I wanted to do this post because travel to Brasil from Chile is fairly common in the expat community, as well as for study-abroaders...both groups which I have constant contact with, and therefore I am asked the same questions fairly frequently about this process. Unfortunately, the information is not easily found online and communicating with the consulate in Santiago can be somewhat complicated, so from now on hopefully I can just link to this post and not have to retype or rely on my memory.*
If you are a United States citizen/passport holder (regardless if you have residency & a carnet in Chile) you will need the following things:
- A book to read while you wait in line
- 1 Application form, which you can fill out and print at
- 1 photocopy of the photo ID page of your passport
- 1 Photocopy of your plane ticket or the confirmation page that lists the information and dates
- 1 photocopy of your credit card itself (front and back). They requested NOT to black out the numbers.
- 1 photocopy of a bank statement that lists the available funds for the credit card (statement and photocopy must be for the same card).
- $$ Money! (commenters say its currently at $112,000 CLP)
- Your passport itself
- Photocopies of your tourist card (small paper given when you entered, if applicable)
You can call the consulate 10am - 1pm at this number: (2)820-5800. (Put 56 before it and include the 2 to call from Skype). However, I have never had anyone pick up when I press the number for English, and when I call in Spanish they haven't always known what to tell me United States citizens need.
You will need to take these things to the Brazilian Consulate in Santiago, located at 6191 Los Militares. Tall building, 1° Piso (Metro Manquehue).
You will need to give them all the above requirements. They'll give you a bank deposit form which you need to take to the BCI around the corner, pay, and return to the consulate immediately with the payment receipt. You do not need to wait in line after going to the bank, simply knock on the door, and wait near the counter of the person who processed your application until (s)he frees up for a second.
The consulate will give you a slip and keep your passport for usually 7 days (they will tell you an exact date of when to pick it up). When you come back to pick it up, you will go to the same place, wait in the same line, though when your number is called it is a very fast exchange of your slip for the passport and that's it.
The new tourist visas for American citizens are valid for 10 years. It is still valid if your passport expires within that time; you just need to travel with the old and new passport in order to show the visa.
*Unfortunately, I've made 6 visits to the Consulate at the crack of dawn all the way from Valparaiso. Learn from my mistaken visits and do it right the first time!
Did I forget anything important? Has something changed since I wrote this? Any other advice??? Please leave a comment for future readers.