How to get a proof of residence in Santiago, Chile

OK here’s a rather dull blog post, but something a few Expaters in Chile have been asking me about. For almost any official document – a driving license, a tarjeta de vecino and so on, you’ll need to prove your residence. Generally you’ll need a recent utility invoice with your name on it. However, if like me, your name isn’t…
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How to get your driving license in Chile

I passed my driving test! Whoop! After failing my test five times (or wait, was it six?!) in the UK, I was a little nervous to do my driving test here in Chile. Yes, you do need a local Chilean license, and after 90 days I’d wrongly understood that I could drive legally with my international license for a year.…
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Think your belongings are insured? Think again

Expaters, think you’ve got your personal items insured? Think again. One of my first priorities when we move to a new country is to get insurance set up. But here in Chile it’s proving a little tricky. Travel insurance, health insurance, home insurance; they all exist. But insurance of personal items taken outside of your home, but within Chile, does…
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What should I pack when moving to Chile?

Lots of people moving to Chile ask what to stock up on before their big move. While it’s silly to go overboard and it’s always wise to check the country’s import regulations, there are still items my friends and I wish we’d packed before we came. I did compile a list of items to pack before any expat move, but…
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Help! Can I bring chocolate and peanut butter into Chile?

We arrived into Chile after a truly horrible flight but our entry into Santiago was fairly smooth. Customs waived us through very quickly and my kids even got to pet the sniffer dogs as I’d fainted. It’s probably a good thing as I do wonder if I had items to be declared in my case. I don’t remember if I definitely…
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