Capital Santiago

Population 18,191,900

Area 756,102 km2

Key facts

Chile is a country located in South America. There are 3 countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Peru) that Chile shares its borders with. The official language of Chile is Spanish. Unfortunately, if you speak English, it might be problematic to communicate fluently unless you know Spanish.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Chile was ranked 47th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Chile is Chilean peso (CLP). The peso ($) is subdivided into 100 centavo.

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 923.74 CLP and 1 USD is worth 940.46 CLP.

Chilean
Banknotes

$1000$2000$5000$10000$20000

Chilean
Coins

$1$5$10$50$100$500

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Chile is 284.86 Mbps and mobile is 63.06 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, Chile has more ATMs.49.47 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration You can buy a SIM card in Chile without having to register it with your ID or passport.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Chile. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries. Type L is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  Type L 220 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2022, Chile will celebrate 16 national public holidays. Furthermore, there are 6 holidays that are only celebrated in certain parts of Chile. The next one Columbus Day will take place on October 9.

DateHoliday name
January 1, 2022Moving holidayNew Year's DayAño Nuevo
April 15, 2022Moving holidayGood FridayViernes Santo
April 16, 2022Moving holidayHoly SaturdaySábado Santo
May 1, 2022Labour DayDía del Trabajo
May 21, 2022Navy DayDía de las Glorias Navales
June 7, 2022Battle of AricaAsalto y Toma del Morro de AricaRegional holiday
June 26, 2022Saint Peter and Saint PaulSan Pedro y San Pablo
July 16, 2022Our Lady of Mount CarmelVirgen del Carmen
August 10, 2022National Miner's DayDía del MineroRegional holiday
August 15, 2022Assumption of MaryAsunción de la Virgen
September 18, 2022National holidayFiestas Patrias
September 19, 2022Army DayDía de las Glorias del Ejército
September 20, 2022Fiesta de La PampillaFeast of La PampillaRegional holiday
September 21, 2022National Possession of the Strait of MagellanToma de posesión del estrecho de MagallanesRegional holiday
October 2, 2022Los Ríos Region AnniversaryAniversario de la Creación de la XIV Región de Los RíosRegional holiday
October 9, 2022Columbus DayDía del Descubrimiento de Dos Mundos
October 27, 2022Reformation DayDía Nacional de las Iglesias Evangélicas y Protestantes
November 1, 2022All SaintsDía de Todos los Santos
November 19, 2022Presidential, parliamentary and regional electionsElecciones presidencial, congresistas y regionales
December 8, 2022Immaculate ConceptionInmaculada Concepción
December 25, 2022Christmas DayNavidad / Natividad del Señor

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Chile?

There are Mariott hotels in Santiago.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Chile.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Chile.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Chile.

There are Radisson hotels in 5 cities.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Chile.

What fast food chains are present in Chile?

Empanada are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Chile. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Chile below.

The McDonald's chain operates in Chile.

The KFC chain operates in Chile.

The Burger King chain operates in Chile.

The Subway chain operates in Chile.

The Domino's Pizza chain operates in Chile.

The Starbucks chain operates in Chile.

Weather

Today the sun in Santiago, rises at 7:12 AM and sets at 7:49 PM. The climate of Santiago may be categorized as a Mediterranean (Csb), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodayOct 5Rain showersLow: 5.9°C (42.62°F)High: 14.4°C (57.92°F)
ThursdayOct 6OvercastLow: 7.8°C (46.04°F)High: 18.4°C (65.12°F)
FridayOct 7Rain showersLow: 10.4°C (50.72°F)High: 20.9°C (69.62°F)
SaturdayOct 8Rain showersLow: 9.5°C (49.1°F)High: 18.9°C (66.02°F)
SundayOct 9SunnyLow: 10.5°C (50.9°F)High: 23.3°C (73.94°F)
MondayOct 10OvercastLow: 11.8°C (53.24°F)High: 21.7°C (71.06°F)

Weather data for Santiago (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Santiago.

Taxi Apps Uber is available in 19 cities. Bolt is not available in Chile.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Chile.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 6.4, Chile is placed 14th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Chile traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  505.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 14.90 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Chile

133 Police
131 Ambulance
131 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage is decriminalized, and medical use is legal.

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Chile?

Currently, citizens of 92 countries can enter Chile without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival. Please note that you may be needed to get an electronic visa before arriving.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Chile.

Go Up