Step 5. of Chile visa for Indians.

Write about your intended activity in Chile.

activity in chile page of the chile online visa application form

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.

 

attach document page of the chile visa application form

 

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 protected] 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!

Must Read: My 11,000 words long Chile Travel Guide (based on my 6-months-long solo travel through the country).

 

Did the visa guide help you? Please pin it so that the rest can find. Thank you.

 

hornophiren photo where horses are grazing mountains chile landscape photo being used for chile visa for indians guide

Have more questions about getting a Chile visa for Indians? Shoot them away in comments 🙂

20 Comments

  1. SS-RAJ March 20, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Great post for Indians travels to chile…Thank you for posting……….

    Reply
    1. Priyanka Gupta March 20, 2019 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you, Raj, for reading and leaving this appreciative comment 🙂 Looking forward to hear more from you.

      Reply
      1. vibin March 22, 2019 at 2:17 pm

        Hi,
        I applied work visa for chile.now I got status cerrado(closed).what is the meaning?what is the next step?please guide me

        Reply
        1. Priyanka Gupta March 22, 2019 at 3:15 pm

          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 – @[email protected] Thank you.

          Reply
  2. Ashish Dogra February 28, 2019 at 11:48 am

    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.

    Reply
    1. Priyanka Gupta February 28, 2019 at 12:49 pm

      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.

      Reply
  3. Ashish Dogra February 27, 2019 at 10:01 am

    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?

    Reply
    1. Priyanka Gupta February 27, 2019 at 12:01 pm

      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.

      Reply
    2. Ashish Dogra February 28, 2019 at 11:54 am

      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.

      Reply
      1. Priyanka Gupta February 28, 2019 at 12:51 pm

        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 🙂

        Reply
  4. Umid Tat February 18, 2019 at 5:39 am

    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.

    Reply
    1. Priyanka Gupta February 18, 2019 at 10:58 am

      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.

      Reply
      1. Umid Tat February 19, 2019 at 2:54 am

        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?

        Reply
        1. Priyanka Gupta February 19, 2019 at 10:15 am

          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.

          Reply
  5. Ash swan February 16, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks Priyanka.. much needed and well described…
    Gracias

    Reply
    1. Priyanka Gupta February 18, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Thank you, Ash. Glad to be of help.

      Reply
  6. Diptarka January 26, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    This is really helpful and descriptive. Once I am done with the process, I will share my entire experience.

    Reply
    1. Priyanka Gupta February 18, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Thank you so much, Diptarka. That will really help out the other readers.

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

    Very descriptive, appreciate the screenshots.

    Reply
    1. Priyanka Gupta January 9, 2019 at 5:18 pm

      Thank you, Manisha 🙂

      Reply

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