It’s official-I have booked my flight to Santiago (and my flight home)! I will be flying with Delta. Yeay! I booked through Expedia, saved a few hundred bucks which is nice. Geez airfare is expensive these days. $1,500 round trip. Yikes!
Now I am in Boston getting my student visa. The Chilean consulate of Boston is an adorable little building tucked into a side street. We are quite early so my mom and I are waiting in a Starbucks down the street.
30 minutes later….
Success! The Chilean consulate of Boston consists of two gentlemen in their basement office. They were all business, and I left with my visa stamped in my passport and all the necessary papers! Yeay!
For those of you interested in a complete list of what it takes to get a student visa for Chile, here is the complete list (DISCLAIMER: They could change the requirements at any time, so call your local consulate first and double-check!):
- $160 in cash for the visa fee
- A federal background check, conducted by the FBI. This means you will need to send fingerprints to the FBI and have them run them and send them back. It took me like 2 months to get my results from when I mailed them. The fee is $18 for this service, plus a stamp. More directions are linked here.
- A letter from your doctor, signed, stating that you enjoy good health and are free from communicable diseases, dated no more than 30 days from the date of your visa appointment.
- A clean HIV test preformed no more than 30 days from the date of your visa appointment.
- A valid U.S. passport
- A letter of acceptance from a Chilean educational institution
- 4 color photographs of you, passport size (2×2), full face, no glasses