There are many beautiful sights to see in Chile; however, travelers are advised to be cautious due to crime concerns and civil unrest. Most crimes occur in urban areas and are petty in nature, but violent crimes, including muggings and carjackings, have increased in recent years. Be especially vigilant near transportation hubs, restaurants, at popular tourist locations and crowded areas, and do not leave luggage or personal items unattended, even in locked vehicles.
There are security concerns associated with hailing taxis on the street, so book all transport in advance. Avoid demonstrations and, if in Chile during a time of increased unrest, be sure to follow local developments and heed any curfews or other directives issued by authorities.
If visiting any of Chile’s national parks, be aware of natural hazards, such as earthquakes. In addition to general security concerns, Chile is susceptible to natural hazards, including earthquakes, flooding and wildfires. Seismic activity can also impact major cities, but rural locations are more susceptible to impacts. Never travel to remote locations alone and hire a local guide if you are inexperienced or unfamiliar with the area.
Visit the U.S. Department of State website for up-to-date information on travel advisory levels and safety information for travelers to Chile.
All U.S. travelers should consider enrollment in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service offered to U.S. citizens traveling and living abroad. Enrolling in this program allows you to receive important information from the embassy as well as helps the embassy contact you in an emergency.