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EXPEDITIONS TO CHILEAN FRONTIER ZONES

 

People residing in foreign countries engaged in the planning of scientific, technical and/or mountaineering activities in Chilean frontier zones must apply and obtain an expedition permit from the Dirección Nacional de Fronteras y Límites del Estado, DIFROL.
In order to qualify, applications for permits should be submitted directly to DIFROL, or otherwise be handed in at the nearest Chilean Consular Office.
DIFROL will be pleased to handle queries on working days (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.).
Participants involved in outdoor expeditions such as trekking tours, amateur film activity, mountain bike riding, car competitions, or other similar activities do not require DIFROL’s permission. However people whishing to visit national, archaeological and/or historical monuments located in frontier zones require due authorisation from the Council of National Monuments, or the Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales de Chile,www.monumentos.cl . For additional information, DIFROL will be happy to help you contact this or other relevant institutions, as may be required.

To apply for a permit consider the following requirements:

  •       Submit expedition plan and starting date at least twenty (20) days in advance before the journey. This will certainly help DIFROL to co-ordinate more efficiently with other organisms in granting such permits.

  •       Send a comprehensive list of participants, indicating names, nationality, passport number and name of the country issuing such documentation.

  •       Indicate a detailed itinerary of the expedition plan and the schedule or route to be followed. For long distance journeys, a map of the expedition route should also be attached.

  •       Mention the dates in which each specific activity will start and end, e.g., camp site or mountain peak to be climbed.

  •       Include a permanent address, fax number, as well as the applicant’s email, or the expedition leader’s email.

  •       For emergency situations, also include a permanent address, fax number, and the email of a contact person in the country of origin.

Important information:


      Applications for permits may be restricted to an expedition of at least two crewmembers. Applicants shall be fully responsible for the risks involved during the course of the entire expedition. Similarly, Chilean authorities may request an insurance coverage in the event of search or rescue operations.

      The expedition permit granted by DIFROL is exempt from payment.

      In accordance with the standing regulations, DIFROL could require that one or two Chilean observers be allowed to join the foreign team and participate in the expedition. If so convened, arrangements will be announced in due time.

      Once the expedition permit has been obtained, and being at the specific area where the activity is to be carried out, mountain climbers should contact the Chilean Police of the relevant jurisdiction (Carabineros de Chile,www.carabinerosdechile.cl ). They should then exhibit the permit, indicating the start and end dates of the expedition, the route to be followed, as well as the expedition equipment, which should be in full compliance with the regulations.

      Permits are subject to a conditional clause in the event of emergency or bad weather conditions. This is an important factor to ensure the safety of foreign persons. Under these circumstances, based on the data submitted by The National Emergency Bureau, (ONEMI) www.onemi.cl , and/or the local authorities, as well as that provided by the Chilean Meteorological Office, www.meteochile.cl , an immediate suspension or cancellation of the entire climbing expedition may be issued.

      Mountain climbers shall be solely responsible for their decision to climb. Proof of experience of high altitude climbing and general fitness is a must.

      Applicants who require an expedition permit must declare and assume the responsibility of the risk involved hereof; as well as the charges borne by the expedition in connection with search and rescue services. The State of Chile and its dependent organisms are NOT responsible for any implications contained herein.

      Mountain climbers must be fully aware of the regulations applicable to agricultural and livestock products, in order to protect the ecosystems of our country, living natural resources and flora and fauna protected under the CITES Convention. For further information, check: www.sag.gob.cl or www.sernatur.cl .



MOUNTAINEERING AND ADVENTURE EXPEDITIONS:


Chile offers a unique landscape which is characterised by hosting the most important summits and abundant adventure sports, which take place in districts declared as frontier zones (See "comunas en zona fronteriza"). As a rule, you should consult DIFROL, or the nearest Chilean Consular Offices before planning any expedition activity taking place in isolated or inaccessible areas.

For the safety of foreign nationals entering the country, the application form if so required, may be subject to consultation with the relevant national organisms. They will provide you with some basic recommendations such as safest routes to be followed, or precautions to be taken.

For most frequently visited summits check the website. Click.


