2015 COPA America- June 11 - July 4, 2015

Trip Planning Guide

Copa America 2015 will be the 44th edition of the main tournament between teams organized by CONMEBOL. The games will be in Chile between June 11 and July 4, 2015 in 8 cities: Antofagasta (SCFA), Concepción (SCIE), Rancagua (SCEL), Santiago (SCEL), La Serena (SCSE), Temuco (SCIE), Valparaiso (SCVM), Viña del Mar (SCVM).

The opening and final matches will occur at Estadio Nacional de Chile, also known as Julio Martinez Pradanos, in Santiago having already hosted 68 games in the COPA América.

In preparation for the tournament, World Fuel | Colt has gathered important information to help you plan a successful trip. If you have plans to attend the matches or travel to Chile during this time period, please be aware that facilities and services are going to be in short supply. It is better to start planning your trip early as everything from airport parking to ground transportation and hotel accommodations will be in high demand.



What is this?

Chile consistently reports lower rates of crime than many of its South American neighbors. Crime is generally nonviolent and is uncommon outside the major cities. Street crime is the primary security concern for travelers to Chile. Large-scale strikes and demonstrations related to economic or political grievances occur on occasion throughout Chile, although most are concentrated in the country’s metropolitan areas -- particularly Santiago. Bombing incidents and false bomb alerts occur occasionally in urban centers throughout Chile. Attacks have historically occurred in the form of small bombs left on public transportation or in public spaces during the late night-early morning hours; they are not intended to cause serious harm or damage. In recent years, Chile has become a transshipment point for drugs bound for the United States as well as a center for money laundering. Most incidents of drug trafficking occur in the country’s northern border region and rarely impact travelers not involved in the drug trade. Chile's police force, the Carabineros de Chile, is considered to be the most professional, well-trained and least corrupt police force in Latin America. Chile is vulnerable to natural disasters -- including earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions -- and has experienced some of the strongest earthquakes in history. As of late March 2015, Chile is currently dealing with a flooding crisis in the northern region of the country, particularly the Atacama and Tarapaca regions.

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SLOTS and Permissions

The Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DCAG) has recently released a NOTAM (A0986/15) outlining regulations and operating procedures in effect throughout the duration of the tournament.

The following airports have been designated as “coordinated airports” which are expected to exceed capacity during the given times. Operation at these airports is subject to authorization and must adhere to specific procedures for arrival/departure SLOT assignments.

Airport City Stated Periods
Arturo Merino Benitez AP (SCEL) Santiago June 11, 15, 17, 19, 24; July 4
La Florida AD (SCSE) La Serena June 13, 16
La Araucania AD (SCIC) Freire June 14, 20
Carriel Sur AD (SCIE) Concepcion June 27, 30; July 3
Vina del Mar AD (SCVM) Vina del Mar June 20, 26

From the moment of effectiveness of the present AIC, every non-AOC Operator and every other non-regular national or international air carrier, flying into or out of coordinated airports, so declared by the DGAC, must request a SLOT at least 24 hours prior to the flight estimated time of departure. Cancellation or modification of a SLOT request must take place with an anticipation of at least 24 hours.

The number of SLOTS at each coordinated airport will be based on operational capacity calculated by ATFM Chile and declared by the Airport Authority.

Priority will be determined according to flight status, on the following precedence order:

  • Regular flights, subject to historic standard schedules
  • Certified non-regular national and international operators (AOC)
  • Non-regular national and international air carriers
  • Air taxies and other commercial operators
  • Private operators

SLOT Validity

SLOTs are valid from 5 minutes prior to 15 minutes past the time assigned by AFTM Chile.

Operation SLOTs must be concurrent with the IN or OFF Block Time, at parking spot. Operators must take in to account ramp to runway taxiing time, or vice-verse, when requesting the most suitable arrival/departure SLOT for their operational needs.

To download the full DCAG NOTAM, please click the links below.



Parking issues are not anticipated for Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (SCEL); however, restrictions are expected for La Florida (SCSE) and Viña Del Mar (SCVM). Overnight parking will not be allowed the night before and the night of the game at SCSE, SCQP and Carriel Sur International Airport (SCIE).

