Visas & Passport

Depending on your nationality, you may have to obtain a visa or pay other fees before you go or when you arrive. You are required to organise your own visas, entry fees and arrival or departure taxes if required for the country you are visiting. Below is an overview of some requirements for Chile, Argentina and Brazil. We recommend you check with the relevant country’s consulate before you travel as requirements may change without notice.

Passport Requirements

Please ensure that your passport is valid at least 6 months after your date of your return. Ensure you have at least two blank pages for exit and entry stamps. Damaged documents may be refused.

Chile Visa Requirements

Travellers are required to show their passport on entry into Chile. Some nationalities do not require a visa to enter into Chile, however some are required to pay a reciprocity tax in cash when clearing customs in Chile.

Travellers that DO NOT require visas: Citizens of South America, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand

Travellers that ARE REQUIRED to pay a one-off reciprocity tax: Australians (US$117), Canadians (US$132), US citizens (US$131). *Prices are subject to change.

Citizens of the UK, European Union and New Zealand are not required to pay a reciprocity tax.

Reciprocity fee is paid upon arrival to Santiago airport at dedicated Immigration Boxes

This is multi-entry fee, meaning you can travel between Chile and other countries for the duration of your fee's validity. Expiry date is one year after purchase.

Please check with your local Chile embassy for visa requirements before you travel.

Argentina Visa Requirements

Travellers are required to show their passport on entry into Argentina. 

Travellers that ARE REQUIRED to pay a one-off reciprocity tax: Australians (US$100) and Canadians (US$75) *Prices subject to change

Citizens of the UK, European Union, New Zealand and the United States are not required to pay the reciprocity tax

For Australian and Canadian passengers travelling to Argentina, you are required to pay a Reciprocity Fee prior to your arrival into Argentina via an online system.

How to pay the Reciprocity Fee online:

  1. Visit and under ‘Log In’, click ‘Sign Up’. You will need to register your passport details to start the process.
  2. To complete the Reciprocity Fee, click ‘Add Form’ and complete the corresponding personal and credit card information.
  3. Print the payment receipt.
  4. On arrival in Argentina (at any border crossing point into Argentina), this printed receipt must be presented at Immigration Control. The receipt will be scanned by the Immigration officials, the information will be checked, and your entry to the country registered.

If travellers lose their ID sticker number or forget to pre-purchase the reciprocity fee, Immigration are able to assist however this can be a long process and risks delaying any travel plans.

Please check with your local Argentinean embassy for visa requirements before you travel.

Brazil Visa Requirements

Many of our travelers add Brazil to their itinerary. Please note that some travellers do require a separate visa to travel to Brazil.

Australian’s are required to obtain a visa prior to travel. Visit your local Brazilan embassy for visa requirements before you travel.

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