Residential Moving

Charting your course: A guide to moving from the US to Chile

Santiago, Chile

Are you ready for a new adventure? A place that combines breathtaking natural beauty, a robust economy, and a vibrant cultural scene? Look no further than Chile, a gem tucked along the South American coast. When you’re ready to embark on this exciting journey, let JK Moving be your partner in making the transition as seamless and stress-free as possible.

Why Chile?

Chile, a country that spans from the arid expanse of the Atacama Desert to the snowy peaks of the Andes, offers a unique blend of environments. Whether you’re an entrepreneur eyeing a burgeoning market or an adventurer craving vast landscapes, Chile is a land of opportunities waiting to be explored.

Economic prosperity

Chile has a robust economy, with significant foreign trade and acclaimed financial institutions, making it an attractive location for expatriates to invest and work. Its pro-business environment and strong infrastructure offer exciting opportunities for success.

Varied geography

In Chile, you can experience the world’s driest desert, ski in the Andes, and surf in the Pacific—all in one country. The variety of landscapes provides ample adventure and a beautiful setting for your residence.

Independence Day celebration, ChileCultural diversity

Chile’s culture, a mix of indigenous and Spanish influences, presents a dynamic array of arts, cuisine, and festivals. This cultural diversity offers a wealth of experiences against a backdrop of historical richness and innovation.

Getting started

Relocating abroad requires planning, particularly for paperwork. Use this checklist for managing essential documents and tasks for your international move:

Passport and visas

  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after your departure. Renew if it’s close to expiring.
  • US citizens need a Chilean visa for work, residence, or study, available from Chilean consulates in the US.

Work permits or residency

Medical records

  • Research vaccinations for Chile.
  • Bring copies of your medical history and prescriptions for continuity of care.


  • Verify international health insurance coverage, which you may need for visas or residency permits.
  • Assess your need for property, travel, and liability insurance abroad.

Official documents

  • Acquire authenticated copies of birth and marriage certificates for international use.
  • Carry an apostilled birth certificate for minors to meet Chile’s child travel regulations.
  • Check if you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) with your driver’s license.

Financial documents

  • Bank statements are helpful in proving your financial standing, especially important for visa applications or renting property.
  • Credit reports can be helpful when setting up financial agreements or contracts abroad.
  • Consider setting up a bank account with international facilities or opening a bank account in Chile.


  • Consult with a tax advisor about your tax obligations. You may need to file tax returns in both countries.
  • In many countries, you’ll need a local tax number for employment and other official purposes.

Educational records

  • If you are moving with children, bring their educational records and transfer papers. You will need these to enroll them in new schools.
  • Diplomas and certificates are helpful if you’re planning to seek employment.

Pet documentation

If you bring pets, you will need their vaccination records and possibly a pet passport. Follow Chile’s pet import regulations and observe all requirements carefully.

Address changes and notifications

Inform your bank, employers, schools, and any other relevant entities of your move and provide them with your new address.

Preparing these documents and steps in advance is key to a smooth transition to living in a new country. It’s advisable to start preparing early to avoid last-minute hurdles and ensure a seamless move abroad. By being proactive, you can feel confident and prepared for your new life in Chile.

Ready for your Chilean adventure?

Moving internationally can be a complex process, but with JK Moving, it’s a breeze. Whether you’re drawn to Chile for its scenic landscapes, economic opportunities, or cultural richness, we’re here to make your transition as smooth as possible. Embrace the adventure of a lifetime with the peace of mind that comes from partnering with seasoned moving professionals.

Contact JK Moving today and take the first step towards your exciting new life in Chile!