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 Chile - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -4. Summer time UTC -3 October to March.

Yachting Essentials

Yachting Essentials
Voltage: 220 V
Frequency: 50 Hz

Money

Peso ($)

Communications

International dialing code for Chile is +56.

VHF is required by the Armada, and you are required to check in with position and ETA to next port where there is a Armada post, twice daily while underway or at anchor at 0800 and 2000 hrs. Often you are out of VHF range, however you can speak with other ships and lighthouses to forward your position.

You can also check in using the HI-FI radio on channel 4146.0 KHZ.

It's likely if you try to check in via email these will be returned.

It's recommended to keep a daily Radio Log of all attempts and contacts.

A Chile prepaid SIM card with a GSM international cell phone is the most convenient and economical solution. All incoming calls, while in Chile are FREE, regardless of where they originate. Pay the local rate for local calls.

A local cell phone with purchased phone cards is very useful while ashore. There are also many call centers and internet cafes in the major ports for easy and cost effective communication abroad.

Last updated April 2009.

Diplomatic Missions

Emergencies

Police (2) 133
Fire (2) 132
Ambulance (2) 131

Police Investigations - 134
Air Search and Rescue - 138

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Chile - Arica Desert to Tierra Del Fuego
By Andrew O'Grady
Publisher: RCCPF (3rd edition 2017).
ISBN 978 184623 858 1
This fully revised  3rd edition of the guide to Chile covers the coasts from Arica in the north to Cape Horn in the southand includes Isla de Pascua and Islas Juan Fernandez to the west. It offers detailed sailing directions for almost all the important harbours and anchorages, many of which are documented here for the first time. The detailed text is supported by sketch plans throughout and the supplement now includes numerous full colour photographs, many of them annotated with additional pilotage information.
See www.rccpf.org.uk/

Update 2015: The 3rd edition of the RCC Pilotage Foundation Chile pilot is now available as an iPad edition from ImrayDownload the free Imray Nautical app from the App Store and buy sections of the book by geographical area:

Chile North - Arica to Golfo de Penas including Isla de Pascua and Islas Juan Fernandez.
Chile South - Golfo de Penas to Cape Horn.

Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego Nautical Guide (also known as the "Blue Book, or Italian Guide")
By Mariolina Rolfo and Giorgio Ardrizzi
Publisher: Editrice Incontri Nautici (Second edition - 2004)
ISBN: 888598634X
This pilot guide covers 2,400 miles of the Chilean and Argentine coasts. Stretching from Valdivia, Chile to Mar Del Plata, Argentina including Isla de los Estados and Cabos de Hornos. The description of every anchorage is accompanied by a clear plan, with recommendations as to where it is best to anchor as well as other practical tips.

Chilean Naval Hydrographic Office (Servicio Hidrografico y Oceanografico de la Armada de Chile) - www.shoa.cl - has an online ordering service for charts and publications.

US charts are available for the area north of the Canal Darwin; however, they do not cover areas further south until you reach the Straits of Magellan.

Chilean Armada Charts are reported to be excellent and very detailed. They are available in major ports from agents.

Tide Tables - The Chilean Armada Publication "Tables De Marea" are available where you purchase charts.

The Pacific Crossing Guide
By Kitty Van Hagen
3rd Edition October 2016
See The Pacific Crossing Guide 3rd Edition

Winter in Fireland - A Patagonian Sailing Adventure
By Nicholas Coghlan - 2011
Published by University of Alberta Press (April 2011)
ISBN 978-0888645470
A must-read for all those cruisers thinking about venturing to this part of the world.
See this Noonsite review.

Cruising Patagonia World Cruising Club report 2007.

Useful information on Chile (in English)

Department of Tourism (in Spanish).

http://www.directemar.cl. Official site of Dirección General del Territorio Marítimo y Marina Mercante. The site (in Spanish) has all the relevant laws and regulations applied in Chile, plus some news regarding ports and activities.

Update History

March 2017: Fees updated following feedback from cruiser who cleared in at Iquique.
January 2016: Security, weather and fees section updated.
January 2016: SAG new law passed on by Henk Boersma. Clearance & Customs updated.
June 2015: Publications checked
February 2015: Immigration, Customs, weather, security, publications & links checked/updated.
December 2014: Clearance from Puerto Montt info. updated by Eoin McEachern  of SY Petrel.
February 2013: Formalities checked/updated.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Moondog
Moondog says:
Mar 18, 2016 10:39 PM

I delivered a 72 foot power vessel from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Coquimbo, Chile. My zarpe was from La Salinas, Ecuador to Arica, Chile. My final destination was Coquimbo, Chile and most of my crew were Chileans.

The Port Captain, Immigration officer, Doctor and Agricultural Inspector came out to the boat. The vessels new home was to be Coquimbo, Chile.

They did not charge me for all the inspections at the time, but when I arrived in Coquimbo I received a bill for $450 US. The agricultural inspector had me sign a document which stated that the fruit and vegetables would be consumed on the vessel, and not removed from the vessel (otherwise stiff fines and penalties would occur).

Moondog
Moondog says:
Mar 16, 2016 12:23 AM

sept.2015 A $250US fee to in inspect boat for fruits and vegetables anything in the freezer was not of concern. They did not confiscate four tomatoes six potatoes and twolemons.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 27, 2016 12:03 PM

Our thanks to Henk Boersma for these updates.

Puerto Williams Update:
Recently the "SAG" (these are the people responsible for avoiding alien flora and fauna arriving on Chilean soil) started implementing a law that no fresh fruit, vegetables or meat can be brought into the country. All will be confiscated and destroyed. Threats with fines for not complying are in the air. For years this has been the rule in the rest of the country, however now PW is included as well which doesn’t make sense. Maybe it will blow over.
For the charter boats that do their shopping in Ushuaia (Argentina), this new rule forces a change of plan... The problem is of course, that there are no reliable supplies in Puerto Williams!

Ushuaia Update:
All is quiet on the customs front, apart from some issues which involved Argentine sailors with foreign flagged boats. They are still fussy about arriving or going to the Falklands without a permit.

Cruising the Beagle Channel
For cruising the Beagle Channel as far as Staten Island, no zarpe is required for trips to Lapataia and Islas Bridges but the Prefectura must be notified before you leave with the details of your trip. Anywhere further out, and you must pay a visit to the Prefectura for a zarpe.

13 Beaufort
13 Beaufort says:
Jan 11, 2016 03:01 AM

Important update: as of Jan. 2016 Chile has quarantine laws almost as strict as those of Australia/New Zealand: no meat/fruit/vegetables/dairy products/honey etc.etc.
Visit www.sag.cl
(and yes that includes stocking up in Ushuaia Argentina for a trip to Cape Horn Chile...)

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