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Chile: Ongoing Civil Unrest

After weeks of civil unrest, demonstrations are continuing in Santiago and other cities across Chile. New Zealanders in Chile should continue to monitor local media for updates and follow the instructions and advice of the local authorities. You should expect to see a significant police presence in major cities.

Transport links may be impacted, including by blockades on inter-city highways or potential delays at airports. Although airports are now operating normally again, you should check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to the airport. Work is ongoing to restore public transport links within Santiago and other cities but some services remain limited.

New Zealanders in Chile should remain vigilant of the situation and avoid protests and demonstrations, as even those that are intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent with little or no warning. Police may use tear gas and/or water cannons to disperse demonstrations.

Chilean law prohibits political activity by foreign nationals visiting or living in Chile. Participation in protests or demonstrations may result in detention or deportation.

We encourage all New Zealanders living and travelling offshore to register with SafeTravel. SafeTravel is the official registration facility for New Zealanders travelling or living overseas. If you register with us, we're able to relay important information and account for your safety and wellbeing as part of New Zealand's consular response to an overseas emergency.

New Zealanders in Chile requiring urgent consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Embassy in Santiago, Chile on +56 2 2616 3000 (during working hours) or +64 99 20 20 20 (after working hours), or email embajada@nzembassy.cl.

 

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