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Guide to Chile: Customs

Written by Thomas Power | 14th January 2014 |


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DO NOT bring in any fruit or produce into Chile. The Andes form an amazing natural barrier to pests and infections.

Customs are very stringent about maintaining this barrier at the airports and will fine you if they find any fruit or fresh produce on your person.

Either leave it on board the plane or you will see large apple shaped bins on arrival for disposal of fruit.

Visitors entering Chile may also bring in no more than 400 cigarettes, 500 grams of pipe tobacco, or 50 cigars, and 2.5 litres of alcoholic beverages per adult.

Customs Allowances

U.K. citizens returning from a non-EU country have a customs allowance of 200 cigarettes; 50 cigars; 250 grams of smoking tobacco; 2 litres of still table wine; 1 litre of spirits or strong liqueurs (over 22% volume); 2 litres of fortified wine, sparkling wine, or other liqueurs; 60cc (ml) perfume; 250cc (ml) of toilet water; and £145 worth of all other goods, including gifts and souvenirs.

Buying Duty Free

Please bear in mind that restrictions on taking liquids onto a plane are stringently applied.

If you buy any form of liquid in duty free at Santiago airport you will be able to take it on board with you.

However, since all flights (to the UK at least) transit through another airport, you will not be able to carry your duty free with you onto the second flight.

Assuming you transit via a European hub, most commonly Madrid, any bottles of duty free you have bought in Chile will be taken from you as you go through the first security check in Madrid.

We strongly advise that you therefore do not buy drinks in Santiago's duty free airport shop but instead buy them beforehand and pack them in your main bags. Allowances as above.

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