Chile Entry/Exit Requirements

All private aircraft overflying or landing for non-commercial purposes must submit advance notification to Fuerza Aerea De Chile, Dirección General de Aeronáutica. DGAC Application



  • All aircraft that lands in Chilean territories are required to request permission
  • Commercial flights require a JAC Permit
  • Private/Charter flights that load/unload passengers must fill out the DGAC application to request permission

Not Required

  • Overflights and Technical Stops without loading/unloading passengers do not require a JAC permit

Country Landing Permissions

Chile requires overflight and landing clearances prior to arrival. Permits can be obtained within 72 hours and are valid for 24 hours.

Detailed information on landing requirements and processing instructions for both private and charter is available in the PDFs below.


Visa Requirements

Tourist Visa for Chile

  • Not required when travelling to Chile with a U.S. passport. No visa required for a stay of up to 3 Months.
  • Required when travelling to Chile with a non-U.S. passport

Business Visa for Chile

  • Not required when travelling to Chile with a U.S. passport. No visa required for a stay of up to 3 Months.
  • Required when travelling to Chile with a non-U.S. passport

Diplomatic Visa for Chile

  • Required when travelling to Chile with a U.S. passport
  • Required when travelling to Chile with a non-U.S. passport

Primary and Alternate Airport Considerations:
Select the city from the Destinations list on the left to see the primary and alternate airports. Click the marker on the map for airport information.

World Fuel | Colt – South America

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This office is staffed with local aviation professionals. Their first-hand knowledge of the region allows them to offer expert advice in operational logistics and regulatory requirements to help expedite and simplify operations. This strategic advantage is the added regional benefit our customers experience when coordinating fuel and trip support services. Our team of specialists provides complete trip support services to operators in Portuguese, Spanish, French and English, closing the cultural and communication barriers and ensuring a smooth transition within the country.

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Ground Handling


World Fuel | Colt has partnered with Aerocardal at the Aeropuerto AMB in Santiago, Chile, to support travel to COPA America 2015.

Choose Aerocardal for your FBO needs and you will have a chance to win an official replica tournament soccer ball & a bottle of Chilean wine.

FBO Services

  • Aircraft Detailing
  • Aircraft Maintenance
  • Avionics Service
  • Catering
  • Charter Service
  • Customs
  • Deicing
  • Flight Planning
  • Hangar
  • Limousine
  • Onsite Restaurant
  • Parking Ramp
  • Parts
  • Rental Car
  • Weather Service

Address: Diego Barros Ortiz 2065
Arturo Merino Benitez Airport
Santiago, Chile

Hours of Operation
Open 24 hrs., Monday thru Sunday

Phone: +1 562 2377-7400 Ext. 440

Fax: +1 562 3777-7402

Cell Phone: +1 569 6532 2100


World Fuel | Colt works with several suppliers depending the location. In most cases, when fueling on the commercial ram at Eulogio Sanchez (SCEL) in Santiago, suppliers will give priority to scheduled flights and delays could happen during peak hours. Aerocardal Limitada is the only FBO at SCEL that has its own fuel farm and fuel trucks to ensure quick turnaround time.

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General Event Information

Resource Links

The following will provide you with links to web sites that will help with planning your trip to Chile. This section contains links to sites that provide information on embassies in the U.S. and in Chile, news feeds, security alerts, information on health and general country statistical information.

Visa and Passports

Travel Docs.com - Passports US Citizens: Requirements for US citizens to enter Chile (Tourist, Business, Diplomatic and non-US citizens)
Travel Docs.com - Visas US Citizens: Passport Requirements; New, Renewal, Second Valid Passport, Additional passport pages, lost or stolen - Details and printable applications.
Passports and Visas.com All Nationalities: Information on various visa types for all nationalities traveling to Chile.

Regulatory Resources

CAA Site Civil Aviation Authority website
ICAO Site ICAO site with a wide variety of links to various country's CAA websites
The World Civil Aviation Authorities Directory The World Civil Aviation Authorities Directory

General Resources

The World Fact Book Country facts as reported by the U.S. CIA and the ability to print
Embassy of United States US Embassy in Chile: Contact information, news and events.
US Department of States A list of all current Travel warnings issued by the state department for any country in the world
World Health Organization General health statistics, contact information, and other resource information.
Center for Disease Control Health Information for travelers to Chile
Other Embassies Ability to find Chile embassy in other countries.
International Travel Information Country Specific Information: International travel, passport, visa, medical, general country infrastructure, crime, laws and policy
News: Reuters Latest news on Chile as distributed by Reuters news agency.
Country Maps Google Country map: Earth, satelite, terrain
Worldwide Country Code Info Complete guide to make a phone call from anywhere in the world.

The information provided is based on current information at time of publication and may be subject to change.
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