Chile

Visas, Vaccines, and Outlets:

U.S. citizens entering Chile must have a valid passport[1]. Citizens do not need to obtain a visa prior to their arrival in Chile. A card will be issued for a stay up to 90 days. For stays longer than 90 days citizens will need to pay an extension fee at the Chilean Immigration Office. Passports must be in a good condition and valid for the period of stay. For up-to-date information on visa requirements, visit the website of the Embassy of Chile.

Routine vaccines are required. For travelers involved in outdoor activities in remote places the Rabies vaccine is recommended[2][1]. For more current, information on vaccines visit the CDC website.

In Chile the power sockets used are of type C or L. For both those types a power plug adaptor is required[3]. The voltage of 220-240 volts in Chile differs from the 110-120 volts in the U.S.

Social Customs:

Although this articles attempts to give an overview of the Chilean culture, it is important to know that these are generalization and not everyone might follow with these customs.[4][5]

  • Chile’s social mores reflect the European ancestry of the majority of its population
  • The family occupies a central role in Chilean life, extended families are very close
  • Greetings tend to be formal between acquittances but friends kiss on the cheek, once on the right cheek.
  • Chileans tend to stand close to one another while talking
  • For non business or medicinal events it is not rude to be late
  • When addressing people refer to “Senor” or “Senora” followed by the surname
  • Beckoning with the hand is considered bad form and with the index finger even worse

Education System:

School/Level Equivalent Notes
Primary 1-8 Grade Compulsory education for children aged 6 to 13. 90% of the costs are covered by the state[7].
Secondary 9-12 Grade Grades 9 and 10 are standardized[6]. Starting with Grade 11 students may choose to focus more on sciences or humanities.
Vocational N/A Alternatively, after compulsory education students may choose to receive technical secondary school training[6]. After two years of standard education students may chose the type of training.
Higher Education N/A Similar to western education.

References:
1. Visa Information U.S. Passports & International Travel
2. Health Information Center for Disease Control and Prevention
3. Electrical Plug Adaptelec
4. Culture Crossing Guide
5. Kwintessential
6. Classbase
7. Educational System Overview Teaching Chile