When traveling to Chile, your nationality and the types of activities you will conduct during your trip will determine whether you may travel lawfully as a business visitor or if you require work authorization. Please seek advice from your immigration counsel if you are uncertain about the specific types of activities that constitute business or work.
As a business visitor to Chile, you may engage in the activities below. While this list is not exhaustive and other activities could qualify as business, you may:
Nationals of the European Union, the United States, Mercosur countries (except Venezuela), and other select countries are eligible for a visa waiver and are not required to obtain a visa in order to enter and conduct business activities in Chile.
Chile is a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and foreign nationals in possession of valid APEC Business Travel Cards (ABTC) endorsed with “Valid for travel to CHL” are eligible to enter Chile on visa-waivered status.
If your nationality is not eligible for a visa waiver, you must obtain a Tourist Visa from a Chilean Embassy or Consulate prior to travel. Please obtain an individual assessment before traveling to determine your eligibility for a visa waiver.
The activities below, whether paid or unpaid, generally constitute work under Chilean law. This list is not exhaustive, and many other professional activities are considered work in Chile, even if conducted for a short duration.
The requirements for work authorization depend on your qualifications, on the nature and duration of your work and on whether your employer has an entity in Chile. The most common types of work authorization for Chile are:
Chile does not offer work authorization exemptions.
Inevitably, the legal and strategic considerations impacting visa selection, as well as visa waiver and work authorization eligibility, entail the careful consideration of many factors. We recommend that you consult with your immigration counsel before taking any course of action.