End of Chilean Reciprocity Fee for US Passport Holders - As of 26-February-2014
The US government finally added Chile to the Visa Waiver Program. In turn, Chile, effective 26-Feb-2014, removed the reciprocity fee (was US$160) for US passport holders who enter the country through the international airport in Santiago.
Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows nationals of designated member participants to travel to the United States for tourism or business (B visa category) purposes for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa.
On February 28, 2014, Chile was designated as a member of the Visa Waiver Program, bringing the total to 38 countries. Beginning May 1, 2014, Chilean nationals may travel to the United States under the VWP.
Chilean travellers to the US no longer need a visa but must pay the US $14 ESTA fee; passport holders from certain countries may travel without visas, so long as their passports meet certain requirements.
US Passport holders visiting Chile are exempt (as of 26 Feb 2014) from the visa reciprocity fee of US $160 paid previously (for a ten year multiple entry visa). Info on SCL Airport site (in Spanish) stating reciprocity fee no longer collected from US passport holders: http://www.aeropuertosantiago.cl/noticias-y-novedades/chile-elimina-cobro-de-impuesto-de-reciprocidad-para-los-pasajeros-procedentes-de-estados-unidos-2.html
Reciprocity fee collection still applies to Albanian, Australian, Canadian and Mexican passport holders (SCL Airport site, in Spanish): http://www.aeropuertosantiago.cl/tr-mites-de-llegadas-internacionales/tramites-de-llegadas-internacionales.html