Frequently Asked Questions International Travelers

1. Where can I get information related to customs regulations for travelers?

You will find by clicking on FOREIGN TRAVELERS in this website different categories of travellers organized by origin, destination, etc.

2. Which goods may I bring into Chile exempt from tax and duty payment?

a. Your Traveller’s baggage
b. Non-commercial goods purchased at the DUTY FREE for up to USD 500.

3. Which requirements shall goods/articles comply with to be considered as traveller’s baggage?

a. They must be of non-commercial nature, assuming that they are commercial items in such cases where their quantity exceeds that of traveler’s common use and needs.

b. They must be carried by the traveler or entered into the country within 120 days from or prior to the date of traveler’s s arrival. In the case that goods are not carried by the passenger at the moment of arrival, they shall be consigned to passenger’s name in the cargo manifest and/or the corresponding shipping documentation.

4. As an international traveler, which goods may I bring in the country? What duties must I pay? And what procedures shall I carry out when importing goods into the country?
The following goods, either in person or through a third party duly authorized by a Notary Public, can be imported:

a. Goods of non-commercial use worth up to USD 1,500 Fob value
b. Goods for commercial use worth up to USD 1,000 invoiced values.

The import of these goods shall be subject to payment of the following duties and taxes:

a. 6% over customs or  CIF Value

b. 19% VAT  calculated on the basis of the CIF/Customs Value plus the amount of customs duties.

c. Other customs charges, such as tariff surcharges, additional taxes, and warehouse tax, specific duties, if appropriate.

The importation shall be legalized by signing the Declaración de Importación y Pago Simultáneo (Entry Declaration and Simultaneous Payment) document, which will be provided by Customs. Goods exceeding the above mentioned amounts shall be imported through a Customs Broker, whose fees shall be freely agreed.  (See the List of Customs brokers on this Web site)

5. Which customs procedures should I carry out for the temporary entry of goods other than traveller baggage?

Foreign tourists or Chilean residents abroad shall be entitled to enter temporarily bring in the country, for up to 90 days, goods not considered baggage that will be used for their stay in the country and subsequently returned abroad.

The temporary admisión will be done by completinf the Form Declaración de Admisión Temporal de Efectos de Turistas (Temporary Admission for Tourists Effects), which is provided by Customs.

6. When entering the goods, is it necessary to follow any other kind of procedure with other agency?

Depending on their nature certain goods need the relevant permits and authorizations from the national controlling agencies (phytosanitary, health, firearms, etc.) before being declared to Customs.

7. What is a Duty Free Shop?

The term “Duty Free Shop” means “Almacén de Venta Libre”, in Spanish.  They are totally demarcated areas located within Airports in which foreign, domestic and nationalized goods are placed to be sold only to aircraft passengers going abroad, entering the country or in transit.

8. Do I have to pay any duty or tax for goods bought at the Duty Free Shop? What kind of goods can I purchase at this shop?

Goods purchased at this shop are duty free, provided that they are for non-commercial use and worth up to a US $500 customs value.  They must be purchased at Chilean international airports.

9. I am a foreign visitor and will visit Chile with a Chilean relative. Are we subject to the same customs regulations?

Foreign visitors and Chilean residents visiting Chile as tourists are subject to the same regulations, on the assumption that the Chilean residents will entry the country as a tourist.

10. Are travelers coming from Free Zones or Free Zones of Extension (Iquique and Punta Arenas) entitled to bring in the rest of the country goods without paying any customs duty? Up to what amount?

Travelers coming from a Free Zone or a Free Zone of Extension are entitled to bring in the country goods without paying any duties or taxes, as well as their baggage for non-commercial use purchased in this zone and worth up to a customs value of USD 1,218. None of the articles shall exceed the exemption entitled to each person.

11. Are Chilean residents living abroad and returning home for a short period of time subject to the same laws, restrictions and entitlements than foreign visitors?

Yes, because they are considered tourists, so they are subject to the same customs regulations.

12. I am a Chilean resident who has lived abroad for a long period of time and now want to return home. Am I entitled to bring in the country two vehicles besides my personal effects and traveler s baggage?

Chilean residents who have lived abroad for a period of one year or more in a continuous basis and return home are entitled to import only one vehicle per person who has to be older than 18 years old. It can be a brand new or used vehicle irrespective of its activity, by paying full duties and taxes for its import.

As for used vehicles, you are entitled to only a 50% exemption of customs duties surcharge corresponding to used goods. The vehicle will not be traded under any circumstance during a three year period from its import date.

13. Who are considered Chilean officers and employees working abroad in accordance to their eligibility to bring in the country goods subject to exemptions?

They are Officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Defense and International Organizations linked to Chile, and from Public Companies or Government’s autonomous Agencies or Corporations in which the State has a direct or indirect share of 90% or more of its capital.

14. Are Chilean officers and employees who had lived and worked abroad eligible for a personal exemption when importing goods? What conditions apply to them?

They are eligible for a personal exemption that allows them to bring in household goods, equipment, work tools and traveler’s baggage without paying any duty or tax. Goods must be for non-commercial use and household goods and work tools must be used and purchased before bringing them into the country.

15. Are sick travelers carrying dialysis machines, pacemakers and artificial heart valves eligible to personal exemptions?

Yes. Medical equipment is duty free, providing that it is duly certified by the corresponding medical certificate.

16. What personal exemptions apply to Chilean artists that reside permanently abroad?

Travelers carrying pieces of art made by themselves, such as, sculptures, paintings, handicrafts, etc. may bring them into the country without paying any duty, providing that they have the relevant artist certification by the Directorate of Libraries, Archives, and Museums of Chile.

17. Are residents of Easter Island entitled to personal exemptions?

Easter Island residents qualify to the same exemptions than Chilean residents when they enter and exit the country.



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