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You have indicated that you will be on short term assignment longer than 6 months, and up to 1 year (365 days). General information about traveling to Chile can also be found by clicking the links our travel pages.


The first step will be for you to create a Travel Request (TR).


  • Temporary lodging will be paid for by LSST, including utilities and internet.
  • LSST admin will assist with finding suitable lodging.
  • You will need to sign a damage waiver indicating that you are financially responsible for any damage caused.


  • Round-trip flights for personnel only at beginning and end of assignment
  • 3 Pieces of luggage
  • Car rental covered – may be an AURA fleet car or commercial rental
  • Gas used to travel to and from the office or for personal travel is not reimbursable
  • You can drive on your existing driving licence

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 receive 100% of the daily rate.
  • From day 31 receive 75% of the daily rate.
  • From day 181 receive 55% of the daily rate.
  • Travel Expense Report (TER) should be submitted monthly.
  • If you will be travelling to another location during your short term assignment period, on a separate Travel Request (TR), 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 cover 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 file 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: this visa can take up to 2 months to be issued during which time you will be without your passport.
  • More details here.


LSST is unable to make any provisions for your spouse or dependents. 


  • You 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.


  • 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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