Chile

Chile

The below provides a high level summary of immigration requirements for Chile. Whether a traveler may enter as a business visitor or requires a work permit depends on the traveler's nationality, duration of stay and activities in the country.

Allowable Activities

  • Attending business meetings and discussions
  • Business negotiations on behalf of a non-Chilean employer (must be for the benefit of the traveler's employer outside Chile) 
  • Attending a conference or seminar as an unpaid participant

Basic Requirements

To be considered a business visitor, the foreign national must show:

  • That the purpose of the visit is limited, specific and determined prior to applying
  • Passport valid for at least six months from the date of intended entry into Chile
  • Original letter from the sending company stating traveler’s name, passport number, and activities and name and title of signer

Maximum Period Stay

Although tourists can be admitted for up to 90 days, and business visitors generally enter Chile in tourist status, business visits should be limited to seven days--longer stays may require a Special Work Permit for Tourists. Extensions of stay may be applied for while in-country. Issuance of an extension is at the discretion of the immigration officer. 

Work Permit Types

The main work permit types in Chile are the Special Work Permit for Tourists, the Temporary Residence visa, the Local Hire Work Contract Visa, the MERCOSUR Visa and the Tech Visa.

Maximum Period Stay

Maximum initial stays range from 30 days to two years, depending on the visa type. Renewals for some categories are possible.