Chile: National who requires tourist visas face stricter boarder entry requirements
Easter Island, Chile
What has changed
Chile is imposing stricter requirements on nationals who require tourist visas at the borders (non-waivered nationals).
What does the change mean
Nationals from non-waiver countries should have a valid entry visa at the border rather than rely on a receipt of a pending visa application.
Implementation time frame: Immediate.
Visas/permits affected: Entry visas.
Business impact: Travel may be delayed for visa-required nationals, which could affect employment start dates.
What you need to do
Employees who require a tourist visa prior to any travel to Chile (non-waiver countries) must be aware that they should have a valid and unexpired entry visa. Previously, if the entry visa had expired, it was sufficient to show a receipt that a visa application was submitted and pending.
Recommendation: Tourist visa-required nationals should anticipate stricter requirements at Chilean borders and make sure that they have a valid visa to enter the country. If the employees are coming for more than 90 days, they can apply for a work visa at the consulate abroad prior to any travel into Chile.