Chilean Emergency Services are currently responding to several natural disasters across the country.

The Tarapaca and Atacama regions in northern Chile may experience water shortages and rationing as a result of extensive damage caused by major flooding in recent weeks. You should follow instructions from local authorities regarding water rations and sanitary measures.

Villarrica volcano has been active with lava appearing at the surface of the crater on 25 March. Local authorities have established a 10km exclusion zone around the crater.

For further information please refer to National Emergency Network ONEMI website.

If you’re a British national and you need consular assistance, call the British Embassy on +562 23704100.

Border crossings are sometimes closed due to the weather or earthquakes. Check the website of the Chilean Ministry of Public Works for the latest information.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Most visits to Chile are trouble-free. See Crime

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.