International Codes and Time
International Code is + 56.
International Airport Arturo Merino Benítez code is SCL.
Chile Time Zone
Chile is a diverse country where Spanish is the official language, and some communities speak their native language. English is spoken at hotels and other public services.
English is the official language of IAGS2022.
The weather in Viña del Mar is similar to that of the Mediterranean with oceanic influence, foggy skies, and warm summers and rainy winters. The climate in this area is influenced by the Humboldt Ocean current, allowing for a mild climate with pleasant temperatures throughout the year.
Currency, Banks, and Taxes
The monetary unit in Chile is the Chilean peso (CLP). It experiences a daily variation in relation to the US dollar, Canadian dollar, Euro, and other monetary units, regulated by the Central Bank of Chile. Banks are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m.
Money-changing facilities are available on arrival at the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport.
All purchases in Chile are subject to a 19% tax. This is usually included in the published retail prices for all goods and services.
Credit and Debit Cards
Most shops and service providers accept international credit and debit cards. It is recommended to notify your bank beforehand regarding your trip to Chile, so that credit and debit cards can be used without any restrictions in the country.
Automatic Teller Machines
Automatic Teller Machines are available in public buildings and shops for cash withdrawal and other banking operations.
The electrical voltage is 220 volts, 50 cycles (220V 50HZ). Therefore, those devices designed for 110V must use a transformer. Travel devices and laptops usually come with an auto-voltage transformer (110V-240V) that adapts to Chilean electricity.
Driving in Chile
Roads and highways are well maintained in Chile. Driving around the country is pleasant and safe. Toll fees are required when driving in Chile. We suggest checking your driver’s license eligibility in Chile before your trip.
Eating and drinking in Chile
With an extensive coastline, Chilean cuisine relies heavily on seafood. Cod, salmon, shrimp, lobster, prawn — are only some of the options available. Other popular Chilean dishes include churrascos (a steak sandwich), machas a la parmesana (clams baked with white wine, parmesan cheese and butter), pastel de choclo (corn pie), cazuelas (homemade stew with beef, chicken, corn, rice and potatoes), and chupes (a hearty seafood stew). Of course, we highly recommend Chilean “empanadas.”
Enjoy your meal with a fine selection of Chilean wine.
Tipping in Chile
In restaurants a tip of 10% is expected; it is not included in the bill but mentioned at the end of the bill. Normally, you’re asked if you want to pay the amount with or without tip. It’s not very usual to leave a tip on the table. Gas station and parking attendants also expect a tip. Cab and Uber drivers are not tipped.
Chile is a safe destination
Chile and Viña del Mar are safe destinations. However, as in any big city located anywhere in the world, attention should be taken with your personal belongings. Avoid uninhabited places and do not make valuables visible. Leaving your passport at your hotel, and holding a photocopy of it, is recommended.