8.2 magnitude earthquake hits Chile Tonight

After over 300 series of small quakes for some time now in the North of Chile, the big earthquake it In the North tonight April 1st, 2014.

The epicenter seems to be Iquique. A Tsunami came soon after, yet the news so far are that  all is well and calm. Casualties a very few and damage to the cities is small.




No visa is necessary when you travel to Chile, only a valid passport. When entering Chile (By cruise, vehicle or plane), at customs, you’ll need to fill out a Tourist Card that allows visitors to stay for up to 90 days and will allow multiple entries. You’ll need to show this Tourist Card to Customs when leaving the country as well, so be sure you don’t lose it. For more information on other type of Visa, go to this CONSULAR SECTION for more information.

There is a reciprocity fee of US$160 dollars to be paid in cash (U.S. dollars) or credit card. The one-time charge is good for the life of your passport. Go to thisImage CONSULAR SECTION for more information.





Durante el discurso en el  Colegio Grenoble de Quinta Normal, la Mandataria detalló la creación del Servicio Nacional de Educación para “devolver” las escuelas públicas al Estado. La Presidenta señaló que “vamos a derogar progresivamente el financiamiento compartido” y que “vamos a poner fin a la selección”. El ministro Eyzaguirre aseguró que estos cambios se harán los primeros 100 días. A su vez, reconoció acercamientos con los dirigentes estudiantiles universitarios.  Eyzaguirre adelanta los primeros proyectos de ley en educación que se enviarán al Congreso. El ministro expresó que, en materia de desmunicipalización, “el detalle fino va a requerir de un proceso de diálogo con los municipios, alcaldes y profesores”.

Chile will pay $40,000,000 to 1000 entrepreneurial foreigners to start businesses in Chile

Start-Up Chile is a program of the Chilean Government, created by the Ministry of Economy, executed by CORFO via InnovaChile, that seeks to attract foreign, high-potential entrepreneurs to come to Chile to bootstrap their businesses with the end goal of converting Chile into the innovation and entrepreneurial hub of Latin America.

In 2010, the program brought 25 teams from all corners of the world and provided them a $40,000 subsidy (no equity) to participate for six months, and a temporary 1-year visa to develop their projects along with access to the most potent social and capital networks in the country.

These selected entrepreneurs approved an admission process conducted by Silicon Valley experts and a Chilean Innovation board that focuses ardently on global mindsets and worldwide potential. Their projects mostly fit into the tech genre, but the variety is wide with teams specializing in energy, e-commerce, social endeavors, and design. Of all required criteria, it is essential that the chosen entrepreneurs work in a global mindset, believing that the route to success is via expansion not isolation.

The 2011 application process will allow for further arrivals of high-potential entrepreneurs– the goal being 300 participants in the upcoming year, with the end hope of having 1000 bootstrappers participate by the culmination of 2014. All of the Start-Up Chile entrepreneurs will be measured, during their time in the program, by various indicators including participation in local events, presenting workshops on their particular expertise, raising local or international capital, and contracting talent.

Start-Up Chile is gaining impressive international recognition ranging from Forbes to Bloomberg to TechCrunch and it is certain that as each entrepreneur progresses and as more and more are added to the group of participants, it will become the international standard for state-spurred entrepreneurship and innovation.

Santiago, the Capital

Start-Up Chile is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Justice.

Photo: The careful balance of Modern and Traditional architecture is reflected in the spirit of the people of Chile.

A personal invitation to the Palace of Monaco

Early arrival for the Famous National Mass At the Cathedral

By invitation of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Co-Founders of the Consular Chamber of Commerce Jonathan Warren (Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco in Las Vegas) and Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl (Honorary Consul of the Republic of Chile in Las Vegas) were whisked away on a three-day of  festivities in Monaco

At the Opera.

The events began with a cocktail at the Palace HSH Prince Albert II, HRH The Princess of Hanover and HRH Princess Stephanie of Monaco.  The couple also had the pleasure to meet Miss Charlene Wittstock, Fiancé of the Prince.  The event included approximately 150 consuls, ambassadors and members of Monaco’s Parliament.   Ms Biggs had the opportunity to meet and talk with Hon. Daniele Biancheri Quintana, Consul General of Monaco to Chile.

The following two days included a night at the Opera, the famous Mass at the Cathedral, National Day parade and plenty of nightlife.

Following the celebrations of the Monaco’s National Day, the Principality took the opportunity to intoduce its latest initiatives to the Consular and Diplomatic Corps.