Exercise increased caution in Chile due to civil unrest. Read the entire Travel Advisory and Travel Alerts.
There have been large-scale demonstrations in Santiago and other major cities in Chile. Demonstrations can take place with little or no notice. Many protests occur with little regard for public safety, and have resulted in property damage, looting, arson, and transportation disruptions. Local authorities have used water cannons and tear gas to disrupt protests.
The Chilean government declared a State of Emergency following civil unrest in multiple neighborhoods in Santiago. The State of Emergency, which now covers the entire metropolitan region around Santiago, was subsequently expanded to include other regions of Chile, following similar protests in regional capitals. The Chilean government has implemented curfews in multiple cities, which are enforced by government security services. You should observe a curfew where it is in place, remain vigilant, monitor local media for updates and avoid protests and demonstrations.
Domestic and international flights may be delayed or cancelled. You should contact your airline prior to travel.
If you decide to travel to Chile:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Avoid demonstrations.
- Keep a low profile.
- Follow the instructions of local authorities including movement restrictions and obey all curfews.
- Find a safe location, and shelter in place if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
- Monitor local media and local transportations sites (buses, Metro, and airport) for updates and adjust your plans based on new information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the US Embassy and Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
Last Update: Reissued with information on protests within the country.