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What is the change? Chile will soon require Australian business and tourist visitors to apply for and obtain an electronic visa before travel.
What does the change mean? Beginning May 16, 2020, Australian nationals will need to obtain an e-visa (E-Vistur) before traveling to Chile for short-term business or tourism. The visas will be valid for up to 90 days, renewable for an additional 90 days in Chile. Starting Monday, Dec. 16, Australian nationals will be waived from paying the current visa reciprocity fee of $117 upon arrival in Santiago airport.
Additional information: Chilean officials said they are imposing the requirement on Australian nationals in reciprocation of Australia’s policy toward Chilean nationals. Currently, Chile extends Australian nationals visa-waived status, but Australia requires Chilean nationals to obtain visas for business or tourism.
Under the new policy, Australian nationals transiting through Chile to a third country will be exempt, provided they depart Chile within eight hours of arriving and do not pass through immigration control.
Analysis & Comments: The visa requirement will apply to all Australian business and tourist visitors traveling to Chile on or after May 16, 2020. Australian nationals should factor in the additional step when planning travel on or after that date. The Chilean government is expected to release guidance soon with details on the E-Vistur application process.
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