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New to Chile

If you have recently moved to Chile, it might take some time to adapt to your new surroundings. We have put together some advice that can help you make sure that you are prepared for your move.

Living and Working in Chile

Irish citizens resident in Chile are largely concentrated in Santiago the Capital City, although there are a small number of citizens in many of the other states.

Before leaving Ireland please consult our current travel advice for Chile and check that you have:

  • Valid passport
  • Long Form Birth Certificate (with the Hague Apostille stamped on it by the Consular Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs to prove its authenticity)
  • Adequate funds to maintain you while you establish yourself
  • Check out what vaccinations are recommended in particular to the regions you are travelling to.
  • Private Health and Travel Insurance

The Embassy recommends that you ensure your passport is up to date and shows next-of-kin details on the back of your passport. You should also keep your family informed of your address and contact details in Chile at all times.

We recommend that you always carry some proof of identity. Official photographic ID is often required for credit/debit card payments.

We recommend that Irish citizens travelling or living abroad register their contact details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The information will allow us to contact you, and provide assistance, if necessary and possible, if there is an unforeseen crisis such as a natural disaster or civil unrest, or if you have a family emergency while you are overseas.

We also suggest that you sign up to the Embassy mailing list on arrival. We can let you know of upcoming events which can be a good way of meeting people and making contacts.

It is recommended that anyone intending to move to Chile does as much research as possible.