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Safety in Chile
Most visits to Chile are trouble-free. Opportunistic street crime can be a problem in towns and cities, and in areas popular with tourists.
You don’t need a visa to enter Chile as a tourist. Presentation of a valid passport you will normally be granted a 90-day stay in the country. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.
On arrival in Chile the immigration authorities will issue you with a ‘Tarjeta de Turismo - Tourist Card’, an A5 sized white form. You must retain this document and present it to immigration when you leave.
Once in Chile, if you decide to stay for 90 days or more, you should contact the Chilean Immigration Department.
Travel Blogger Scott from eaglecreek.com about safety in Chile
Violent crime isn't a huge problem in the land of Easter Island and the Atacama Desert, but pickpockets and scams can disrupt a vacation if you're not prepared. Source
Pick pocketing and muggings are common in many cities throughout Chile, particularly around well-known tourist sites, bus stations and areas visited by foreigners. Pay particular attention to your belongings in popular foreign cafes and restaurants where there has been an increase in bag theft.
There have been a few reports of people being given ‘spiked’ drinks in nightclubs and bars, particularly in the Suecia and Bellavista areas of Santiago. These can leave the victim open to theft or assault.
Book a taxi in advance rather than hailing one from the street, especially late at night. Keep in groups and don’t walk alone late at night.
Crossing borders by car be aware there are minefields. Most minefields are clearly marked, some signs and fences are old and damaged, and may be hard to spot. In some cases, minefields are laid right up to the edge of highways. Check with local authorities before travelling to more rural areas, stick to clearly marked roads and observe all warning signs.
Local authorities may revoke tourist permits from anyone caught starting a fire within a Chilean National Park and ask them to leave Chile voluntarily within 72 hours or face deportation. Additionally, if the open fire results in a larger forest fire, there may also be criminal penalties and fines.