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Do I Need a Visa for Patagonia from the UK?

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Wondering whether you need a visa for Patagonia? You’ve come to the right place. 

Embarking on a journey to the breathtaking landscapes of Patagonia is the stuff of dreams for many travellers. But before you pack your bags and give your Bucket List some attention in the stunning southern tip of South America, it’s essential to understand the entry requirements for Patagonia. 

This paradisal region might be situated in Argentina, but we’re including the entry requirements for both Argentina and Chile in this visa guide for Patagonia, since plenty of avid travellers enter from the Chilean side. 

It’s always worth checking your information is up to date on the UK Government entry requirements page (here for Argentina, and here for Chile) before you book a trip of a lifetime to Patagonia. But here’s the lowdown, all in one spot… Give this a read and you’ll soon have your answer to the perennial question: do I need a visa for Patagonia?

Do I need a specific visa for Patagonia?

Argentina and Patagonia visa requirements

Unless you’re travelling on an emergency travel document (which you’re probably not), there’s no need for UK citizens to have a visa to travel through Argentina as a tourist for up to 90 days (Patagonia included). In other words, if your stay is no longer than 3 months, and it’s not work-related, you don’t need a visa to visit Patagonia. 

What if I’m visiting Chile first? Do I need a visa?

Same rules apply in Chile as in Argentina: no need for a visa if you’re visiting as a tourist for up to 90 days. Instead of getting a visa, you’ll be granted a tourist card upon arrival at the airport in Chile, and that’ll be valid for the duration of your stay. It’s an A5 paper form, so you’ll want to take a plastic wallet or folder with you, to keep your tourist card safe and sound during your trip. 

Good news, eh? Nice and easy to travel to Patagonia when it comes to visas. If you want to make organising your trip even easier, and tick an incredible place off your Bucket List in style, click here to check out our jam-packed, purse-friendly Patagonia itinerary.

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What are the UK passport requirements for Patagonia? 

Whether you’re only going to be in Argentina when you’re visiting Patagonia, or you’re heading into Chile too, the same passport rules apply: 

  • You need a passport (unsurprisingly!)
  • Your passport’s got to be in good condition
  • Your passport must have at least 6 months’ validity beyond your planned departure date
  • It should feature a few blank pages for those illustrious entry and exit stamps 

Please, PLEASE check your passport validity before you book your trip to Patagonia – no-one wants to be dealing with those horrendous last minute complications and the stress that goes with them!

Can I take money into Argentina and Chile? 

Understanding local currency and financial regulations is often overlooked, but it’s also totally crucial when travelling to a foreign country. For visiting Patagonia, the main rule is that you can’t take more than $10,000 (about £8,000) into either Chile or Argentina. (Hopefully no-one’s planning on taking anywhere near that amount of cash with them anywhere though!) 

In Argentina (and Patagonia), the official currency is the Argentine Peso (ARS). You’d be best of exchanging some currency before arriving, and major credit cards are widely accepted all over Argentina. ATMs are also accessible in most cities and towns.

In Chile, the official currency is the Chilean Peso (CLP). Similarly to Argentina, it’s advisable to exchange currency before your trip or upon arrival. Credit cards are commonly accepted, but it’s a good idea to carry some cash for places that may not have card facilities.

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Vaccination Requirements for Patagonia

Right now, there are no specific vaccination requirements for entry from the UK into either Argentina or Chile, but it’s always a good idea to check for updates at least 8 weeks before you travel. 

Best to check on the TravelHealthPro pages for Chile and Argentina – and why not speak to your doctor to make sure your routine vaccinations like Hep A and B and typhoid are up to date too?  

Now that you know you don’t need a visa to travel to Patagonia, when are you going?!

Now the admin bit’s out the way, let’s talk about Patagonia and its awe-inspiring rugged scenes. If you want to trek through a piece of the sublime, Patagonia deserves a spot right at the top of your Bucket List. Its untamed landscapes of unrivalled natural beauty, where towering peaks, glaciers, and pristine wilderness create a perfect playground for trekking, offer a thrilling backdrop for those seeking challenging outdoor experiences and a deep connection with nature.

In our Patagonia Trekking Tour, we’ve packed in some of the most unbelievable hiking routes we’ve ever had the good pleasure to experience. Click here to find out more about the itinerary!

Last thing, do keep in mind that travel regulations can change, so make sure you verify the latest information from official sources closer to your departure date. 

Click Here To Check Out Our Patagonia Trekking Tour!

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