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Santiago de Chile

About Santiago, Chile

Santiago, also known as Santiago de Chile, is the capital and largest city of Chile and one of the largest cities in the Americas. It is located in the country 's central valley and is the center of the Santiago Metropolitan Region. Founded in 1541 by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia, Santiago has served as the capital city of Chile since colonial times. Santiago is the political and financial center of Chile and is home to the regional headquarters of many multinational corporations. The Chilean executive and judiciary branches are based in Santiago, while the Congress mostly meets in nearby Valparaíso.

After living in the shadow of other great South American cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, the real boom came in 2010 in celebration of Chile's bicentennial with huge investment in road networks, cultural centers, museums, and parks across the city. It is a clean, safe, and friendly city with excellent infrastructure and countless options for visitors, both within the city itself and nearby. Yes indeed. Santiago has finally arrived and established itself as a destination in its own right.

Passenger Guide

Entry and visa requirements
· A valid passport (or your national identity document if you are citizen from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú or Paraguay).
· VISA There are some countries do require to obtain visa before coming to Chile.
Information on the countries for which a visa is required and the procedures to obtain the visa, are available in the following link:

Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) control.
Chile has some of the most rigid agricultural laws in the world, similar to those of the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Please bear in mind that the SAG control may include the use of sniffer dogs, and any item of organic origin found in your luggage (animal products, fruit, vegetables, wood-based items, etc.) will be confiscated and you will face a heavy fine.

Transportation to Santiago
While there are several ways of getting from the airport to the city, we strongly advise you to use the following official transfer or taxi companies located inside the Arrivals Hall after you have cleared the SAG control point (Transvip, We Transport and “Taxi Oficial”).

No special requirements or testing in needed to enter to Chile.

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