Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Chile. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Major tourist sites such as Cerro San Cristobal and Cerro Santa Lucia are favourite locations for pickpockets. We advise that you avoid going to these places alone, even in the daytime. Take care particularly on all public transportation.


Unless you are arriving from an infected area, vaccination certificates are not normally required.

Over-the-counter and prescription medicines are readily available from chemists.

Tap water is safe to drink, but most people prefer to drink bottled mineral water either con gas (carbonated) or sin gas (non-carbonated).