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Visa Process for South American Continent

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Hey Travellers,

When we talk about the South American Continent than the picture of Rainbow mountains in Peru, Rio carnival in Brazil, World’s Biggest Salk Lake in Bolivia, Macchu Picchu in Peru and Amazon Jungles start dancing in front of our eyes.
I always wanted to explore this gorgeous land far from India. Now when I am saying far than I am talking about 14500+ km or 24 hours of flight journey.
Due to this reason only, most of the travellers try to cover as many countries as they can while they plan for South America. There are 12 countries in this continent and the visa rules are very different for each of them.

I am sharing the basics of visa regulations for these 6 countries so that you can plan accordingly and apply for a visa in advance. Apart from visa, there are regulations of vaccination also in many of the countries so you should get them before flying.

Countries in the South American Continent:

Visa is a legal document, which can be obtained post submission of required documents basis the requirements from the embassy of the particular country.

The purpose of vaccination is to produce immunity. Immunity means the presence in a person’s body of cells and substances known as antibodies that can produce a protective immune response.

We will be covering the visa process with the vaccination requirement for all these 12 countries so take a coffee cup with and settle down before we a take deep dive this must-read blog.


EVE ( Electronic Travel Authorization) is available only for passport holders from India, Nepal and Maldives Or
For Holders of a valid US visa, UU. B2 (valid for 6 months) OR
For holders of a valid Schengen category C visa ( valid for 6 months)
The validity of EYA will be 3 months from the date of issue
The period of stay will be 3 months with multiple entry/edit
The rates for ETA will. Be USD $ 50
The processing time of ETA is 20 business days.
Charges: USD $ 50
Website: http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/ave/index.htm

Normal Visa:
If you want to apply for a visa via Embassy then you have two offices in India, one in Mumbai and another in Delhi. You must schedule an appointment for your trip and be presented in person for the interview.

Charges: Free of cost (Due to Bilateral Agreement between Argentina and India on facilitating mutual tourism and business development, Business and Tourist Visas for both nationals is free of charge.)
Website: https://cgmum.cancilleria.gob.ar/es/node/6331
No. of Days: 20 business days

Vaccination: The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Argentina: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.

Since March 2017, Indian nationals holding a minimum six-months valid visa or who are permanent residents of either US, Canada, UK, Australia, or any Schengen member country can enter Peru for one-eighty-days (180) per year without a Peru visa(for tourism and business visits).
The maximum period of stay will be of up to one hundred and eighty (180) calendar days, whether continuous stay or various visits during the period of one year. The stay will be determined at the port of entry by the Immigration Officers.

No. of Days:
E-Visa: It’s Visa on arrival
Charges: 0 $
Website: http://www.consulado.pe/es/NuevaDelhi/tramite/paginas/visas.aspx

Paper Visa:
Charges: 0 $
No. of Days:

The following are the recommended vaccinations for Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu. Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for all travellers over one year of age. It should be given at least two weeks (preferably four weeks or more) before departure. Typhoid vaccine is recommended for all travellers.
Amazon: For most Amazon destinations, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever vaccinations are recommended. Malaria preventatives are also recommended at many of the more remote lodges.


Bolivia: Bolivia gives a visa on arrival to most of the western countries (excluding the USA), to other South-American countries such as Chile and Peru, and India. But you can only get the Bolivia visa on arrival if you land at Santa Cruz or La Paz airports, and this visa costs USD 55-60.

E-Visa: Visa on arrival
Charges: $ 55-60
Website: At Santa Cruz or La Paz airports only

Normal Visa: You can apply for a visa in advance of your trip and it takes *5-7 days. You can apply it through the agent or directly on the EMbassy website. Document list and Embassy website for a visa are mentioned below.
Charges: Free of charge
Website: https://portalmre.rree.gob.bo/formvisas/
No. of Days: 5-7 Working Days
Documents Required: Link

Vaccination: Country entry requirement: The government of Bolivia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever. The Ministry of Health of Bolivia also states that all travellers visiting yellow fever risk areas must carry proof of yellow fever vaccination.


Citizens from most of the countries in Europe, Asia, America, and Australia are exempted from the visa if their stay does not exceed a period of 90 days. A citizen from other nations which are not exempted needs to apply for a tourist visa which is valid for 90 days and takes around 10 – 12 days for processing.

The nationals of Cambodia, India, Nicaragua, Myanmar, the People’s Republic of China, Thailand and Vietnam can enter Colombia and remain temporarily in the national territory without a visa if they prove:
– To be holders of a residence permit for a State of the Schengen Area or the United States of America.
– To beholders of the Schengen visa or visa of the United States of America with the minimum validity of 180 days at the time of entry into the national territory.
– For Nicaraguan nationals, this permit also applies if they prove to be holders of a Canadian visa or have a Canadian residence permit.

Departure Tax: foreign citizens who remain in Colombia for more than 60 days will have to pay a departure tax at check-in with the airline in the amount of around US$38 or 68,000 Colombian pesos, depending on that day’s exchange rate.

E-Visa: On Arrival Visa (For Schengen valid visa)
Charges: Free
Website: Link

Normal Visa: TP-11 is a tourist visa that is required by Indians to enter Colombia. It is easier to get and is available online at the website below.
The tourist visa costs around USD 82 and is valid for 90 days.
Charges: $82
Website: Link
No. of Days: 10-12 Working Days


You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Colombia. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travellers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.
The embassy recommends that all travellers between the ages of 1 – 60 years receive the yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days before travelling to areas in Colombia (see map) determined to be at high risk of yellow fever transmission. Bogota, Cartagena, and Medellin are not in high-risk areas.


A tourist visa that is required by Indians to enter Brazil. It is easier to get and is available online at the website below.

E-Visa: Na
Charges: Na
Website: Na

Normal Visa:
A tourist visa that is required by Indians to enter Brazil. It is easier to get and is available online at the website below.
Charges: $92
Website: Link
No. of Days: 10-15 Working Days

A yellow fever certificate is not required for entry into Brazil, however, proof of vaccination will be required by Indian health officials upon returning to India.


The Consular Section of the Embassy of Chile in India states that henceforth all Indian travellers holding B1/B2 Visa or Residence Permit (Green Card) from the USA, with current validity of six months, do not require a Chilean tourist visa (either Simple Tourism or Multiple Tourism or Multiple-Business). This came into effect from the 1st April 2019.

E-Visa: Na
Charges: Na
Website: Link

Normal Visa:
If you do not have US visa stamp on your passport then you need to apply for a visa from Embassy in Delhi, this you can get it done by the agent or on your own.

Charges: $57
Website: https://chile.gob.cl/nueva-delhi/about-the-consulate/visas-to-chile/informacion-sobre-visas-categorias-valores-us-y-requerimientos

No. of Days: 6-10 Working Days

The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Chile: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.


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