Business hours

Generally, business hours are 9.00am to 6.00pm, Monday through Friday.

Generally, business hours are 9.00am to 6.00pm - 7.00pm, Monday through Friday. There is a one hour lunch break at 1.00 pm.

Banks are open from 9.00am to 2.00pm, Monday through Friday.

Public holidays

January 1 - New Year's Day
May 7 - Corpus Christi
August 15 - Sunday Assumption
September 18 - Independence Day
September 19 - Armed Forces Day
November 1 - All Saint's Day
December 8 - Immaculate Conception
December 25 - Christmas Day


Being in the southern hemisphere, the seasons in Chile are at the same time of year as Australia and the temperatures are in a similar range, although it can get down to 0°C in winter. February is the traditional summer vacation month in Chile. Austrade Santiago highly recommends that you avoid visiting Chile during February, as most business people are away from their offices.

For weather details in Chile, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.


Oanda currency converter

The official currency in Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP).

Time zones and time differences

Chile is 14 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

To find out the current time in Santiago, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Chile's country code is 56.

For calls to Chile from Australia dial: 0011 + 56 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Chile to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

Chile's power supply is 220 volts, 60Hz; 1, 3 phases, 2, 3, 4 wires. The most common type of plug has two-round pins, similar to those used in Europe.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

Tourism Chile
Visit Chile

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