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Message for U.S. Citizens: Chile, Protests in XI Region

Western Hemisphere > Chile

The U.S. Embassy in Santiago alerts U.S. Citizens traveling and residing in Chile to ongoing protests in the XI Region – Región Aysén del General Carlos Ibañez del Campo.  A series of large-scale protests are taking place in and around the cities of Aysén and Coyhaique.  The protesters are blockading some of the main roads in the area.  Access to fuel for vehicles or mass transport may be restricted.  Travelers may therefore experience delays.

There are no indications that foreigners or U.S. citizens are being threatened or targeted.  Nonetheless, U.S. citizens are advised to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal security by monitoring media, knowing the locations of police stations, hospitals, and the U.S. Embassy.  The U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all demonstrations, as bystanders can quickly be caught up in unforeseen violence.  If you are in immediate danger, call the police at 133.

In order to provide more rapid information on these ongoing demonstrations, the Embassy will now post updates regarding them directly on the Emergency Messages page of the U.S. Embassy Santiago Website without sending a separate security message to U.S. citizens.  This will allow rapid access to the information by U.S. citizens both within and without Chile.

Spanish-speaking travelers may visit the official website of the Chilean National Tourist Service at and the local government website for the Aysén Region at Intendencia XI Region for up-to-date information. 

U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Chile are encouraged to enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  By enrolling, you make it easier for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to contact you in case of an emergency.

Stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook.  You can also download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Chile is located at Avenida Andrés Bello 2800, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile.  U.S. citizens may contact the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy via e-mail at or by calling (56) (2) 330-3000 (available 24 hours per day).