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?


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.

  • 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. Jul 7 '15 at 15:12

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