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Moving to Chile from the US

Patagonia - Moving to Chile

Whether you’re drawn by its stable economy, breathtaking landscapes, or vibrant culture, Chile offers a unique blend of modernity and tradition that has become highly appealing to expatriates worldwide. This guide provides all the essential information you need to know about relocating to Chile, covering everything from visa requirements to cultural nuances.

How to Move to Chile

Moving to Chile from the US can be complex, but proper planning can make it a rewarding experience. At Schumacher Cargo, we have over 40 years of experience moving household goods and automobiles overseas. We are here to make your relocation to Chile easy by ensuring you have the best moving services for your needs. If you are ready to start planning your move, get a free quote now. Or read on to learn more about moving to Chile from the U.S.

Moving Your Household Goods to Chile

The first thing you need to figure out for an overseas move to Chile is what you plan to take. Knowing the volume of your move is vital to the rest of the process. The volume will determine the type of service and the size of the shipping container you need. Schumacher Cargo Logistics (SCL) will pick up your items from your home and bring them to one of our nearest warehouses.

SCL Warehouse Locations:

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Las Angeles, CA
  • New York/New Jersey
  • Miami, FL
  • Houston, TX
  • Savannah, GA

Your goods will be safely and securely loaded into a shipping container from our warehouses and shipped to you in Chile. Depending on the service you choose, you will pick up your goods at the port or have them delivered to your new home in Chile.

Schumacher Cargo Services for Moving to Chile

  • Consolidated Container Shipping (LCL)— This is our most popular container service, and it is the most cost-effective service for people who do not need a full container. With this service, you only pay for the space your household goods take up, and the cost is divided among the others who share the container.
  • Full Container Shipping (FCL)—Depending on the volume of your move to Chile, you can choose a full 20’ container that holds up to 1100 cubic feet or a 40’ container that holds up to 2200 cubic feet. Some choose this option even if you do not need a full container due to faster departure times than a shared container.

Please call our Chile relocation specialists at 1-800-599-0190 for a complete list of options for your move. They can help you determine the best services for your specific timeframe, budget, and location.

Understanding Visa and Residency Requirements

The first step in your journey to Chile is to understand the necessary legal documentation. Chile offers several types of visas depending on your reasons for moving:

  • Temporary Residence Visa: Suitable for those who plan to stay for more than six months but less than a year. This can include work or study reasons.
  • Residency Visa: For those who wish to live in Chile long-term. This visa must be renewed annually and can lead to permanent residency after a few years.
  • Work Visa: Required if you intend to work in Chile. Usually, your employer in Chile will sponsor your application.
  • Starting this process early is essential, as obtaining the correct visa can take several months. For more on visas and obtaining residency in Chile, visit the Chilean immigration website at

    Life in Chile

    Adapting to a new country can be challenging but rewarding. Here are several aspects to consider:

    • Language Barrier: Spanish is Chile’s official language. While many Chileans speak English, especially in business circles, learning Spanish will help you integrate better into the community.
    • Cultural Nuances: Chilean culture emphasizes personal relationships and respect. Understanding and adapting to local customs, such as greeting with a kiss on the cheek and using formal titles, can help in social and professional settings.
    • Networking: Join expat groups and local communities to make friends and gain support as you adjust to your new surroundings.

    Finding a Home in Chile

    Chile offers a diverse range of living environments, from the urban sprawl of Santiago to the serene beauty of Patagonia. Here are some tips for securing accommodation:
    Research: Before you move, research different areas online to find where you might want to live based on your lifestyle and needs.
    Real Estate Agents: After arriving in Chile, consider working with a real estate agent to find rental properties as they can provide valuable local insights and language assistance.
    Temporary Accommodation: Initially, you might want to rent a temporary place like a serviced apartment while you explore different neighborhoods.

    Healthcare in Chile

    Chile boasts one of Latin America’s best healthcare systems, with both public and private hospitals providing high-quality care. It is advisable to obtain private health insurance to access a broader range of healthcare services. While public healthcare is available, many expats choose private healthcare for shorter wait times and more comprehensive service options.

    Move to Chile with Schumacher Cargo Logistics

    With over 40 years of international moving experience, we are here to make relocating to Chile easy for you.

    • Door-to-door international moving rates
    • AMSA, IAM, FIDI & FAIM accredited
    • Options to suit your budget

    Fill out our online form for a free quote for your move to Chile, or call 1-800-599-0190 to speak to one of our international moving specialists now to start planning your move.

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Schumacher Cargo Logistics utilizes insured, secured and bonded facilities. We provide warehousing, packing, crating, trucking and loading services out of our own warehouses here in the USA - Los Angeles, Houston, Savannah, Miami, New York, and New Jersey. All other worldwide destinations are covered by our affiliated organization member companies.