Chile ends $160 Reciprocity Fee for US Citizens.

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!

So if you were lucky to get in the $285 Los Angeles to Santiago de Chile or $302 Miami to Santiago de Chile deals last month, you now have an $160 extra to drink wine with.

H/T: Siempre Viajando


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9 Responses to "Chile ends $160 Reciprocity Fee for US Citizens."

  1. Juan Munoz says:

    $160 * 4 = $640, not $620.

    • TFD says:

      @Juan – we need to buy a better abacus to do our math. Thanks for the correction.

  2. Matt P says:

    I was preparing for my trip to Easter Island next week and I again thank you for the heads up. Still have to pay for my visit to Argentina and Peru.

    • TFD says:

      @Matt P: There’s no visa requirements for Peru for US Citizens. There use to be a departure tax of around $30. But those should be included in your ticket.

  3. DJ says:

    Sweet. I love Chile.

  4. Chris says:

    Brazil does not charge a “reciprocity fee”, but rather requires American citizens to get a visa. The visa itself is $160, but all of the US consulates charge $20 extra for any transactions that are not in-person. With shipping, this ends up being much higher.

    Also, with Brazil, the visa is valid for 10 years, even if the passport expires. Saying that the Brazilian fee is “good for the life of the passport” is not correct.

    • Jessica says:

      If you look on their website at their visa fees, however, it is listed as being a reciprocity fee even though you are paying to get a visa.

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