Passports

We recommend that all visitors to Chile and Argentina have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of your return.

Visas

Passports & Travel Documentation

Argentina

Citizens of the European Union, the UK, the United States, Canada and Australia (among other countries), will not be required to apply for a visa when travelling to Argentina. Some of these citizens, however, may be required to pay a reciprocity fee; please see the section on reciprocity fees below for more information.

If you are travelling from certain countries not mentioned above, you may need to apply for a tourist visa. Please see the Argentinian embassy website for full details of visa-exempt countries

If you're visiting Iguazu falls, please be aware that you may need a visa to visit the Brazilian side of the falls. Please check with your local consulate.

Chile

Citizens of the European Union, the UK, the United States, Canada and Australia (among other countries), will not be required to apply for a visa when travelling to Chile. Some of these citizens, however, may be required to pay a reciprocity fee; please see the section on reciprocity fees below for more information.

If you are not required to apply for a visa, you will instead be issued with a tourist card, or 'Tarjeta de Turismo' on arrival into Chile, which will last for 90 days. 

This is an A5 sized white piece of paper - you must retain this document and present it to immigration when you leave. 

If you are travelling from certain countries not mentioned above, you may need to apply for a visa.

Need support for your visa application?

Swoop is happy to provide any documentation you may require for your visa. We ask for £25 GBP per visa to cover the administration costs involved, please ask a member of the team for more details.

Note for travelling families:

In an effort to prevent international child abduction, Chile has put in place strict requirements for the entry/exit of minors under the age of 18. Even when the minor is travelling with both parents, the parents will be required to show evidence of their relationship to the child when departing the country. Please carry an original, certified or authenticated birth certificate.

Moreover, if the child is travelling only with one of the parents or with none of them, a legal authorization to take the child abroad will be required too. This permit, must be signed by the parent(s) that is not travelling. 

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Reciprocity Fees

The amount payable depends on your nationality, and only residents of certain countries have to pay it. The Chilean fee can be paid on arrival at the airport, whereas the Argentinian fee must be paid in advance.

Driving Licences

Most nationalities visiting Argentina and Chile will just need a regular driving licence to rent a car; however you will be required to purchase an international driving licence if your driving licence does not have a photograph. You may also be required to get an international driving licence if you have a licence which does not use Roman script (such as a Russian licence) or you have a photocard licence.