Customs and Duties
You may bring into Chile up to 400 cigarettes, 500 grams of tobacco, 50 cigars, 2.5 liters of alcoholic beverages, and gifts to the value of US$300. Prohibited items include plants, fruits and vegetables, seeds, meat, and honey. Spot checks take place at airports and border crossings, and fines are common. It’s always better to declare all animal and vegetable products you are carrying, rather than risk being fined.
Visitors, although seldom questioned, are prohibited from leaving with handicrafts and souvenirs worth more than US$500. You are generally prohibited from taking antiques out of the country without special permission.
Chilean Embassy. 1732 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20036. 202/785–1746; chileabroad.gov.cl/estados-unidos.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection. www.cbp.gov.