HOW TO APPLY FOR A CHILE VISA ONLINE
February 27, 2020
I am already halfway on my life goal to visit some of the best spots around the world. In the last 7 years or so since I started traveling, I visited some of my dream destinations. However, there are still a few of them that remained on my bucket list, among them the Moai statues. You will be surprised to know that these mysterious statues are located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on the island of Rapa Nui, more commonly known as Easter Island, and that this island is under the jurisdiction of none other than Chile!
Again, as a Filipino, I would need to apply for a Chile visa in order to visit these man-made wonders. Since I am already in South America (as of this writing), I decided to apply for a visa. I was in Brazil when I decided to do it, and good thing that the process is now online, so it was less of a hassle.
CHILE VISA FAQ
IN WHICH WEBSITE DO YOU NEED TO LODGE YOUR APPLICATION?
The official website is this one. The initial language is set to Spanish. Just change it to English if it suits you.
CAN YOU APPLY OUTSIDE OF YOUR COUNTRY?
Yes. You can choose which Chilean embassy/consulate you must visit after the visa approval. You will need to visit one so that they can stamp your passport with the visa. Some countries do not have a Chilean consulate, in this case, you will need to send your passport via courier to a neighboring country with a Chilean consulate. In my case, I lodge my application in Rio de Janeiro.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
It will depend on your nationality. For Filipinos, it cost $40 for a single entry visa and $60 for a multiple entry visa.
HOW LONG IS THE PROCESSING TIME?
According to the official website, it will normally take 15 – 20 days before they release a decision. Mine took 2 weeks.
WHAT TYPE OF VISA CAN YOU APPLY ONLINE?
The visas you can apply online are the following’
- Tourist Visa
- Student’s Resident Visa
- Resident Visa
- Temporary Resident Visa
CHILE VISA APPLICATION: STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
Here is the step-by-step procedure on how to submit your Chile visa application online.
STEP 1: Click on this link and click on the Visa Application.
STEP 2: Fill out the details of the trip. The first section is about your contact details, passport number, and type of visa applied. If in case you need to finish the application at a later time, just click on save, and a code will be generated. Take note of it so you can log in again.
STEP 3: The next section is about your personal information. It also includes your race, skin color, and height.
STEP 4: Provide your address and family information on the next page.
STEP 5: Type in your profession and education level in the next section. Since my profession does not qualify in any of the ones listed, I just chose others. You will also need to put a contact person in this section. If you don’t have one, just put the name of your hotel.
STEP 6: You need to input the purpose of your visit, name and address of your employer, and all the countries you visited. I did mine in descending order (most recent to last one visited).
STEP 7: Upload all the necessary documents to strengthen your approval rate. The documents I attached are the following:
- 3×4 picture – professionally taken and white background
- Passport bio page
- Certificate of Employment
- Bank Statement
- Latest Credit Card statement
- PayPal Statement (since I work online)
- Active US visa
- Expired visas (4 Schengen, Uk, Russia, Egypt, India, Australia, South Korea, Japan, China, Argentina)
- Hotel Reservation to both Santiago and Valparaiso
- Outbound plane ticket (I mentioned that I will enter by bus from Argentina).
- Yellow fever vaccine certificate
I was told by a friend that you also need a Medical Certificate if you will apply in Manila.
STEP 8: Once done, click submit. In order to check the status of your application, click on Check Application Status, and provide the code that they give you when you save your application.
STEP 9: Monitor the status via the option indicated above. The consulate will send you an email once a decision is made.
THE DAY I WENT TO THE CONSULATE OF CHILE IN RIO DE JANEIRO
I scheduled my visit to the consulate the day after the Carnaval ended, so when the day finally came, I prepared all my stuff (you need to bring a printed copy of the documents you submitted) and went to the consulate. Once there, the consul, Sra. Maria Teresa interviewed me about my itinerary and how I will fund my stay in Chile. She was nice and the interview was relaxed. I didn’t know that the documents needed to be authenticated. However, since I will be leaving Rio the next day, she told me that it’s ok.
She instructed me to deposit the payment to the consulate’s account at Banco Santander (192rs), and after that was done, she gave me my passport with the attached visa. She also instructed me to present myself to the PDI once I arrive in Chile and to give them my application form, which we authenticated with my fingerprint and her seal.
Now everything is set for my Chile adventure! Rapa Nui here I come!