The team loves visiting South America, but one of the significant expenses of visiting a lot of South American countries is the reciprocity or visa fee. For Argentina, Brazil and Chile, it is $160 per person and good for the life of the passport. The $160 is exactly what the United States charge everyone!
If you are going as a family of four, that’s $640 just in Reciprocity or Visa fees. That’s not cheap. The good news is that on February 28th, 2014, Chile was designated as part of the US Visa Waiver Program. This means Chileans with passports issued after September 2nd, 2013 will not longer need to go through the trouble of applying for an US visa which not only includes $160 fee but also an in-person interview at an US Embassy (we really make foreigners go through the ringer to get an US visa).
Now that the US has designated Chile as part of the Visa Waiver Program, as of February 26th, 2014, Chile has stopped collecting the reciprocity fee, with that Americans are no longer required to pay the reciprocity fee!
H/T: Siempre Viajando
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