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My colleague and I have a 12-hour layover in Santiago de Chile airport on our return from Argentina to the US via Chile. I am a UK citizen, my colleague is US.

Can we leave the airport and go and check out Santiago?

Do we need to pay to enter the country?

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Yes, you can do that and there should be no problems. Neither US nor UK citizens need a visa for Chile and the reciprocity fee that used to be charged to US citizens was abolished earlier this year.

My personal recommendation: definitely visit Cerro Santa Lucía, a hill park in the city center from whose top you have a great view.

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  • If you want a good top view it's better to take the uphill train to Cerro San Cristobal, but check pollution indexes before :) – Puce Jul 7 '15 at 14:13
  • @Puce: true, you see more from the top, but Cerro Santa Lucia is close to the center, and itself prettier. – Michael Borgwardt Jul 7 '15 at 15:12

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