Something unexpected happened? You need to travel outside Chile while your visa is being processed?

You sent your visa application by mail but you haven't received anything from Extranjería yet

If after sending your visa application, the only thing you have on your power is the receipt issued by Correos de Chile, you need to make sure that your tourist visa will be valid at the moment of your travel. In order to figure that out, check the Tourist Card you received when you last entered to Chile.

Tourist Card

If your tourist visa will be valid at the moment of your travel (according to your Tourist Card) then you are good to go!
If it will expire before that date, you will have to pay a fine in order to be able to leave the country. The amount of the fine will be equivalent to the amount of days you overstayed your visa.

The amount is calculated by the Immigration Department (“Departamento de Extranjería y Migración”). In order to determine the amount, you have to book an appointment for Extranjería. The day of the appointment, and after calculating the amount of the fine, you will be given a payment order (“vale vista”) which you will have to pay at any commercial bank.

Once the fine has been paid, you have to make another appointment for Extranjería, this time to show the payment receipt and collect a resolution stating that you paid your fine, and that you have “X” days to leave the country.

The receipt from Correos de Chile doesn’t prove anything regarding your migration status in Chile.

If you applied for your visa by mail and already received the resolution from Extranjería stating that your visa is being processed

If you received the resolution from Extranjería stating that your visa is now being processed (“visa ha sido acogida a trámite”) before your travel, and it’s still valid at that moment, you can leave the country without any trouble.
This resolution (“visa en trámite”) establishes that you hold a regular migration status in Chile while your visa is being processed.

If the resolution has expired or it’s close to expire, you should make an appointment for Extranjería in order to extend it.

You should always keep with you a printed copy of the resolution when traveling abroad, in case PDI (International Police) requires to see it at the moment of exit or entry.

If you applied physically for your visa at any of the Gobernaciones Provinciales along the country

If you applied physically for your visa at any of the Gobernaciones Provinciales along the country, you already have the resolution saying that your visa is being processed (on the receipt). In this case, you need to check that the resolution is still valid. If it expired, or it’s close to expire, you need to concur to the same Gobernación Provincial and extend the resolution before your travel. 

You should always keep with you a printed copy of the resolution when traveling abroad, in case PDI (International Police) requires to see it at the moment of exit or entry.

If you are citizen of any of the 103 countries that require to obtain a tourist visa at a Chilean Consulate prior to their travel to Chile

Bear in mind that if you are a citizen of any of the 103 countries that require to obtain a tourist visa at a Chilean Consulate prior to their travel to Chile, and if you haven’t received the resolution stating that your visa is now being processed, issued by Extranjería, then you will have to apply for a tourist visa before traveling back to Chile.

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