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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Santiago (Chile), January Papal Visit

Western Hemisphere > Chile > Santiago

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.


For further information:




  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Chile, located at Andres Bello 2800, Las Condes, Santiago, at +56 22 330 3716, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +56 22 330 3000.


  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).