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Chile has closed its frontiers since the 18th of March until further notice and many other countries around the globe have similar travel restrictions in place. Despite this, we are still receiving submissions, and we will continue with paper review as currently planned. However, we advise all potential attendees to postpone any travel arrangements until the author notification date, i.e. 31st of May.
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The main entry point to Chile is the International Airport of Santiago de Chile (SCL). There are many direct flights available from all main cities in Latin America and also from overseas. A detailed list of origin, price, and connection time are provided at the end of this proposal. Examples of direct flights to Chile are:
Valparaiso is 110 km from the International Airport of Santiago (SCL). The travel may be done by taxi, transfer shuttle, or bus. Direct buses from the airport to Valparaiso run twice a day at 9:50 and 14:30.
Check current prices and itinerary at the following webpage.
Airport SCL → Valparaíso (using the shuttle bus): 1:30 h
Alternatively, buses from the airport to the Pajaritos interconnection station are available each 10 min, from there buses to Valparaíso depart every 15 minutes, several companies provide this service. The transport time, by bus, for these two sections is as follows
Airport SCL → Pajaritos bus station: 15 min
Pajaritos bus station → Valparaíso: 1:15 h
To enter Chile, you have to present your identification documents, like your ID card or passport. Moreover, depending on your country of origin, a stamped VISA. The following map presents the VISA policies per country.
Citizens from South America can use their ID card, the European Union, the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Australia do not need tourist VISAs. Australian citizens can use their passport and have to pay US$117 during entrance at the airport as a reciprocity fee. Be aware that access is granted up to 90 days, and passport o credentials in use must not expire before or during your stay.
Also, remember that if you're bringing animal or vegetable products, upon entering you must declare them to the Agriculture and Livestock Service (Servicio Agricola y Ganadero – SAG); in this way, you’ll be contributing to protecting the varied flora and fauna of the country.
VISA information per country can be found here (2018), published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, where columns details country, consulate/embassy, temporary resident fee, work permit fee, student visa fee, tourist visa requirement, simple tourist visa fee, maximum stay length for the simple tourist visa, multiple-entry tourist visa fee, and maximum stay length for the multiple-entry tourist visa. Current year information, in lower resolution, can be found here.
For those how need a VISA, please keep in mind that the VISA process takes about 20 working days, and applications that are not presented with at least that time in advance are rejected. You should start the process 90 days in advance. Here is a list Chilean embassies and consulates worldwide https://chile.gob.cl/en/consulados/.
To apply for a Tourist VISA to enter Chile, you must:
The convenient location of the conference venue between Valparaíso and Viña del Mar combined with the strong tourism industry in the region permit a large offer of hotels at different prices. Below we provide an example of hotels, with distance to the venue and reference price. A comprehensive list can be found here.
|Name||Distance to Venue||Estimated Prices per Night|
|Hotel Ibis Valparaíso||3 Km||55 USD|
|Hotel Diego de Almagro||2 Km||80 USD|
|WineBox Valparaíso||3.5 Km||100 USD|
|Hotel Brighton||3.9 Km||70 USD|
|Cirilo Armstrong||4.4 Km||100 USD|
|Fauna||4.3 Km||165 USD|
|Hotel Da Vinci||4.3 Km||53 - 88 USD|
|Cariño Porteño Bed & Breakfast||0.55 Km||29-46 USD|
|Tunquelen||2.9 Km||38 USD|
|Best Western Marina Del Rey||4.2 Km||100 USD|
|Sheraton Miramar||3.7 Km||230 USD|
|Vista Velero||3.6 Km||140 USD|