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Easter Island Travel Guide

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Visas and Officaldom

Most visitors require only a passport valid six months ahead to stay 90 days in Chile. Visas are not necessary for North Americans, Australians, New Zealanders, and most Europeans. Check this at any LAN Airlines office. No vaccinations are required.

A stiff entry tax or cobro por reciprocidad was formerly collected upon arrival in Chile, with the amount varying according to nationality. This tax has been eliminated for U.S., Canadian, and Mexican passport holders. Australians may still be subject to the tax. If applicable, this head tax is valid for the life of the passport and doesn't have to be paid again each visit. (Currently this tax is not being collected at Mataveri Airport and you'll probably avoid paying it on a roundtrip to Easter Island from Tahiti.)

Media

No newspapers or magazines are published on Easter Island, so the easiest way to keep in touch is to subscribe to the Rapa Nui Journal. The Journal comes out twice a year, and contains an interesting mix of scientific studies, announcements, and local gossip—well worth the annual subscription price.

Radio Manukena broadcasts in Rapanui over 88.9 MHz FM weekdays 0800-1100/1400-1700 (in Spanish at other times). The local TV station, channel 13 Mata Ote Rapa Nui, is on the air Friday-Sunday 1900-0100. Both are owned by the municipality. Chilean television programs are on at other times.

Health

The island hospital, on Simon Paoa, is open 24 hours for emergencies. For nonemergencies, you must make an appointment a few days in advance. There's a pharmacy here. To see the hospital's dentist, come in person around noon to get on the waiting list for that day.

The private Consulta Médica (closed Sunday), on Atamu Tekena next to Hotel Orongo, also does consultations.

Ahu Tahai
A restored moai at Ahu Tahai near the museum in Hanga Roa.

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