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Airport and Customs

Airport and Customs
Citizens from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, Colombia y Ecuador, can travel to Chile with their national ID card. Visitors from other countries need a valid passport. To enter Chile a visa valid for 30 to 90 days is required. The list of countries which require a VISA to enter Chile can be seen at:
Due to the reciprocity system with certain countries, the Chilean Government charges a fee when entering the country. This fee must be paid with US dollars in the immigration office, located at the airport before International Police. Visitors with passports from the following countries must pay this fee:
• Australia
• Canada
• Mexico

International travellers must make an item declaration at Customs when entering the country. Electronic items, such as video cameras or personal computers, must be declared as “temporary access objects”. Foreign tourists usually don’t have any problem at Customs as long as they are travelling with just their personal belongings and among them are not included:
• Fruits, seeds, vehicles or unprocessed animal products.
• Firearms, ammunition or explosives.
• Illegal drugs.

From the airport to Santiago
Please refer to “Car rental” and “Taxis” in the Transportation section of this guide.


Conference Lunch

Conference Lunch
Lunch will be held at the CasaPiedra Convention Center (second floor ExpoCenter Area) from 12:30 to 14:00 hrs. divided in two groups of 45 minutes each. We truly appreciate to respect the 45 minutes of each group of 1.500 people.
The lunch will consist on a buffet self service.


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 Gala Dinner

Confirm your attendance to the Gala Dinner (mandatory)
Dress code: business casual
Please register on the next link in order to confirm your attendance to the Gala Dinner (on January 12th, 2017) and where you are staying: CONFIRM HERE



Handling Money
The peso is Chile’s currency. There are banknotes for 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000 pesos. Available coins are worth 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 pesos. Chileans often refer to 1,000 pesos as luca (e.g. $3,000 CLP would be colloquially called tres (three) lucas).
Payment with foreign currency is rarely accepted, except in some hotels that offer exchange rates and payment possibilities to foreign visitors with US dollars.

Credit Cards
Widely accepted credit cards are Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express.

Money Exchange
It is recommended that currency exchange is only done at official money exchange agencies. Such agencies can be found at the airport, downtown, shopping malls and hotels. Exchange rates for the US dollar changes daily; on January 2017 the Chilean peso rate is  around $673 Chilean pesos to 1 US dollar.
For an updated exchange rate you can check
Cash Machines (ATMs)
REDBANC ATMs are easy to find in the city, where Chilean pesos can be withdrawn. The most common places to find these ATMs are shopping malls, supermarkets and gas stations. Public ATMs can be used 24 hours a day and accept cards such as CIRRUS, PLUS and MAESTRO.
Taxes and tips
In Chile a 19% tax is charged, called IVA (Value Added Tax), which is already included in the total price of any product for sale. The common tip given for the service in cafeterias and restaurants is 10%, and it is voluntary.



Santiago has many ways of moving through the city, also including interurban buses and train services. The city has excellent public transportation, such as Metro (subway), Transantiago (city buses) and taxi cabs.

Metro subway
Taking the subway is the safest way to move through the city. You can see the Santiago’s Metro subway map at The operation hours of Metro are:
Monday to Friday: 06:00 – 23:00 hrs.
Weekends: 07.00 – 22:30 hrs.
The price charged to use the Metro service is independent of the length of the journey, but depends on the time of day it is used:



Monday to Friday

07:00 – 08:59

18:00 – 19:59

06:30 – 06:59

09:00 – 18:00

20:00 – 20:44

06:00 – 06:29

20:45 – 23:00

Metro $ 740 $ 660 $ 610  

*During the weekends a “normal” fare is charged all day.

Transantiago (buses)
These buses use different colours for each sector of the city. The price for using the bus service is approximately $660 CLP. A special Transantiago card, called BIP, is needed to pay the bus fare. The BIP card can be obtain at Metro stations, and is also used to pay the Metro fares.

Car rental
Renting a car for a week has an approximate cost of $250,000 pesos or 360 USD. Cars can be rented by the hour, day or week. Requirements for renting a car are having a valid driver’s licence or authorization, be at least 21 years old and make a secure payment with a credit card. Some of Chile’s car rental agencies are Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Econorent. They can be found at Santiago’s airport on the first level of the central hall.

Also you can use UBER.Also you can use UBER.
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You can pay with credit card or Chilean pesos (cash). Uber will provide CasaPiedra as the main arrival and departure location.
The cost will depend on the hotel where you will be staying. If is near to the convention center (see here) the cost will be approximately of 5 or 6 USD.

Taxi cabs in Chile are characterized for being black cars with yellow rooftop. In Santiago they have a $130 pesos fare for every 200 meters, starting with a $300 pesos floor. It is strictly forbidden to smoke inside public transportation.
If you would like to take a taxi from the airport to your destination in Santiago, it is recommended that you only use the authorized transport service. These agencies are TransVip ( and Taxi Oficial (, and their counter can be found on the first level of the central hall, where you can pay the fare upfront and reserve a taxi.
There are a couple of smartphone applications that work very well for requesting taxi cabs to your location in Santiago. EasyTaxi and SaferTaxi are free apps that let you contact official taxi drivers, without paying an additional fee for picking you up. Another frequently used app is Uber, which allows contacting non-official drivers who take passengers in their personal vehicles, charging a similar fare as taxis. These apps are available for iOS and Android.



Miscellaneous Information

Units of measure
Chile uses the metric system and the Celsius scale.

During the month of January, Santiago has very high temperatures and dry weather. It is recommended to use sun screen protector with a high UV factor.

Food and water
Common food in Chile is not heavily seasoned. However, it is recommended not to eat from fried food from vending carts. The tap water in Santiago is 100% drinkable, but for foreign people is recommended bottled water.


Voltage for electronic devices: 220 v, 50 Hz outlet type 5 at



While in Santiago there are many places to eat and have a pleasant time, here we recommend a few of those places:

• Patio Bellavista. “A gathering place where gastronomy, culture, art and crafts converge, with a fun environment and attractive prices. The gastronomic offer includes cafeterias, ice-cream shops, pubs and restaurants with a wide variety of styles from the world. Many shops display arts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, books and design articles. The boulevard itself and some restaurants offer a place for national and international artists to perform live music, dancing or acting”. For more information:

• Parque Arauco’s Boulevard. “More than 50 restaurants and shops make this boulevard an attractive offer. Enjoy shopping in open air, having a nice ice-cream, eating a delicious dinner or having a few drinks with your friends, always with the best live music”. For more information:

• BordeRío. “An exclusive group of 10 restaurants with a wide variety of gastronomic styles, perfect for those who like to go for a walk before deciding what or where to eat. BordeRío isn’t just a synonym of gastronomical excellence, but an invitation for the most complete culinary and urban experience”. For more information:

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