Conference on Advanced Systems for Public Transport

23-27 July 2012 | The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago, Chile

Organized by Departament of Transport Engineering and Logistics of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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Atacama Desert
Come to the Southern Hemisphere, come to South America. Chile is sandwiched between two natural barriers – to the east lie the majestic Andes Mountains and to the west lies the Pacific Ocean – making Chile a country rather isolated, resulting in flourishing agricultural and fishing industries.
The climatic diversity ranging from the tropical, arid north to the cool, damp south allows Chile to produce a vast array of products, and the quality and flavour of its seafood, fish, wines and fruit, to name but a few, has positioned the country as an important global food supplier. The past and ongoing investment that has resulted from both domestic and international initiatives are testament to Chile’s incredible growth over the last 20 years. Moreover, the country’s stable political system and economy have provided a firm and stable base for all of those involved in business dealings with Chile.
Travel to and from Santiago, Chile: Participants should make their own travel arrangements to and from Santiago. It is advisable to confirm your return trip upon arriving to Santiago, in order to ensure your flight on the required date.
Airport and Customs: Citizens from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador can travel to Chile with their national identity card, but citizens from other countries need a valid passport. A visa is required to enter Chile for a stay of 30-90 days, which for citizens of most countries can be obtained when entering the country. Please see the list of countries for which a visa will be required prior to entering Chile.
Due to a reciprocity system, the Chilean Government levies a special tax which has to be paid in cash (US$) when entering the country, at the immigration counter. Participants with passports from the following countries have to pay taxes before entering the country:

  • Albania US$ 30
  • Australia US$ 61
  • Canada US$ 132
  • USA US$ 131
  • Mexico US$ 23

Customs International travellers must clear customs upon entrance. Electronic articles such as video cameras, personal computers and others have to be declared upon arrival in Chile as ”temporary entrance objects¨. Foreign tourists rarely have any customs problems while they travel with their personal articles only, but cannot carry:

  • Fruits, vegetables, seeds or unprocessed goods of animal origin.
  • Firearms, ammunition or explosives.
  • Illegal drugs.

Agricultural Controls: Animal products and vegetables can only be allowed to enter the country with prior authorization from the Agricultural and Livestock Service of Chile.

Money: Chilean currency is the peso. Notes are of 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000 and 20000 pesos. Coins are of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 pesos. The exchange rate is currently about 1 USD = 487 chilean pesos (January 4th, 2011).
Use of Foreign Currency: Cash in foreign currency is not generally accepted, except at some hotels which offer tax discounts for foreigners paying in cash with US dollars.
Credit Cards: Credit cards are widely accepted including Visa, Master Card, Diners Club and American Express.
Currency Exchange: Cash in foreign currencies is generally not accepted, so we recommend exchanging foreign currency in banks or money exchange agencies (“Casas de Cambio”). These are located at the airport, in downtown Santiago and in some Shopping Centers.
Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs): Automatic Teller Machines (Red banc), which dispense Chilean pesos 24 hours a day to card holders of most major international networks (including Cirrus, Plus, and Maestro), are ubiquitous in all major towns and cities in Chile. In addition to banks, they can be found in most commercial areas, including gas stations, pharmacies and supermarkets.
Taxes and Tips: Value-added Tax (VAT) is 19% and is normally included in the price. It is usual to leave 10% of the amount of the service in Cafeterias, Pubs and Restaurants, and to tip valet services. Tips to taxi drivers are not mandatory.

Torres del Paine National Park

Important Dates

27 April 2012 Early registration
15 May 2012 Registration for Technical Visit in Curitiba and Bogota
30 June 2012 Regular registration
23–27 July 2012 Conference

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