Rapa Nui protected: learn about the new regulations for visiting and staying on the island
On August 1, 2010, Law 21.070 on Residence and Permanent Residence on Rapa Nui came into force. Any Chilean or foreigner entering the island may stay there for a maximum period of 30 days.
As of Wednesday, August 1, 2018, Chileans and foreigners traveling to the island must comply with a series of requirements in accordance with the new law on Residence and Permanent Residence on Rapa Nui.
Law 21.070, enacted last March and in force since today, aims to reverse the damage caused by the recent population growth on the island, which has led to a deterioration in the quality of basic services, waste management, the state of the environment state and has led to pollution of the oceans.
Under these regulations aimed at protecting the island, tourists traveling to Rapa Nui may only stay for a maximum period of 30 days. Because of this, as of August 1, the Policía de Investigaciones (investigative police) will ask tourists to complete the Single Entry Form (Formulario Único de Ingreso, FUI) for Rapa Nui at the airport and mainland ports.
Be in possession of a round-trip ticket.
Identity card, passport or other suitable travel document.
Reservation in tourism accommodation authorized by the National Tourism Service (Sernatur) or a letter of invitation written by a resident or person belonging to the Rapa Nui people, provided by the regional Government. Proof of lodging place must be provided in both cases.
Any Chilean or foreigner entering Rapa Nui may stay for a maximum period of 30 days.
In case of force majeure or unforeseen circumstances, this stay may be extended for as long as necessary, both for the person involved and for his/her companions.
Who can stay longer than 30 days?
According to the law, those who may remain on Rapa Nui for more than 30 days are: members of the Rapa Nui people and their families, current residents, workers hired or engaged in independent economic activity on the island, public officials, researchers, government authorities, and pre-candidates and candidates registered on the electoral register.
Any companies or individuals who do not comply with these rules run the risk of fines, legal penalties and even expulsion from the territory.