New Zealand Embassy Santiago, Chile


The New Zealand Embassy in Santiago, Chile, and Education New Zealand organized a Farewell Ceremony for 50 Chilean high school students who will travel and spend a semester in schools in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.


Chilean authorities have lowered the red alert of the Copahue Volcano to orange. The decision was made after volcanic activity decreased in the last days. However, an eruption has not been ruled out. Please check Civil Defence Emergency Alerts for more information.


Chilean officials issued a red alert on May 27 for the increasingly active Copahue volcano in the Biobio region. Security Minister Andres Chadwick said that the evacuation of nearby communities is obligatory. Please check Civil Defence Emergency Alerts for more information.


Colombia’s Vice Minister of Education is visiting New Zealand with a delegation of senior government and business representatives for talks to build education connections between the two countries.


After visiting Mexico and Colombia, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rt Hon John Key, arrived along with the delegation in Santiago on 7 March. The Royal New Zealand Air Force plane landed with a beautiful orange sky as backdrop and was received by a Chilean guard with a formal welcome.


On March 6, Rt Hon John Key and delegation arrived in Bogota for the first visit of a New Zealand Prime Minister to Colombia. The day started with the First Colombia – New Zealand Business Seminar at Club El Nogal, which was organised by the Embassy and NZTE with the support of ProExport and ANDI from Colombia.


Immigration New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade have introduced new visa application drop box services in South America.


We have great news to announce to all our Kiwi and Latin-American friends! Our post recently launched its official Facebook page: New Zealand Embassy – Santiago, Chile. We will be updating the page with interesting news about New Zealand, Chile, Colombia and Peru, as well as publicising events and activities.
Just log on to your Facebook and like our page to keep up to date with the latest news and events!!


On 27 November, the President of Chile, Sebastian Piñera, along with the Minister of Economy, Pablo Longueira, the Minister of Education, Harald Beyer, and the New Zealand Ambassador, John Capper, along with other Government officials launched the “Penguins without Borders” education scheme in Santiago. 


The receiving office for New Zealand visa applications is about to change. From 27 November 2012, applications can no longer be lodged with the New Zealand Embassy in Santiago, and instead need to be sent to the New Zealand Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Washington D.C.

Immigration New Zealand is committed to ensuring a smooth transition for its customers and is working closely with the New Zealand Embassy in implementing this change.

There is a $USD37.00 handling fee per application, in addition to the relevant visa fee.

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