Practical Information


The official language is Spanish. English is widely understood and spoken by many in the tourist industry.


Tipping for good service is an accepted fact. Amounts are obviously discretionary. It is common to be expected to tip the service you receive whilst eating in a restaurant. A tip of around 10% is acceptable for good service.

Money and Expenses

The currency is the chilean peso. There is a shortage of change so keep a supply of small denomination coins. If you want to obtain currency before you travel, we would recommend taking US dollars to change into pesos once in Chile; the smaller the denomination the better. The easiest way to obtain cash is by using ATMs (in major cities) which operate under the sign Redbanc, they take Cirrus, Visa and Mastercard. Regarding credit cards Diner’s Club, Visa and Mastercard are commonly accepted. American Express is less recognised.


Import regulations:

Free import for:
passengers over 18 years of age:
1. 400 cigarettes and 500 grams of pipe tobacco and 50 large cigars or 50 small cigars (tiparillos);
2. a reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use;
3. 2 1/2 liters of alcoholic beverages;
passengers over 14 years of age:
4. gifts up to a value of USD 300,- or equivalent.

Additional Information on regulations:

Edible products of animal origin, flowers, fruits and vegetables are only permitted with a certificate (“Fitosanitario”) issued by the Department of Agriculture in the country of origin. It is not allowed to carry those products as handbaggage at Santiago airport if being in transit.

All transit passengers at Santiago airport are subject to customs security checks.