Policy & History

U.S. Embassy Santiago, proudly representing the American people, works to strengthen our bilateral ties with Chile, address global challenges, advance human rights, and further the security and prosperity of the United States. The Americans and Chileans who constitute our team represent many U.S. government agencies and come from diverse backgrounds, bringing a wealth of experience and skill to this Embassy. Using the resources entrusted to us, we lead efforts that bring the U.S. and Chile together in a productive and mutually beneficial partnership.

Drawing on our close bilateral relations and shared values, we support Chile’s leadership in spreading the benefits of democracy and free markets throughout the region. We welcome Chile’s active participation in the international arena. Our bilateral cooperation in law enforcement combats terrorism, narcotics, and criminal activity. Strong military ties support regional stability, improve interoperability with U.S. forces and enhance Chile’s ability to participate in global peacekeeping and other security operations. We join with Chile to develop science and technology to solve global challenges, protect the environment, and for our mutual security.

We facilitate rapidly growing commercial relations between our two nations, identifying markets for trade in goods and services and investment opportunities for U.S. firms. We promote and protect U.S. agriculture. We encourage Chile to continue its trade liberalization policies, to improve its protection of intellectual property rights, and to provide expanded access for U.S. goods and services.

We engage Chile’s leaders and people to promote United States views and policies. Our innovative public diplomacy reaches Chilean opinion makers and youth through information sharing, people-to-people exchanges, cultural, scientific, and sports programs, and English language training. We seek to better understand Chilean society and culture in our daily outreach throughout the country.

As the U.S.-Chile relationship broadens and deepens, we provide assistance to an increasing number of Americans visiting Chile for business, tourism, research, and study. The well-being of our compatriots is our most important responsibility; we work with Chilean authorities to ensure the safety of American in Chile. We encourage legitimate travel of Chileans to the U.S., because travel furthers mutual understanding of American society and contributes to our economic prosperity. At the same time, we work to prevent the entry into the U.S. of those who would do us harm.

For our team, and for the families who accompany and support us, it is an honor and a privilege to represent the United States overseas in the 21st century. We take care of our people, providing them the security and tools to do the job. We assume our responsibilities with pride, committed to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. The American people deserve nothing less.