Presidential Proclamation on Women’s History Month 2019

During Women’s History Month, we celebrate the countless women whose courage and resolve have contributed to the character and success of our Nation and the entire world.  The equal opportunity of women in every facet of daily life is an essential feature of a free and prosperous society.  This month, we honor women who have fought ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: CONFECH Demonstrations

This Message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Santiago that members of the Confederation of Students of Chile (CONFECH) will hold an authorized demonstration on Thursday, June 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in downtown Santiago.  Media reports indicate that CONFECH is planning to march from Plaza Bustamante via Avenida Alameda, ... Read More»

Routine Messages for U.S. Citizens: New Mail-In Adult Passport Renewal Service

On June 1, 2016, the U.S. Embassy will launch an adult passport renewalmail-in program. You can mail in your passport application if you can answer YES to ALL the following questions: Your U.S. passport was issued within the last 15 years. You were at least 16 years old at the time your most recent U.S. ... Read More»

Security Messages for U.S. Citizens: CUT Protests

This message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in and around Santiago that a Central Workers Union (CUT) protest is planned for Tuesday, May 31.  The protest is currently not authorized. The march is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. at Plaza Italia in downtown Santiago. Demonstrations are expected in other major cities ... Read More»

Security Messages for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Valparaiso on May 21

This message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in and around Valparaiso/Vina del Mar that protests are planned for Saturday, May 21.  The protests are currently scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Plaza Civica/Sotomayor and at the Congress during the President’s address. Demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and ... Read More»

Routine Messages for U.S. Citizens: Flag Raising Ceremony at the U.S. Embassy

To celebrate the 240th birthday of the United States of America, the U.S. Embassy invites all U.S. citizens in Chile to a Flag Raising Ceremony that will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15 at the Embassy. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. All guests must RSVP by June 13th to  embassyflagraising@state.gov . Our event flyer with ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Continued Protests in and out Chiloe

The U.S. Embassy in Santiago advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Chiloe in the Lakes Region of Chile until the situation is normalized.  Since May 2, protests by local fishermen have made travel in and around Chiloe very difficult.  Entry to, and exit from, the island of Chiloe has been blocked. The situation in ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Fishermen Protests in and around Chiloe

This message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in and around Chiloe in the Lakes Region that protests by local fishermen have made travel in the area difficult, including cutting off the island of Chiloe.  As the Embassy cannot confirm when the protests will end or when tourists will be able to depart ... Read More»

Elimination of Federal Benefits Inquiries via Telephone

The U.S. Embassy American Citizen Services Unit wishes to inform all U.S. Citizens and beneficiaries of the Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, and Office of Personnel Management that beginning on May 16 any Federal Benefits inquiries must be done through email ( santiagofbu@state.gov ) or an in-person appointment at the Embassy.  All appointments must be scheduled ... Read More»

Routine Messages for U.S. Citizens: Elimination of Federal Benefits Inquiries via Telephone

Elimination of Federal Benefits Inquiries via Telephone The U.S. Embassy American Citizen Services Unit wishes to inform all U.S. Citizens and beneficiaries of the Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, and Office of Personnel Management that beginning on May 16 any Federal Benefits inquiries must be done through email ( santiagofbu@state.gov ) or an in-person appointment at ... Read More»

Fulbright Scholar Launches Book about her Experience on Education

Professor Viola Soto Guzmán, distinguished Chilean National Award winner in Education (1991) and Fulbright alumna, launched her book Toda Mi Vida Dedicada a la Educación Chilena y Latinoamericana, at the University of Chile’s public high school Liceo Experimental Manuel de Salas where she taught for several years.  Prof. Soto was also a faculty member at ... Read More»

Justice for Boris Weisfeiler

More than 30 years after the kidnapping and disappearance of U.S. Citizen Boris Weisfeiler near San Fabian de Alico in 1985, the United States continues to support Dr. Olga Weisfeiler’s pursuit of justice in her brother’s case.  The recent court ruling absolving the eight accused parties over a statute of limitations is a frustrating setback. ... Read More»

