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.
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[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 travellers to Chile need to have a valid passport for at least six months from the date of entrance into the country.
– Tourist travellers 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 @[email protected] and confirm.
If you do not have a valid US visa, please keep reading for the Chile visa application process.