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CHILE – Visa Exemption for Certain Chinese Nationals

Chinese nationals holding Canadian or US visas valid for a minimum of six months are now exempt from the requirement to obtain a consular tourist visa to enter Chile. Instead, they can obtain a tourist visa at the port of arrival in Chile.

Chinese nationals who do not have Canadian or US visas can still obtain a tourist visa for Chile from their consulate abroad, and the normal visa fee will be waived.

What is the impact?

Visa-required nationals, such as Chinese nationals, sent on assignment or locally hired to work in Chile usually submit a work visa application at a Chilean consulate abroad, which requires the submission of legalized documents, but allows them to start work on entry.

Alternatively, they can obtain a tourist visa at the consulate abroad, enter Chile and obtain a short-term work permit for tourists in one day which allows them to work while their post-arrival work visa is being processed.

Chinese nationals holding Canadian or US visas valid for a minimum of six months are now able to enter the country more quickly, by obtaining a tourist visa at the port of entry instead of at a Chilean consulate, and can then apply for the short-term work permit for tourists and the post-arrival work visa as usual.

Action Items

  • Companies considering sending Chinese nationals to Chile for work should check the applicant’s US and Canadian visa status to ascertain whether a consular visa application can be avoided.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by ContactoChile and Employee Mobility Solutions.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.