Chile stretches along South America’s western edge with an extremely rich geography characterized by the stunning views of the Andes, ocean scenes, forests, mountains suitable for ski resorts and vast lands destined for vineyards and fruit plantations.
This guide will help you prepare for your expat experience in Chile. We’ll cover the basics like language and culture, to visas and schooling; to provide you with a general understanding of life in your new adopted home nation. This guide will also help educate you how to respond to health emergencies while spending time working abroad. This is a new and exciting time for you, so let us fill you in about everything you need to know before your arrival in Chile.
The job market … Chile’s economy has been growing since its devastating earthquake in 2010. It is now one of the fastest-growing economies in South America. Jobs as an English teacher, employment in salmon farming, forestry, mining, construction and nursing are very common, but it is helpful if you speak fluent Spanish.
Cigna Global …
Cigna Global Expatriate plans for long-term work assignments, schooling or simply to live, Cigna Global’s Silver, Gold or Platinum plans provide the health benefits for anyone living abroad for any amount of time.
With Cigna Global you have access to over 1 million doctors, hospitals and specialists worldwide. These contracted doctors have been thoroughly screened to meet the high standards set forth by CIgna’s provider network department.
- International Health insurance for: Individuals, families and employees.
- Global Health Insurance for anyone, living, working, studying or vacationing worldwide.
- Leader in helping international expatriates, multinational employees, global families, students and travelers to identify, access, and pay for quality health care anywhere in the world.
International Health Insurance policies ranges from a few days to permanent coverage. Short-Term plans are typically considered less than 6 months and Long-Term or Expat plans are 6 months and longer. Both offer very comprehensive benefit options and allow you to see global contracted doctors along with non-contracted doctors. 24 hour customer service, emergency evacuation, hospital and outpatient services, prescription, office visits, physical therapy, maternity and many other services and coverage’s you enjoy while working, living, studying or traveling abroad.
Both include 24/7/365 “concierge” services for any issues or emergencies. Translators are also available to discuss your situation in the local language of the medical doctors, staff and hospitals to expedite care and treatment.
It’s a worldwide, all-access pass to an exclusive level of care. Use your mobile device to quickly and conveniently connect to quality care across the globe for anything from emergency and hospital care, to outpatient doctor visits, lab and X-Ray to filling a prescription, translating your symptoms, showing proof of insurance and finding the right doctor wherever you may be worldwide. Call me today and I’ll help with your situation right over the phone.
Chile Quick Facts …
Capital: Santiago de Chile
Population: ≈ 16,000,000
Major languages: Spanish
Major Religion: Christianity
Currency: Chilean Peso: US $1 = 525 Pesos
Time zone: UTC-4
Emergency numbers: Ambulance: 131, Fire: 132, Police: 133
Electricity: 220-240v. Plugs are three round pins in a line
Drives on the: right
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Chile is one of the easiest countries to obtain a visa or residency. All visa applications can be made by post once you arrive in Chile. you do not need to find a job or obtain a visa prior to your visit to Chile. you also will not need to leave the country to obtain your visa. There are a number of visa categories, but the most common are:
Investor Visa … This visa is for individuals who want to make an investment or establish a local business. A business plan must be presented to Chilean Immigration authorities.
Retiree Visa … Obtainers must show that they have enough money to survive in Chile from a pension or regular income. There is no official amount stated by authorities, but it would be safe to say that it must be at least, if not more, than the Chilean minimum wage.
Rentista Visa … Similarly to the Retiree Visa, you must be able to show that you have enough of an income to survive in Chile. This income can from investments such as rent from real estate, social security, long-term contracts, interest income and annuities.
HealthCare … The healthcare and dentistry system in Chile are exceeding in quality and often surpass the standards of both Europe and the US. Medical care is much cheaper than the US, but independent care is highly recommended. There is no provision for free healthcare for foreigners; you must be working and paying local taxes for that privilege. Many medicines can be bought without prescription.
Private Medical Insurance … While health insurance is essential for any expat, private medical insurance is often a preference of some expats. Chile offers many different profit and non-profit private health insurance companies, known as ISAPREs, but they tend to be higher in price.
Emergencies … Chile has ambulances, police and firefighters available day and night. The emergency numbers are as follows:
Other PLAN TYPES …
- Long Term (6 months or longer) including permanent plans: Global families, Expatriates, Multinational Executives and Employees, extended vacations etc.
- Short-Term (few days up to 6 months) Vacations, business trips, short term global travel.
- Students International Students – Inbound to U.S. or Outbound.
- Vacation Insurance Medical coverage with; trip cancellation, trip delay, lost/damaged luggage, cancelled vacation reimbursement.
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