Country: Chile, land of hospitality, the Andes, Easter Island, and adventure, is known officially as the Republic of Chile or República de Chile. Chile is a coastal country in the Southern Cone of South America. It is bordered on the east by the Andes Mountains, Bolivia, and Argentina, on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by Peru, and on the south by the Drake Passage. Chile is part of the Ring of Fire.
Nearly 18 million people call Chile home. Chile’s largest city and capital is Santiago and the official language is Spanish.
To access emergency services: Dial 131
Currency: Peso (CLP)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Chile, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacu¬ation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in a Chilean hospital: In Santiago, there are two private hospitals Clinica Alemana and Clinica Las Condes. Both are modern, meet U.S. standards, and offer round-the-clock urgent care, as well as specialized health services. Medical care is good in Santiago and Valparaíso.
However, in rural and remote areas it is difficult to find medical assistance. On Easter Island, medical care is very limited, but there is a hospital. In the event of a serious medical condition, patients will be evacuated.
Patients will find that most doctors in Chile are bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English. Major hospitals in Chile generally accept credit cards for payment, though many hospitals and doctors expect payment in cash when services are provided.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Chile: To read about specific facilities which are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Chile-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or WHO for up-to-date travel notices.