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Embassy in Santiago will no longer process visa applications

From 31 January 2014, the responsibility for processing visa applications in Chile will be taken up by the business partner VFS Global.

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View of the Big Ben in London.
View of the Big Ben in London.

From 31 January 2014, the responsibility for processing visa applications in Chile will be taken up by VFS Global. As a result, the Visa Section at the British Embassy will close.

VFS Global will operate a Visa Application Centre once a fortnight in the hotel Four Points Sheraton, located at Calle Santa Magdalena 111, Providencia, Santiago. The first fortnightly opening will be on 18 February. In peak season, the Centre will be open once a week.

From 1 February, there will be a charge of the local equivalent of £59 to use the Visa Application Centre. This charge will be payable when you book your appointment and used to cover the cost of providing the Centre. Your appointment at this Centre will not be honoured if this fee is not paid. To apply for a UK visa, appointments can be made at the website of UK Visas & Immigration. You may also use the same website to track the progress of your visa application.

As part of this transition, the British Embassy Santiago will no longer process visa applications for people wishing to visit the Overseas Territories or Commonwealth countries. From 31 January, visa applicants must send their applications, together with supporting documents and a postage paid return envelope direct to the Visa Application Centre in Rio de Janeiro (UK Visas & Immigration, British Consulate General Rio de Janeiro, Praia do Flamengo, 2nd Floor, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil CEP 22210-065).

Chilean passport holders who wish to visit the UK for up to 6 months can do so without a visa.

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Published 28 January 2014