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Santiago is the capital and the largest city of Chile. The population of Santiago is about 6 millions, while the total population of Chile is about 17 millions. The city of Santiago was founded at the foothills of the Cerro Santa Lucía by the Spanish Conqueror Pedro de Valdivia on February 12th, 1541. It is located in the Central Valley of the country, between the Cordillera de la Costa and Cordillera de los Andes. Santiago has a cool Mediterranean climate. Particularly, during December, the weather is characterized by high temperatures with few chances of rain.

Santiago has the major international airport of Chile, called Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. It is the principal hub of LAN Airlines and Sky Airline, which are the main national airlines that operate in Chile. From the airport to downtown, it only takes 20 minutes by transfer ( or taxi ( The public transportation in Santiago has the South America's most extensive metro system. Indeed, it has five operating lines and carries about 2.400.000 passengers. Then, is a very useful mean of transportation and the organizing committee strongly recommends their use. Please visit the website to get more information: The bus transportation system (Transantiago) works by combining local (feeder) bus lines, main bus lines, and the Metro network. It includes an integrated fare system, which allows passengers to make bus-to-bus or bus-to-metro transfers for the price of one ticket, using a contactless smartcard (bip card). Fares cannot be paid in cash, and if the card does not have enough credit, it must be recharged before a trip. Though, you can recharge it in the metro stations as well. For more information visit the website:

Taxis are very popular in Santiago. These are black with yellow roofs cars and have orange color license plates. The so-called radiotaxis can be called by phone and they can be of any model or color, yet they should always have orange color plates. Anyway, some tourist information about Santiago can be found in the following links:


You can choose among the large number of hotels and hostels in Santiago, Chile. Some tips can be found in: We recommend to book an accomodation near a subway station, in particular any hotel near Line 1 (Red line see in any station between "Santa Lucia" and "El Golf" is good option.

Travel information

People from the following countries (non-exhaustive list) do not require tourist visa:

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brasil, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, South Africa, South Korea, UK, Venezuela

People coming from the following countries do not require tourist visa, but they have to pay a reciprocity fee at the Chilean airport: Australia, Canada, Mexico, USA. Check the reciprocity fee here!

People coming from the following countries (non-exhaustive list) do require tourist visa: China, India, Iran, Iraq and Taiwan. People coming from all other countries please click here! (Check the "Req. VISTUR" column, a "NO" means that no tourist visa is required, a "SI" means that a tourist visa is required).

Visa to Chile can be obtained overseas at the Chilean Embassy or Consulate.


- Valid Passport or identity document until the end of the stay.
- To accredit economic solvency allowing to travel and finance the stay.
- Invitation letter of a natural person or body corporate in Chile.
- Hotel reservations if not having a contact person in Chile.

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Letter of Acceptance (for Entrance Visa Application)

An official letter of acceptance that confirms that your participation has been accepted and reaffirms the expectation that you will attend the summer school will be available under request. The letter can be used for visa and travel support applications.

Disclaimer: The visa information given here is not official; therefore, the organization committee of the 6th IEEE RAS Summer School on "Robot Vision and Applications" has no responsibility due to misinformation, errors or government changing policies.

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