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Airports in Chile

Language

Chile’s official language is Spanish.

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Money

Chile’s currency is the Chilean peso, which is broken down into 100 centavos. Most major credit cards are accepted at large hotels and shops. You can exchange traveler’s checks in banks and currency exchanges in major towns. ATMs are easy to find. It’s a good idea to change some money before flying to Chile, so you can have change on hand for taxis or buses.

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Communications

Chile’s international country code is 56. To call out to another country, dial 00 followed by the appropriate country code. You can find internet cafés easily in the larger towns.

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Tipping

Restaurants expect a 10 percent tip, but taxi drivers only expect small change if they help you with your luggage. It’s customary to tip a small amount for service.

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Safety

Chile’s criminal activity against tourists is usually limited to pick pocketing or mugging. Be aware of your surroundings and take care with your belongings. Don’t walk alone late at night.

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Health

Chile doesn’t have any vaccination requirements, but a Hepatitis A immunization is recommended. Drink bottled water to be safe. The pollution in Santiago is severe and can aggravate respiratory problems or cause eye irritation. Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness when traveling in the Andes Mountains and try to ascend gradually. Urban health care facilities are usually adequate, but they can be expensive and require cash payments. Carry your own health insurance.

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Electricity

The electrical current is 220 volts, 50 Hz and uses two-pinned round plugs.

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