Ojos del Salado Volcano:

Mountaineers planning to climb the volcano will require a special permit granted by the Atacama Region. You may contact Mrs. Nelly López, ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) at the local Government, in addition to being in possession of DIFROLs permission, or well send a copy of it to 645 Los Carrera Street, Floor 2, Copiapó; Tel: (56 52) 212 727 Fax Number: (56 52) 212 859.

On arrival to the expedition area, you should provide start and end dates of the climbing to the Chilean Police (Carabineros de Chile) at Retén Laguna Verde Maricunga. Following instructions is essential; in particular those related to safety rules and route specifications.

Note: With effect from 1 December 2004, no mountaineer, whatever nationatility, shall be allowed to climb Ojos del Salado, or any other mountain located within the precincts of a Concession Area, unless admission tax service be paid to the concessionaire "Aventurismo Expediciones". Among such concession areas are: Ojos del Salado, Atacama Base Camp (5.200 m.), Tejos (5.800 m.), and/ or Termas de Laguna Verde. For further information, contact www.aventurismo.cl .


Tupungato Volcano:

In order to access the volcano, first you must go through the "Río Colorado" area, which requires additional permission in writing which is issued by the Chilean Army. The applicant should present him/herself at Jefatura de Propiedades del Comando de Infraestructura del Ejército, (Departamento de Predios), 3317 Santo Domingo Street, Tel: (56 2) 377 7214 Fax Number: (56 2) 377 7133, Santiago de Chile, and hand in a copy of DIFROL’s permit.

Once the permission has been granted, then you will have to get a new authorisation from AES Gener Company. This authorisation will allow you to walk through the property owned by the company in the access area to the volcano. Copies of permits granted by DIFROL and the Chilean Army must be sent directly to Mr. Max Mardones, Tel: (56 2) 686 8140 Fax Number: (56 2) 680 8131, de Santiago - Chile, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .


SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL EXPEDITIONS:

Scientific and technical expeditions require the co-ordination of DIFROL and other governmental institutions committed to the environmental protection of the environment, and the conservation of natural, archaeological, and cultural heritage. Among such important units are: the Natural Forestry Service, or Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF) www.conaf.cl ; the Agriculture and Livestock Service, or Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero (SAG), www.sag.gob.cl ; or the Natural Museum of Natural History, or Museo Nacional de Historia Natural-MNHN www.mnhn.cl .

In conducting this type of expedition, the investigator must inform on an application form to DIFROL, the name of the sponsoring institution, the name of the counterpart person or institution in Chile, and the commitment to submit an in-depth analysis of the results obtained during the expedition. It is advisable that a complete report including the objectives, key areas to be visited, as well as an indication of the type of activity to be carried out be submitted in due time. This will certainly expedite the consultation process significantly.

In this regard, investigators shall be fully responsible in providing DIFROL with a copy of the expedition’s results to be distributed to the relevant Chilean organisms. As for biological investigations, the National Museum of Natural History, or Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, www.mnhn.cl should be informed by the investigators. Expeditions engaged in visiting national, historical and/or archaeological monuments must also apply for a permit through the Council of National Monuments, or Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales. If the research project is authorised, investigators must meet the requirements set forth by it. For further information see Council Regulations, or Reglamento at www.monumentos.cl

Whenever research activity is to be carried out at specific units under the National System of Protected Wildlife Areas of the State’s scheme, (SNASPE), www.conaf.cl , an application for permit must be obtained from the Natural Forestry Service, (CONAF) at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Similarly, if you are part of a film crew, and wish to do a film production under a SNASPEs scheme, the arrangement above applies. Make sure to provide complete references of the people engaged in conducting the activity, in addition to the names of the crew personnel on transit, who are applying for permit to enter Chile.
 

Easter Island. Scientific Expeditions and/or film crew on location:

Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and part of the Chilean frontier zone, Easter Island is widely noted for its Wild Protected Areas and magnificent National Monuments. If you are interested, you may contact the Gobernación Provincial of Easter Island directly through Tel: (56 32) 100 254 Fax Number: (56 32) 100 252; and Secretaría Técnica de la Comisión de Desarrollo, Tel: (56 32) 100 527), Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . They will provide specific instructions on environmental conservation issues in combination with the co-operation of the local authorities on the island. Scientific research may be conducted subject to the conditions and requirements set forth in the relevant paragraph.

