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You have indicated that you will be on short term assignment more than 1 year. General information about traveling to Chile can also be found by clicking the links on our travel pages.



  • 30 days temporary lodging will be paid for by LSST, including utilities and internet (you must sign a damage waiver indicating financial responsibility in case of damage).
  • After 30 days you are responsible for paying for your own accommodation.
  • LSST admin will assist in finding suitable lodging.
  • Transportation of your household goods will be paid for by LSST.


  • Flights for you and your family at the beginning and end of assignment.*
  • You and your family will qualify for Annual Home Leave after 1 year.
  • 30 days Car rental covered – may be an AURA fleet car or commercial rental.
  • After 30 days purchase own car – more details or
  • After 30 days rent car from AURA.
  • You will need to get a local drivers license.

Additional info:

  • *You may need to make trips back to the US to attend the Joint Technical meeting and/or the Project and Community Workshop (All Hands)
  • *If you will be driving to the Summit you are required to take the Litmos training module “Road safety on the summit”

Per Diem

  • Current per diem rate for La Serena
  • First 30 days you will receive 75% of the daily rate for Meals and Incidentals (M&IE)
  • First 30 days your spouse and dependents will receive 25% of the daily rate for Meals and Incidentals
  • Travel Expense Report (TER) should be submitted at the end of your first 30 days.
  • If you will be travelling to another location (although you will initially be without your passport while your visa is processed), during your first 30 days, on a separate Travel Request (TR), then ask the LSST Project office for the Meals and Incidentals (M&IE) tracker spreadsheet. It will help you to keep track of which TR your M&IE will come from and will help LSST maintain compliance. 


AURA Staff:

  • Your medical coverage insurer will be changed to MetLife International.
  • Spouse or dependents who were covered through your Cigna medical insurance will also now be covered by MetLife regardless of their location.
  • The standard foreign travel accident and sickness policy from AIG will also apply – spouse and dependents included.
  • Dental coverage will remain unchanged, if dental assistance is needed while in Chile it will be considered "out of network." You can claim for reimbursement from the insurer.


  • To work legally in Chile you will need to apply for an Organizacion International (OI) visa.
  • AURA will do this for you, collecting the information they need from you for the application.
  • With this visa you will get an ID card and a RUT (SSN equivalent).
  • Be advised: the visa can take up to 2 months to be issued during which time you will be without your passport.
  • More details here.


OI visa includes

  • Spouse
  • Children up to age 21
  • Unmarried children up to age 25 – only if undertaking full-time studies at a Chilean educational institution

Spouse may only work: with OI institutions e.g. AURA, ESO, Carnegie, an Embassy, a UN organization 


  • No Chilean tax payable on salaries and allowances
  • May benefit from US tax exemption
    • LSST advises you to contact your tax advisor if you wish to find out the applicability of this potential benefit.
  • No import duties on household goods
  • Import/purchase 1 new motor vehicle free of import duty


  • Application of Visa & ID card
  • Flights for personnel and dependents at the beginning and end of assignment
  • 30 days lodging covered
  • 30 days car rental covered 
  • 75% daily per diem for first 30 days for you
  • 25% daily per diem for first 30 days for spouse and each dependent
  • Moving Household Goods (vehicle excluded)
  • Support from AURA HR and LSST admin (banks/schools/doctors etc)
  • Spouse/Family Ambassador Program (to be developed)

Departure from Chile

  1. Not less than 9 weeks before, turn in passport to AURA admin for processing by the Ministry. The OI visa will be “annulled” and replaced with a standard visa with a specific end date.
  2. No less than 10 days before, employee’s ID card (“carnet”) must be surrendered for cancelation by the Ministry.  Before surrendering ID card employee must close all local bank accounts, sell any automobiles or other property purchased in Chile.  After ID card is annulled employee cannot complete any legal transaction in Chile.


  • Working space will be provided at the AURA recinto or at the summit as needed.
  • To connect to the internet you will need to register your MAC address with CISS. Prior to your arrival complete the form on the CTIO page to request MAC addresses registration. 
  • To connect to the wifi in the LSST cafeteria (casino) connect to "pachonLSST" the password will be delivered upon arrival.

Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded Rubin Observatory Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.   

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