Hello, I am travelling to Chile in December 04' (from Australia) and I need to know if my Key card (commonthwealth bank) can be used in the teller machines. I have heard that is only possible if you have the CIRUSS logo on it which I have. I wanted to make sure.
Also, do I need Chilean money to pay in the airport when I arrive? I heard that I need to pay an entry fee to the country - and let's say I want to travel from Santiago to vina del mar by bus, how much in dollars will that cost me? - and last question, is the travellers cheques welcome in most stores?
Thank you guys!
I had no problems with bank cards in Chile. Of course, I am on the PLUS network, however I do recall most ATMs accepted both PLUS and CIRRUS cards. CIRRUS atms can be located on the web at: http://www.mastercard.com/atmlocator/index.jsp I did a quick search and came up with a number of ATMs in Santiago.
You can pay the entry fee at the airport in Travellers cheques, American Dollars or Chilean pesos. The cost for Aussies is listed as $34, but I would check with the Chilean embassy prior to going to make sure.
Bus are great in Chile, and not too expensive. Can't recall exact prices, though.
I took a bunch of travellers cheques down to Chile, but only used them to pay for the entry fee. Frankly, I think you are better off just using your ATM card and taking out as much Chilean money as you need. ATMs were very plentiful, especially in the big cities (not so much in the smaller towns).
Thank you Greg,
Since then I have done a quick search for ATM's in the areas I will be staying and found lots of locations.
I can't wait to go back to my ROOTS and see it all over again (it's been 13 years now) no wonder I can't remember a thing!
For what you said, I will be taking more US dollars than travellers cheques just in case since I won't be staying in the big cities for long. Also, I have asked my bank for some Chilean money to be delivered to me before I leave Australia.
Once again, thank you so much for taking the time to help me.