Moving to Santiago de Chile? Read these tips from an expat on …

Moving to Santiago de Chile? Meet Helen. She’s been living in Santiago since falling in love with a Chilean guy five years ago, and is now moving back to her home country, New Zealand. Here she reflects on the pros and cons of life in Chile and offers up a few tips to Expaters considering the move. What will you miss…
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The disadvantages of living in Chile

I’ve written a lot about my love of Chile. I love the sunshine, the people, the relaxed vibe. Not to mention the wine, the mountains, the nature… and did I say the wine? I really do love this country. But like any country, it’s not all perfect. I’ve been asked by a few people considering the move about the worst…
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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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