Alert – U.S Embassy, Santiago, Chile (20 October, 2019)

As of Sunday, October 20, the Chilean government has declared a state of emergency in the following areas:

·     Metropolitan Region of Santiago
·     Region of Coquimbo
·     Region of Valparaiso
·     Region of O’Higgins
·     Region of Bio-Bio

These locations continue to be sites of on-going protests and looting, some of which have resulted in acts of violence. Many protests and looting are spontaneous, and local authorities are unable to predict where they will happen. Several groups have called for demonstrations in Santiago for Monday, October 21.

Areas included in the declaration of a state of emergency have been and may continue to be subject to curfews in the evening enforced by government security forces. Citizens should continue to follow media reports and local government announcements closely.

Public transportation in these areas may be severely affected. Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago is currently experiencing widespread delays and flight cancellations. Transportation to and from the airport may also be affected. Anyone with travel plans should contact their airline directly for flight information.