Expeditions to National Parks, Natural Reserves or Natural Monuments (National System of Protected Wildlife Areas of the State):

For assistance and further information on existing regulations and/or costs for access to these areas, please consult the National Forestry Service at www.conaf.cl , about the conditions and obligations prescribed by CONAF. Please, take note that the expedition permit granted by DIFROL does NOT exclude from compliance with such obligations, in particular those related to entry permits and routes to be followed.

Expeditions to the Northern and Southern Ice-fields, and the Darwin Range Mountain:

Due to its great diversity of natural features, mountain climbers must provide evidence of previous experience in glacial zones.

Activities will be authorized when there are at least to participants. Interested persons will have to prove that they possess an emergency plan, insurance coverage to cover rescue costs and health conditions compatible with the special characteristics of the area.

Base Camp Longitude & Latitude will have to be notified.

Expeditioners should wear suitable thermal clothing for extreme low temperatures. General fitness is required to be able to respond to harsh environmental conditions.

As to COMMUNICATION devices, you should at least consider one of the following elements:

  •       Satellite telephone

  •       HF component (SAR frequency. 13286 International mHz)

  •       VHF/AM (SAR frequency, 123.1 International)

  •       For EMERGENCY situations, radio beacon for personal use will be required (PLB) frequency 121.5 - 243 or 406 mHz. (All components REQUIRE heavy duty batteries)


Under strict instructions given by The National Emergency Bureau (ONEMI), mountain climbers will first be required to contact the Emergency Regional Director responsible in order to provide the steps of action to be taken during the course of the expedition. Information should also be available to the Local and Regional Emergency Offices.

Please, contact the Police of the relevant jurisdiction before undertaking these activities in the area to be visited.


Horseback Expeditions from and to border countries:

Due to strict sanitary reasons, please verify sanitary requirements in www.sag.gob.cl. Border crossing on horse back is not allowed. A change of mount and prior coordination and permits are required.

Border Passes:

Expeditions are generally allowed to use exclusive official border passes (see www.difrol.gov.cl ). In exceptional cases, and if circumstances do so warrant, a border pass can be authorized under special agreement with a neighboring country. The relevant request should always be addressed to the country from which entry into Chile is considered. The acceptance of this request is not guaranteed.

Film Production:

To conduct professional filming or press reportingin any region of Chile, (including areas not subject to frontier zone status), any interested person should apply directly to the Ministry Secretaría General de Gobierno (phone number 56 2 690 4909email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to be accredited to conduct professional activities. The interested person should also contact the Press and Media Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). The person in charge of the group should send a duly signed letter bearing the institutional logo where applicable, indicating the purpose of the filming and the list of professionals participating in that activity. It is also requested to inform the passports numbers, country of origin as well asthe locations where filming will take place; starting and proposed finalization dates; date of arrival to and departure from Chile. For temporal admission of the professional equipment, each person should bear an ATA identity (www.atacarnet.com) or, in case of non-affiliation, to attach a list of all of the materials indicating trademarks, models and serial numbers as well as the approximate value in US dollars. Personal equipment such as notebooks and photographic camera, do not need special entry permits.



Customs Formalities:

Visitors are solely responsible for bringing in temporary entry of vehicles and equipment. Compliance with these provisions is also applicable for goods on departure as established under the Chilean law provisions. For more on Customs Formalities, click www.aduana.cl .

Sailing Expeditions:

Members of expeditions who wish to sail in national waters must obtain approval and permits from the Maritime Authority. Information requirements will include: navigation route, type of vessel, and personal safety rules adopted by the expedition. Approval is also subject to the conditions established under the "Regulations of Sailing Sports", available at www.directemar.cl (Regulations and Publications). For more on this issue, the TM – 002 publication can be a useful source of information for navigators who want to learn more about the qualifications and conditions that are necessary for operating within internal waters in Chile. No permission from DIFROL is required.

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