May, 11th 2012

General Information

To attend the ”20th World Congress of Labour and Social Security Law”, and for your stay in our country to be as pleasant as possible, we suggest you consider the following:

  1. Registration begins on March 1st, 2011 exclusively throughthe Congress website (Registration Form) and at the Congress venue on September 25th and 26th, 2012.
  2. Official Congress languages are: Spanish, French, English and Portuguese (there will be simulateneous interpretation to French and English. In the case of Portuguese, translation will be consider only if the number of participants of the language is more than 50 people).
  3. Letter of invitation:  Request to the Congress Secretariat. It should be understood that this letter does not mean a financial commitment by the organizers.
  4. Invitation letters are available in English and Spanish.

Request a letter of invitation from Silvia García-Huidobro ( giving your name, position and organization.

Congress Venue

W Hotel Convention Centre

Isidora Goyenechea 3000 – Las Condes, Santiago

Phone: 56-2-7700000 Fax: 56-2-7700003

Official Agency

The Official Agency for the World Congress is Eventual Servicios Ltda.

Hotel Reservations

The Congress Organizing Committee has made reservations at the hotels listed on this page for everyone attending the Congress. It is important you bear in mind the month of September in Santiago de Chile is very busy and hotel occupancy is high, so we recommend you make your reservations as soon as possible through the Official Agency for the Congress.

Entry Visa to Chile

Through bilateral conventions between Chile and several countries of Latin America and Europe, citizens of those countries do not require a VISA or pay entry tax on arrival to Chile. For those cases, only a valid passport or ID card is required. Cuban citizens require a tourist visa to enter Chile.

We suggest you verify the specific situation of your particular country on the webpage of the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Reciprocity Fee

Countries subject to paying a Reciprocity Fee:

• United States of America US$ 131.00

• Canada US$ 125.00

• Australia US$ 95.00

• Mexico US$ 23.00

Citizens of these countries should present a passport valid for no less than 6 months and pay the reciprocity fee at the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport on arrival, before going through Immigration. No credit cards accepted.


In September, weather in Santiago is mild, with moderate temperatures ranging from a low of 10°C to a high of 21°C (50°F to 69°F). The coldest temperatures are in the early morning and late at night. A light jacket is recommended for evening or night activities.


Local currency is the Chilean peso. Foreign currency and travellers cheques may be cashed at banks, foreign bureaus and hotels. Credit cards are widely accepted.

Local Time

From March to October, Chile is GMT -5 hours and GMT -4 for the rest of the year, except Easter Island, where the difference is GMT -7 and GMT -5, respectively.

Working Hours

• Office hours are 9 AM to 6 PM from Monday to Friday

• Banks are open from 9 AM to 2 PM from Monday to Friday

• Store hours are from 10 AM to 8 PM from Monday to Friday, and 10 AM to 2 PM  on Saturdays. However, shopping malls are usually open from Monday through Sunday, from 11 AM to approximately 9 PM or 10 PM.

Airport Tax

International Boarding Tax is US$ 30. For domestic flights, it is approximately US$ 15 per passanger. Remember these figures are subject to change without prior notice by the Chilean Airport Authority.

Map of Santiago
Transport in Santiago

1. Santiago Subway (Metro): This is a very important transportation in Santiago because it allows you to travel easily, safely and quickly. Metro service is available from Monday to Saturday from 05:40 AM to 11 PM, and Sunday and holidays from 8AM to 10:30 PM.

2. Transantiago: Santiago public transport system. Buses are divided into Trunk Services (white buses with green strips on the sides and a three-digit number), and allow for long trips between different zones in Santiago; and Local Services (buses painted a different colour according to the area serviced, have a letter and two-digit number), allow connecting to Trunk Services and Metro.

Note: To move around the urban transport system in Santiago de Chile is essential to have a prepaid card (BIP) that can be purchased and loaded at any Metrostation in Santiago.

3. Taxis: Santiago taxis are available at all times and are easily recongnizable, painted black with yellow roof. All cars show a registration number and taxi-meter, which measures the distance travelled and the fare to be paid.

4. Taxis-buses (Taxi Colectivos): These are black cars with a sign on the roof showing their route in the city. They carry up to 4 passengers and you can get off at any point along the way.

Aditional Information


The official language is Spanish. English is used mainly in business and tourism.

Electric Voltage

Electric voltage in Chile is 220V, 50Hz

Tourist Activities

During the days of the Congress, the Eventual Official Agency will be present at the Convention Centre, where you will be able to obtain information about tours, hotels, and make tour reservations.

Any additional information you may requiere, please refer to the Contact section on our website and we will be pleased to clarify your doubts.


Organizing Committee

20th World Congress of Labour and Social Security Law