Chile Tourist Visa Application For Filipinos In Arequipa, Peru

POST UPDATED: October 4, 2016

A few documents are now required to be submitted when applying for Chilean visa in Arequipa, Peru. Please read til the end of this post.

Interrupting all my backlogs to make way for this important post. Yes, I am back in South America (I will get to that story one of these days, pramiiis). I did work exchange in a hostel in Arequipa for a month all the while thinking of moving to Chile next. I waited for a sign (yes, sometimes I rely on signs) if I should go for it and make my way down to  Valparaíso which was 40 hours away by bus from Arequipa. No, I’m not kidding. 😳

When I got my sign, I immediately headed to the Consulate the next morning to lodge my application. Kach and Jon of twomonkeystravelgroup did it before, I just followed suit.

Chile Tourist Visa Application for Filipinos in Arequipa, Peru

I went on a Friday, a little after 12. The Consul was talking to someone, there was another person in queue but the guy – the Consul’s assistant I reckoned – stood up on his seat and went straight to me to ask what I needed. In my best, albeit broken Spanish (I’m still learning OK) I told him that I wanted to apply for a tourist visa application for Chile. He asked me where I wanted to go (Arica and  Valparaíso), how many days I intend to stay (two and a half months just so he’d give me 90 days), do I have bus bookings, etc. (no, I will buy them later when I get my visa)? Next, he asked for my passport and payment (I handed him a crisp $100) then proceeded with his paperworks.

After 15 minutes of waiting, I was called to his desk to check if there were any errors with my personal details that he just encoded (there was a typo on my birthday). After printing a copy, he asked for my fingerprint and I signed the document. He told me to come back on Monday to pick up my passport.

I applied for a single entry to Chile which costs $30 according to their handbook but in total I paid $40. I guess the extra $10 is for the handling fee? Multiple entry costs $60. No receipt was issued.

Chile Tourist Visa Application for Filipinos in Arequipa, Peru

On Monday, I was at their office at exactly 11am. The guy instantly recognised me and went straight towards me to show my visa document. My heart sank when I saw that my 90 days got demoted to 60 days. I asked (in Spanish) why to which his only response was “60 days only”. There’s really nothing I could do so I just nodded to let him know I agreed, signed the paper, and placed my thumbprint again. He made 2 photocopies, one he gave to me along with the original copy to be shown at the border while the other one he kept for his personal file. Then I said my thanks and left.

Chile Tourist Visa Application for Filipinos in Arequipa, Peru

Easy peasy. I mean compared to the ridiculous requirements (typewritten application form? seriously!) we had to submit back home, I feel better paying that extra $10 here in Arequipa.

By the way, I’m currently in Valparaíso. I arrived yesterday after merely surviving being trapped for 31 hours on the bus! Que horror said my bum. Kbye!
UPDATE: October 4, 2016

For the second time this year I am back in Arequipa but no longer alone since JC is here with me now. We are here because we are making our way down to Patagonia. While in Lima, we tried to apply in the Chilean embassy but they had a list of requirements we needed to submit and we must wait 3 weeks for our visa to be released. Um, no gracias.

So off we went to Arequipa. We arrived yesterday (a Monday) after hitchhiking from Lima. After a quick nap we went straight to the Chilean consulate to apply for a multiple entry visa. I was just here 7 months ago but it seems there have been a few changes already. These are:

1) The application form is new, no more thumbprint needed.

2) A hotel/hostel booking is now required but one booking, anywhere in Chile, is enough. We submitted a hostel booking for Puerto Natales.

3) Bank statement or whatever form you can show that you have money. In our case, we submitted a screenshot of our savings account.

4) Three (3) copies of passport size photo. There’s a lot of small studios where you can get it in Arequipa for about 15 minutes. We paid 5 soles each for 6 passport size copies.

Multiple entry visa cost $60 per person plus $10 consultation fee so a total of $70. I specifically asked 90 days for us both since we will be zig-zagging between Argentina and Chile but in the case that our Argentina visa application will not be accepted (we’re sincerely hoping we get accepted!!!) at least we could stay longer in Chile, maybe do a bit of work exchange instead.

I hope this new information will help fellow Filipinos who are planning of applying their Chilean visa in Arequipa. It’s still not as arduous as visa application for Argentina but it’s no longer show-up-pay-come-back-the-next-day thing like it used to be.

Chile Tourist Visa Application for Filipinos in Arequipa, Peru

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  2. Hi Im backpacking in July in South America and trying to get my visa here for Chile and is so painfully hard. So many things they ask for. We truly regret why we book it ahead our flight to chile on July…

    1. Hi Colewanderer!

      I’m sorry to hear about that. Where are you from? Why don’t you try applying in Peru like I did? It’s SO much easier. We also had a very extensive list of requirements to submit for visa application back home so I didn’t even bother and just decided to try it out when I got here, which worked out for the best.

      Let me know what I can help you with.

      Cheers!
      Mac and Cheese

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  4. Jen says: Reply

    Did you manage to get to patagonia? Whih route did you take and how much was the transpo?

    1. Hi Jen,
      Yes, we also went to Patagonia. We started from Arica, Chile and hitchhiked all the way down south. Of course we had to apply for an Argentine visa as well. I have a lot of backlogs but I will be writing about them soon!

      Thanks for reading!

  5. Agree! The paperwork and process in the Philippines is so much complicated than when in South America. I got both my Chile and Argentina visa when I was in Arequipa and Valparaiso, and it was so much easier.

    1. Hi Dreidel!
      We applied on same cities haha. How was your Argentina visa application in Valpo?
      Cheers!

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