Travel Information Chile
Find more information below on Chile, South America, such as general information, currency, safety and more.
- FLAG 🇨🇱
- CAPITAL Santiago
- GOVERNMENT Republic
- CURRENCY Chilean peso (CLP)
- POPULATION 17,224,200 (May 2011 estimate)
- TOTAL AREA 756,102km² (water: 12,290km² land: 743,812km²)
- LANGUAGE Spanish
- DECIMAL SYSTEM metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is from UTC-06:00 to UTC-04:00 with daylight saving time
- LOCATION located in South America.
Most popular cities in Chile
- Santiago – the capital and largest city of the country.
- Concepción – Chile’s second largest city.
- Iquique – tourist centre in Northern Chile.
- La Serena – a charming city, with many things to do in and around it.
- Valparaíso – main Chilean port and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Vina del Mar – the principal tourist attraction: beaches, casino and an iconic music festival.
- Valdivia – the “City of Rivers”, rebuilt after the strongest earthquake in history.
- Punta Arenas – one of the southernmost cities of the world.
Sockets & Plugs in Chile
220V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type L.
Chile uses the Chilean peso (symbol: $), code CLP.
Banknotes come in denominations of 20000, 10000, 5000, 2000 and 1000 peso. Peso is subdivided into 100 centavos. Coins come in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 pesos.
Automatic teller machines are common in Chile. You can usually find them in both large & small cities. You don’t need a chip and PIN card to use an ATM: your standard magnetic card will work fine.
You are expected to tip
Tipping is expected in Chile since staff depend on tips to supplement their often minimum wages. Receipts usually include a service charge.
Internet speed in Chile is on average 6.1 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Chile is moderate. It’s relatively easy to find one when needed.
You can buy a SIM card for about 11,027.07 CLP, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Claro, Entel, Movistar or WOM.
Chile uses GSM mobile networks GSM 850 and GSM 1900.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Chile upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Chile, dial +, then 56 (the country code for Chile), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.
Moderate crime rate
Chile has a moderate crime rate . Take precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pickpocketing. Be particularly vigilant at airports, railway stations and crowded public gatherings. Do not leave valuables unattended.
It’s recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.
In Chile you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on expressways, 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on motorways, 40-60 km/h (24-37 mph) in all built-up areas and 80-100 km/h (49-62 mph) on undivided highways.
An IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required as well as your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave your home country.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- your age must be over 25
- you must have a full license for at least a 1 year
- have a credit card (Usually Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
The minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Prostitution is legal, and brothels are also legal.
Cannabis is illegal, but decriminalized
Although drugs are illegal (including cannabis), cannabis (marijuana) is decriminalized meaning you will not go to jail and it will not be on your criminal record if you get caught. However, you could still get a fine, rehabilitation, community service or a combination of the three.
- Police 133
- Ambulance 131
- Fire department 132
No vaccinations are required to enter this country
No vaccinations are required to enter this country. The vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for the traveler’s protection.
- Typhoid fever
- Hepatitis A
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