Whatever the reason you choose to travel to Chile, consider taking out travel insurance or expat insurance for Chile. You will leave with peace of mind and can prevent financial, health, and legal risks that would arise unexpectedly. Guarantees for repatriation, hospitalization, civil liability and other emergency medical expenses are essential, regardless of your destination.
Political regime: Democratic Republic
Area: 756,950 sq km
Population: 18.05 million
Spoken languages: Spanish
If you are an European, you do not need a visa to stay in Chile for less than 90 days. All you need to do is have your passport valid for at least three months.
Vaccines and Safety in Chile
- Compulsory vaccines and certificates: No vaccine required.
- Recommended vaccines and certificates:For adults, don’t forget vaccines for tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, meningitis A and C and for at-risk groups: tuberculosis and rabies. For children, don’t forget the vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B, (long stay), meningitis A and C (long stay for 18-month-old travelers), typhoid (long stay for 5-year-old travelers and older).
- Local diseases: In Chile, the following diseases are common: Amibiase, bites of spiders, snakes, fish and scorpions, ascaris, cholera, hepatitis A and B, Chagas disease (trypanosomiasis), sexually transmitted diseases, rabies, AIDS, tetanus, tuberculosis, typhoid.
Every year, Chile sees its share of thefts and petty crime, sometimes with aggression. It is advisable not to show signs of wealth, to avoid staring individuals in the eyes, and not to walk in certain neighborhoods at night. Remember to leave your bank cards and identity papers inside your hotel safe as much as possible. Chile, like many of its neighbours, is a country steeped in the ravages of drugs. Thus it is important to be wary of scopolamine, a drug used by criminals to make individuals docile and thus withdraw large sums of money to give them back. This drug is a fine powder that can be blown to your face.
Chile is a seismic land and also prone to fires and large forest fires. In the face of these dangers, and the terrorist risks present in the country, we recommend that you follow the orders of the Chilean security forces. Finally, Chile, a land of adventure, is a country favoured by many mountaineers. The peaks of the country are very high and lead to diseases such as mountain sickness which has very serious consequences each year and is often underestimated by adventurers.
Health insurance in Chile
Why take international health insurance when travelling or living in Chile? Simply because health spending quickly reaches very high amounts abroad. On the other hand, health insurance is compulsory in Chile in order to be covered in a public or private institution. In addition, the repatriation guarantee is an essential criterion. In the event of a serious accident it is sometimes necessary to carry out a medicalized repatriation to the nearest medical centre or to the country of residence. Depending on where you are at the time of the accident, and depending on the medical prognosis, it may be necessary to Charter a helicopter or a medicalized aircraft.
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