Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Pope’s Visit to Chile-Jan 15-18, 2018

United States Embassy Santiago, Chile

December 5, 2017- Pope Francis will visit Chile from January 15-18, 2018, including stops in Santiago, Temuco and Iquique. The public masses at Parque O’Higgins in Santiago on January 16, at Maquehue Airport in Temuco on January 17, and Campus Lobito in Iquique on January 18 are expected to draw substantial crowds. U.S. citizens should expect extensive delays at border crossings, road closures and restrictions on vehicle traffic, limited public transportation, a heavy police presence, and airport delays. Monitor local media for the latest information about the visit and road closures.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to maintain situational awareness; large groups and gatherings, in general, present targets for increased criminal or terrorist activity.

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