An 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Coquimbo region of central Chile on 16 September, approximately 250km north of Valparaiso. Communications may be affected in seven of Chile’s central regions from Atacama to Araucanía. Power outages may also occur. The Chilean Government has ordered an evacuation of the coastal region from Arica to Los Lagos regions. British Nationals on Chile’s coast should follow local advice, including from the National Emergency Agency ONEMI or @onemichile

If you are a British National travelling or living in the area and need Consular assistance please contact the British Embassy main number +56-2-23704100

Around 80,000 British nationals visit Chile each year. Most visits to Chile are trouble-free. Opportunistic street crime can be a problem in towns and cities, and in areas popular with tourists.

Take care of your personal belongings at all times and be aware of your surroundings. Carry a photocopy of your passport and keep the original document in a safe place. See Crime

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.