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Overview
Chile

While Chile has a long history of tourism and welcomes travellers from all over the world, you'll still need to make sure you're prepared for the climate and the culture before your Chile holiday.

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Visas
Chile

British citizens do not need a visa when travelling to Chile for up to 90 days. For non-British citizens, find out more about visa requirements by speaking to your Travel Butler or contacting the Chilean Embassy.

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Inoculations
Chile

Vaccinations are not required when travelling to Chile from the UK, but the hepatitis A vaccine is recommended, and should be arranged several weeks before you travel. Other vaccinations may be advised when travelling to certain regions of the country, including hepatitis B and typhoid vaccines. For more details, please see your GP.

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When to go
Chile

As it spans more than half the length of South America, Chile's climate varies considerably depending on the regions you're planning to visit. It's also important to remember that seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere. If you have your heart set on visiting the Lake District and Patagonia in the south, these can be inaccessible in the winter (June to August), but this is the peak season for ski trips.

The summer (December to February) generally offers the most comfortable conditions, but it’s also when cities and tourist areas are busiest. It can be worth considering the spring (September to November) or autumn (March to May) instead to see Chile without the crowds. Most festivals take place in January and February, but the rest of the year also offers a smattering of cultural events, including the Independence Day celebrations in September.

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Currency
Chile

The Chilean peso is the official currency.

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Electrical
Chile

Chile uses 2-pin C and L type plugs, with residential voltage of 220 volts. You will need a plug adaptor to use your UK electronics in Chile.

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Travel insurance
Chile

Travel insurance is recommended when travelling to Chile to offer security and peace of mind, whether you're exploring the cities or the great outdoors. Your Travel Butler can advise you on the different types of insurance available.

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What to pack
Chile

Chile's varied climate means it's a good idea to pack for every possibility, with waterproof footwear and all-weather jackets being just as necessary as swimwear and summer clothing. The southern regions experience near-Antarctic conditions in winter. The following items will come in handy no matter where to decide to visit:

  • Passport
  • Power adaptor
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Backpack
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat, sunglasses and sun cream
  • Camera

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