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Michelle Bachelet of Chile

The Vice President met with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet today at the Naval Observatory, where the two leaders underscored the strong bilateral partnership between the United States and Chile on issues related to trade, economic development, and democracy and human rights.  The Vice President praised Chile’s constructive role in addressing a number of regional challenges ... Read More»

Remarks by President Obama to the People of Cuba

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Muchas gracias.  Thank you so much.  Thank you very much. President Castro, the people of Cuba, thank you so much for the warm welcome that I have received, that my family have received, and that our delegation has received.  It is an extraordinary honor to be here today. Before I ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Day of Young Combatant

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens traveling and residing in Chile that potentially violent disturbances are probable in Santiago and possibly Valparaiso in connection with the anniversary of the Day of the Young Combatant (Día del Joven Combatiente) on Tuesday, March 29.  This day commemorates the deaths of the brothers Rafael and Eduardo Vergara Toledo ... Read More»

Routine Messages for U.S. Citizens: Day of Young Combatant

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens traveling and residing in Chile that potentially violent disturbances are probable in Santiago and possibly Valparaiso in connection with the anniversary of the Day of the Young Combatant (Día del Joven Combatiente) on Tuesday, March 29.  This day commemorates the deaths of the brothers Rafael and Eduardo Vergara Toledo ... Read More»

Fulbright-Chile Commission Presentations

Each year, the Fulbright-Chile Commission organizes presentations of U.S. Fulbright student projects.  Presentations are attended by Public Affairs Santiago staff and Chilean academics who will supervise the U.S. students projects in Chilean universities, both in Santiago and regions. Read More»

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Leads Business Leaders on Trade Mission to Peru, Chile

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2016 – Leaders from 34 U.S. agribusinesses and organizations will accompany Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on a trade mission to Peru and Chile, March 14 to March 18, to expand export opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products. Peru and Chile are also members of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which concluded ... Read More»

Atlas Corps Seeks Emerging Global Leaders

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a special opportunity for emerging civil society leaders to participate in a 6- to 18-month professional fellowship in the United States. All Fellows will be placed at a leading social change organization in the United States. Individuals in the nonprofit/NGO sectors with 2 to 10 years ... Read More»

DHS Announces Further Travel Restrictions for the Visa Waiver Program

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security today announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 with the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern, limiting Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals who have traveled to these countries. Pursuant to ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Easter Island Dengue Alert

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Chile that the Chilean Ministry of Health declared a Dengue Alert for Easter Island (Isla de Pascua) on February 12, 2016.  There are now four confirmed cases of locally transmitted dengue. While the Aedes egypti mosquito which carries dengue is not present in continental Chile, this ... Read More»

Routine Messages for U.S. Citizens: Easter Island Dengue Alert

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Chile that the Chilean Ministry of Health declared a Dengue Alert for Easter Island (Isla de Pascua) on February 12, 2016.  There are now four confirmed cases of locally transmitted dengue. While the Aedes egypti mosquito which carries dengue is not present in continental Chile, this ... Read More»

MPA Center Leads Advanced Workshop on Coastal Planning for Protected Area Managers of Chile, Peru, and Argentina

MPA Center staff led a group of experts from the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), California, United Kingdom and Germany to conduct an advanced training workshop on coastal planning for protected area managers and planners from Chile, Peru, and Argentina. Sponsored by the GEF-funded Humboldt Current Large Marine Ecosystem Project, the workshop was held ... Read More»

Presidents Day: Honoring U.S. Presidents Washington and Lincoln

Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Increasingly, the holiday has become an occasion to celebrate the birthdays of both President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Many Americans call the holiday Presidents Day. George Washington ... Read More»

Berkeley Public Library Foundation Honors 2013 U.S. Fulbright Scholar

On February 6, the Berkeley Public Library Foundation honored authors from the San Francisco Bay area at its 14th annual dinner in support of the Berkeley Public Library.  Among those recognized was 2013 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Dr. Richard Scheffler. Scheffler is a Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy in the School of Public Health ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: Preparing for and Responding to the Zika Virus at Home and Abroad

Since late last year, the Administration has been aggressively working to combat Zika, a virus primarily spread by mosquitoes that has recently been linked to birth defects and other concerning health outcomes.  The Federal Government has been monitoring the Zika virus and working with our domestic and international public health partners to alert healthcare providers ...