Although Chilean passport holders can currently visit any Schengen Area country without first obtaining a visa, this will change at the end of 2021.
In 2022, the European Commission will implement the ETIAS visa waiver program for all nationals that are visa-exempt for the Schengen passport-free zone.
ETIAS is being introduced in order to pre-screen visa-free travelers for any potential security risks, with the intention of strengthening and protecting Europe’s external borders.
ETIAS will be a multiple entry travel authorization and permit holders to travel to Europe for up to 90 days with each entry, for purposes such as tourism, transit, business, or medical treatment. It is valid for 3 years from approval.
To obtain an ETIAS, citizens of Chile will have to complete an online application with personal, passport, and travel information, as well as answer a few health and security-related questions. The entire process will not take more than 10 minutes.
Once the ETIAS travel authorization is approved, it will be automatically linked to the Chilean passport, which must be valid for at least 3 months from the intended date of arrival in the Schengen Area.
Upon arrival, Chilean nationals will be requested to present their passport to the immigration official to obtain entry to Europe.
If a citizen of Chile is planning to visit the Schengen Area for a longer period of permitted stay, or for purposes such as to work or study, they will have to apply for an embassy visa.