Chile entry tax $160USD for Americans, Canadians and Austrailians
Replies: 10 - Last Post: May 2, 2013 7:26 PM Last Post By: mendocinateacher
Nov 8, 2012 6:00 AM
Chile entry tax $160USD for Americans, Canadians and AustrailiansPlease be advised that if you are planning a trip to Chile you may want to consider this if your trip is a only few days.
Upon entering the airport terminal in Santiago I was directed to pay an entrance fee of $160 or I could not enter the country.
Initially I thought this was an absurd fee and demanded and explanation. The custom agent told due me it was due to diplomatic policy and that USA makes Citezens of Chile pay $200USD to enter the USA.
One more this the fee is good for the life of your passport or up to 10 years.
I hope this information suits all potential Chile travelers.
Nov 8, 2012 7:57 AM
1This information is incorrect.
Citizens of the USA pay a US$160 reciprocity fee (which has been around for years, btw). It is good for the life of the passport and not for ten years.
Canadians pay US$132 and Australians US$95. Australians are limited to multiple entries in a 90 day period.
The amounts change when the amount charged to Chileans changes.
The fee is only charged to US citizens, Canadians, Australians, Mexicans and Albanians. It is only charged if you fly into the airport at Santiago on an international flight.
Argentina also charges a reciprocity fee for US citizens, Australians and Canadians. Terms are different than Chile.
Nov 8, 2012 8:59 AM
2American passports are issued for 10 years. This fee of 160USD is NOT for your life but the life of your passport, so if you have a year left on your passport get ready to pay another 160USD on your new passport upon enetring Chile. It cannot be transferred to your new passport.
I hope this clarifies everything for Americans planning to travel on their first or even second trip.
Nov 8, 2012 10:26 AM
3The reciprocity fee for Argentina, however, is good for 10 years even in an expired passport. Your wording is confusing. Since the reciprocity fee for Argentina is good for 10 years, even in an expired passport, this could lead to confusion if people are visiting both countries.
All travellers need to be aware of the possible visas they need to get in advance or the reciprocity fees which they need to pay. It varies by nationality, so there is no one rule. In some places you can avoid a reciprocity fee by entering via another airport or by crossing a land border (see mendocinateacher's link) but visas are visas and you won't be able to board a plane to fly into a country if you need one and don't have it.
Nov 8, 2012 10:31 AM
4Not something new and hardly news. There was a time when it could only be paid in USD. There would be a queue to exchange cash for those unaware prior to them joining another queue at immigration, where they handed it over.
Considering what it generally costs to fly into Chile, I doubt it's much of a deterrent. If people feel hard done by best they write to their respective governments about introducing a visa waiver scheme.
Nov 8, 2012 6:14 PM
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Nov 9, 2012 7:06 PM
7#7 True, however a UK passport will also allow you entry into Brazil and Paraguay, not to mention a long list of other countries outside of SAM. Furthermore once you receive the UK passport you are considered a British citizen and therefore allowed to live and work in the UK and the EU. It's totally worth the couple hundred bucks :-)
Nov 9, 2012 9:16 PM
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