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Living in Chile

If you decide to move to Chile, you will not be alone in the expatriate sphere. Chile is a popular choice for many reasons: political and economic stability, and quality of living, varied and beautiful landscapes, not to mention great wine and cuisine. For these reasons, the country is not cheap compared to the rest of South America. That said, health care, public transport, restaurants and most of the main grocery shops are reasonably priced and cheaper than many Western countries. Living expenses For a one-bedroom apartment in Santiago, expect to pay between US$260 and US$420/month, and for a two-bedroom apartment, US$390 to US$670/month. Home stays are cheaper, ranging from US$200 to US$325/ month, and often include meals. For apartment listings, check out the local newspapers, such as The Santiago Times or El Mercurio. Visas If you are planning on staying in Chile for longer than 90 days, you must secure a one-year renewable work or temporary resident visa within thirty days of arrival. See our visa section for more information. Each person living in Chile is also required to carry an identity card. You can obtain one from the Chilean Passport Bureau for a small fee, and you must carry it with you at all times.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Chile: Highlights in the Lakes District, Highlights of Middle Chile , Highlights, Southern Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego Highlights, Special Artisan Markets and Highlights of the Juan Fernandez Archipelago.

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