Any time a country or region imposes any sort of visa stipulation - even if it’s a waiver - the travel industry sighs a collective groan, knowing the obstacles and headaches to come.
OTTAWA — Canadian citizens no longer require a visitor visa to enter Chile.
Canadian visitors and business people can now stay for up to six months visa-free, which is consistent with all other visa-exempt travellers. The old ‘reciprocity fee’ of $132 the Canadian and Chilean visitors had to pay at each other’s incoming airport was also cancelled.
The new policy could save a Canadian family of four nearly $600 when travelling to South America.
In 2013, 10,500 Chilean citizens were issued a visa to visit Canada and approximately 31,000 Canadians visited Chile during the same period.
The change came about when a recent visa policy review found that Chile meets Canada’s criteria for a visa exemption.