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Chile

Chile: At a glance

Capital: Santiago

Population: 18.05 million

Official language: Spanish

Time zone: Chile Summer Time, Easter Island Summer Time

Emergency #: 131

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Chile: Travel Health Information

Chile is known for its diverse natural landscapes, from oceanside beaches to snow-covered mountains. Travellers can explore the country’s many cities, vineyards, and ski resorts, and take a trip off the mainland to the Pingüinos de Humboldt National Reserve to catch a glimpse of penguins, sea lions, and sea otters. Many tourists also come to visit Easter Island (Isla de Pascua), one of the most isolated islands on earth and home to century-old Polynesian stone statues.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Chile may differ from your home country. Chile has both public and private healthcare sectors that offer an adequate standard of care. Private medical facilities in Santiago offer high quality care. Outside of major cities, the quality of healthcare services may vary by region and access to some services may be limited. Healthcare in rural areas may not always meet international standards.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Chile typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Chile.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are generally available in most towns in Chile and pharmacists are trained to an international standard. Prescriptions can be obtained from a doctor but many medicines are available over-the-counter. Always consult a healthcare practitioner before starting a new medication or making changes to an existing medication.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Chile’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a narcotic or psychotropic, you can review Chile’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Chile are generally well maintained but may vary by region. Roads may be in poor condition outside of major cities. Many local drivers often do not observe traffic laws which may make driving hazardous for travellers. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers in cars at all times. Helmets must be worn by drivers and passengers on motorcycles at all times.



Chile: At a glance

Capital: Santiago

Population: 18.05 million

Official language: Spanish

Time zone: Chile Summer Time, Easter Island Summer Time

Emergency #: 131

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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