Foreign travel advice

Chile

Important COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): stay up to date

The UK will operate a special flight from Arturo Merino Benítez Airport in Santiago, Chile, to London Stansted, UK. For information on how to book, see Return to the UK.

Since 25 March, the government of Chile has put in place quarantine and curfews within certain communes in Santiago and around the country more generally. See Staying during coronavirus.

LATAM Airline flights from Santiago to Miami restarted on 1 May, and are currently running 5 times a week. Intermittent LATAM flights from Santiago to Sao Paulo have been listed since 27 May. See Return to the UK.

If you have an urgent consular issue – such as a request for an Emergency Travel Document – you will need to pre-book an appointment online. We are not able to respond to British Nationals who visit the Embassy without a pre-booked appointment.

There still remains the potential for protests and violence across Chile. Following civil unrest in October and November 2019 across Chile you may see a police presence in major cities. There is potential for further demonstrations with a risk of violence in Santiago, Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Antofagasta, Concepcion and other major cities.

In Santiago, protests largely took place in Plaza Baquedano/Plaza Italia and in Las Condes, Providencia and Vitacura districts. In Valparaiso, protests have frequently taken place on a Friday. If protests take place, you should follow the instructions and advice of the local authorities, remain vigilant, monitor local media for updates and avoid protests and demonstrations. Under Chilean law, foreign nationals visiting or living in Chile could be deported for involvement in protests and demonstrations. See Local laws and customs

Public transport is largely running as normal, however, some Santiago Metro stations remain closed. For updated information about public transport, roads and others, you should monitor Chile Reports.

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 including airports, bus stations and ports. 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.

There have been incidents involving people being followed from Santiago International Airport to their destinations and then robbed, sometimes at gunpoint. Be aware of your surroundings in and around the airport, when driving away and on arrival at your destination. In case of an incident, do not offer resistance. See Crime

Terrorist attacks in Chile can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

If you need to contact the emergency services, call 131 for an ambulance, 132 for the fire brigade and 133 for police.

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.