Chile Travel Information
Chilean authorities announced Wednesday, March 18,
that the country's borders will be closed for entry
because of the coronavirus. It will still be allowed to
leave the country, but it must be expected that most
flights will be canceled in the future. A curfew has
been introduced between 11.00 and 11.00. 10 pm and 2 pm
05. A curfew has also been introduced in several
municipalities in the capital Santiago and in some other
cities. Norwegian citizens who are still in Chile are
encouraged to contact their airline or airport in
Santiago for the latest updated information on flights.
The Embassy cannot assist with booking tickets. For more
information on coronavirus and entry regulations, see
the sections Health and Entry. Information is also
posted on the embassy's Facebook page "Noruega en
After extensive demonstrations and civil unrest
throughout Chile in October and November 2019, a large
police riot can still be seen in the streets of major
cities. It is expected that there will still be some
demonstrations in the larger cities ahead. In Santiago,
the demonstrations have largely concentrated in and
around Plaza Baquedano/Plaza Italia and Alameda, as well
as the Providencia, Las Condes, Vitacura and downtown
In connection with the demonstrations, clashes
between protesters and police, riots, shoplifting,
roadblocks and fire suppression may occur. Tourists and
foreigners as such are not targets for the
demonstrations, and the embassy is not aware that there
have been incidents that have directly affected
Norwegian citizens. Norwegian citizens are encouraged to
avoid demonstrations, to be careful, to carry a valid
ID, to follow the authorities' instructions and advice
and to follow local news.
Public transport operates mostly as normal, but some
Santiago metro stations are still closed. Updated
information on public transport, roads and other
conditions can be read at Chilereports.
The risk of terrorist incidents in Chile is generally
considered low. However, local authorities are reporting
isolated incidents and smaller bombs believed to be
carried out by anarchist groups in the country,
especially in the capital.
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of Chile. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Crime in Chile and Santiago has increased in recent
years, but is still lower than usual in the region.
Violent crime is relatively rare among tourists, but
pocket thefts are more frequent. In general, one should
exercise caution and common sense where you go, and take
care not to wear expensive jewelry, watches etc
. Pocket thieves are particularly active in the
city center and on public transport.
Harassment and episodes of violence based on sexual
Chile is one of the world's most vulnerable to
earthquakes. Often it will be possible to notice minor
shaking, but at regular intervals there are also severe
tremors, which can also lead to a tsunami. Chile also
has several active volcanoes at risk of eruptions.
Forest fire and flood occur.
Familiarize yourself with the Chilean authorities'
precautions and relevant sources of information, for
example: Onemi (Oficina Nacional de Emergencia - under
the Ministry of the Interior) has posted these
precautions in connection with earthquakes and the
following precautions for tsunami. Red Nacional de
Emergencia Chile and Universidad de Chile - Servicio
Sismol¨®gico keeps an ongoing overview of earthquakes in
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Due to the coronavirus, the Chilean authorities
announced March 18 that the country's borders will be
closed to foreigners, unless they have a residence
permit in Chile. It will still be allowed to leave the
country, but it must be expected that most flights will
be canceled in the future. Norwegian citizens who are
still in Chile are encouraged to contact their airline
or airport in Santiago for the latest updated
information on flights. The Embassy cannot assist with
booking tickets. Anyone arriving from Chile from abroad
will have to stay in quarantine for 14 days after
There is currently no visa requirement for Norwegian
citizens to enter Chile. Access to stays as a tourist is
granted up to 90 days from the entry date stamped in the
passport. Upon entry, an entry form is assigned. This
should be preserved as it must be displayed upon
Should you be in Chile beyond this, contact your
nearest Chilean embassy. For import regulations to
Chile, refer to the Chilean customs website.
Entry requires a valid passport with a minimum of six
months validity beyond the duration of the journey.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Coronavirus
has been detected in Chile. The Chilean authorities urge
everyone to minimize contact with others. A curfew has
been introduced throughout the country from 7 am. 22-05
to prevent infection. Mandatory health checks have also
been introduced at the borders between several regions
and at the entrance to several cities. The Chilean
defense is assisting the authorities in this work.
Schools, cinemas, restaurants and sports events are
In a number of neighborhoods in Santiago and in other
cities, a curfew has been introduced around the clock.
Which cities and boroughs have a curfew are constantly
changing, and travelers are encouraged to familiarize
themselves with local regulations.
The curfew means that you are not allowed to go out
unless you have been allowed to go to a store, pharmacy
or similar. It will be allowed to stay outside for four
hours. You can also go to the doctor. Then the permit is
valid for 24 hours. It is also possible for
foreigners/tourists to apply for such a temporary
permit, and one can search the website Listado de
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Private hospitals are of a high medical standard and
with modern equipment. Also applies to dentists.
Santiago used to be one of the world's most polluted
cities, but air quality has improved significantly in
recent years. On high air pollution days, restrictions
are imposed on car traffic. In the winter months of
June-August, the incidence of respiratory tract
The ozone layer in the atmosphere is so thinned that
the UV radiation can be harmful to health. Bottled water
and high solar factor are recommended.
See vaccine recommendations from the Norwegian
Institute of Public Health.
The Norwegian Embassy in Santiago de Chile
Office Address: Edificio Visionario, Los Militares
5001, Piso 7, Las Condes, Santiago
Tel: +56 (0) 2 2484 2000
Tel: +47 2395 8200
Opening hours for the public: 09: 00-12: 00 Monday to
Consulate in Iquique
Office address: Real Consulado de Noruega, Zegers
Tel: +56 9 9084 3994
Fax: +56 57 425 351
Opening hours for the public: Mon, Wed, Fri 8 am 09:
Consulate in Punta Arenas
Office address: Real Consulado de Noruega, Avenida
Independencia 772, Punta Arenas
Tel: +56 61 261 7300
Opening hours for the public: 08: 00-13: 00/14: 30-18:
30 Monday to Friday
Thin sockets are used, and Norwegian grounded plugs
must therefore have an "adapter". 220volt/50hz (as in
The currency unit in Chile is the Chilean peso.
All known, regular credit cards can be used to
withdraw local currency from an ATM.
The country code for calling Chile is +56.
The time difference between Norway and Chile is minus
six hours (four hours at summer time in Chile/winter
time in Norway, from October to April).
Holidays: January 1, Good Friday, May 1 and 21, June
29, July 16, August 15 (Catholic holidays), September 18
and 19 (National Day), October 12, November 1, 8 and
December 25. It should be noted that some national
holidays are being moved to the nearest Monday.
Identity certificates are often required, both on
buses, trains and hotels. It is recommended that you
always bring a copy of the passport. Spanish is spoken
everywhere. In the main, it is difficult to communicate
in English. In the province, that may be virtually
impossible. The dress code in a business context is more
formal than in Norway.
The metropolitan area has extensive public transport
by metro and buses as well as public taxi. Elsewhere in
the country there are well-developed bus networks and
The concept of time is flexible and it is therefore
not uncommon for delays to occur. Possession and use of
drugs is punishable, and even possession of small
quantities of drugs can result in long prison sentences.