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Travel Information

Hotel Lago Grey offers this important information thats help you to properly prepare your next trip to Chilean Patagonia. Starting with the most important information as its documentation to enter the country along with other important tips as services hours and holidays in Chile. 

Visa & Documents

To enter Chile, all passangers have to show their identification documents (identity card or passport) and the stamped visa (depending on country of origin).

Citizens of South America, the European Union, the United States, Canada and Australia do not require a visa.

Although, some passangers have to pay a reciprocity tax (in chash) when they arrive to the airport in Chile.

  • United States US$ 131
  • Canada US$ 132
  • Australia US$ 61
  • Mexico US$ 23
  • Albania US$ 30

Citizens of the European Union and New Zealand are not required to pay a fee.Upon entering the country, visitors receive a 90-day tourist visa that can be extended for another 90 days.

Electricity & Communitations


The electrical current in Chile is 220 Volts and 50 Hertz. Three-terminal electrical adapters are not common, but two-terminal converters can be found at stores that sell electrical equipment. Meanwhile, communications in Chile are ample and varied, including public telephones, mobile phones and satellite phone service. You can find broadband Internet almost anywhere in the country, and WiFi service is available in the main cities.

Currency, Costs and Tips

The currency is Chile is the peso, with coins of one, five, 10, 50, 100 and 500 pesos and bills of 1,000, 2,000, 50,000, 10,000 and 20,000 pesos. The exchange rate for the U.S. dollar is roughly 500 pesos, while that of the Euro is approximately 670 pesos.

Food prices (Meal for one)


  • - Low budget: between three and five dollars
  • - Medium budget: between five and 20 dollars
  • - High budget: between 20 and 100 dollars

Lodging prices

  • - Low budget: between 10 and 20 dollars
  • - Medium budget: between 20 and 35 dollars
  • - High budget: between 35 and 300 dollars

Tipping is optional for all services, although a 10 percent gratuity is recommended.

Health and Phytosanitary Information



Currently, no vaccines or medical examinations are required for entering Chile. Water: The water is generally safe for consumption. However, it's recommended that you drink bottled water for the first few days.  

Raw Foods


You should avoid eating uncooked vegetables, especially those that grow near the soil (e.g. lettuce, carrots) unless you buy them from an established supermarket, which must comply with sanitary norms in order to sell this kind of produce. It's also preferable to eat cooked meats, fish and seafood.  

Public Health System


Public hospitals and emergency services are required to attend to any person in need of emergency assistance. The country features high-quality medical centers, clinics and hospitals.  

Safety and Natural Dangers


As in all parts of the world, the primary safety precautions apply to big cities. Avoid going out with visible jewelry, cameras or electronic devices, as you could be the victim of a robbery (especially at night and in remote neighborhoods and streets). The same goes for carrying backpacks: do not carry cameras (video or otherwise) in the outer pockets, especially in crowded areas or when using public transportation. Do not exchange dollars or any other currency on the street. Always use authorized exchange houses.  

In the event of an earthquake or strong tremor, remain calm. If you're inside a building, remain inside. If you're outside, remain outside. Entering or leaving building can only lead to accidents. If you are inside of a building, seek out strong structures – under a table or bed, underneath a doorway, next to a pillar, master wall, or in a corner – and protect your head. Never flee hurriedly towards an exit or use an elevator. If you find yourself on the street, watch out for electrical wires, cornices, glass and falling tiles.

Service Hours

Offices are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Banks are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Exchange houses are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Stores (both big and small) are open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (with no interruption in service). Most businesses are closed on holidays.

Holidays in Chile


• New Year’s – January 1
• Good Friday and Holy Saturday (variable dates: April 22 – 23, 2011; April 6 – 7, 2012)
• Easter Sunday (variable dates: April 24, 2011; April 8, 2012)
• Labor Day – May 1
• Glorias Navales (“Naval Glories”) – May 21
• San Pedro and San Pablo – June 29
• Virgin of Carmen Day – July 16
• Asunción de la Virgen (“Assumption of the Virgin”) – August 15
• Fiestas Patrias (Independence Day) – September 18
• Glorias del Ejército (“Army Glories”) – September 19
• Día de la Raza (Columbus Day) – October 12
• National Day of Evangelical and Protestant Churches – October 31
• All Saints’ Day – November 1
• Immaculate Conception – December 8
• Christmas – December 25
Some of these holidays extend to the Monday of the same week.



Source: Turismo Chile official website www.chile.travel