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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
- 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”
- 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.
- 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.