This Message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Santiago and the Metropolitan Region that demonstrations are likely to take place throughout the day on Sunday, Sept., 11, 2016, to mark the anniversary of Chile’s 1973 military coup. As in past years, demonstrations, marches, and protests are anticipated, most likely in the downtown areas of Santiago near government buildings and in some outlying communities. They may start as early as noon and may continue into the evening. Some demonstrations may begin prior to September 11.
Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Similar events in the past have been marred by violence. Generally you should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or demonstrations. The Embassy advises all citizens to monitor the media for the latest information regarding the location of the demonstrations and be alert to your surroundings.
The U.S. Embassy strongly recommends that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Chile enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Chile. For additional information, please refer to our “Traveler’s Checklist” page.